LGBTQ rights vary greatly around the world, even among countries we often think of as inclusive.
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Same-sex activity can be a capital offense in Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
Some 68 countries still criminalize homosexuality, most of them majority-Muslim nations in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
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Though considered taboo, homosexuality is not technically illegal in most of Indonesia. The province of Aceh, though, is governed by strict Sharia law and same-sex activity has been punished there by public canings.

 

Same-sex acts can still carry the death penalty in at least a dozen countries.
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Same-sex activity can be a capital offense in Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. 
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The Netherlands was the first country to allow transgender people into the military, in 1974, according to CNN.

Thailand is one of the more recent countries to accept trans service members, but they’re only allowed to serve in an administrative capacity.

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In Russia, a federal law makes it illegal to distribute “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” to children.

Critics say it’s so broad that it can be used to ban Pride parades and arrest people for even identifying as a member of the LGBTQ community on social media. 

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Italy, Switzerland, Poland, and Greece are among the countries that do not recognize marriage equality.


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