A crime to be gay: 77 countries where you’d be arrested for being you
On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, pressure group All Out is working with lobby group ILGA to remind people of the 77 countries where you can be arrested for being gay. There are more than 2.7 billion people living in these countries. In ten of these countries, you’d pay with your life. And more places are adopting anti-gay laws as religiously-encouraged homophobia and intolerance becomes more entrenched.
An interactive map on The Guardian‘s website shows the world’s record on the rights of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, and All Out’s two million members are being asked to share messages on their social networks to spread the word and highlight the number of countries where being gay is a crime.
‘The data shows a web of discriminatory laws that drive anti-gay sentiment and make the freedom to be who you are a privilege increasingly determined by the accident of your birth. There is no place in the world where lesbian, gay, bi and trans people can live openly and free from discrimination – it is unfair and it is untenable,’ said Andre Banks, Executive Director and co-founder of All Out.
‘The laws don’t even tell the full story,’ he continued. ‘For the first time in history there are millions organised in every corner of the world to speak out and roll back discrimination. After viewing the interactive map, readers will be able join All Out in a global campaign to push world leaders to ensure that no person has to sacrifice their family, freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or whom they love.’