Africa / Americas / Asia / Middle East / North Africa / Oceania

Let’s celebrate: List of anti-LGBT nations shrinks again

76 countries with anti-homosexuality laws (or 72 or 78) This week’s decision by the Belize Supreme Court to overturn that nation’s anti-sodomy law has shrunk the list of nations with anti-LGBT laws once again. By this blog’s tally, the total is now 76 countries with criminal laws against sexual activity. Or the total is 72 … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia / Europe / Oceania

Is the world now a better place for LGBTI people?

Q. A journalist asked, “In the years that Erasing 76 Crimes has covered criminalization of queerness around the world, has the situation improved, stayed stagnant or gotten worse?” Here’s a quick, non-definitive answer: A. During my time publishing Erasing 76 Crimes, from 2012 to the present, the situation has been fluid — possibly improving, with … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

’74 countries to go’ — battle cry in fight for LGBTI justice

A celebration of  yesterday’s repeal of the anti-gay law in Seychelles. Thanks to Mathias Wasik, senior campaigns manager at AllOut, for the celebratory photo. By some accounts, the Seychelles action dropped the total number of countries with anti-LGBT laws to 74 from 75 worldwide. For more information, see this blog’s articles: “Tiny African victory: Seychelles … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia

Toolkit for progress toward LGBT rights in 53 countries

The Commonwealth of 53 nations, formerly the British Commonwealth, can play a positive role in improving the lives of LGBT citizens even though dozens of those countries still have anti-LGBT laws inherited from their former colonial overlords. So say the LGBT rights advocates at London-based Kaleidoscope Trust, which this week published a “toolkit” of recommendations … Continue reading