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Nearly 80 countries around the world criminalize same-sex conduct.

Where these laws are enforced, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons and their basic human rights are at risk. In many countries, LGBTQ youth are alone and afraid, too often the subject to arbitrary arrests, unlawful and pretrial detention, years of imprisonment, violence, and in some cases death.

Even in countries where homosexuality has been decriminalized, persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions, and those perceived to be deviating from the cultural norm, face discrimination and violence.