Revealed: Malta ranked number one for gay rights

Malta has been crowned the most progressive country in Europe for gay rights.

It’s the fourth year in a row that Malta came top of the league table, compiled by Rainbow Europe.

The rankings assess the countries of Europe on their progress on equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

The report showed Malta is by far the fairest nation in terms of legal protections.

The annual index measures progress in European countries on LGBTI equality against 48 criteria, including:

  • discrimination at work
  • measures to tackle hate crime
  • quality in family law
  • same-sex marriage
  • parenting rights

Malta was found to meet 90% of the criteria.

Belgium came second on 73% with Luxembourg third on 70%.

Evelyne Paradis, Rainbow Europe’s executive director told 89.7 Bay: ‘Those countries that continue to do really well and go up are those that … clicked quite some time ago that the agenda was more than marriage equality.’

Azerbaijan scored the lowest with just 3%.

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