Researchers see regress of LGBT rights in Europe

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The European chapter of the advocacy group International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) released the 10th Rainbow Europe Map and Index on Monday (May 13). And according to it there is a reason t0o be concerned about the state of affairs with the LGBT rights on the continent. The 2019 Rainbow Europe Map and Index—a monitoring tool designed to rank 49 countries in Europe on criteria such as their LGBT+ equality and non-discrimination laws, legal gender recognition and bodily integrity, protection from hatred and violence, family rights, and spaces in civil society—revealed that some countries who used to have LGBT-friendly laws and policies before have them disappeared right now. In particular, ILGA-Europe noted that Poland “no longer provides access to medically-assisted reproduction for single women,” while Bulgaria “removed all their administrative and legal procedures for changing name or gender marker in the official documents for trans people.” Overall, the island of Malta scored the highest, topping the Rainbow Europe country ranking for the fourth year in a row, followed by Belgium—for the second year in the second spot. Third came Luxembourg, increasing its ranking by 17 spots year-on-year thanks to its updated gender recognition law

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