Unfortunately, it’s a very scary reality for many LGBTQ people around the world.
YEMEN: If you’re a married man, and get caught having homosexual intercourse, you can be stoned to death. If you’re unmarried and get caught it’s a whipping and/or a year in prison. And for women — up to seven years in prison.
IRAN: Men caught engaging in homosexual sex can be killed. And it’s not just lip service: In July 2005, two teenagers were hanged, convicted of “homosexuality.”
IRAQ: There’s nothing in the law that calls out homosexuality specifically, but that hasn’t stopped militias and local judges from sentencing people to death anyway.
MAURITANIA: Gay Muslim men can face stoning, and gay Muslim women face imprisonment.
NIGERIA: Not only is it illegal for gay people to form clubs or groups, some states in Nigeria have also adopted the death penalty for gay men.
QATAR: Extramarital sex is punishable by death. And since same-sex marriage isn’t legal, that includes all homosexual sex.
SAUDI ARABIA: Lashes, imprisonment and stoning are acceptable punishments for “sodomy” and other homosexual acts.
SOMALIA: Imprisonment may be the law of the land, but that hasn’t stopped some states from enacting the death penalty.
SUDAN: Get caught once: Flogging. Twice: Imprisonment. Three times: Death penalty.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: There’s some confusion about what actually warrants the death penalty (consensual homosexual sex or just rape?), but all sex outside of marriage is banned.
Source: PRIDE, Dustin Diehl, January 14, 2016
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