Survey: Portugal below European average in tolerance to LGBT community


In an internet-based survey, 51% of Portuguese citizens self-identifying themselves as members of the LGBT community expressed having experienced discrimination or harassment over the last year due to their sexual orientation against a European Union average of 47%.

Culture What's New — 17 May 2013 by Lusa News
Survey: Portugal below European average in tolerance to LGBT community

Portugal failed even to meet European averages in terms of the level of tolerance shown to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community, according to a study by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights released Friday to commemorate the International Day against Homophobia.

In an internet-based survey, 51% of Portuguese citizens self-identifying themselves as members of the LGBT community expressed having experienced discrimination or harassment over the last year due to their sexual orientation against a European Union average of 47%.

Fear, isolation and discrimination are daily phenomena for the LGBT community in Europe,” wrote the Agency’s director before placing a particular emphasis on the environments prevailing in schools and educational establishments.

94% of Portuguese respondents stated that their education had been affected by negative comments from their colleagues with 60% stating that they habitually disguised their sexual orientation throughout this phase of their lives and against European averages of 91% and 67% respectively.

In Portugal, 36% of respondents said that they had experienced discrimination in non-employment situations on account of their sexual orientation against a European average of 32%, 27% in Spain or down to 20% in the Netherlands, returning the lowest level.

Meanwhile, 19% of the Portuguese citizens surveyed reported job-related discrimination, in line with the European average with Denmark proving the most tolerant and Cyprus, on 30%, displaying the highest level of workplace sexual discrimination.

Paulo Corte-Real, President of the gay rights organisation ILGA termed the results “absolutely shocking” and called on the community to do more.

Only around 10% of persons denounce discrimination and that is absolutely frightening. Furthermore, even in cases of assault and hate crimes, they are only reported by 26% of all this sample, by 35% of transsexuals in particular and with only 18% of cases actually reported to the police in Portugal,” said Corte-Real.

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