Malta tops Europe’s Rainbow Map for 2015

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights in the Maltese Islands have evolved significantly over the course of the last decades. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity have been legal in Malta since 1973.

Gender identity and intersex protection laws in Malta are of the highest standard in the world under the Gender Identity, Gender Expression And Sex Characteristics Act.  A law granting civil unions equal rights to marriage in all but name, with the same rights and obligations including joint adoption, was enacted in April 2014.

Steadfast, committed leadership and visible equality trailblazers are necessary ingredients for advancing LGBTI equality according to the latest Rainbow Europe package, released today (Sunday, 10 May 2015) by ILGA-Europe.

In 2015, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex Association (ILGA) ranked Malta first in terms of LGBT rights out of 49 observed European countries, making the UK drop to second place after the latter has been heading the rank for the past 4 consecutive years.


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