Social exclusion

The EU has been working on the eradication of poverty and social exclusion since 2000. Through the so-called open method of co-ordination, common objectives are defined, that in turn are translated into national action plans. Although there is a clear link between the discrimination experienced by gay, lesbian, and bisexual people and levels of poverty and social exclusion, little attention has been paid to this issue at EU level.

A priority theme for ILGA-Europe is discrimination against LGBT youth in fields like education, and the impact of this discrimination in their participation and inclusion in society. To this end, ILGA-Europe is currently working with IGLYO on taking stock of current research and data on social exclusion of LGBT youth with a view of highlighting the particular needs of LGBT youth in Europe, and supporting advocacy and policy work in the area of social inclusion of LGBT youth.

ILGA-Europe hopes to raise awareness on how discrimination or the fear of discrimination impacts the levels of poverty and exclusion amongst lesbians, gays and bisexuals. The first step will be a report that aims to bring together research done already on the experience of social exclusion of LGBT people. In line with the EU’s policy priorities, we hope to focus on how discrimination affects people’s lives with regard to education and training, and access to resources such as health care and housing. Particular attention will be paid to those most vulnerable, i.e. LGB youth and LGB older people. For this, we need your help:

Do you know of questionnaires or research that focuses on experiences of discrimination and/or social exclusion with regard to:

  • LGB youth (… and family; … and education; … and homelessness; etc)
  • LGB older people (… and access to social protection; … and isolation;
  • LGB people and access to key services (…housing; …health care)?
  • Do you know of relevant case studies or of individuals that may be willing to share their personal stories with ILGA-Europe on the above areas?
  • Are you aware of examples of good practice in addressing social exclusion by social service providers or government agencies related to education, health, housing, to youth or older people?

The publication will take the form of a booklet. It aims to combine an overview of existing data with personal stories. The main emphasis will be on suggesting concrete steps and strategies on combating social exclusion of LGB people. It will be used for lobbying the EU institutions. If you are interested in getting involved in this area of work or know of any valuable information, please complete and send us individual case study form or study form:

Evelyne Paradis
Policy Officer
Rue de la Charité 17
1210 Brussels
Phone: 2-609 5413
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