State-Sponsored Homophobia: A World Survey of Sexual Orientation Laws - Criminalisation, Protection and Recognition, 11th Edition

by Aengus Carroll

Jun 1, 2016

This 11th edition of the State-Sponsored Homophobia report sees a remarkable increase in the amount of information and analysis provided when compared to the previous editions, but it also organises this information in a clearer and more reader-friendly format.

Human rights defenders, legal experts, NGOs, allies, governmental and UN agencies, and media agencies will find the core information in relation to legislation affecting people on the basis of their sexual orientation, additional information and articles providing the necessary context to understand the impact of said legislation on the lives of people, and ways to initiate or follow up the process leading to change where needed.

For the first time, a wealth of maps and charts makes it easier to see how each country is faring in terms of lesbian, gay, bisexual-related legislation and to compare one country with another. The importance of these tools cannot be overstated: they allow us to measure progress (or setbacks) in the course of the years, while the comparison exposes the arbitrariness of laws persecuting individual on the basis of their sexual orientation.

For the first time you will also find the partial results of the ILGA-RIWI 2016 Global Attitudes Survey on LGBTI People in partnership with Logo (US-based LGBT media organisation). The survey, carried out in 65 countries generated the data (a tiny part of which is presented in this edition in 17 criminalising States) allows us to see whether or not a certain piece of legislation enjoys the support of the public in a given country. While more analysis of the survey will be provided in the course of 2016, it is important to highlight the innovative character of the methodology used, thanks to the technology of RIWI Corp., a global survey technology company based in Canada. Through this technology we were able to obtain randomized and statistically valid samples of the population for each country, and to reach countries (like Saudi Arabia) that are normally very difficult to survey in relation to LGBTI issues.

The combined information of the State-Sponsored Homophobia report and the Global Attitudes Survey on LGBTI People – which will continue over the next years – together with a new report on Trans-related legislation that we will present at the next ILGA World Conference in Bangkok (28 November – 2 December 2016), will provide a powerful set of indicators for individual activists, NGOs and allies, to measure the effectiveness of their campaigns and initiatives over the years.

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