Attitudes and stereotyping towards LGBT people in the EU

Topic Selected: Sexuality and Gender

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Council of Europe Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity
8. Public officials and other state representatives should be encouraged to promote tolerance and respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons whenever they engage in a dialogue with key representatives of the civil society, including media and sports organisations, political organisations and religious communities.

Research findings

Attitudes of the general public and the strategy of ‘invisibility’
Attitudes of the general public towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons across the EU vary from one member state to another. There is evidence to suggest that attitudes are influenced by age (younger people being more tolerant than old), political inclination (left wing being more tolerant than right wing), sex (women

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