LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey
The primary objective of this research was to provide Serbian policy makers, civil society, and development partners with evidence of the socioeconomic status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in Serbia. The findings of the report, which were derived from a survey of LGBTI people, help to address the significant quantitative data gap on the lives of LGBTI people in Serbia and seek to inform policies and programs to address LGBTI exclusion. The survey was designed to collect and document evidence of the socioeconomic status of LGBTI people in Serbia rather than to explore policy or programming responses. However, the findings revealed that, going forward, certain areas warrant further investigation and greater attention from a policy- making perspective. These include: expanding the LGBTI evidence base; increasing LGBTI diversity in public sector employment; improving trust in government and institutions; and bolstering awareness and capacity to effectively address transgender issues.
The survey results allow policy makers and others to identify the key areas in need of urgent attention to improve the socioeconomic status and inclusion of LGBTI people in Serbia: expanding the LGBTI evidence base; increasing LGBTI diversity in public sector employment; improving trust in government and institutions; and bolstering awareness and capacity to effectively address transgender issues.
This is the first known attempt to collect large-scale survey data comparing the outcomes of LGBTI people with the Serbian population at large. This report represents a quantitative baseline on the status of LGBTI people. It revealed the particular challenges faced by transgender people, that few LGBTI people are employed in the public sector and that LGBTI people’s trust in Serbia’s social, political, and legal institutions is extremely low.