Report finds ‘substantial rise’ in politicians using hate speech, verbally attacking LGBTQ people across Europe

Last year saw an alarming increase in abuse and hate speech against LGBTQ and intersex people in Europe and Central Asia, according to an LGBTQ+ rights advocacy group. And a great part of it came from lawmakers and politicians across the two continents. On Tuesday, ILGA-Europe released its annual publication documenting legal, political and social developments in 54 countries in Europe and Central Asia The group, a coalition of more than 600 LGBTQ and intersex rights organizations, found that politicians in 17 countries in the region — including Italy, Finland and Estonia — verbally attacked L…

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