Portugal Is Among the Four Leading European Countries for LGBTI Rights

The most notable advancement Portugal made this year was revoking all restrictions on LGBTI people for blood donation, according to LGBTI rights advocacy group ILGA Europe.

Portugal ranked fourth in this year’s annual Rainbow Europe Map and Index, which assesses the legal and policy conditions for members of the LGBTI community in 49 European countries. With a score of 68%, Portugal came in after Malta (94%), Belgium (74%), and Luxembourg (72%). 

Portugal’s score increased by 2% compared to 2020, and the most notable advancement it made this year was revoking all restrictions on LGBTI people for blood donation.

 The report was published on Monday, May 17 — the International Day Against Homophobia — by ILGA Europe, an international LGBTI rights advocacy group. This year’s results have revealed an alarming lack of forward momentum in the advancement of LGBTI rights and are described as “widespread and almost complete stagnation on human rights of LGBTI people.” 

Evelyne Paradis, the Executive Director of ILGA-Europe said, “It is deeply worrying to report an almost complete standstill on LGBTI rights and equality, especially at such a critical time for LGBTI communities. In the past year, we’ve seen increased political repression against LGBTI people, a stark rise in socio-economic hardship, and the spreading of LGBTI-phobic hatred on the streets and online across the region.”

You can find the full report here.

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