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Malta remains best European country for LGBT+ rights, says report

annual report by ILGA-Europe.The association said that Malta has maintained the best policies, laws and practices that least discriminate against LGBT+ communities.The small European Union member state has topped the "Rainbow Europe" chart since 2016.Denmark rose seven places to second in the rankings ahead of Belgium, which has recently announced plans to ban so-called "conversion therapies" by the end of the year.Meanwhile, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia and Armenia were rated as the worst European countries at protecting LGBT+ rights. Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania were cited as being the worst EU member states for gay rights policies.The organisation -- made up of 600 rights advocacy groups -- publishes its annual report on gay rights in 49 European countries.The data for 2022 was released on Thursday at the Rainbow Europe Forum, held in the Cypriot city of Limassol."More countries are moving towards equality, recognising and protecting people's lived realities," ILGA-Europe said in their report.
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Same-sex parents and their children must be recognised as a family across whole EU, rules court
The EU's top court has ruled that same-sex parents and their children must be recognised as a family in all member states.In a landmark ruling on Tuesday, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) said that if one country acknowledges a parental relationship with a child, then every member state should do the same in order to guarantee the child's right to free movement.The case came before the court after Bulgarian authorities refused to give a birth certificate to the new-born daughter of a same-sex couple on the basis that a child cannot have two mothers.Bulgarian Kalina Ivanova and British Gibraltar-born Jane Jones are both registered as the mothers of Sara, who was born in Spain in 2019.But neither parents are of Spanish descent, meaning citizenship in that country is not allowed and under the British Nationality Act of 1981, Jones cannot transfer British citizenship to her daughter as she was born in Gibraltar.On this basis, Ivanova requested Bulgarian citizenship for her child, which was subsequently rejected since same-sex marriages and partnerships and not legally recognised in Bulgaria.As a result, Sara was left at risk of statelessness, with no access to citizenship, unable to leave her family’s country of residence, Spain, as well as no personal documents, therefore, limiting her access to education, healthcare and social security.The CJEU also ruled that the child should be issued a Bulgarian passport.Speaking on Tuesday following the ruling, Arpi Avetisyan, head of litigation at NGO ILGA-Europe said: "The judgment has brought long-awaited clarification that parenthood established in one EU Member State cannot be discarded by another, under the pretence of protecting the 'national identity'."This is a true
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#TheSame: Hungarian media defy ban on publishing LGBT+ content for children
Hungarian MPs passed a law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality or sex reassignment to anyone aged under 18.The controversial anti-LGBT law has been criticised as discriminatory by the European Union and dozens of organisations.The Foundation for Rainbow Families NGO (Szivárványcsaládokért Alapítvány) has welcomed the move by media groups to publish their content."The campaign draws attention to the fact that while rainbow families love, care for, and worry about their children just like all Hungarian families, the state does not give them equal rights," the organisation said in a Facebook post.The #TheSame campaign was launched earlier this month by the Foundation for Rainbow Families to mark International Children’s Rights Day.Organisers say they hope the social media videos -- featuring two speaking soft toys -- will draw attention to the discrimination faced by LGBT+ families and their children."Despite having the same everyday life, children in rainbow families do not have the same rights," the NGO said in a statement."We believe that all families with young children should have equal rights, opportunities, and support."More than 200 billboards and posters -- some in newspapers and magazines -- will also be displayed as part of the effort, as the media groups involved risk sanctions Hungary's media regulator (NMHH).Those found guilty of "promoting" homosexuality to children in Hungary can face fines under the "Children Protection Act".The ruling conservative Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the law is aimed at fighting paedophilia.But the EU has widely condemned the Children Protection Act, saying it violates fundamental rights and limits sexual education in schools.In July, the European
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