VALLETTA, MALTA — (05-16-22) — Malta retains their leadership role as the best country in Europe for LGBT+ rights, according to an annual report released by ILGA-Europe.

The association said that Malta has maintained the best laws, policies and practices that least discriminate against its LGBT+ communities.

The small European Union member that has a population of 0.5 million, has topped the “Rainbow Europe” chart since 2016, putting to shame all of the top western powers.

Denmark catapulted 9th to 2nd place in the rankings ahead of Belgium, which has recently announced plans to ban so-called “conversion therapies” by the end of the year.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey were rated as the worst European countries at protecting LGBT+ rights. Bulgaria, Poland and Romania were cited as being the worst EU member states for LGBT+ rights.

ILGA-Europe which is made up of 600 rights advocacy groups worldwide publishes its LGBT+ rights report in 49 European countries annually.

The data for 2022 was released last Thursday at the Rainbow Europe Forum, held in the Cypriot city.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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