On 17 May the European branch of the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA Europe) released its Rainbow Map, to coincide with the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. The map, which is released every year, uses a points system ranging from +17 to -7 to monitor the legal situation of LGBT people. Points are awarded for factors such as the existence of anti-discrimination legislation including sexual orientation and gender identity and deducted for factors such as the lack of recognition of same-sex partnerships.
No country achieved anything close to the full 17 points available, but the UK, Sweden and Spain can be pleased with their 12.5 and joint 12 points respectively. Nevertheless, the wide variations between countries and the considerable room for improvement across Europe mean that the legal situation for LGBT people across Europe is still a real cause for concern. This map will undoubtedly be a significant tool to help national governments identify their failings and work towards full equality and protection for LGBT people in Europe.
The map is available on ILGA Europe’s website : http://ilga-europe.org/home/news/fo...