The United Kingdom has been ranked Number One in Europe for LGBTI rights by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

The ILGA’s Rainbow Europe Map (see below) “reviews the standing of European countries against essential legal benchmarks for LGBTI equality”. This year’s map shows a wide disparity in LGBTI rights across the continent – the UK is awarded an impressive 82%, but at the other end of the spectrum, the Russian Federation is given a woeful rating of 6%.

The UK’s rating is 5% up on last year, and was measured according to the country’s performance in six different categories: equality and non-discrimination, family, bias motivated speech/violence, legal gender recognition, freedom of assembly, association and expression, and asylum.

Meanwhile, Ireland is given a disappointing 34% rating and countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia are generally deemed to recognise LGBTI rights more fully than those in Eastern Europe. See the full Rainbow Europe Map below:

ILGA Europe

Noting the differences in recognition of LGBTI rights across the continent, ILGA representative Gabi Calleja said: “While the human rights of LGBTI people have undoubtedly gained great visibility across Europe, progress in terms of real legal, political and social changes vary considerably from one country to another, in large part depending on levels of societal acceptance, of political leadership and political will, as well as the strength of civil society in a given country.”