ILGA-Europe has recently issued its annual ranking on the LGBT community’s situation in Europe. Italy positions itself 32 out of the 49 European countries, demonstrating that there is still a need for improvement to guarantee a safe environment for LGBT people within the country.
This May, ILGA-Europe published “Rainbow Europe”, its annual rating of the 49 European countries based on the study of European states’ laws and policies that have a direct impact on LGBT rights. The ranking scale goes from 0 percent, representing a gross violation of human rights, to 100 percent, representing a full respect for human rights. The position of the European states in the scale varies a lot; while in some countries the reached outcomes are quite positive, in others LGBT people’s equality and safety is far from being guaranteed.
“The incredible achievements of the past decade are at stake. Let’s not make the mistake of thinking that we have achieved equality. There are too many signs that trends like populism and nationalism aren’t political buzzwords—they can have a lasting impact on the lives of LGBTI people in Europe,” commented in a press release Evelyne Paradis, executive director of ILGA-Europe. “There are too many signs around us that many of the recent wins are fragile. So let me say it again, we are nowhere near done,” he added.