Europe’s most and least LGBT+-friendly nations have been revealed in a brand new listing, with the top-ranking nation taking the highest spot for the seventh yr in a row.
In accordance with the newest “Rainbow Europe” report – which is printed annually by the Worldwide Lesbian, Homosexual, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Affiliation (ILGA) – Malta is probably the most LGBT-friendly nation on the continent.
Primarily based on the ILGA’s evaluation of legal guidelines and insurance policies in 49 nations – analyzing every little thing from hate crime and hate speech to authorized gender recognition – Malta acquired a rating of 92 out of 100, with the following most accepting nation (Denmark) solely scoring 73.
Denmark, Belgium, Norway and Luxembourg accomplished the highest 5 most LGBT-friendly nations, with Sweden, France, Montenegro, Iceland and Portugal rounding out the highest 10.
The UK got here in at quantity 14, whereas Turkey, Poland, Russia, Romania and Monaco all appeared within the backside 10, signifying the least accepting nations.
Azerbaijan got here on the very backside of the listing, with a rating of simply two out of 100.
Whereas homosexuality is just not unlawful in Azerbaijan, homosexual marriage and homosexual adoption are banned, conversion remedy is authorized and there are not any protections in opposition to employment or housing discrimination for LGBT+ folks.
Homosexuality can be authorized in Turkey, but it surely has grow to be extra religiously conservative lately, with laws round “offenses in opposition to public morality” generally utilized in regards to LGBT+ folks.
Italy got here surprisingly low at quantity 33, with a rating of 24 out of 100, whereas Hungary – which just lately proposed banning materials which it says “encourages gender change or homosexuality” in colleges – got here in at quantity 30 with a rating of 29.
Denmark had risen seven locations within the listing since final yr, a transfer which the ILGA says was “primarily fuelled by the amendments to its hate crime and equal remedy legislations”.
In the meantime, the UK suffered probably the most dramatic drop in its rating, yr on yr.
The IGLA stated the drop in 11 factors was brought on by “proof introduced ahead this yr that the equality physique is just not, as set out in its mandate, successfully defending on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identification”.
It additionally famous: “This comes at a time of widespread political and media anti-trans sentiment, whereas the British authorities is just not shifting on long-promised reforms on gender recognition and banning so-called ‘conversion remedy’ for all.”
In distinction, the organisation stated: “France improved its implementation of the equality motion plan, handed a ban on conversion therapies, lifted bans on blood donation, and adopted a regulation on medically assisted insemination”, whereas “Greece additionally lifted bans on blood donations and adopted a brand new equality motion plan.”
The highest 10 most LGBT-friendly nations in Europe:
The ten least GBT-friendly nations in Europe:
42. San Marino