Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice issues press statement on respecting LGBT persons

Findings of a European survey involving over 93,000 LGBT persons carried out by the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) have been published on May 17, to coincide with the International Day against homophobia, biophobia and transphobia.

Respondents were asked about their experiences of discrimination, violence and harassment at work, in education, healthcare, social services and in public places.  The findings show that many LGBT persons all over Europe, including in Malta, live in isolation or fear, and experience discrimination and even violence.

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, inspired by the clear message of the Gospel and by the shared values of fundamental human rights:

(1) condems all acts of unjust discrimination and violence, which harm the individuals concerned and society at large;  

(2) urges the relevant authorities to take all the necessary steps at the level of legislation, policy and public awareness initiatives to ensure that every person is respected regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender or age;

(3) renews its commitment to work with others for a just and inclusive society that actively fights all forms of unjust discrimination.

Related feature: FRA report on LGBT persons

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