The UK is no longer the best in Europe for LGBT equality

Malta has overtaken the UK as the best European country for LGBT rights, according to new data.

For the past four years the United Kingdom has been at the top of the Rainbow Europe list, but this this week Malta was revealed to be the most LGBT inclusive place in Europe.

The ranking takes into account the laws and policies that each country has that impact the lives of LGBTI people, including indicators such as family issues, hate speech, gender recognition and freedom of expression.

The UK lost points over factors such as permitting medical intervention on intersex children, not allowing asylum on the grounds of gender identity, and gender recognition laws.

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