LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

The call aimed to support small-scale projects (up to 5,000 euros) intended to document (cases of) discrimination, hate crimes and other human rights violations committed on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Priority areas of the call were: hate crimes and hate speech (including in media), brutalities of law-enforcement authorities, legal position of LGBT people in an eligible country, freedom of assembly and association. Five projects had been supported within this call in Ireland, Lithuania, Slovenia, United Kingdom, and Ukraine.

The information contained in the documentation reports has subsequently been used by ILGA-Europe in its lobbying activities with the European institutions: European Union, Council of Europe and the OSCE.

Ireland: Irish Transphobia research piece – literature review and information dissemination

Name of the implementing organization:

Transgender Equality Network Ireland

Contact information (post, e-mail, phone):

TENI c/o Outhouse,

105 Capel Street, Dublin 1, Ireland


Contact person: Philippa James

Project summary

This project is a comprehensive review of Irish literature, policy and documentation on the handling of transphobia* incidents in an Irish context. It assesses whether methods have been used to document and handle such incidences at governmental and non-governmental levels. The review further looks to European models of policy and best practice and contextualises them to the Irish social, cultural and economic climate. The resulting document provides recommendations to inform policy proposals for documenting transphobic incidents, which will be launched formally. *Transphobia is defined here as a human rights violation against a person because of their apparent gender identity and expression.

Lithuania: Ultra vires LT (Case and situation monitoring of LGBT rights violations by Lithuanian authorities)

By Lithuanian Gay League (LGL)

Name of the implementing organisation: Lithuanian Gay League (LGL)

Contact information:

Address:A. Jaksto 22 -15,01105 Vilnius, Lithuania

Phone: + 370 52610314

E-mail :,

Contact person: Vladimir Simonko

Grant amount: EUR 5000

Period of implementation: September 2008 – June 2009


The main subject of the project was monitoring of the developments (progress or regress) in politics and the regulation of state administrative sector with respect to LGBT inclusion (recognition of the rights) and of the actions of local government bodies. During the project legal process undergone by a case as well as of other forms of intervention in a case have been monitored. For case monitoring collection of relevant documents consisted of primary documents relevant to case: complaints, appeals, court speeches, etc. Also secondary documents, referring to those produced or based on primary documents: the account of a journalist published in a newspaper, or the resulting work of a researcher, speech of spokesperson representing authorities, articles or other press cuttings, which present an argument or describe something from a particular viewpoint. Documents needed for situation indicating, such as legal acts, projects, programs and other administrative acts, speeches of politicians, etc. was also collected.

Slovenia: OUTSIDE: Between Political Violence and Social Rejection

By Student Cultural Centre SKUC / Lesbian Section LL

Name of the implementing organisation: Student Cultural Centre SKUC / Lesbian Section LL

Contact information:

Drustvo SKUC, Metelkova 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Phone: +386 1 4327 368/306

Email :

Contact person: Tatjana Greif

Grant amount: EUR 5000

Period of implementation: September 2008 – September 2009


Within this project the information on individual cases of harassment , violence , and discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression from different areas (e.g. employment, healthcare, housing, education, same sex civil unions and parental/family rights, acces to goods and services, migration/asylum etc.) data on human rights violations by state authorities (legalised discrimination) and political hate speech as well as data on homophobia and hate speech in Slovenian media were also collected.

Ukraine: An investigation into the status of same-sex partnerships in Ukraine

By Nash Mir (Our World)

Name of the implementing organisation: Nash Mir (Our World)

Contact information:

PO Box 173, Kiev, 02100, Ukraine

Phone : +380 44 573-54-24 ; +380 50 348-87-00


Contact person: Andriy Maymulakhin

Grant amount: EUR 5000

Period of implementation:


The project was aimed to study the situation of same-sex partnership in Ukraine. Questions studied: what psychological, legal, business and other problems same-sex partners face in everyday life, what are lifestyle types, raising children, what type of support same-sex families need from the government, what was estimated number of same-sex families in Ukraine.

A research methodology and a questionnaire as well as a poll lesbian and gay people across Ukraine were developed. Additional interviews to record the most vivid stories were conducted. On the basis of information received, the Report: "Same-sex partnership in Ukraine" was produced.

This Report was presented to policy-makers, mass-media journalists, Universities and other stakeholders and used as a tool in advocating rights of LGBT people on social, state and legislative level.

United Kingdom: Experiences of hate crime on the grounds of gender identity or expression

By Press for Change

Name of the implementing organisation: Press for Change

Contact information:

24 Mauldeth Rd, Stockport, SK4 3NE

Phone: 0161 442 4772; 07801 103 853


Contact person: Professor Stephen Whittle,

Grant amount: EUR 5000

Period of implementation: July 2008- July 2009


The project documented the extent of hate crime experienced by trans people in EU countries. The data was drawn from statistics of an online survey which was collected during research for ILGA/TGEU undertaken by Press for Change (Legal Survey and Health Care 2008). In addition it examined personal statements on hate crime drawn from research conducted by Press for Change for the UK government Equalities Review. It also qualitatively analysed three case studies of serious hate crime in which Press for Change acted as advisors to the trans people who were victims, identifying failures in the reporting, investigation and prosecution of transphobic hate crime.