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State-Sponsored Homophobia report

Every year, ILGA publishes its State-Sponsored Homophobia report, a world survey of sexual orientation laws.


First published in 2006, the publication is a fundamental resource in the hands of human rights defenders, civil society organisations, governmental and UN agencies, allies and media interested in accessing the core information on legislation affecting people on the basis of their sexual orientation.

 the 2017 ILGA State Sponsored Homophobia report
in English | in Spanish | in Arabic in Chinese

EDIT (May 19) –  In an earlier version of the report,  Slovenia was listed as a State with marriage equality: however, it only has strong partnership legislation. Entries on the country were amended to reflect that. References to the Penal Code of Iran were also updated to reflect amendments that came into force in 2015.

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This 12th edition of the State-Sponsored Homophobia report was researched and written by Aengus Carroll and Lucas Ramón Mendos and published by ILGA.

It is copyright-free, provided you cite both the author and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

Suggested citation: International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association: Carroll, A. and Mendos, L.R., State-Sponsored Homophobia 2017: A world survey of sexual orientation laws: criminalisation, protection and recognition (Geneva; ILGA, May 2017).