Gender + Equality

Seven Striking Statistics on the Status of Gay Rights and Homophobia Across the Globe

“We’re definitely seeing some really valuable progress to the lives of LGBTI people, but there are many threats emerging."

Ever since Trump entered administration, the amount of hate and homophobia in the state has seemed to increase. Trump’s callous and thoughtless comments able the LGBTQ+ community and other minorities have done nothing but add fuel to the fire.

However, the US is in a reasonably positive place for members of the LGBTQ+ community to live because, although they face homophobia, it is legal for them to be themselves and live their lives. Other counties aren’t that lucky.

The majority of countries now allow sexual activity between consenting adults of the same gender, and the legal recognition of same-sex marriage is slowly spreading along with laws to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, according to a report published Monday.

At the same time, persecution and stigmatization remain rampant in most countries, and equal rights for LGBTQ people are “still very far from reach,” said the report released by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Assn.

To produce the report, “State-Sponsored Homophobia: A World Survey of Sexual Orientation Laws: Criminalization, Protection and Recognition,” researchers compiled data from a variety of sources on laws dealing with sexual orientation.


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