Malta classified best in world in the fight against homophobia and sexual orientation
Malta has been classified as the best country in the world in the fight against homophobia and the protection on the basis of sexual orientation, according to a report by the International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Persons (ILGA World). The report was published on Thursday in New Zealand on the occasion of the 40 Anniversary of the Association’s foundation.
A Ministry for Equality statement said that the report shows that Malta was the only country which satisfied all of ILGA World criteria that include the constitutional protection, labour law protection, the protection against all forms of discrimination and hatred, same-sex marriage and civil union, joint adoption and adoption by second parent, and the ban on conversion practices or their advertising.
It was also pointed out that this was achieved after the Government implemented a number of legislative reforms which placed Malta on top in Europe in this important area of human rights and equality, and now on top of the world.
The news follows a recent report which placed Malta, for the first time, among the best 10 tourist destinations for LGBTIQ persons.
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