Day 17 – Egypt

Today is day 17 of Michael’s ‘79 Days’ abstinence challenge which marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Egypt. Homosexuality is illegal in Egypt, and people who identify as LGBTQ are punished with imprisonment. Michael is abstaining from meat, fish and sugary treats to raise awareness of countries like Egypt where it is against the […]

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Day 16 – Dominica

As stated by Section 14 of the Sexual Offenses Act, homosexuality in Dominica is illegal, with a penalty of imprisonment of up to 10 years. There is additionally an opposition to homosexual tourists in Dominica, with one particular association protesting against gay cruises from visiting the island. It’s day 16 of Michael’s ‘79 Days’ abstinence […]

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Day 15 – Daesh

Daesh, also recognised as ISIS or ISIL, is a political entity that has anti-LGBTQ laws despite the fact it is not recognised as a country. People who identify as LGBTQ in the areas of Northern Iraq and Northern Syria face a death penalty for same-sex activity, which ISIS publicise through video footage. Today is day […]

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Day 14 – The Cook Islands

Michael is 2 weeks in to his ‘79 days’ abstinence challenge, where he’s given up meat, fish and sweet treats to raise awareness of the lack of LGBTQ rights in the 79 countries where it’s illegal to be homosexual. Today represents The Cook Islands, where homosexuality is illegal with a penalty of up to 14 […]

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Day 13 – Comoros

It’s day 13 of Michael’s abstinence challenge, and today represents the lack of LGBTQ rights in Comoros. Same-sex sexual activity committed by both men and women in Comoros are illegal, with LGBTQ people facing up to 5 years in prison and a fine of 50,000 to 1,000,000 francs. If you would like to find out […]

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Day 12 – Cameroon

According to section 347 of the Cameroon Penal Code, homosexuality in Cameroon is illegal, with a punishment of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of 20,000 to 200,000 francs. In addition, people who identify at LGBTQ are often condemned for their sexuality as Cameroon is a conservative society where homosexuality is frowned upon. Michael is […]

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Day 11 – Burundi

Today is day 11 of Michael’s ‘79 days’ challenge, which represents Burundi. As in other African societies, homosexuality in Burundi is not understood and remains to be a taboo. As the 2008 Burundi Penal Code states, any person who has sexual relations with someone of the same sex in Burundi may be punished with imprisonment […]

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Day 10 – Brunei

It’s day 10 of Michael’s ‘79 days’ abstinence challenge, which represents the discrimination that LGBTQ people face in Brunei. Chapter 22 of the Penal Code of Brunei states that homosexuality is illegal and is punished with imprisonment. In 2014, Brunei adopted a new Penal Code provision where individuals convicted of same-sex acts could face the […]

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Day 9 – Botswana

Homosexuality in Botswana is a taboo subject which is commonly seen as a “western disease”. Section 164 of the Botswana Penal Code states that any homosexual acts are illegal, and that anyone who is found guilty can be punished with up to 7 years of imprisonment. Michael is abstaining from meat, fish and sugary treats […]

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Day 8 – Bhutan

As stated in article 213 and 214 of the 2004 Penal Code, homosexuality in Bhutan is considered to be illegal, and people who are found to be guilty can be sentenced to prison from 1 month up to 1 year. In addition, there continues to be cultural struggles for LGBTQ people in Bhutan who are […]

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