June 18, 204 – Reported by Humanosphere – Despite major gains in both the US and abroad, it is still a difficult time to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) in many parts of the world. There are still 77 countries where it is possible to go to jail for having sex with someone of the same sex.
The signing of stricter anti-gay legislation by Uganda’s president brought attention to the problems faced by the LGBT community in the country and elsewhere. It forced Ugandan Transgender activist Nikki Mawanda to seek asylum in the United States. A fear for his own safety motivated the decision.