Laws and Legislation - Support
An Introduction . . .
There are thousands of legal documents around the world explaining the law about homosexuality and the rights of the LGBT community in each country. It is important to be aware of the laws in both your own country and countries that you may visit in the future. In some countries, like Canada, homosexuality and LGBT relationships are very openly accepted with same sex marriage legalized and very strict laws on homophobia and discrimination. In other countries the death penalty is still enforced. While some countries simply have no information on LGBT relationships.
Laws in Africa . . .
In all of Northern Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia) homosexual acts are illegal and the penalty can be anything from a fine to the death penalty! The rest of the African cotenant has mixed laws with different countries enforcing different laws. Some African countries accept and have legalized homosexual activity with some even legalizing gay marriage while other countries accept lesbian relationships but not gay male relationships! If you are considering taking a holiday to Africa then be sure to check the laws of the country you intent to visit before travelling there.
Laws in America . . .
All countries in North America have legalized homosexual activity and all of Central America (with exception to Belize) have also legalized homosexual activity. The rest of America's laws are varied with the majority of South American countries having the same law making homosexual activity legal, but not all of South America have adopted these laws. Again, check the latest laws before travelling somewhere you are not certain about.
Laws in Asia . . .
In Asia the laws are varied and in some countries the law has recently changed, allowing homosexual activity in countries such as India. As in Africa the death penalty is still in place as a punishment for LGBT activity. Be sure to check specific laws regarding sexual activity and sexuality before travelling to areas of Asia.
Laws in Europe . . .
In Europe all countries in the EU (European Union) require homosexuality to be legalized as well as laws put in place on the subject of sexuality discrimination. Parts of Turkey have laws in place regarding homosexual acts as illegal.
Laws in Australasia . . .
In both Australia and New Zealand homosexual acts are legal and recognition of same-sex relationships are in place with unions such as civil partnerships accepted.