But, throughout the rest of the world, many still face the same draconian laws and societal pressures that most of us regard as history.
Statistically, some four billion people will wake up in countries where there are no formal laws protecting those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, according to Mike Dyer, Co-Managing Director and Chief Product and Strategy Officer of the Daily Beast, and the founder of Wednesday’s Quorum: Global LGBT Voices event in New York City. “Another three million people live in countries where there is no hint of legal or social equality, where being gay is a crime,” he added.
Quorum took place in the same week as ISIS boasted of throwing a gay man off a roof, then stoning him to death, and news spread of the arrest—and public shaming of 33 Egyptian men arrested in a raid on a bath-house.
“Quorum is meant to be a place to explore, debate, and in some instances disagree about the various struggles facing the LGBT communities around the world,” Dyer expressed in opening remarks. “This is the great civil rights struggle of our time.”…