Almost half of them are Commonwealth jurisdictions. Even in jurisdictions that do not explicitly criminalise women, lesbians and bisexual women have been subjected to arrest or threat of arrest. In many more countries transgender people are targeted by a range of laws that criminalise same-sex activity and vagrancy, hooliganism and public order offences.
All rights reserved. While laws addressing same-sex relationships in most affluent, secular countries have shifted in favor of acceptance, many anti-LGBT laws from a colonial past remain in the developing world. Laws addressing same-sex relationships vary radically across the globe, from full marital recognition to imprisonment and even death.
Tekashi 6ix9ine associates convicted in NYC gang case after rapper's testimony. Activists argue that the laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adults are in breach of the constitution because they deny basic rights. The state should not regulate intimacy between gay couples, they say.
Fifty years after homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales, 72 other countries and territories worldwide continue to criminalise same-sex relationships, including 45 in which sexual relationships between women are outlawed. There are eight countries in which homosexuality can result in a death penalty, and dozens more in which homosexual acts can result in a prison sentence, according to an annual report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ILGA. Southern and east Africa, the Middle East and south Asia persist with the most draconian approaches.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. To many people, sodomy laws - state statutes that criminalize private, consensual, non-commercial intimacy - seem like antiquated legal codes that still exist technically, but are not actually enforced. In fact, these laws are frequently used to discriminate against lesbians and gay men.
While LGBT rights have made considerable progress in some parts of the world recently, a surprising number of countries still punish same-sex relationships with life in prisonment or even death. LGBT rights have come a long way in recent years. Inthe US Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional and the Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote following a country-wide referendum.
Around the world, people are under attack for who they love, how they dress, and ultimately for who they are. In too many countries, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex LGBTI means living with daily discrimination. From name-calling and bullying, to being denied a job or appropriate healthcare, the range of unequal treatment faced is extensive and damaging.
JAKARTA Reuters - Zulfikar Fahd, an openly gay man, says he flew from Indonesia to Canada late last month and claimed asylum on grounds that he faced discrimination and persecution in his home country, which is poised to criminalise same-sex relations and consensual sex outside marriage. Until now, homosexuality has not been regulated by law in Indonesia, except in the ultra-conservative Aceh province where Islamic law bans same-sex relations. But as lawmakers look to shore up conservative votes ahead of elections, parliament appears on the verge of revising the national criminal code to impose restrictions on same-sex relations and consensual sex between men and women outside marriage. Various drafts of the criminal code have appeared.
Download this brief pdf. Read this brief in your web browser Scribd. These high rates of involvement in the juvenile justice system are a result of gay and transgender youth abandonment by their families and communities, and victimization in their schools—sad realities that place this group of young people at a heightened risk of entering the school-to-prison pipeline.