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If Budi lived in Aceh, Indonesia, he could be arrested for being gay, jailed and subjected to public caning. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
Photo by Virginia Cummins
If Ray lived in one of 28 states in the USA, he could be denied housing or legally evicted. In 17 states he could be denied employment or sacked from his job, all because he's gay. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
If Ana lived in Finland, before she could transition and legally be recognised as a woman she would need to be sterilised and officially diagnosed with a mental disorder. Transphobia is a crime against humanity.
If Dante lived in Papua New Guinea, he could face discrimination and be sacked from his job for being gay. Being sexually intimate with his partner could mean up to fourteen years imprisonment for them both. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
If Kam lived in Iran, he could be paraded in front of the public and hanged, his body left on show as a reminder that homosexuality is punishable by death. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
If Charlotte lived in Chechnya, she could be subjected to violent harrassment and, with the approval of the government, details of her identity, including her passport and phone number, could be published on the internet to target her as a trans woman. Transphobia is a crime against humanity.
If Irene was discovered to be a lesbian living with her partner in Singapore, her partner would not be acknowledged. If they wanted to adopt children, it would be illegal for them to do so. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
If Mish lived in Sri Lanka, her sexuality would be determined to be ‘grossly indecent’ and she could be sent to jail for up to 10 years. Households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for any of the protections afforded to heterosexual couples. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
If Dimitri lived in Dubai, he could face up to 14 years imprisonment or the death penalty for being gay. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
If Heather lived in the USA, her health insurance company could force her to pay thousands of dollars every month for her HIV medication. That's if she was lucky enough for them to be covered in the first place. HIV stigma is a crime against humanity.
If Grant and his partner wanted to be married in Australia and have their relationship recognised legally, they couldn't. If they wanted to raise children, in the eyes of many, they would be doing harm simply because they were gay parents. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
NOTE: Image originally published in November 2017. Marriage equality is now legally recognised in Australia.
If Mohamed lived the United Arab Emirates, he could be jailed for up to 14 years or put to death for being gay. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
If Brian lived in Jamaica, he could be tortured or murdered simply for being openly gay. Homosexuality is illegal in Jamaica and often the police fail to protect LGBT citizens from homophobic and transphobic attacks. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
If Shannon lived in China, as a lesbian she would have no protection against discrimination in the workplace, in the provision of goods and services or against hate speech. If she was openly affectionate with her partner, she would be accused of abnormal behaviour which is banned federally. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
If Jono used a gay dating app in Russia, he could be threatened with arrest and imprisonment. Russian parliamentarians describe being gay as shameful and have called for whipping to be introduced as a punishment for anyone who is gay. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
If Gareth was in Yemen and used his real name on Facebook, his only means of social contact, he would risk being outed to the government where he could face life in prison or be put to death. Homophobia is a crime against humanity.
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