According to a report published Tuesday by a leading LGBT rights organization, Baltic nations Latvia and Lithuania, along with neighboring Poland, are the worst member nations of the European Union to live as an LGBT citizen.

Each year, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) publishes "The Rainbow Index,"which ranks 49 European nations on how their laws and polices affect their LGBT citizenry. The lowest marks were received by Poland and Lithuania, which both received a score of 18%. Latvia was rated the worst nation in the E.U. for LGBT citizens with a score of 17%.

The three worst nations for LGBT people on the european continent are Armenia and Russia, both which received scores of 7%. Azerbaijan came in dead last with a score of 5%. None of these nations are members of the European Union.

Nations scoring highest on ILGA's Rainbow Index are Belgium with 82% and Malta with 88%. Scotland's top-rated 90% score was aggregated into the rest of the United Kingdom countries which came in third at 81%.

Surprisingly, Italy, an original member of the E.U., only scored 20%.

"Contrary to popular belief, LGBTI equality is far from being a done deal in Europe," said ILGA's executive director Evelyne Paradis. "The picture is actually very mixed at the moment:  a lot of the governments that were leading the way on LGBTI equality a few years ago have slowed down their work, especially when it comes to new standards."


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