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Campaigning for global LGBT equality

Discover Stonewall's international work.

What's the situation for LGBT people worldwide?

Although there has undoubtedly been progress in the last century for LGBT people worldwide, there remains a divergence in rights globally. Some countries are becoming increasingly tolerant, others are becoming more repressive.

There has been significant progress since 1990 - over 40 countries have outlawed homophobic hate crimes and 30 out of 195 countries have passed laws allowing equal marriage. But the fight from equality is far from over.

What forms does discrimination take?

  • 72 countries criminalise same-sex relationships (and in 45 the law is applied to women as well as men)
  • Over a quarter of the world’s population (29%) believes that people in same-sex relationships should be charged as criminals
  • The death penalty is either ‘allowed’, or evidence of its existence occurs, in 8 countries
  • In more than half the world, LGBT people may not be protected from discrimination by workplace law
  • LGBT people around the world are subject to physical and sexual violence by both state and non-state actors
  • They are discriminated against in education, health and social care and employment
  • Many LGBT people are rejected by family and from other forms of social assistance
  • Most governments deny trans people the right to legally change their name and gender from those that were assigned to them at birth. A quarter of the world’s population believes that trans people should not be granted full legal recognition of their gender identity

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What we do

At Stonewall we realise the importance of acknowledging shared challenges for LGBT communities across the world alongside the unique issues faced by certain countries. Local organisations are in the best position to explain what’s happening, decide what should happen next and drive change forward. This is why we work together with them to learn and share from each other's experiences. Learn more about our current initiatives below.

Acceptance without exception worldwide

Since Stonewall started its international programme in 2012, we’ve achieved a great deal. We’ve established ourselves as a leading voice on international LGBT issues with the UK government, empowered LGBT human rights defenders to campaign for change in their countries, and built an exceptional network with campaigners in over 80 countries.

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