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8 The Portugal News • 25 May 2019                                  News



      More action needed against homophobia



      Homophobic and transphobic attitudes still prevail within Portuguese society according to ILGA Portugal, the country’s
      leading campaign group on such issues.
                                                                                              2010 Council of Europe       Discrimination, in which the
                                                                                              recommendation of measures   non-governmental organisation
                                                                                              to combat discrimination on  displays official data on
                                                                                              grounds of sexual orientation or  incidents against LGBTI
                                                                                              gender identity.             persons. Reports of such
                                                                                              The first follow-up report by ILGA  incidents to the authorities
                                                                                              was issued in 2012. Seven years  remain few and far between,
                                                                                              on, ILGA recognises that the  compared to what ILGA itself
                                                                                              reality of rights for LGBTI  receives, because – Ramos
                                                                                              (lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans  argued - people “often do not
                                                                                              and intersex) people in Portugal  report these issues because that
                                                                                              has improved, but notes that the  is the status quo in terms of
                                                                                              suggestions made at the time  social perception “.
                                                                                              have not been adopted in full.  On the other hand, she said that
                                                                                              In comments to Lusa, Marta   public policies lack “a context of
                                                                                              Ramos of the ILGA Portugal   continuity”, that is, their
                                                                                              board, stressed that “there were  application “depends much on
                                                                                              changes in the field, but … no  the understanding of that or that
                                                                                              changes in public policy”, a fact  professional who will be at the
                                                                                              that she considered “worrying”.  time heading that department”.
                                                                                              According to the ILGA report, “the  On ILGA’s recommendations,
                                                                                              social climate in Portugal is still  Marta Ramos said that they
                                                                                              homophobic and transphobic.” It  remain the same as in its first
                                                                                              notes that no assessment of the  follow-up report, including the
                                                                                              impact of legislation on the  creation of an anti-
                                                                                              LGBTI community is made, and  discrimination law that covers all
                                                                                              Portugal does not collect data on  types of discrimination.
       ILGA recognises that the reality of rights for LGBTI in Portugal has improved, but notes that the
       ILGA recognises that the reality of rights for LGBTI in Portugal has improved, but notes that the
       ILGA recognises that the reality of rights for LGBTI in Portugal has improved, but notes that the  the experiences of these people,  “People are not exclusively
       ILGA recognises that the reality of rights for LGBTI in Portugal has improved, but notes that the
       ILGA recognises that the reality of rights for LGBTI in Portugal has improved, but notes that the
       suggestions made at the time have not been adopted in full. (Photo:  EPA/James Ross)   including crimes, despite    LGBTI,” she pointed out. “They
       suggestions made at the time have not been adopted in full. (Photo:  EPA/James Ross)
       suggestions made at the time have not been adopted in full. (Photo:  EPA/James Ross)
       suggestions made at the time have not been adopted in full. (Photo:  EPA/James Ross)
       suggestions made at the time have not been adopted in full. (Photo:  EPA/James Ross)
                                                                                              “constant demands” to do so  are also people of a certain
          LGA are calling for stronger  training for public officials.  Association , a worldwide  from various organisations.  ethnicity, are also people of
          laws against discrimination,  A report released by the  federation campaigning for  According to Ramos, the      faith, with disabilities and,
          the collection of official data  Portuguese branch of ILGA. the  lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and  homophobic climate can easily  therefore, it is in multiple
      Ion it, and a better system of  International Lesbian, Gay,  intersex rights, is the second  be seen in the annual results of  discrimination that we continue
      registering complaints and    Bisexual, Trans and Intersex  representing a follow-up on a  the Observatory on        to fail as a state.”
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