State-Sponsored Homophobia report

State-Sponsored Homophobia

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

Since its first edition, back in 2006, ILGA’s State-Sponsored Homophobia has been a fundamental resource for those interested in accessing the core information on legislation affecting people on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Not only human rights defenders, but also civil society organisations, governmental and United Nations agencies, allies and media worldwide value the publication as one of the main sources of information on the issue.

The publication is accompanied by a series of maps and charts illustrating where criminalisation, protection and recognition laws exist.


State-Sponsored Homophobia report: latest edition


The latest edition of ILGA’s State-Sponsored Homophobia report has been released on May 15, 2017. Its maps on sexual orientation laws, as well as the related charts, are available in all six United Nations’ official languages (English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French and Russian).

Download the 2017 ILGA State Sponsored Homophobia report
in English | in Spanish | in Frenchin Arabic | in Chinese | in Russian
[last updated in May 2017]

Looking for the maps on sexual orientation laws in the world? Click here
Download our 2017 charts here


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).


Older editions

State-Sponsored Homophobia report 2008

State-Sponsored Homophobia

State-Sponsored Homophobia report 2007

State-Sponsored Homophobia

Charts (2017)

State-Sponsored Homophobia