The Franklin & Marshall Global Barometer of Gay Rights (GBGR), started in 2011, ranks countries based on 29 factors that quantify how much a country protects human rights. It looks not only at constitutional protections, but also societal indicators, political opinion, civil society and economic factors. For example, we look at whether the majority of citizens are accepting of sexual minorities and if gay rights organizations can peacefully and safely assemble. Countries are then graded on a five-point scale, from F (“persecuting”) to A (“protecting”). The extremes are stunning. In 2017, 23 countries have legalised same-sex marriage, yet 71 countries still criminalise same-sex acts.
June 17 / The Wire