73 countries where homosexuality is illegal
But the LGBT community is now very active in different parts of the world and influencing the society and government. In this new age of globalization and information, people are receiving more awareness and changing their thought process. Racism and casteism are reducing gradually and the sense of humanity is increasing in the society.
Ultimately, its important for the national development to provide equal rights to all their citizens. Because equal opportunity opens the door for all and mass participation in nation building can lead to the higher growth of the country.
There is around 2.5 million population of the LGBT community in India. Such a big population is just using the nation’s resources and not participating at all in nation building because of social taboo. After the decriminalization of this ruling government may also set some new rules for their upliftment, such as reservation in job sector etc.
In this whole world, about 8 million LGBT people and it seems a continuous rise in its population. So making it more comfortable in the society, bringing them into the mainstream of development has become very important.
Here the list of 73 countries and independent political entities with anti-homosexuality laws.
10 The Gambia
16 Malawi (enforcement of law suspended)
23 Sierra Leone
25 South Sudan
Asia, including the Middle East
41 Lebanon (law ruled invalid in one court in 2014 and disqualified for use against same-sex intimacy in another court in February 2017)
47 Palestine/Gaza Strip
49 Saudi Arabia
51 Sri Lanka
54 United Arab Emirates
57 Antigua & Barbuda
58 Dominica (But see “Dominica leader: No enforcement of anti-gay law“)
63 St Kitts & Nevis
64 St Lucia
65 St Vincent & the Grenadines
66 Cook Islands
69 Papua New Guinea
71 Solomon Islands
Data source: Economic Times.