Annual review of LGBTQ rights ranks Belgium 3rd best in Europe

ILGA Europe – the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association – has released its annual report on the human rights of LGBTQ people in Europe.

Ahead of Brussels on the ranking are Denmark in second place, and Malta in first place.

Malta has topped the index since 2016 when it became the first European country to criminalise conversion therapy.

Poland is the lowest ranked country within the European Union, while Azerbaijan is cited as the overall worst nation in Europe for LGBTQ+ rights.

The full report details some of the factors – positive and negative – that have influenced the overall assessment of LGBTQ rights within Belgium.

Specific examples of homophobic language or violence were highlighted by IGLA, as were positives such as support for Intersex people, and the collection of personal memorabilia to create an LGBTQ archive.

Read a summary of the ILGA Europe report

Read the full report from ILGA Europe