The European Union is seen by many as a torchbearer in the global struggle to secure human rights and equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. From Kampala to Kathmandu, EU officials regularly meet with representatives of foreign governments and encourage them to tackle homophobic violence and discrimination. In recent years, the EU has denounced a slew of anti-gay measures introduced in several eastern European and African countries, and supports LGBT rights act...

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