Spain goes from second to eleventh place in the European ranking of LGTBIQ+ rights in a decade
Spain is in 11th place in the annual Rainbow Europe ranking carried out by ILGA-Europe on the legal and political situation of LGTBI people in 49 European countries. He has dropped four points in the standings in one year —in 2020 and 2021 it was in sixth place— and nine in eleven years —in 2011 in second place—.
The own ILGA-Europe He lamented in his statement that «se is slowing down the progress of collective rights in Spanish territory«, following the «downward trend that has been happening in previous years«.
La FELGTBI+, which has collaborated in the preparation of this report, considers this data to be particularly serious if one takes into account that «Spain has always been a benchmark in LGTBI + rights«. “This implies a wake-up call to continue taking steps forward and not stagnate in past revenues,” they add in a statement.
Points to improve
As stated in the report, some of the criteria that lower Spain's score are the non-recognition of non-binary people and self-determination, as well as the requirement of a diagnosis of gender identity disorder and mandatory medical intervention. for trans people
The approval of the Trans and LGTBI State Law is considered key for Spain to move forward again.
Among the needs for improvement is the prohibition at the state level of conversion therapies and the implementation of public policies on asylum that contain express mention of all express reasons for all reasons (sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sexual characteristics ). In addition to the legislative inequality between territories.
For these faults, the approval of the Trans and LGTBI state law is considered key.
Malta repeats in first position
Malta leads the ranking again. Denmark has risen seven points in one year due to its new legislation and they highlight Iceland for its legislative recognition of trans parenthood, among other things, Germany for banning intersex genital mutilation or France for prohibiting in the last year the calls «conversion therapies«.
After years of stagnation there has been a positive legislative movement in Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia that call into question the narrative that there is an east/west divide on LGBTI rights in Europe.