The revelation that many European doctors continue to believe that homosexuality is a disease has been chastised and slammed as “shocking” by LBGT charities.
A report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights discovered that a “large proportion” of healthcare professionals in some EU countries identify being gay as a “pathological problem”.
The report revealed that Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia were among the EU countries possessing such daunting views. Its authors interviewed 1,039 public officials and professionals in 19 EU Member States.
The report, named ‘Professionally speaking: challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people’ also found that the notion of homosexuality being a disease was still very much present in medical training.
In a response to the findings Kim Sanders of LGBT charity Stonewall has stated, “This research is a reflection of the shocking treatment and inequality that lesbian, gay, bi and trans people face in some European countries. Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia underpin these beliefs and they leave the health of LGBT people at severe risk. Not only do LGBT people face abuse and discrimination, they effectively have access to essential healthcare provision blocked because of prejudice”.
In most countries, respondents say that there’s a lack of objective information about sexual orientation and gender identity in school curricula, whilst a number of respondents consider homosexual orientation and trans identity to be ‘foreign’ and not in line with the prevailing notion of ‘national identity’.
Findings also suggested that there are stark differences between implementing LGBT equality policies in rural and urban areas.
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