This is indicated by the study of the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the European Union (EU) based 93,000 surveys and presented at a conference against discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity in which participated the European Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Martine Reicherts.
"You have to unlock the anti-discrimination directives and give them visibility," said Reicherts.
He stressed that the fight against this scourge "must be on the agenda of the European Commission" and that Member States should also take measures at national level to complement EU action, essential to effectively protect the LGBT requirement (lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender).
According to the report, 47% of gay and transgender Europeans were discriminated against in the past year, especially lesbians (55%) and young people aged between 18 and 24 (57%).
The rate drops to 38% in Spain, where only 10% of these cases were reported to the police, a percentage that matches the European average and the accompanying arguments victims as "the complaint does not change anything" (59 %) or "not worth it because it happens all the time" (44%).
The outlook does not improve when physical aggression occurs because only 17% of the victims went to police station to report a homophobic attack, an even lower percentage in Spain (16%).
The director of the group Transgender Europe, Ehrt Julia, was very concerned about these details and said that while the legislation is important, "is useless if we do not change the hearts and minds of people through education."
The last winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, the transsexual singer Conchita Wurst, called video "live in peace, in freedom, without hatred or fear."
A fear that is also present in the workplace, where 48% of respondents said they always or almost always hide their sexuality.
At least 19% felt discriminated against in the office, a problem that particularly affects transgender people when seeking employment (30%).
"More and more members of the EU are extending protection to areas such as employment," measures that allow homosexuals to live "more satisfied and less fear", according to Morten Kjaerum, director of the agency that prepared the study .
Almost 70% of respondents tried to hide their sexual orientation at school, a fact that does not surprise since 38% suffered homophobic attitudes or humiliating comments and 68% observed this type of behavior against other gay or transgender mates.
For the founder of the Dutch organization Gay Straight Alliance, Sarah Halilovic, it is necessary to make clear that "not fall in love with a man or a woman, you fall for a person."
According to a map produced by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (ILGA), the European countries in which more than equal rights are respected UK (82%), Belgium (78%) and Spain (73 %), unlike Russia (6%), Azerbaijan (7%) and Armenia (9%), at the end of the list.