Where being queer is still illegal

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The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) released an updated map listing the nations still criminalising consensual same-sex sexual acts between adults.

De Facto criminalisation:

Iraq, Egypt

Up to eight years imprisonment:

Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Chad, Cameroon, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Guinea, Senegal, Namibia, Botswana*, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Oman, Syria, Lebanon, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kuwait, Comoros, Mauritius, Eswatini, Bhutan, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Cook Islands

10 years to life in prison:

Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St Vincent and Grenadines, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Guyana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Brunei, Soloman Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga

Effective death penalty:

Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran

Possible death penalty:

Mauritania, UAE, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Gambia

*Since the list was published Botswana scrapped its law that banned gay sex

Comments 13

  1. How about stop quoting ilga? No country is criminalising consensual same-sex sexual acts between adults.

    1. I see quite a few ignorant as hell statements on this blog’s comments, butt this one takes the cake.

      1. Name a country then. Might be there is one or two, but in general in the countries coloured yellow-red you can either not consent to such acts, meaning that what they have criminalised is rape (call it statutory rape if you like), or they have criminalised rebelling against god (or something similar) or offending people’s sensibilities (a bit like public coitus is illegal in most countries, even though there are differences of course). Ilga knows all this.

        1. No matter which laws are used to justify it, people are still being imprisoned or killed for who they choose to sleep with in 68 countries. Unless you’re saying their freedom/life would have been taken away regardless of their sexuality, you’re picking at nits and being disingenuous at best.

          1. There are laws against statutory rape in all countries of the world, and there are laws against offending people’s sensibilities in all or almost all countries, and there are laws against rebellious acts against god or religion or religious people in, probably, most countries. There is nothing special about these 70ish countries.

  2. MAY BE what some one is writing is that no country that has a people with no knowledge of your act has no law against anything sexual. MAY BE so such is that what is that their meaning. Perhaps such writer wants specific laws, chapter and verse, making gay-ish love as illegal.
    — Religion is not the issue here nor any where. The rule of law ha nothing to do with this. People hate gay behavior in so many places that they create the rule of law against it. Writ law or otherwise. If you want writ law, look it up. Want otherwise, simply make do your desires. Find out by personal discovery. Make real by your own trying.

  3. Numerous countries that have some version of Sharia-based law prescribe, encourage or allow the death penalty for homosexual acts. The relevant statutes are clear and explicit in the legal codes of Brunei, Iran, Mauritania, some Nigerian states, Pakistan, Sudan and the UAE. In other jurisdictions, the laws are implicit in established case law and/or judicial practice, includinv Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and parts of Somalia.

    Current Russian law expressly prohibits public speech about being gay (unless the speech condemns or defames gayness). The law has been and is being actively enforced. Other examples of discriminatory law exist around the world.

    Information about laws and legal practices that selectively target gay people or homosexual acts, up to and including imposition of the death penalty, is readily available from multiple sources. To deny the existence of such represents either careless ignorance or willfull misinformation. The OP lacks credibility and – apparently – the good sense and good will to inform him/herself before making patently false claims on a public forum. In internet terms, he/she is likely a troll.

    1. If I’m a troll then you’re an otyugh. Read what I say instead of fighting straw men, racist.

  4. You served up legal claims. I refuted them with legal facts.
    Receiver hits a clear winner.
    Score: Love – 15

    “Troll” is an internet term for one who knowingly posts false claims for merely inflammatory purposes. This describes your posts on this thread and is a valid assessment.

    “Otyughs” are D&D creatures of which we know little except that they are ugly (by human standards) and eat sewage. You know nothing of my physical appearance or diet, so calling me such is mere juvenile name-calling.
    Unforced error.
    Score: Love – 30

    Straw men? No straw men were set up (or injured) in the making of my post.
    This shot landed well past the baseline.
    Score: Love – 40

    Racist? I never mentioned anyone’s race so this is a non-sequitor, even less meaningful than the rest of the drivel you’ve contributed.
    Double fault.
    Game lost at Love.

    Try a match against opponents closer to your intellectual level, if you can find any.

    1. I’m sorry Wild4Vanilla, but love always prevails at the end. The hate you stand for will eventually lose and one day we will get to live in a freer and more enlightened world.

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