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Current Situation


The Department of State is working to advance the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people as part of our comprehensive human rights policy and as a priority of our foreign policy. Currently, 78 countries criminalize consenual same-sex conduct.[1] Around the world, members of the LGBT community continue to face violence and persecution because of who they are and who they love; in some countries the “crime” of being LGBT carries a penalty of death.

To learn more about the current situation, visit the following links.


[1] http://old.ilga.org/Statehomophobia/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2012.pdf


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