According to the latest report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association’s (ILGA), Malta is the only country which satisfied all the criteria related to gay rights protection making it the most LGBTIQ inclusive country in the whole world.
The criteria included those related to the employment laws, constitutional rights, adoption, discrimination and hate, etc. The ILGA report examines the human rights conditions and legal systems across the world to release its report titled – State Sponsored Homophobia.
The Maltese government put out a statement and said that it was the legal reforms undertaken by the Island country which propelled it to the first position. The report contains data collected from March 2017 to December 2018.
“Through this section, the government is looking beyond legal aspects, and ensuring continual integration within all its departments,” it said.
The LGBTIQ community has been fighting for recognition and equal rights in countries across the world. However, there have been positive signs in the recent past. Recently, the Supreme Court of the largest democracy in the world – India, also decriminalized homosexuality in the country.
The full report by ILGA has been uploaded on: https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf