Malta Pride 2017. | Photo: David Hudson / GSN
Malta just topped the list for the most LGBTI-friendly country in Europe.
ILGA-Europe ranked a total of 49 countries for its annual review of the human rights situation of LGBTI people in Europe.
Malta topped the list with a score of 91%, far out-reaching any other country.
Then came Belgium (78%), Norway (77%), United Kingdom (73%), Finland (73%) and France (72%).
With same-sex marriage legal as of last year in Malta, it ticks almost every criteria on the list. It loses marks for goods and services (in both sexual orientation and gender identity), as well as some in medically-assisted insemination for both singles and same-sex couples.
Who’s at the bottom?
The bottom five on the list were Russia (10%), Monaco (9%), Turkey (8%), Armenia (7%) and Azerbaijan (4%).
The international rights organization ranked the countries on categories such as equality and non-discrimination, family, hate crime and hate speech, legal gender recognition and body integrity, civil society space and asylum.
Azerbaijan is actually getting worse when it comes to LGBTI rights. In a list of 141 countries around the world, it found social attitudes to LGBTI people in Azerbaijan are declining, making it the worst performing country.
Last year, random police raids on LGBTI people in the country’s capital Baku made international headlines.
As a result, police rounded up, tortured and humiliated at least 100 LGBTI people.
Azerbaijan held its first Pride march in 2013.
Malta topped the list last year as well, with a total of 88%.