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Poland, Lithuania and Latvia are the worst places for an LGBT

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Lituanie – According to the Rainbow Europe 2016 index Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are the worst places to live as an LGBT citizen.

The report made by the non-governmental organisation ILGA-Europe – the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) – says that Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are the worst countries to live as an LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual ) citizen in Europe. Latvia corresponds to 17% of their criteria, and both Lithuania and Poland to 18%.

It can also be read in the report that Lithuania is trying to improve this image towards the LGBTQIA community : “LGBTI-friendly events gained visibility in Lithuania in 2015, with Vilnius’ mayor speaking out in favour of pride parades in the capital and the city’s successful application for 2016 Baltic Pride. The president reacted to homophobic comments by a well-known performer and a man was fined for bias-motivated hate crime.”

But polls showed that only a minority of the Lithuanian people felt comfortable with the idea of LGBTI colleagues and support for civil partnership or marriage equality remains low overall.

To see the index: