We have made great progress to legalize same-sex marriage and incorporating gay rights into the law. These changes have swept the world, but the battle for LGBT rights is still an ongoing battle in some countries. Like in India, for example. There have been small victories for the LGBT community In India, but being gay in this country is still looked down upon. Many laws have been put in place to criminalize homosexual acts, and sadly, gays are threatened with legal ramifications just for being who they are. For this reason, many choose to keep their homosexuality a secret.
In Russia, same-sex sexual activity was made legal in 1993, but Russia still has a very long way to go before it is considered to be gay-friendly. Same-sex couples aren’t legally protected, and the country doesn’t punish those who discriminate against homosexuals. In fact, Russia has classified homosexuality as a mental illness since 1999. The city of Moscow has a huge LGBT community, but the city has denied its residents the right to hold gay pride parades over 100 times.
Jamaica may look beautiful in travel brochures, but for its gay residents, their lives are anything but living in paradise. In Jamaica, homosexuality is looked down upon, and violent crimes against those in the LGBT community are frequent. The country denies discriminating against someone based on their sexual orientation, but the crimes against homosexuals prove that being gay in Jamaica can cost you your life. People suspected of being gay are frequently beaten, stabbed and set on fire to suffer an agonizing and brutal death.
When it comes to being gay in Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is seen as immoral. Those who commit a sexual act with someone of the same sex will either be whipped, imprisoned or killed. In 2014, a gay Saudi Arabian man was sentenced to three years in prison and 450 lashes after he was caught using Twitter to arrange dates with other gay men. The court found him guilty of “promoting the vice and practice of homosexuality.” This is something that would never occur in a country like the United States.
If you are gay in Pakistan, it means you have to live your life in the shadows. Gay Pakistanis are very discreet when it comes to their homosexuality, and gay gay marriage is an illegal crime punishable by life in prison. In 2015, two Pakistani men claimed they got married “as a joke,” but they wound up being arrested and were facing life in prison. It’s no surprise that Pakistan is so strict when it comes to gay marriage. In 2013, a poll showed that 87 percent of Pakistanis believed homosexuality shouldn’t be accepted at all.