DIVERCITY – Preventing and combating homo- and transphobia in small and medium cities across Europe
Project Number: JUST/2014/RRAC/AG/BEST/6693
Ensuring the fundamental rights of LGBT people.
Funded by: REC Duration: 12/2015-01/2018
LGBT persons in the EU experience discrimination, harassment and violence in different areas of their life. According to the EU LGBT Survey (FRA, 2013), 47% of respondents had felt discriminated against or harassed on the ground of sexual orientation or gender identity in the year preceding this survey. Furthermore, a quarter of all respondents had been attacked or threatened with violence in the previous 5 years (35% for transgender respondents). However, these people rarely report discrimination or violence to the police or other authorities, mainly because they believe nothing would happen or change.
Actually, big cities have been proclaimed the favourite place for identity expression, community safety, anonymity and leisure of the LGBT population. On the contrary, small and medium cities (those between 50,000-60,000 inhabitants) are considered to be more problematic and less tolerant because the dimension of local agencies, the associative structure or the strength of the LGBT community are lower than big cities. Consequently, homo- and transphobia in these areas have particular dynamics, which constitute a threat for human rights protection.
By bringing together the multiple dimensions of homo- and transphobia in medium and small cities, DIVERCITY aimed at ensuring the fundamental rights of LGBT people.
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