The State of LGBTI Security in Europe
ILGA-Europe recently released its annual report on the state of LGBT rights and security across the Europe. Covering developments in individual countries and transnational institutions from 2015, the report notes increasing legal protections for gender minorities and family and partnership rights for sexual minorities in Southern and Western Europe as well as ongoing political exclusion, persecution, and violence in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Here are some of the highlights:
Rated the most progressive European country, Malta’s groundbreaking law prohibiting surgical intervention into a person’s sex characteristics without consent and inclusive education policies for trans, intersex, and other gender minorities were cited as distinctive policies.
Finland, France, Greece, Ireland
Other countries with significant judicial or policy victories regarding the rights of gender minorities.
Countries extending marriage rights to same-sex couples
Countries extending civil partnership rights to same-sex couples
Countries extending adoption rights to same-sex couples
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia
Bottom three countries for LGBTI security
Armenia, FYR Macedonia, Slovenia
Countries blocking same-sex marriage rights
Hungary, Montenegro, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine
Countries denying, limiting, or antagonizing organization and assembly rights of LGBTI civil society groups
“Azerbaijan worst place to be gay in Europe, finds LGBTI index” (The Guardian)
“Which EU states are out of touch on gay marriage?” (euronews)