For the fifth year in a row, Malta has maintained its number one spot in the ILGA-Europe index.
The index basically analyses the rights LGBTIQ+ people have around the 49 countries in Europe.
Malta is at the top of the list with a score of 89.
In the past 7 years, Malta has improved by leaps and bounds when it comes to LGBTIQ+ rights, such as introducing civil unions, adoption for same-sex couples, amendments to gender identity laws, cohabitation laws and policies regarding transgender individuals, among others.
ILGA-Europe praised Malta’s work towards improving LGBTQ rights throughout the year 2019, especially when it came to laws regarding LGBTQ+ families, also commenting on using terms like ‘Gender Neutral’ in our laws.
Minister of Justice, Equality and Governance Edward Zammit Lewis and Equality and Reforms Parliament Secretary Rosianne Cutajar commented on the fact that the Government is taking these kind of issues seriously. At the end of the day, we are all equal, and although Malta has made serious changes to laws in this regard, there’s still work to be done to improve the quality of life of these minorities in our country.
You can find more information about the breakdown of Malta’s score on https://rainbow-europe.org/