Continued progress leaves homosexuality illegal in 64 nations


The number of nations with laws against gay sex has fallen to 64, continuing the slow, decades-long progress toward recognition of the human rights of LGBTQ+ people. The latest countries to end the criminalization of same-sex intimacy are Namibia in Africa and Dominica in the Caribbean in 2024, Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and the Cook Islands in the South Pacific in 2023, following in the footsteps of Singapore in Southeast Asia, Antigua & Barbuda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, and Barbados in the Caribbean — all in 2022. The number of criminalizing countries has dropped from over 90 at the beginning of the 2000s. For more information, see the Erasing 76 Crimes page “List of 64 countries where homosexuality is illegal.” There you will find:


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