Belarus ranks 42th out of 49 countries in the homophobia ranking of the European division of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, transegender and intersex people organisation ‘ILGA-Europe’.
Only Moldova, San Marino, Russia, Monaco, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan have ranked worse than Belarus.
The most tolerant country, according to the rating, is Malta. It is followed by Belgium and Norway.
The rankings take into account the equality and non-discrimination, the opportunity to start a family, the prohibition of hate speech, the legal recognition of the status and the ability to change their sex, the opportunity to be part of civil society and the granting of asylum to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people.