Malta rises to 3rd place in the ILGA-Europe LGBT Rainbow Map

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Malta rises to 3rd place in the ILGA-Europe LGBT Rainbow MapMalta has ranked in 3rd place in the latest ILGA-Europe Rainbow map and index for 2015, climbing as many as 15 places in a period of two years, and following the introduction of the civil unions and gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics acts amongst others.

With an overall rating of 79% (from 35% in 2013), Malta now ranks just below UK (86%) and Belgium (83%) and is far ahead from the European average of 42%.

These results were released yesterday evening by ILGA-Europe during the opening of the 2015 European IDAHO Forum celebrating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia which is being held in Montenegro.

The 2015 Rainbow Europe package highlights the complexity of the current situation for LGBTI people in Europe. The rainbow map is a colour coded representation of the current legal and policy situation for LGBTI people in Europe and ranks a total of 49 countries according to their ultimate benchmark of 100% equality.

According to ILGA-Europe, “Malta’s rise to 3rd in the Rainbow map rating is undoubtedly the most eye-catching story of the 2015 Rainbow Map.”

ILGA-Europe describes how the substantial legislative and constitutional progress over the past 12 months was the platform for this climb into the map’s top 3.

In its annual review, ILGA Europe attributes the great steps forward that Malta made in the recognition of the human rights of trans and intersex people through “impressive standard setting” in granting gender identity constitutional protection from discrimination.

Commenting on these results, Gabi Calleja, Chair of the LGBTIQ Consultative Council explained how the Consultative Council is proud to have been a part of such historical legislative milestones in the past year, working collaboratively with government to improve the lives of LGBTIQ people.

The many initiatives taken have allowed for other LGBTIQ groups to be established and hopefully to flourish. “We look forward to continued efforts towards equality, inclusion and well-being of LGBTIQ people in Malta. We also commend Malta’s international efforts with respect to LGBTIQ rights which we hope will contribute towards a safer and more just world.”

Meanwhile, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Dr Helena Dalli is currently attending the 2015 IDAHO Forum in Montenegro.

Yesterday evening the conference opened with Minister Dalli and Minister Bah Kuhnke (Sweden) handing over the IDAHO banner to the Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Dusko Marcovic.

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