How is your country doing?
There are only 9 countries out of 196 in the world which have legal equality:
Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden.
We congratulate them in taking the legal steps necessary on the road to full equality. But remember, the reality on the street can still be a very different story...particularly in South Africa for example.
We think it’s very simple:
If you cannot happily hold hands with, kiss, or marry your partner in public the same way that other people can, then you are not equal. Either your government or other people are treating you as a second class citizen. And baby, you were born this way, so why should you be treated as a second class citizen?
Take a look at the LGBT Rights in your country - scroll down the page until you find your country and you will see how it is doing. Green ticks/checks are good :-) ...red crosses are bad :-( Can you believe there are still 80 countries in the world where it is illegal to be gay?
Wikipedia shows the LGBT Rights in each country or territory, based upon the following categories:
Same-sex sexual activity
Recognition of same-sex relationships
Allows gays to serve openly in military?
Anti-discrimination based on Sexual Orientation
Anti-discrimination Laws concerning gender identity/expression
We actually think there should be two more categories:
Can LGBT people happily hold hands in public the same way that other people can?
Can LGBT people happily kiss in public the same way that other people can?
…but of course it’s more difficult to measure these things. What do you think?
Join the campaign for full equality and diversity around the world by becoming part of the You Make Me Proud project.
...it's time to change the world!