Rainbow Map of Europe for 2020

Rainbow Map of Europe for 2020

The Rainbow Map for 2020 is here!

Each year the office of Rainbow Europe publishes the findings of the LGBTI human rights in Europe. This organisation based in Brussels, ranks 49 European countries on their legal and policy situation for LGBTI people. Their latest Rainbow Map for 2020 is now live!

Rainbowmap 2020 from IGLA
Rainbowmap 2020 from IGLA

Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of LGBTI people covering the period of January to December 2019

Read their Annual Review for more details and stories behind the Rainbow Map & Index.

We examined the advances made and provided concrete examples of on-the-ground situations at national level country-by-country in the 12 months from January to December 2019. A few countries have gained some points while others show a sharp decline from last year. This situation has also been compounded with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This makes matters much worse for many in our community.

The break down

These graphs show both Europe as a whole and then the countries in the EU. The end results were achieved with compiling these statistics. The colour coded breakdowns for the categories are as follows:

Red – Equality & non-discrimination

Orange – Family

Yellow – Hate crime & hate speech

Green – Legal gender recognition & bodily integrity

Blue – Civil society space

Violet – Asylum

Progress in Germany

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) announced the planned ban on conversion therapy in June of 2019. A study He commissioned a study earlier this year. This  found that roughly 1,000 people are subjected to conversion therapy annually. Spahn believes the current fine on practitioners, including therapists and religious figures, needs to be increased. To follow up on this, Germany’s Ministry of Justice prepared a draft on banning the practice on minors. The draft includes both SOGI, which was welcomed by civil society.

The Federal government adopted a new package of measures in October. These are to combat right-wing extremism and online hate speech, increasing the current penalties for incitement to, and approval of, criminal offences online.

For the future, these as well as many other advances are a welcome addition to the protection of our community from the government. (gt)

all graphics and statistics provided by rainbow-europa.org