Day 33 – Lebanon

In 2013, the Pew Research Centre conducted a study to determine which regions felt that homosexuality should be accepted in their society. According to the study, 80% of people in Lebanon felt that homosexuality should not be accepted. It’s day 33 of Michael’s ‘79 Days’ challenge, which represents the lack of LGBTQ rights in Lebanon. […]

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Day 32 – Kuwait

Today marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Kuwait. According to article 193 of the Penal Code, people who commit same-sex sexual activity can face up to 6 years in prison. Article 198 also states that “imitating the appearance of a member of the opposite sex” results in a punishment of fines and/or imprisonment. Michael […]

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Day 31 – Kirbati

It’s day 31 of Michael’s ‘79 Days’ abstinence challenge, and today marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Kirbati. According to Section 154 of the Penal Code, people who commit same-sex sexual activity in Kirbati can face a penalty of up to 14 years in prison. Female homosexuality, unlike male homosexuality, is considered to be […]

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Day 30 – Kenya

People who identify as LGBTQ in Kenya face discrimination against their sexuality and gender identity that is not experienced by heterosexual residents. According to Section 162 of the Penal Code, anyone who is found to be guilty of committing same-sex sexual activity can face a penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment. Homosexuality is additionally […]

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Day 29 – Jamaica

Day 29 marks the start of week 5 of Michael’s ‘79 Days’ challenge, where Michael is abstaining from meat, fish and sugary treats to raise awareness of the lack of LGBTQ rights in 79 countries around the world. Today represents Jamaica, a country where people who identify as LBGTQ can face up to 10 years […]

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Day 28 – Iraq

Today marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Iraq. While same-sex sexual activity have been decriminalized in Iraq, homosexuality continues to be taboo amongst the majority of the Iraq population. Many LGBTQ people suffer from discrimination, abuse, shame killings and murder, and in 2012 Iraq was declared to be unsafe for LGBTQ people. Michael is […]

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Day 27 – Iran

It’s day 27 of Michael’s ‘79 Days’ challenge, and today represents Iran, a country where it is illegal to be homosexual. The punishment for men who are guilty of same-sex sexual activity in Iran is currently death. Women face a punishment of up to 100 lashes and can also become subject to the death penalty […]

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Day 26 – Indonesia

People who identify as LGBTQ in Indonesia face discrimination against their sexuality and gender identity that is not experienced by heterosexual residents. According to a 2013 Pew Research Centre survey, 93% of people in Indonesia stated that homosexuality should not be accepted within their society. While homosexuality is classified as legal in Indonesia, Islamic-based laws […]

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Day 25 – India

Sexual activity between people of the same gender has been illegal in India since 1860, which was when Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was first introduced. Anyone who is found to be guilty of homosexual acts are to be punished with imprisonment of up to 10 years. In addition, people who identify as […]

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Day 24 – Guyana

Michael is abstaining from meat, fish and sugary treats to raise awareness of the lack of LGBTQ rights in 79 countries around the world. Today represents Guyana, a country where homosexual acts are illegal, with a punishment of up to life imprisonment. In 2000 and 2003, amendments were put forward to change the Constitution of Guyana […]

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