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Across western Europe, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are protected from discrimination and harassment in different areas of their lives. Consensual same sex relationships are not criminalised and there is an equal age of consent for all. In many European countries, same sex couples can register their partnerships (and in some cases marry) and adopt children, and trans people are able to register in their true gender.

These are basic civil and human rights.

However, in many more countries across the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are not afforded these basic rights.

  • Men who have sex with men are subject to the death penalty in twelve countries in the world
  • In about 30 countries or provinces lesbian, gay and bisexual people are subject to a discriminatory age of consent
  • In around 70 countries around the world consensual sex between people of the same sex acts is illegal
  • In about 15 countries or provinces the free association and free expression of lesbians, gays and bisexuals are denied explicitly through legal provisions

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights are being increasingly recognised by major international human rights organisations. For example, Amnesty International now considers people who are imprisoned for their sexuality or gender identity as ‘prisoners of conscience’ and closely monitors and campaigns against human rights violations against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people. Similarly, the Human Rights Watch, another major international human rights organisation, has embraced LGBT rights issues and published a report on this subject (click on the resources link below for more information).

    In this section you can find resources covering international LGBT human rights issues and links to LGBT organisations across the world.

    Click on the titles below

    International LGBT Organisations

    International Resources 

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