This updated thematic study is a legal anlysis on Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Italy and constitute the background information drawn on by the FRA in order to compile its comparative report 'Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, 2010 Update, Comparative legal analysis'. This report answers a European Parliament request to examine the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in depth, following restrictive legislation on their rights in certain EU Member States, including Italy. The report on Italy examines the progress in relation to the scope of legal protection against sexual orientation discrimination; in relation to the enjoyment of freedom of assembly, and expression for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as well as protection from violence motivated by prejudice, incitement to hatred and expressions of prejudice and discrimination against LGBT people; in relation to the meaning of the term ‘family member' in the context of the law on free movement, family reunification, and asylum. The report examines the legislation and practice concerning access to gender reassignment treatment, and alteration of the recorded name or sex on official documents for those who have undergone or intend to undergo gender reassignment
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