There is a lot of work to do around the globe in the fight for equality
BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY KAROLINA GRABOWSKA VIA PEXELS
Once again, the UK has dropped down in ILGA Europe’s ranking of countries based on their record of LGBTQI rights. In the latest Rainbow Map, which was published on 12 May, the UK fell from 14th place, after previously being dropped to 10th place in 2021.
With the exclusion of transgender, non-binary and intersex protection in the conversion “therapy” ban and the rise of transphobia and homophobia, this is sadly not surprising.
#RainbowEurope 2022 is live! @ILGAEurope benchmarks 49 European countries on their legal and policy situation for LGBTI people 🏳️🌈 Check out https://t.co/aTIBONQOI3 now pic.twitter.com/jvhwrj6f3x— ILGA-Europe (@ILGAEurope) May 12, 2022
Whilst the UK, Bulgaria and Romania are amongst the countries to have dropped in ranking, Denmark has moved up seven spaces to the number two spot. Germany introduced a ban on intersex genital mulitlation and Iceland also gained points for its legislative recognition of trans parenthood.
Pride month is right around the corner, and for anyone who comes up against people asking if we really still need a Pride month, yes, yes we do. There is a lot of work to do around the globe to ensure that LGBTQI people have equal rights.
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The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that the UK Government will not protect trans people in its Conversion Therapy Ban
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Drag royalty River Medway made her own Queen’s Speech calling for trans conversion therapy ban
The #QueensSpeech has come early this year courtesy of @dragraceUKBBC— Mermaids (@Mermaids_Gender) May 10, 2022
royalty @river_medway! And this Queen has one message for @BorisJohnson: #KeepTransInTheBan 🏳️⚧️#BanConversionTherapy pic.twitter.com/CagtDY6GqT
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