This week, the kingdom of Brunei enacted draconian laws that penalize same-sex relations and adultery with death by stoning. The news has sparked international outrage, and calls for a boycott of the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel chainbut it has also shined a spotlight on the reality that homosexuality and gender-nonconforming identities remains illegal in dozens of countries all over the world. While the number of places where it is a capital offense is small, in many places those convicted can face fines, jail time, lashings and even life imprisonment.
Around the world, people are under attack for who they love, how they dress, and ultimately for who they are. In too many countries, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex LGBTI means living with daily discrimination. From name-calling and bullying, to being denied a job or appropriate healthcare, the range of unequal treatment faced is extensive and damaging.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Same-sex sexual activity is a crime in 70 countries. Some of them, including six nations that are members of the U.
Almost every time I write about traveling to one of these places, I get comments about it. They typically fall into one of the following two general categories:. But when it comes to travel I take a different approach.
A strong global movement has improved respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people around the world. However, at least 68 countries still have national laws criminalizing same-sex relations between consenting adults. This series of maps provides a global overview of those laws.
It's and people are still being arrested for being gay. It should also be noted that in some of these countries these are very old laws and some are enforced more strictly than others. In most of these places there is still a robust gay community fighting for equality, so this isn't a plea to stop visiting these places!
If the amendment to the penal code passes the upper house of the Asian nation's parliament, 69 countries will remain worldwide where same-sex relations are illegal. In January Angola removed a ban on "vices against nature" from its penal code, which had been interpreted as criminalising gay sex. A colonial-era law ban on gay sex was ruled unconstitutional by India's Supreme Court in Septemberdecriminalising same-sex relations in the country of 1. The Caribbean state's high court overturned its law against "buggery", which criminalised sexual relations between consenting same-sex partners, in April
Almost half of them are Commonwealth jurisdictions. Even in jurisdictions that do not explicitly criminalise women, lesbians and bisexual women have been subjected to arrest or threat of arrest. In many more countries transgender people are targeted by a range of laws that criminalise same-sex activity and vagrancy, hooliganism and public order offences.
Fifty years after homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales, 72 other countries and territories worldwide continue to criminalise same-sex relationships, including 45 in which sexual relationships between women are outlawed. There are eight countries in which homosexuality can result in a death penalty, and dozens more in which homosexual acts can result in a prison sentence, according to an annual report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ILGA. Southern and east Africa, the Middle East and south Asia persist with the most draconian approaches. Western Europe and the western hemisphere are the most tolerant.