The rights and privileges of individuals who identify as LGBT are heavily regulated across the globe. While many countries have begun to embrace laws that recognize those in the LGBT community as equals, it can still be dangerous to identify as lesbian, gay, bi, or trans. Advocacy efforts can help to create laws and regulations that benefit, rather than harm, the LGBT community. Many different areas of law can affect members of the LGBT community. Some laws directly target the LGBT community by criminalizing all homosexual activity, while other regulations are tangentially related to LGBT rights. It is important to understand the extent to which LGBT lives are regulated around the world.
Gay rights around the world: the best and worst countries for equality
Human Rights Watch Country Profiles: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | Human Rights Watch
W e have a US president who supports gay marriage, and now a pope who, if not exactly signing up to equality for all, is at least starting to talk in language less inflammatory than his predecessor. Then he went on to criticise the gay "lobby" and said he wasn't going to break with the catechism that said "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered". Still, for a brief moment it looked like a minor breakthrough. Then you weigh it against a raft of anti-homosexuality legislation that is coming into force in countries across the world. In Russia, gay teenagers are being tortured and forcibly outed on the internet against a backdrop of laws that look completely out of step with the rest of Europe.
Map of Countries that Criminalise LGBT People
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A useful tool for LGB human rights defenders, these images expose the arbitrariness of persecutory laws, and starkly indicate the absence of positive law in most parts of the world. This map can be reproduced and printed without permission as long as ILGA World is properly credited and the content is not altered. The map is presented in two formats: a vectorized PDF file that can be used for printing in any size without any loss of quality and a hi-res PNG file in case you wish to use it in any digital platform. ILGA World has been publishing maps on sexual orientation laws every year, producing them in various languages to reach out for more communities around the world.