The nations where it’s still criminal to be gay (as India marks an awkward anniversary)

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07/02/2019

Tuesday marks 10 years since India decriminalised gay sex, but it’s unlikely the milestone will be celebrated. That’s because the 2009 lower court ruling was short-lived; overturned within a few years by the nation’s Supreme Court. Their 2012 judgment effectively re-established the British colonial-era law Section 377, which saw gay sex punished by up to 10 years in jail. It took another six years – in September 2018 – before India’s top court finally brought the nation in line with the majority of the world and struck down the law. Yet there are still dozens of countries where same-sex relationships are outlawed. Where in the world is it still criminal to be gay? The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) listed the following nations in its 2019 map of criminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual acts between adults.

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