Latvia slides down in LGBT+ rights index

Latvia is still among the worst countries in the EU to be an LGBTI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and others) group representative, according to an index by the rights organization ILGA published in May.

The Rainbow Europe index looks at how European laws and policies affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, and other sexuality people and gender identities, and ranks the 49 European nations accordingly.

This year, Latvia ranked the 37th out of 49, dropping by one position since last year when it ranked 36th.

Among the EU countries, a lower score was only recorded for Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria. 

Neighboring Lithuania ranked one step above Latvia in 36th place, and Estonia in 25th.

The report for Latvia commended last year's openly-held Pride together with Kyiv, as well as court action in giving same-sex families legal status. However, the repeated failure to adopt a legal framework protecting all partnerships was also noted.

You can read the full report here.


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