Unlike Uganda, these are safe LGBT countries in Africa and Latam

Despite the progress in rights for the LGBT community, countries like Uganda penalize homosexuality and verify that there is still persecution. In contrast, we show you the countries where there are greater guarantees .

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The Woman Post | Alejandra Caballero

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The project that seeks to penalize homosexuality in Uganda has already been approved by the same President, Yoweri Museveni, through an absolute constitutional mandate. Within the framework of the new regulations, the executive branch has supported what was promoted by Parliament by implementing the Anti-LGTB Law, which includes punishments such as jail and even the death penalty in some cases .

According to a BBC report, Uganda joins the list of countries that actively persecute the LGBT community. "Homosexuality continues to be persecuted in 67 countries around the world, with sentences ranging from a few months' imprisonment to the death penalty," the report said.

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Overall situation

In spite of the fact that the situation in countries like Uganda generates the feeling that the international community is going backwards in terms of guarantees and protection in favor of the LGBT community, this is not necessarily the case. Fortunately, there is a favorable global computation regarding the decriminalization of homosexuality, constitutional guarantees, and in some cases, protection against persecution.

In the last 10 years, countries that once had strong laws against homosexuality, such as Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Angola, Mozambique, Singapore, and Barbados, have decriminalized homosexuality. In the same way, not only is decriminalization evident, but also an activism that crosses borders. For example, last April, 15 European countries have publicly condemned Hungary for passing another anti-LGBT law.


Despite the fact that homosexuality is still not decriminalized in the Caribbean, particularly in Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in general the region has made progress in the recognition of rights and guarantees. The region "is at the forefront of LGTBI rights," according to Julia Ehrt, director of the organization ILGA World.

According to figures from ILGA world, countries such as Colombia, Peru and Chile have broad protection for the LGTB or LGTBI+ community with regard to decriminalization, the possibility of getting married, equality laws and the possibility of adopting children to form a family. On the other hand, countries like Ecuador and Bolivia have gone further at the regional level and have set an example by promoting constitutional guarantees for the LGBT community.


The case of Africa is the perfect example for the representation of a continent divided on the issue of rights of the LGTB population. 24 of the 54 countries of the continent still do not decriminalize homosexuality. Additionally, Uganda, Botswana or Lesotho continue to promote anti-gay laws and a penalization trend towards West Africa is marked.

Despite this, a very different scenario can also be highlighted in other countries of the continent, even favorable. Countries like South Africa have allowed same-sex marriage since 2006. It is the first nation in the world to protect LGBT rights in its political constitution. In addition, any action of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation or any other reason is constitutionally prohibited. In the same way, civil organizations, such as the Coalition of Gays and Lesbians of Kenya and the Freedom and Roam of Uganda, have also been an example of the fight in defense of rights and social guarantees.

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