Anti-LGBT Violence Runs Unchecked in Some EU Countries

The Advocate
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September 18, 2013
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A new report says the European Union is failing to fight social and institutionalized homophobia and transphobia in many of its member countries including Italy, Greece, and Croatia.

The report, published Wednesday by Amnesty International, shows where governments fail to specifically protect LGBT citizens with laws that prohibit discrimination or prosecute hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation or gender expression. The report also cites a lack of effort in some countries to impede or prosecute antigay or antitrans violence. An estimated 80% of such crimes go unreported, and many of those surveyed say they are reluctant to notify police of such attacks because they fear being outed.