UK loses its positions on LGBT rights ratings

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow (L) speaks as Queen Elizabeth II, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Prime Minister David Cameron and Chris Grayling, leader of the House of Commons listen, at a reception in Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen's 90th birthday on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Hackett - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Prime Minister David Cameron has repeatedly cited the UK’s ranking in the past, saying: “Together we should be proud to live in a country judged to be the best place in Europe if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.” UK is the third after Malta and Belgium which are making a great progress in LGBT issues. An individual breakdown requested by Scotland’s Equality Network places Scotland first in Europe if treated separately from the UK. The UK as a whole faces a lower score as progress in Northern Ireland continues to be blocked by the anti-LGBT Democratic Unionist Party, while Scotland has passed more progressive laws in devolved areas.The rankings have come under fire in the past for failing to entirely weight issues – for example, Malta is able to come first despite not yet implementing same-sex marriage, while Belgium’s patchy gender recognition laws have been criticised previously.
But away from the top, some countries failed to make it into double digits – with Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan called out for lacking basic LGBT rights protections.Germany scored just 55 percent.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Evelyne Paradis said: “Contrary to popular belief, LGBTI equality is far from being a done deal in Europe.“The picture is actually very mixed at the moment: a lot of the governments that were leading the way on LGBTI equality a few years ago have slowed down their work, especially when it comes to new standards.In ILGA-Europe’s 20th anniversary year, we don’t want to see so many lagging behind. Now is certainly not the time for complacency.”

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