On May 17, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) launches the 11th edition of its flagship publication, State Sponsored Homophobia: A World Survey of Sexual Orientation Laws: Criminalisation, Protection and Recognition, authored this year by Aengus Carroll.

Click here to download State Sponsored Homophobia 2016

State Sponsored Homophobia, first published in 2006, 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.

Over the last eleven years, the situation of LGBTI people worldwide has clearly evolved: “In 2006, 92 States were still criminalising same-sex consensual activity,” Carroll notes. “By 2016, that number is at 75 States, yet at the same time the variety of laws relevant to sexual orientation has expanded greatly: law that criminalises our sexual practice or our expression, specific law that protects us from harms and hatred, and law that recognises us as beings who need relationship.”