For the second year running, Scotland has been named the best European country for LGBT equality.
This is according to ILGA-Europe‘s yearly review of equality, human rights laws, and government policies and Scotland has once again won out against the rest of the UK and Europe for LGBT equality.
The Rainbow Europe Index looks at progress in 49 countries within the EU, using a 52 point criteria including discrimination protections, measures for hate crime, gender recognition and family law.
Scotland sits in the throne rather comfortably with 90.4% of criteria being met, with the UK trailing with 80.1% overall. However, this is partly due to Northern Ireland’s score of 70.75% bringing down England and Wales’ score of 82.3%.
The UK also saw itself handily beaten by countries such as Malta and Belgium, which racked up 88% and 82% respectively.
Angela Crawley, SNP spokesperson for Women, Children and Equalities at Westminster, had this to say: “The fact that Scotland continues to be rated the best country in Europe for LGBTI equality is welcome recognition for the progress we are making to ensure Scotland is a fair and equal country for everyone.The SNP is committed to equality and social justice for all. We were proud to pass Scotland’s progressive equal marriage and hate crime laws, but we know that the job of achieving full equality is not yet done.”
“That’s why the SNP has pledged to reform gender recognition law to secure greater equality for transgender and non-binary people. It’s why the SNP Scottish Government is investing record levels of funding in projects to secure LGBTI, gender, race and disability equality, and it’s why the SNP is committed to ensuring education, healthcare, gender reassignment, policing and other public services are inclusive and meet the needs of all people, including LGBTI people.”