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welcome to The Rainbow Map!

ILGA-Europe’s Rainbow Map annually ranks 49 European countries on a scale between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights, full equality) on the basis of laws and policies that have a direct impact on LGBTI people’s human rights. (See more about ILGA-Europe below.)

The Map ranks each country under seven categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition; intersex bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum.

This website offers a free online data collection, designed to make the job of policy makers, human rights defenders, researchers, media outlets, and other interested NGO’s more straightforward. It allows users to filter results of the Map by category or country, compare countries, download reference materials for free, and compare a particular country’s standing both historically and with the European or EU average.

In addition to the quantitative data collected for the Rainbow Map, the qualitative data compiled in ILGA-Europe’s Annual Review of the Human Rights of LGBTI People in Europe and Central Asia, digs into what is behind the country ranking points. While the Map benchmarks countries based on legislative progress or regressions, the Annual Review contextualises this benchmarking by giving a complete picture of what has happened in each country over the past 12 months.

Here are all the 75 criteria under the 7 categories that ILGA-Europe takes into consideration for each country and the number of ranking points awarded for each one that is fulfilled satisfactorily:

Equality and non-discrimination 23%

Family 17,5%

*Countries that have more than one form of legal recognition of same-sex partners are only awarded points for the highest legal form of recognition.

Hate crime and hate speech 19%

Intersex bodily integrity 5%

Civil society space 9%

Asylum 9%

ILGA-Europe are an independent, international non-governmental umbrella organisation uniting over 750 LGBTI organisations from 54 countries across Europe and Central Asia.

We stay on top of what LGBTI activists and organisations in Europe and Central Asia need and prioritise – and use that knowledge to set standards for LGBTI equality and human rights at regional and international levels. We work with policymakers and put activists in touch with institutional actors to create meaningful, systemic change.

We speak to the realities of LGBTI people’s lives and activism and highlight forces for change – both negative and positive. In order to do that with credibility, we ensure we produce credible data giving an overview of what’s happening, so that we can benchmark progress and build other opportunities to benmark the lived experience of being LGBTI across the region.