LGBT Country Profiles Track Shifting Terrain

Human Rights Watch has published during Pride Month a compilation of the records of 63 countries in recognizing and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The country profiles include research on LGBT rights from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report and other sources to provide a single reference for information about LGBT rights protections in individual countries and global trends.

“We join the Pride March in New York this Sunday with the recognition that the path toward global equality for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities remains long and arduous,” said Graeme Reid, LGBT program director at Human Rights Watch. “While the US and some other countries are backsliding, we are buoyed by the progress that indefatigable activists have made all around the world.”

Examples of such progress include Belize, Nauru, and the Seychelles, all of which decriminalized same-sex sexual conduct in 2016.

Several countries have affirmed the right to marriage for same-sex couples, including Colombia and most recently Taiwan. Tunisia took steps toward banning forced anal examinations of people suspected of homosexuality. And Bolivia passed a bill that allows people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval.  Read more via Human Rights Watch