Gay, bi and transgender adults from around the EU and Croatia are being asked to take part in the first European LGBT survey of its kind.

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights launched the survey on the LGBT experience of life in member states today.

It is hoped the results will support the development of equality policies for gay and trans people in the European Union and form an agenda for years to come.

The Agency said national and European policy makers, as well as non-governmental organisations, would be able to better target their advocacy strategies and activities to tackle discrimination against the gay and transgender communities across Europe.

The survey asks a range of questions about LGBT people’s experiences including:

    Personal circumstances
    Public perceptions and responses to homophobia and/or transphobia
    Discrimination
    Rights awareness
    Safe environment
    Violence and harassment
    The social context of being an LGBT person.

The Agency said the survey will remain completely anonymous, with no data on participants and their sessions being logged in any way. The survey is operated by the survey firm Gallup.

The European LGBT Survey depends on the participation of as large and diverse a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans respondents from each country as possible to build up an accurate picture.

In addition to filling in the survey, participants are being asked to email it, sharing it in social media to encourage others to take part.

The survey has Facebook pages both for participants in the UK and across the European Union, and a Twitter account at @EU_LGBT_Survey.

To learn more or to take the survey, which should take around 15 minutes, follow this link: http://lgbtsurvey.eu.

The anonymous survey is open to all gay, bi and transgender people above the age of eighteen living in the EU and Croatia.