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."

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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Although it is disheartening to see that countries such as Afghanistan and Iran still ban homosexuality, there have still been great leaps in preventing legal discrimination against homosexuals worldwide, including in the US. There is still work to be done, as shown by the charts in this article, but the future looks brighter than it did several years ago.