It is ok to be different !

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Publishing year: 2013

The basic value of the education system is equality in realization of this right, irrespective of personal characterstics. This is a key prerequisite for the development of society and for an environment without violence, social exclusion and other forms of discriminatory treatment.

A series of research and project activities examining the state of public opinion have indicated that the public is aware that LGBT persons suffer the highest levels of discrimination. Despite this, a negative attitude towards LGBT persons persist, and as a consequence the LGBT population is isolated, and therefore marginalized.

The research conducted among high school students suggest that more effort is needed to influence the attitudes towards the rights of sexual minorities (45.92% of young people holds a negative attitude towards them).

This document has been produced with the financial assistance of federal government of Belgium, within the framework of the LGBT Project of the Council of Europe. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the Belgian federal government of the Council of Europe.