Uganda: Factbox-Beyond Uganda and Brunei, Eight Countries Rolling Back LGBT+ Rights

New York — Uganda on Thursday announced plans for a bill that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals, following plans announced by Brunei earlier this year to do the same.

Same-sex relations are illegal in at least 68 countries around the world, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

In addition to Uganda and Brunei, here are eight countries that have recently moved to roll back LGBT+ rights.

1. United States

The United States began implementing a ban on transgender people serving in the military this year, after President Donald Trump announced the change in 2017.

Trump cited medical costs as one reason for rolling back a 2016 policy of his predecessor Barack Obama, which had allowed transgender people to serve openly for the first time and also receive medical care to transition genders.

2. Russia

Russia fined its first minor last year under a so-called “gay propaganda” law that has been increasingly used to repress the LGBT+ community.

The 2013 law makes illegal any event or act regarded by the authorities as an attempt to promote homosexuality to minors. It has been used to stop gay pride marches and detain gay rights activists.

3. Poland

Poland’s ruling party leader condemned gay pride marches this year and said the rule of law should be used to regulate what he called a “travelling theatre”.

Ahead of elections later this month, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party has used its anti-LGBT+ stance as a key campaign issue, which critics say has fomented violence toward the gay community.

4. Indonesia

Indonesia has drafted a law that would ban gay sex, which parliament delayed voting on last month amid protests.

The proposed revisions to the criminal code also include a ban on sex outside of marriage, a four-year jail term for abortions in the absence of a medical emergency or rape and a prison term for black magic.

5. Nigeria

Nigeria passed a bill in 2014 that criminalized same-sex relationships with penalties of up to 14 years in prison.

Authorities charged 43 people with homosexual acts in one case in 2017, ordering most to undergo monitoring and “sexual rehabilitation.”