LGBTQ Rights

LGBTQ+ rights vary greatly between countries. In some countries, homosexuality is illegal, while in others it is legal but organizations and promotion of “nontraditional sexual relations” are illegal. In a few countries, homosexuality can receive a death penalty. LGBTQ agenda is sexual rights equality.

Homosexual activity is a capital offense in Saudi ArabiaYemenNigeriaSudan, and Somalia.

Transgender individuals can join the military in only 19 countries: CanadaBoliviaFrench GuianaSpainFrance, the United Kingdom, the NetherlandsDenmarkSwedenNorwayFinlandEstoniaCzech RepublicAustriaGermanyBelgiumIsraelAustralia, and New ZealandThailand allows transgender individuals to join only in administrative positions.

Only EcuadorBrazil, and Malta have outlawed conversion therapies nationwide. Conversion therapy is not outlawed in the United States nationwide; however, HawaiiCaliforniaOregonWashingtonNevadaUtahColoradoNew MexicoIllinoisVirginiaMarylandNew JerseyNew YorkConnecticutRhode IslandMassachusettsVermontNew Hampshire, and Maine have statewide bans.

Only 5% of the United Nations member states have written into their constitutions that sexual orientation-based discrimination is prohibited. These states include Ecuador, MexicoPortugal, Bolivia, South Africa, Sweden, and Nepal.

Most of Europe and South America have taken steps to tackle sexual orientation-based discrimination in the workplace, as well as some other countries around the world. In general, same-sex couples are not allowed to adopt outside the Americas, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.

The Netherlands was the first country to allow same-sex marriage in 2001 and Ecuador is the most recent country to legalize it. Same-sex marriage is not legalized in the majority of Eastern EuropeAfrica, and Asia. Only 13% of UN member states have legalized gay marriage and a handful recognize civil unions, including PeruGreece, and Italy


LGBTQ rights in Thailand

Gay Life in Thailand – Interview with a Local Guy

Thailand has it all, amazing beaches, a rich cultural fabric to discover. Well known delicious Thai food, and most of all, it is very gay friendly! Bangkok, in particular, has a fantastic gay scene. In our opinion, one of the best in the world. Thailand has positioned itself to become one of Asia’s leading destinations for LGBTQ travelers. Let’s learn more about what gay life is really like from a local’s perspective.


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History of homosexuality in China - Cut sleeve

Emperor Ai of Han – “The passion of the cut sleeve.”

We’ve talked before about how the ancient Chinese story about the bitten peach became a euphemism for homosexual love, but it isn’t the only ancient Chinese story about an emperor and another guy falling in love that has essentially been trimmed down to a short coded phrase — in this case “the passion of the cut sleeve.” I know, I know, it sounds like it’s about an enthusiastic but inept tailor. It’s not — it’s about Emperor Ai of Han.