ILGA-Europe has just released its Europe Rainbow Map, which uses percentages to compare countries’ LGBT rights situations.
The United Kingdom had the most positive results with the highest percentage, 82 percent. This is UK’s third time topping the charts for national legal and policy human rights situations.
“The UK has a strong record for protecting and promoting equality,” said Minister for Equalities Sajid Javid, according to Pink News. “I am pleased that our work to protect people from discrimination because of their sexuality has been recognized as some of the best in the world.”
While most countries’ percentages either rose or remained the same, some countries percentages actually dropped. One country in particular is Ireland, which dropped two percent.
Ireland’s drop means that it falls 12 percent below the EU national average.
Brian Sheehan, Director of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), said Ireland needs to work on its progress.
“Ireland is generally a good place to be LGBTI and Irish people are supportive of LGBTI people,” Sheehan said, according to the Irish Mirror. “However, it could be much better, and there are still some issues to address to ensure that Ireland is one of the best countries in the world to be LGBTI.”
Europe still has room for improvement, but overall the results have been positive, with an increase in percentages.
“The EU is a huge force for progress but we must not be complacent,” said Giles Goodall, spokesperson for Liberals 4 Equality, according to GScene Magazine. “Homophobia and transphobia continue to blight thousands of lives around Europe and populist parties are threatening to roll back protection for LGBTI communities.”
To view the map and rankings, visit http://www.ilga-europe.org/home/publications/reports_and_other_materials/rainbow_europe/ .