76 countries (or 78) where homosexuality is illegal

ILGA map of countries where homosexuality is illegal (Photo courtesy of ILGA)

ILGA map of countries where homosexuality is illegal (Photo courtesy of ILGA. Click for larger version.)

Mapping repression

Depending on how you count them, there are 76 or 78 countries where homosexuality is illegal.

This blog takes its name from a list of 76 such countries.

This year’s report from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, or ILGA, discusses 78.

Two countries that that the ILGA classifies as “unclear” or “uncertain” are:

  • India, where the law against homosexual activity has been suspended pending court action, and
  • Iraq, where no such law exists, but homophobic violence is unchecked and self-appointed sharia judges reportedly have imposed sentences for homosexual behavior.

For a detailed reconciliation of the two lists, see the blog page “76 countries where homosexuality is illegal.”

See also the full 2012 report from the ILGA (pdf) and a pdf version of the map above.


About Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart, a 40-year journalism veteran, is publisher and an editor of the "Erasing 76 Crimes" blog. More profile information on Google+.
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2 Responses to 76 countries (or 78) where homosexuality is illegal

  1. Mike says:

    Interesting to read the posts and views regarding homosexuality, religion, education and social status.

    Like you, I was born a sinner and am reminded every day of my actions / thoughts and what my faith reminds me / challenges me to do every day to continue to TRY to walk in God’s faith.

    I believe homosexuality is wrong and destructive to a family unit and Christianity as a whole. I also truly believe that people are born different, but is up to that person to act upon a particular sin. We treat so many diseases or and underlying issues with medication… Maybe homosexuality should be diagnosed and treated this way? Don’t know.

    Is there also a possibility that we as a society have become desensitized to certain beliefs and have strayed away from our roots. What do you stand for? What do we stand for as a country?
    Who / what do we want to be when we grow up?

    The Boy Scouts have have even folded under peer pressure and has, in part, made this move for monetary decisions. It is ok for a gay youth to tent with another scout as long as they do not “practice the sin”. I say get rid of all Boy / Girl Scout Associations and let them sleep together because as long as they do not “practice the sin”, we’re all good. Right! I digress.

    As far as the religion piece goes. Again, I do to believe or support homosexuality and have seen first hand what it does to a family as I have several family members that are gay and it is very difficult to see the division within our family. The act of the sin is wrong and what I struggle with is the gay / lesbian movement seem to want to come out of the closet, have everyone support and love them, yet seemingly bash anyone that does not. I honestly have not seen where people have just plainly stated it is what they believe In and then leave it at that. If homosexuality was “normal”, there would be a way for them to procreate and not adopt a child or have / be a surrogate mother just so they can go home and play house.

    The education and social status piece and comments mentioned do not hold water. An uneducated / poor country and acceptance to your belief does not make them intelligent, but maybe…. Just maybe they have faith and know what they believe in and have culture to support their history. Some of my coworkers are very intelligent and are lawyers with Masters Degrees with a few have Doctorate Degrees. Sadly, I hear comments about people and their education and pass judgement on them for their degree or lack thereof. Some of the nicest people I have met are just plain simple down to earth people and are not defined by what they own nor do they back their BMW’s and other sport cars into their garage with the lights on so passerby’s can appreciate their success.

    Another note to add would be the continued strain on our healthcare system with treating Aids / HIV. Certainly, we have enough sexually transmitted diseases with us that cannot keep our privates, well private.


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    • Dear Mike,

      Thanks for the long comment. You touch on many subjects. I’ll just respond to the final one, about HIV/AIDS. To reduce the burden on the health care system, LGBT people should be allowed to learn about preventive measures, but in many countries, especially those with anti-gay laws, they are denied access to that information. That allows the disease to spread.

      Please don’t tell me that your strategy for dealing with the problem is that LGBT people should stop being LGBT people.

      Colin Stewart, editor of this blog

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