New Interactive European Map Shows Best and Worst Places for the Queer Community


The interactive map breaks down legal details and the social climate for the European queer community. The results may surprise you.

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Rainbow Europe who is part of ILGA Europe (the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) has recently released an interactive map breaking down each country’s social and legal stance on the queer community.

Under the “Rainbow Map” view, each country is color-coded: dark green being the most protected, to dark red being the least protected. Once you click on a country you can view details on its overall score, a breakdown of each category, and where it ranks among the 49 countries.

Under the “Country Rating” view, you can see where each country ranks from best to worst. Topping the list surprisingly is Malta with a score of 90%, while other progressive countries like Belgium, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom are listed in the top ten. The worst is coming in at 3% is the nation of Azerbaijan, the former Soviet republic. Also in the bottom 10 list is Russia, Turkey, and Moldova.

Romania made barely escaped the bottom ten, ranking 37th out of 49.

The findings are based on data collected by ILGA Europe along with partners and member organizations. ILGA Europe is funded by the European Union.