Malta is named the best queer travel destination


Malta has topped the Rainbow Europe list, which lists 49 countries based on their LGBT+ equality laws and policies, for the fourth year in a row. The list ranks countries from 0 to 100 percent based on six categories: equality and non-discrimination, family, hate crime and hate speech, legal gender recognition and bodily integrity, civil society space and asylum. Malta scored 90 percent, with Belgium in second place with 73 percent. Having made recent progress in gender identity and LGBT+ parenting laws, Luxembourg climbed from 20th place in 2018 to third place, and maybe its gay leader influenced it. The UK made the top 10 in ninth place with 62 percent, the last place was taken by Azerbaijan, which scored only 3 percent. Discrimination against LGBT+ people has been banned in Malta since 2004, and in 2016 it became the first EU country to ban conversion therapy. In 2014, Malta became the first European state to add gender identity to its constitution as a protected category, same-sex marriage and adoption are legally approved.


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