The total number of countries with anti-LGBTI laws just dropped to 74, thanks to Trinidad’s High Court decision overturning the nation’s sodomy law (pending an appeal). LGBTI rights activists hope that upcoming court rulings in India and Kenya will drop the count to 73 or even 72. Overall, a strong trend is slowly moving the world away from homophobic repression. The list published last year by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA ) was down 22 percent from ILGA’s list of 92 countries in 2006, when the global rights group began documenting the laws that are used to persecute LGBT people. More recently, a further step away from repression was the defeat of the terrorist regime known as the Islamic State, ISIS and ISIL, which operated in Syria and Iraq as a harshly anti-LGBT government.
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