EU report: Nearly half of trans people face repeated violence

Published: December 12, 2014

Naith Payton
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‘Being Trans in the EU‘ found that over half the 7000 people surveyed had felt personally discriminated against in the last year because they were perceived to be trans. Half the respondents were attacked or threatened with violence, and 44% face repeated violence over the year.

32% felt unable to express their gender or avoided going certain places for fear of negative reactions from other people. The EU Fundamental Rights Agency labelled the findings “alarming.”

MEPs from the LGBTI Intergroup called on the EU to strengthen laws against transphobic discrimination. The law currently only protects those who have undergone, or are currently undergoing gender reassignment – not those who intend to, do not want to or are unable to. EU hate crime laws currently only cover racist and xenophobic crime.

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