WINDY CITY TIMES
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Recently, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ( ILGA ) launched, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the 10th edition of its annual report on State-Sponsored Homophobia, a world survey of laws: criminalization, protection and recognition of same-sex love, with Aengus Carroll and Lucas Paoli Itaborahy authoring this year.
Among some of the highlights:
There are 117 countries ( UN members ) where same sex sexual acts between adults in private are legal. Mozambique and Palau have decriminalized same-sex acts in 2014, and Lesotho did the same in 2010.
There are 76 countries where same-sex sexual acts are still illegal ( down from 92 in 2006 ). Chad introduced a new Penal Code in 2014, punishing anyone who has sex with persons of the same sex.
Seven countries have constitutional bans on discrimination based on sexual orientation, including Mexico ( 2011 ) and Virgin Islands ( 2007 ).
Incitement of hatred based on sexual orientation is prohibited in 31 countries. Austria introduced such a law in 2011, Hungary in 2013, Montenegro in 2010 and Switzerland in 2015.
The full report is at old.ilga.org/Statehomophobia/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2015.pdf. The 2015 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Map of World Laws can be found here old.ilga.org/Statehomophobia/ILGA_WorldMap_2015.pdf.
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