LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Written Contribution from ILGA-Europe and IGLYO "Schools for the 21st Century"

Education plays a pivotal role in developing young people's capacity to reach their full human potential. As such, a priority for ILGA-Europe – the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association – and the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organisation (IGLYO) is to ensure a climate of safety, support and affirmation exist in schools, which enables lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people like their heterosexual peers to achieve their full potential. Unfortunately, the current situation of LGBT youth in schools is not one of openness and inclusiveness. A European-wide survey carried out by ILGA-Europe and IGLYO in 2006 (Takács, 2006) found that education is the field in which LGBT youth experience most discrimination: 61.2% of young LGBT people in Europe responded that they had experienced discrimination at school.