LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey

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Attitudes towards LGBTIQ+ people in the Western Balkans.

Topic - Coming Out / Crime / Discrimination / Education / Employment / Family / Freedom of Assembly / Gender Identity / Hate Crime / Hate Speech / Homophobia / Human Rights / Intersex / Law / Non-Discrimination / Political Participation / Politics / Rule of Law / Security / Sexual Orientation / Society
Country - Albania / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Kosovo / Macedonia / Montenegro / Serbia
Resource Type - Publication / Report / Research / Research Article / Research Report
Language - ENGLISH

Analytical Report of Public Opinion Poll

ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for the Western Balkans and Turkey commissioned this public opinion poll. ERA is a regional LGBTIQ+ network of 82 member organizations operating in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey. 

The main objectives of this public opinion poll were to: 

  • Expand the evidence base concerning public attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, and queer persons in the countries of the Western Balkans region.. 
  • Collect data on specific attitudes and opinions of the general public towards LGBTIQ+ people, with a particular focus on visibility and acceptance, safety, hate speech and hate crimes, legal, social, economic, political, and family rights, gender rights, and political participation, and representation;
  • Compare public attitudes of 2015 to those in 2023, understand and analyze reasons for changes. 
  • Analyze the impact of the LGBTIQ+ movement’s work in the region in the last seven years.
  • Enable ERA network and local LGBTIQ+ organizations to conduct effective evidence-based advocacy, capacity building, and campaign work.
  • Make recommendations for further improvements in the future

The survey was conducted by Ipsos, the world’s third-largest market research company, present in 90 markets and with a solid track record in executing complex surveys utilizing various methodologies. 

This report can serve as a guideline for how a responsible state can improve the legal and socio-economic framework for respecting the human rights of all its citizens, including LGBTIQ+ people.