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ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map Points To Make-or-Break Moment for LGBTI Rights in Europe

Published today, May 14, 2020, the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map and Index reveals that once-leading countries in Europe are falling behind in their commitments to equality for LGBTI people. Combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately affects the most vulnerable and is being used by some governments as an excuse to advance their agendas to curtail human rights, the Map’s findings identify a make-or-break moment for LGBTI equality in Europe.


Key findings of the Rainbow Map 2020 include:

  • There has been no positive change in 49% of countries
  • For the second year in a row, countries are moving backwards on the Rainbow Index, as existing protections are disappearing
  • Trans rights are where most of the current movement in terms of LGBTI equality is happening, for better or worse.
  • Other forward movement, although on a smaller scale, is in the inclusion of equality measures protecting intersex people against discrimination
  • Regression is most visible where civil and political rights are eroded: LGBTI human rights defenders increasingly at risk, authorities taking active measures to undermine civil society associations, and attempts to ban public events


Click here to read the full article on ILGA Europe's website