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Gay Rights in Different Locations of the World

Gay Rights in Different Locations of the World For a while now, homosexuality & same-sex union have been the bane of conflicts and division on a global scale. For so long, their freedom has been trampled upon and even made illegal in some places.

Fast forward to now, although the LGBTs still face different levels of constraints, depending on your location, it is no news that acknowledgment of gay rights is on the increase globally.

Different rulings regarding this have been passed, and in some regions, it appears that they are on the winning side. However, this does not mean the fight for global recognition is over, or that the strength of this fight should diminish because, even where it is legal, there is still a subtle law in place that forbids the open display of their living.

Countries and Their Stance On Homosexualism

Despite laws being ruled in favor of homosexuals, some nations are still actively persecuting and licensing targeted harassment to the members of this community. According to a 2020 survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, it was found that only one in three gay men felt unsafe in their homes.

Based on religious and personal beliefs, some communities are more inclusive of these LGBT authorizations than others.

Places with The Worst LGBT Rulings

Nigeria is considered one of the most dangerous countries in Africa for homosexuals. According to their regulations, it is a crime that is punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment. And for places under Sharia, punishable by death.

Russia, located in the East of Europe, is another country whose stand on LGBT propriety is on the negative side of the spectrum. There is no legal protection for couples involved in homosexualism, and this development is more pronounced in Chechnya, where death, torture, or jail term are penalties for this act.

Poland is ranked one of the worst places to exercise homosexuals. They have many anti-gay rulings, including the illegalization of gay weddings and even declaring some states as “LGBT free zones.”

Regions with Progressive Stand On Homosexualism

Gay Rights in Different Locations of the World Although it might seem like this equality fight for LGBTs and transgender people is doomed for failure, there is light at the end of the tunnel. According to an essay about homosexuality, it is evident that sexual orientation is not a choice and gayism is not a disease; many nations now agree with this fact.

The Netherlands is one of the most progressive locations when it comes to LGBT authorizations. It was one of the first to legalize same-sex unions in 2001 and has federal regulations recognizing same-sex partnerships.

France is another location in the European Union that is fast following in the Netherlands’ footsteps. In a place where same-sex activities were once a capital crime, they are making important changes for the progression of the LGBTs. These changes include the ability of gay men to serve in the military and the freedom for transgenders to change their gender without surgery.

Canada is another safe place for LGBT people, and in 2018, it was found to be the third most gay-friendly country according to the Gay Travel Index chart. The same-sex union was legalized in 2005, and the age of consent is 16, which is the same for heterosexual relationships.

LGBT persons in the United States of America got permission to marry nationwide in the middle of the year 2015. Since then, they have gained protection against any form of discrimination.

The report shows that Mexico’s stance on LGBT authorization is stronger than that of the U.S., seeing as they abolished discriminatory rulings up to 100 years before. In fact, they have agencies to enforce these, unlike in India and most places under South Asia.

Although same-sex activities were legalized by 2018 in India, there is still a long way to go, as these rulings are not yet comprehensive.


Every year, in June, international gay pride is celebrated. This is a time for this community to face the world and peacefully raise awareness of their authorizations. Research has shown how much this celebration has put LGBT out there, at the center of everything. We can only hope that in the future, more regions like the Middle East will become inclusive of their rights.

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