Scotland has been crowned the best country in Europe for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) equality and human rights.
The Rainbow Europe Index 2016, which is analysed every year, pedestaled Scotland at the top which met 90.4% of ILGA-Europe’s criteria. The index brings out the evaluation among 49 European countries, which are measured in a 52-point criteria map, according to Scotsman.
The criteria cover the following aspects: transgender rights, legal protections from discrimination in employment and services, a course of actions to address hate crime, non-binary and intersex people, and equality in family law including same-sex marriage and parenting rights.
Angela Crawley, MP and the SNP(Scottish National Party) spokesperson for Women, Children and Equalities at Westminster, praised the party’s effort towards fair and equal agendas.
“The fact that Scotland continues to be rated the best country in Europe for LGBTI equality is welcome recognition for the progress we are making to ensure Scotland is a fair and equal country for everyone,” she said.
“The SNP is committed to equality and social justice for all. We were proud to pass Scotland’s progressive equal marriage and hate crime laws, but we know that the job of achieving full equality is not yet done. That’s why the SNP has pledged to reform gender recognition law to secure greater equality for transgender and non-binary people,” she added.
The UK scored 81 percent rate in the index. It is due to England and Wales meeting 82.3% of the criteria while Northern Ireland’ met 70.75 percent criteria.
Northern Ireland’s refusal to accept the same-sex marriage laws is one of the major factors which lowered the UK’s rating. Last year, Scotland topped the index over the SNP Scottish Government’s equal marriage legislation.
In 2010, the country brought several anti-discrimination laws to protect the rights of LGBTI. Then in 2014, the same-sex marriage was legalised, reports Herald Scotland.
In the Scottish and Westminster parliaments, SNP has the highest percentage of LGBTI representatives.