All the countries where homosexuality is illegal

Botswana's Court of Appeals upholds law decriminalizing same-sex relations

Stars Insider

02/12/21 | StarsInsider


We're well into a new decade, but equality for LGBTQ people around the world continues to not be a given. In fact, being part of the LGBTQ community can often mean a prison sentence, or even death.

Indeed, while it’s true that over 25 countries around the world have legalized same-sex marriage and that about as many allow for joint adoption by same-sex couples, it’s also true that same-sex sexual activity is illegal in over 70 countries⁠.

This was the case in Botswana up until 2019, where people engaging in same-sex sexual activities risked a prison sentence of up to seven years. In 2019, the High Court ruled that same-sex relations should be decriminalized. The state began an appeals process to overturn this ruling, arguing that there was no evidence that the people's attitude to homosexuality had changed, meaning they were still against equal rights for non-heterosexual couples. On November 29, 2021, the Court of Appeals unanimously voted to uphold the 2019 ruling. Their decision has been applauded by human rights organizations all over the world and is being celebrated by the LGBTQ community of Botswana. 

Several other countries have legislation pending to rid their books of these archaic laws. To discover which, and to read about those that are far from doing the same, click through this gallery detailing all the countries where homosexuality is illegal.

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