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Criminalization

Across the world, countless LGBTI people are forced to live in fear simply for being who they are. Not only do they have to worry about discrimination, isolation, and violence, but in 75 countries around the world, LGBTI people can be arrested for engaging in same-sex sexual relations. In 10 of these 75 countries, it is punishable by death.

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Meet Qwin: An LGBTI activist from Uganda. Qwin has been a part of Uganda's LGBTI movement since 2010. She was also a part of the steering committee that was responsible for organizing the Uganda pride festival in 2015. Qwin's advocacy work is particularly courageous as being LGBTI is punishable by life in prison in Uganda. Here's her story.

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A Closer Look

Click and drag the slider function below to see how criminalization affects the LGBTI communities in different countries.

Uganda

Homosexuality is punishable by life in prison.

Mozambique

Decriminalized homosexuality in 2015.

More About Uganda

The “Kill the Gays” bill, introduced in 2009 and supported in large part by American Evangelists, originally aimed to make homosexuality punishable by death.

Although the bill was eventually nullified in 2014, it was responsible for a spike of deadly anti-LGBTI violence which continues to this day.

Parliament also passed a Registration of Persons Act in 2015 which prohibits intersex people from choosing the gender they prefer unless they are 21 years old, and in 2016 passed the NGO Act which threatens the existence of LGBTI organizations in Uganda.

Uganda remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to be LGBTI.

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Ugandan men hold a rainbow flag reading 'Join hands to end LGBTI genocide' as they celebrate during the annual gay pride in Entebbe, Uganda.
A Ugandan man with a sticker on his face takes part in the annual gay pride in Entebbe, Uganda.

More About Mozambique

In 2015, Mozambique decriminalized homosexuality by removing a clause which penalized “vices against nature” from its penal code. The decriminalization was considered a significant victory, and secured Mozambique's place as a leader in LGBTI rights in Africa.

Despite these positive victories, the government refuses to register Mozambique's sole LGBTI rights organization, Lambda, as an official NGO within the country, hindering its ability to work for the rights of the LGBTI community.

Additionally, the media contributes to perpetrating stereotypes of LGBTI people by engaging in sensationalistic reporting.

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Lambda activists in the city of Beira posing for a photo on World AIDS Day in 2014.