Malta remains atop the Rainbow Europe listings for LGBTQ+ rights while UK slips

Malta remains atop the Rainbow Europe listings for LGBTQ+ rights while UK slips

The UK has slipped down the rankings for LGBTQ+ rights in Europe after failing to keep its promises of reform whilst Malta remains at the top in the Rainbow Europe listings compiled by over 600 gay advocacy groups. 

 

Denmark, France, Iceland and Montenegro all improved in their record for improving LGBTQ+ rights according to ILGA Europe, the umbrella term for the group who compiled the listings, whilst Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia and Armenia were at the bottom – closely followed by Poland, Bulgaria and Romania.

 

Evelyne Paradis, executive director of ILGA Europe had this to say: “After complete stagnation last year, which was extraordinarily worrying to us, there is a new upward dynamic. While you hear us speak of some signs of optimism our call today is one of redoubling efforts to make sure there is renewed mobilisation, one focused on action, not just words.”

 

It’s not massively surprising that the UK has slipped down the ranking with their current botching of the conversion therapy ban that has been promised since 2019 and still yet to materialise. The UK is also in the throes of a culture war conducted at the expense of trans people who face more and more discrimination and intimidation as the weeks go by.

 

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