6 in 10 LGBT people in Ireland avoid holding their partners hand in public because they are being afraid of being assaulted or threatened.
Over 2,300 Irish people took part in the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights survey, with 11 per cent saying they had been attacked at some point in the last five years.
More than one-third of respondents said they had been harassed for being LGBTI in the year before they took part in the survey.
Ireland has made huge strides on LGBTI+ issues, despite this progress we rank 15th in Europe on LGBTI+ law and policy according to the @ILGAEurope #RainbowEurope
Our annual report will highlight the work which needed for LGBTI+ people who face additional marginalisation. pic.twitter.com/nX6YzE2IEw
— LGBT Ireland (@LGBT_ie) May 14, 2020
Meanwhile, LGBT Ireland's annual report shows evidence of an increase in contacts to the online chat service relating to violence and harassment, rising to 40 in 2019 compared to just 11 the previous year.
The group says it has heard of people’s experience of being shouted at, threats to ‘out’ people, offensive graffiti on homes and threats of physical violence.
LGBT Ireland says these incidents have taken place in public spaces, on public transport, in school, in workplaces, as well as online through social media, websites and dating Apps.