Map Ranks State Of Human Rights For LGBT Citizens In Europe

Just in time for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, this color-coded map displays the state of LGBT rights in Europe. The Russian Federation received the lowest marks by far. posted on

1. ILGA-Europe has today published its 2013 report (Rainbow Europe) of what it is like for LGBT folk to live in each of the 58 European countries:

The scale goes from dark green (full equality, respect of human rights) to dark red (gross violations of human rights, discrimination).

2. Compare with the 2012 Rainbow Map:

This map rates each European country’s laws and administrative practices according to 42 categories and ranks them on a scale between 30 (highest score: respect of human rights and full legal equality of LGBT people) and -12 (lowest score: gross violations of human rights and discrimination of LGBT people).

3. The report reads:


At the national level, we see that developments are at times taking completely opposite directions. Some countries are moving towards marriage equality, better protection mechanisms against discrimination and violence, ensuring easier and more humane procedures for legal gender recognition. However these advances are often accompanied by a social backlash, including increased violence. In other countries, the most worrying development is the introduction of more restrictive and discriminatory measures such as the laws banning ‘homosexual propaganda’.

4. The lowest score goes to the Russian Federation which recieved a value of only 7, one point ahead of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

This report is published just days after a man was reportedly raped and killed in Russia after coming out.

Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters

5. Today in St. Petersburg gay rights activists are rallying to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.

The placard reads “Love is stronger than hate.

Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters

6. Gabi Calleja, Co-Chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board, noted:


The Annual Review 2013 uncovers the real situation of LGBTI people beyond laws and gives us the whole picture of what it is like to be an LGBTI person in Europe today. The picture is far from satisfactory. While some countries are scoring high on the Rainbow Map because they have good laws, the situation on the ground often is very different. Even in countries with the most advanced laws and policies, there is a surprisingly high percentage of LGBTI people who are adjusting their behaviours on a daily basis because they fear violence and harassment when in public.

You can download Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of LGBTI People in Europe, Rainbow Europe Map 2013 as well as score sheets on each individual European country here.

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