When it comes to LGBT rights, there is still a very real struggle for equality. In many countries, it is shameful to be anything but heterosexual. Members of the LGBT community often have to prove their worth and value in the workplace, and in society as a whole. The outlook for them is a bit brighter in the US and a few other countries, but there’s still much work to be done before the LGBT community is respected all over the world.
In much of Africa, homosexuality is still illegal. In fact, there are a few places where it is punishable by death, like Nigeria and Sudan. Other nations will spare the lives of homosexuals,, but imprison them for countless numbers of years, not to mention the abuse and mistreatment they experience during their incarceration.
Once a country where homosexuals were considered mentally ill, the US now has laws on the books supporting gay marriage and equal rights for the LGBT community. Other countries including France, Canada and South Africa have also legalized gay marriage, and created an environment where members of this community can feel somewhat respected and valued.
Who knows how long it will take before the global mindset about homosexuality will change. The LGBT community has gained some powerful supporters over the past few years, but there’s much more to be done before they can truly feel equal to heterosexuals.
Take a look at this piece our infographic designers came up with to highlight the LGBT rights around the world.