15 Countries Where It Is Illegal to Be Gay

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It’s hard to believe that in 2019 we still live in a world where being gay can put you behind bars – or even worse. All of the statistics in this article are from Human Rights Watch, so visit their site to learn more about specific laws.

Keep in mind that some of these laws are old and enforcement may be more strict in some countries than others.

1. Brunei

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The tiny nation recently passed a law that states that people who in engage in gay sex (and adultery) will be put to death by stoning.

2. Mauritania

Death by stoning for men. A $210 fine and up to 2 years in prison for women.

3. Sudan

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A person’s first two offenses carry a punishment of lashes and 5 years in prison. A third offense equals a death sentence.

4. Yemen

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For married men, death by stoning. Unmarried men receive 100 lashes and one year in prison. Women get 100 lashings and up to 3 years in prison.

5. Bangladesh

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10 years to life in prison.

6. Egypt

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3 months to 3 years in prison. Some adults may be placed in a “special reformatory” after they complete their sentences.

7. Ethiopia

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Up to 15 years in prison.

8. Grenada

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10 years in prison.

9. Jamaica

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10 years in prison and hard labor.

10. Kuwait

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Up to 7 years in prison.

11. Morocco

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6 months to 3 years in prison.

12. Nigeria

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Up to 14 years in prison.

13. Singapore

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Up to 2 years in prison.

14. Uganda

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Life in prison.

15. United Arab Emirates

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Up to one year in prison and a fine.

Scary stuff.