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11 Countries that Will Kill You for Being Gay

No matter what level of development we reach as a society, it seems that homosexuality will remain a taboo for unforeseeable future as evident by these 11 countries that will kill you for being gay. Yes, apart from the fact that more than 70 countries legally ban homosexuality, some of them may carry out death sentences upon members of the LGBT community. People from the LGBT community have precious few safe havens in the world today, and they’ll often have to endure unpleasantries aimed towards them even in countries where homosexuality isn’t illegal. Speaking of LGBT safe havens, here’s the list of 11 most gay-friendly cities in the world.

11 Countries that Will Kill You for Being Gay


Sometimes I really wonder what century we’re living in? Is the world in which gay, family, and animal abuse are condoned, really worth living in? Is the progress of the human species only measured by our use of hashtagging, Snapchat, Instagram, and other filters? Or is it measured by the number of realities available to us at one convenient press of a button? I know, maybe it’s measured by our tendency to know everything, but it fails miserably when it’s time to pointing Tanzania on the world map. By the way, Tanzania doesn’t appear on our list. They won’t execute you for being gay. They’ll only imprison you; for life potentially. While you’re pondering on these hot potato topics, let’s get back to the task at hand.

Most laws are subject to change, and laws on sensitive matters like the LGBT community rights, are especially prone to changing. Countries that enforce harsh penalties on gay community are basically constantly under pressure by the rest of the world, and many of them have buckled under that pressure in the past few decades. Some of them, however, aren’t showing any intention of making life easier for their or even foreign LGBT persons that are momentarily or permanently stationed there. Since the laws are flexible, it can be hard to track the usual sentences for this “offense”. It can even be hard to track the exact number of countries where LGBT rights are threatened. The number of countries that can potentially carry out death sentences on members of the gay community is pretty straightforward, though. There are 11 countries that will kill you for being gay, and that’s something that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. Note that only recognized countries have been taken into consideration. Furthermore, only countries that strictly define the death penalty for same-sex activity have been mentioned – whether throughout the entire country or in some parts of the country. There are territories and countries where death penalties for same-sex activity can be common although the law doesn’t explicitly forbid homosexuality. We haven’t listed such countries, but here are some of them as (dis)honorable mentions: Iraq, Pakistan, Uganda, already mentioned Tanzania, etc. Click next to start listing the countries that will kill you for being gay in alphabetical order.