Report says gay activists and supporters are tragets of ‘violence and threats from extremists and supporters of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party’
A participant waves a rainbow flag in front of the parliament as he takes part in the Athens Pride parade, June 9, 2012 (Reuters) Greece stands in 25th place in a ranking of 49 European countries indexed by a gay rights group in a report (pdf) that assesses the laws of each country which impact on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans communities.
The Rainbow Europe map, published on Thursday by the European office of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. ILGA), sees the UK topping the scoreboard with 77% on a checklist of laws that include rules on nondiscrimination, gender recognition, same sex marriage rights and hate speech.
Greece scored 28%, putting it above Italy, Bulgaria, Fyrom, among others. At 7% Russia emerges as the least gay friendly country in Europe.
The ILGA’s rainbow map of Europe “A wave of violence has left a negative mark on the year. In the wake of the economic crisis which is used as a platform by extremist groups to target several minority groups in Greece, a number of LGBT activists and supporters have been victims of violence and threats from extremists and supporters of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party,” the report said.
The report was published on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, which is being marked in Athens by a number of events on Friday and Saturday, organised by Colour Youth, the LGBTQ youth.
The report found Greece scored highest in terms of freedom of speech and assembly, but low when it comes to acceptance among families.
Broken down, the scores were: family recognition (8%), laws and policies against discrimination (13%), legal gender recognition (21%), protection against hate speech/crime (36%), asylum (50%) and respect for freedom of assembly and expression (100%).