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Poland Ranked As EU’s 2nd Least LGBTI-friendly Country

A report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people has found Poland to be the 2nd least LGBTI-friendly nation in the EU. 

The 10th annual Rainbow Map, which is produced by the ILGA-Europe organisation, gives Poland a score of just 18%. The only EU country to score lower was Latvia at 17%. The average score among the countries in the EU (including the UK) is just under 42%.

Across the greater European geographical area, Poland does nonetheless fare better than a number of other countries. Russia, Belarus, Moldova, North Macedonia, Armenia and Azerbaijan all have lower scores than Poland.

According to the Rainbow Europe Foundation, “the primary goal of the Annual Review is to reflect the human rights situation of LGBTI people and their position in society.”

Poland scored well in the report’s ‘Civil society space’ category, largely due to the number of LGBTI-rights marches that have taken place safely in the country. The report also gives Poland a number of ticked boxes in the ‘Legal gender recognition & bodily integrity’ category.

However, in the ‘Equality & non-discrimination’, ‘Family’, ‘Hate Crime & Hate Speech’ and ‘Asylum’ categories, Poland scores almost no points whatsoever.

You can read a full breakdown of the report on Poland here.

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Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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