Since we’ve been talking about and focusing on sex and sexual identities on a global scale, I thought it would be fun to look at laws around the world for the LGBT community.The results were horrifying. On a global level, there are 79 countries where homosexuality is illegal. Yep, that’s right. 36 those countries are in Africa; Middle Eastern countries are represented as well. So what about the Americas? Homosexuality is illegal in Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as others. However a global trend, NO EUROPEAN COUNTRY HAS A LAW AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY AS OF JANUARY 2014. (I must note, however, that there are countries such as Russia and Ukraine with explicit laws regarding the LGBT community, just none where the practice of homosexuality is illegal.) What can we as scholars (and Americans) infer from this trend? Since we seem to be moving in the (right) direction for human equality within the states, what is the cause of this worldwide trend?? From our readings, how can sort out whats going on in the global politics of human equality? If America does end up seeing complete marriage equality, with other countries follow?
Since the countries prohibiting homosexual practices tend to be Middle Eastern and African nations, I can only justify that some of the reasoning has to be, in part, due to the ethnic/religious background of the people, which I won’t get into. Since we as Americans are more technological and live life in the fast lane, are we just coming to accept homosexuality as part of a changing culture? What do you think is the key for global rights and equality or is this ideal even attainable? What steps should we as scholars and Americans do in the fight for global rights?