The latest edition of ILGA Europe's Rainbow List has found that LGBTI people planning a trip are best advised to avoid Armenia Turkey and Azerbeijan. The latter is rock-bottom of the ranking with 2.33 percent. Despite hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2018, Russia also scores poorly on the list with 10.20 percent. Notably, Poland is also among the eight worst-ranked nations in Europe and the poorest performing EU member state.
Polish President Andrzej Duda is in the midst of an election campaign and has publicly spoken out against the gay community in recent days, describing LGBT rights as an ideology more dangerous than communism. Duda is still ahead in the polls but his challenger, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, is narrowing the gap and he is a vocal supporter of LGBT rights.
ILGA's annual review ranks 49 European countries on a scale from 0 percent to 100 percent. Those closer to 0 percent are considered worst for gross violations of human rights and discrimination while the other end of the scale respects human rights and full equality.