by Rex Wockner
The Council of Europe on June 23 unveiled its first social-legal report on anti-LGBT discrimination in the association’s 47 member nations.
The report maps the legal situation in each nation and highlights social attitudes and opinions about LGBT people.
It also provides recommendations on how to end discrimination, ensure full equality, and increase awareness and understanding of sexual orientations and gender identities.
“This is a very important document which looks at the issues of equality and human rights of LGBT people from different angles and provides clear recommendations and suggestions to the Council of Europe member states,” said Martin K.I. Christensen, board co-chair of the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. “The report also looks at the issues of political will, social attitudes and current European consensus and again provides a range of specific suggestions how the situation can be improved.”