A quarter of gay people surveyed in a major EU poll say they have been subjected to attacks or violent threats in the past five years.
Poorer and younger respondents were more likely to face discrimination due to their sexuality, the survey found.
Some 93,000 people in the EU and Croatia were polled in the EU's first survey on this scale.
Gay rights campaigners welcomed the report but called for stronger legal action by Brussels to tackle the issue.
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