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.


Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, and editor/publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at info@76crimes.com.


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