UK tops index of legal rights for LGBT people

The UK has come top of ILGA-Europe’s Rainbow Index of legal rights and protections for LGBT people. ILGA-Europe has published the Index and other materials to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May.

Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary, said: “We are proud that the UK has topped the European Rainbow Index. Much of this can be attributed to campaigners, including trade unions, who have fought tirelessly against transphobia, biphobia and homophobia.

“But our battle is not yet won - despite these legal protections our LGBT members still experience unacceptable levels of discrimination at work and in society. We will continue to fight for the rights of LGBT people across the world, and in the UK, until everyone can live free from discrimination or harassment.”

UNISON is marking IDAHO by redoubling our efforts for LGBT workers equality. We have updated our LGB and T bargaining factsheets and urge branches and reps to use them locally - http://www.unison.org.uk/out/docs_list_wpr.asp.

The ILGA-Europe materials published today include a Rainbow Europe map reflecting 49 countries’ legislation and policies and an annual review of the human rights situation of LGBTI people, country by country, which gives more information on the everyday life and environment for LGBTI people.

See it all here.