All the countries where homosexuality is illegal

Ugandan parliament passes anti-LGBTQ bill that imposes death penalty

Stars Insider

23/03/23 | 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.

Such is the case in the African nation of Uganda, a country with more than 45 million people. On March 21, the Ugandan parliament took a vote on an extreme anti-LGBTQ bill that would introduce life imprisonment and the death penalty for those convicted of engaging in homosexual sex or “recruitment, promotion, and funding” of same-sex “activities." Of the 389 members of parliament, only two voted against the bill and two abstained from the vote. Eruptions of applause and delighted cheering broke out across the room when it was announced that it had passed. It will now be sent to President Yoweri Museveni to be vetoed or signed into law, but he has made comments suggesting he supports the bill. 

While it’s true that over 30 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 more than 60 countries⁠.

Several countries have legislation pending to rid their books of these archaic laws, but sadly, others are becoming even more extreme in their persecution of the LGBTQ community. To discover which, click through this gallery detailing all the countries where homosexuality is illegal.

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