Ireland ranked 22nd for LGBTI Rights in Europe

rainbow_europe_largeThis week ILGA Europe released its Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People in Europe ahead of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17th. As part of this it released a Rainbow Index of countries.

The United Kingdom has topped this Index for the 3rd year in a row. Getting an 82% rating. Ireland however is a different matter ranking 22nd on 34% down 2% on last years index. You may be surprised at some of the countries ahead of us including Albania (18th) and Montenegro (16th).

Russia is, no surprise, 49th and very last on the index with a 6% score.

So why are we so low? Well we lost points for not having Gender Idenity in our equality body mandate. Other issues include Adoption, Marriage, Gender Recognition and employment discrimination in Health and Education.

While the Government do plan or are currently bringing in legisation on these issues. It does show how far we must go to catch up.

For more information check out the full index on ILGA Europe’s Website

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

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