The 2011 report on "Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe" by the Commissioner for Human Rights, covering all 47 member states and based on the largest socio-legal study ever carried out on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity provides a clear picture of the situation in Europe and constitutes a valuable input to the Council of Europe present work in this field.
The background document to the report, over 300 pages, contains the full results of the study. More information can also be found in the country thematic studies on homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has also been very active, in regularly addressing the question of homophobia, transphobia, hate speech and intolerance in the various member states. The Commissioner published an Issue Paper on Human Rights and Gender Identity in 2009.
The LGBT Issues Unit attends these roundtables as a member of the Informal Network of Focal Points and brings the Coordinators from our partner countries. It is generally the occasion to add a meeting between the LGBT Project and its Coordinators on the latest stage of our work together.
The UNHCR and the Council of Europe will organise a conference in Rome, Italy, to review the assessment of LGBT asylum claims. Participants from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe have been invited.
24/7 Unicorn conference on LGBT diversity in the workplace and Sticks & Stones career fair
The Sticks & Stones career fair is an annual event where businesses encourage employment of LGBT people. The LGBT Project will attend this event and the related conference the day before. The Project has invited their project countries to send relevant persons as well, and is organising a ‘Meet & Great’ side event for guests from project countries and business representatives from the same countries.