Authors: Niall Crowley
30 Equinet member equality bodies have a mandate in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people (LGBTI people) in employment and 22 in the provision of goods and services. This mandate includes providing support to victims of discrimination, conducting surveys, making recommendations and publishing reports on issues relating to discrimination.
This new Equinet perspective seeks to:
This perspective is informed by a workshop on the work of equality bodies on LGBTI issues that was held as part of a meeting of Equinet’s Working Group on Policy Formation. The group enables a policy dialogue between Equinet and the EU institutions based on analysis of the work of equality bodies at Member State level.
This perspective is based on a survey of Equinet members to explore the work being done by individual equality bodies in promoting equality for and combating discrimination against LGBTI people (SEE BELOW).
It was drafted and finalised with the assistance and input of the working group and the Board of Equinet.
The perspective has benefited from the assistance of the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA Europe) whose staff met with the Equinet Secretariat to provide advice and information that assisted in the design and analysis of the survey questionnaire. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights also provided assistance in the drafting of this perspective by enabling access to its 2013 survey of LGBT people and providing some further and more detailed material from this survey.
This perspective addresses: