thinknoevil0 asked: First, thank you for the follow. Secondly, as a human rights advocate, member of the LGBT community and also an advocate for said community, do you feel the world is moving more towards accepting the homosexual/transgender community or is that an American progression wrongfully pictured on a global scale? (e.g. Uganda and Sharia law)
Of course! I think I’m really going to enjoy your blog.
And damn. This is a loaded question. In some ways, I feel that the world is moving toward acceptance for LGBT folks, but in some ways, definitely not. It’s interesting to see what rights are legal in what regions of the world. For example, same-sex relationships are legal in most parts of the world, except for most of Africa and the Middle East. Same-sex marriage is slowly being recognized in the Global North. Gender rights are slowly taking hold in certain countries… it really depends on what “acceptance” means in this context. Some countries have protections for LGBT people, some permit same-sex marriage, some allow people to change their gender on official documents. This map is a super cool resource to see what rights and protections are in place and where: http://ilga.org/ilga/en/index.html
Homosexual and trans* rights are definitely in very different stages globally, though, and I don’t feel right generalizing about them. Perhaps in the future I will write a separate post about each.
I think, in general, though, that the economically richer countries are doing better at LGBT acceptance and protection than economically poorer countries. Because Capitalism creates “haves” and “have nots”, the “haves” have a lot more time to spend fighting for rights and changing people’s minds—not to mention access to resources that teach them about LGBT differences (internet, TV, media, etc). The American religious right has played a huge role in the Uganda anti-gay bill, which I could go on for ages about, and Shari’ah law, which I’m certainly not an expert in, is only practiced in certain areas, and the current uprisings might affect the state of such laws. I found the map below helpful as well.