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LGBTQ+ Worldwide Equality Index


An easy-to-use worldwide index relating to the rights and laws affecting the LGBTQ+ community

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The LGBTQ+ equality index focuses on the status, rights and the legal treatment of the LGBTQ+ community by every country across the globe

Disclaimer: The LGBTQ+ equality index has been compiled based on the rules and laws that exist at a national level, rather than for any given region, state or province. Though a country may score high on the index, it does not necessarily mean that they are not safe to travel to if personal discretion is applied. The LGBTQ+ worldwide equality index is for illustrative purposes only and does not constitute advice. It is important that you carry out independent research on any countries you plan to visit prior to going as laws and regulations change frequently. Your country’s foreign office will provide advice on the status of any given country.

The Worldwide LGBTQ+ equality index is compiled reviewing a number of rules and laws that directly affect and have an impact on the LGBTQ+ community, areas such as the same-sex legal status, the right to marry, anti-discrimination laws etc. To understand all of the areas and how they contribute to the overall score, click here to view the how it was calculated page

Through the work of advocates and pioneers, many members of the LGTBQ+ community now have the rights and freedoms to be their true selves without fear of persecution; however, there are still inequalities and injustices occurring all over the world.

Many brave individuals and groups are working within those countries to change the laws and opinions, so hopefully, one day, everyone will have the freedom and protection under the law.

Simply put, the higher a country scores on the equality index, the worse they treat members of the LGBTQ+ community.

If you feel your life is in danger or fear persecution, go to the charities, and support groups page as many specialist charities and groups around the world can help


INTERACTIVE MAP

 

   Click on a specific country within the map to find out the equality score





BY COUNTRY

 

You can quickly sort, filter and search the data within any table. To sort the columns into ascending or descending order, click on the heading. If you wish to filter, check the relevant tick box or enter a keyword into the filter box found below the available heading. If you want to learn more about any individual country, click on the country name which will take you directly to the country’s profile page within the Gayther site

To view the LGBTQ+ Equality Index, click to expand or close




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BY REGION

 

You can quickly sort, filter and search the data within any table. To sort the columns into ascending or descending order, click on the heading. If you wish to filter, check the relevant tick box or enter a keyword into the filter box found below the available heading. If you want to learn more about any individual country, click on the country name which will take you directly to the country’s profile page within the Gayther site

To view the regional LGBTQ+ Equality Index, click to expand or close


Based on the overall score


Equality Percentages
  • Africa is the worst continent from an equality perspective scoring 56% in the low or very low categories, followed by Asia at 39%
  • Europe is the best continent scoring 75% in the high and very high categories, followed by the Americas at 45%


Based on the same-sex legal status


Illegal Status
  • African (57.9%) and Asian (45.1%) countries have the highest percentages in terms of classifying same-sex activities as illegal
  • 14.3% of African countries that consider same-sex activities as illegal, enforce a maximum penalty of death if prosecuted, where Asian countries that number is higher at 30.4%
  • The Asia and Africa continents are the only two continents that still have countries that enforce the death penalty
  • Though several other countries still have the death penalty as part of their penal structures, it has not been enforced for many years
  • 100% of European countries classify same-sex activities as legal, followed by the Americas at 83%


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