Queer politics has been a force for change – celebrate how far we've come | Jeanette Winterson
There are eight countries in which homosexuality can result in a death penalty, and dozens more in which homosexual acts can result in a prison sentence, according to an annual report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ILGA. Southern and east Africa, the Middle East and south Asia persist with the most draconian approaches. Western Europe and the western hemisphere are the most tolerant.
But Britain was by no means a frontrunner when it moved 50 years ago to partly decriminalise homosexuality. Some 20 other countries had already led the way, including France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil and Argentina, all of whom had legalised it well before In Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, homosexuality is still punishable by death, under sharia law.
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The same applies in parts of Somalia and northern Nigeria. Those convicted of sodomy now stand the chance of being stoned to death. The law also applies to those caught cheating on their spouses. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 72, first announced the new law, which is based off of interpretations of the Quran and Islamic teachings, in , but has been slowing rolling it out. The new laws governing punishments for gay sex officially went into effect this week.
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Brunei becomes the first southeast Asian country to institute Sharia Law. It is now among 12 countries in the world where gay sex can be punished with execution.
It's also an example of just how much of an up-hill battle LGBTQ rights continue to be around the world. The results show that while homosexuality is no longer outlawed in the majority of the world, there's still a long way to go in terms of acceptance and equality for LGBTQ people.
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