May 17 is the International day against homophobia, an area in which the European Parliament is very active. This year's theme is "fighting homophobia and transphobia in and through education". So where do EU countries stand? Which countries protect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens against hate crimes and afford them the same rights as other citizens? Find out in our infographic.
Following a wave of suicides by young students who were bullied at school because of their sexuality, American journalist Dan Savage created with his partner in 2010 a YouTube video aimed at inspiring hope in young people facing harassment. Since then thousands of people have posted similar videos. And this year parliament's intergroup on the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has produced a video in which MEPs and commissioners get together to pass on the message that things will "get better".
Click on the link to the right to watch the video and check out our infographic to find out more about how things stand in the EU.