In May 2007 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that local authorities of Warshaw had violated three provisions of the European Convention, relating to freedom of assembly, the right to an effective remedy and the prohibition of discrimination in prohibiting “Equality Days” (gay pride demonstration) in 2005. The Commissioner of Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, criticizes that only few politicians stand up to harassment and discrimination of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons (LGBT) but fuel prejudice “through stereotyped descriptions of homosexuals as dangerous propagandists who should not be allowed to be teachers or show their “lifestyle” to others.” He further emphasizes, that “[t]he legal norms are absolutely clear. The European Convention of Human Rights which is part of national law in all Council of
In July 2007 Hungarian Nationalists attacked a gay pride parade in
According to the Special Eurobarometer 263 attitudes towards homosexuality depend on age, education and acquaintance with homosexuals: Young people are more likely than those aged 55 and over are to feel that discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation is widespread (EU average59% vs. 45%). People who believe discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is widespread are far more likely to feel that homosexuality is still a taboo than people who believe this form of discrimination is rare (62% vs. 34%). Further, people with homosexual friends feel that discrimination is widespread compared to those who don’t have homosexual friends (56% vs. 48%).
German research (Heitmeyer et.al. 2005, 2006, 2007) discloses a correlation between sexism and homophobia: With increasing homophobia sexism is increasing as well. Although it is more men who reject homosexuality, almost same amount of men and women believe that women should return to traditional roles.