Day 57 – Solomon Islands

Michael is now in his 9th week of abstaining from meat, fish and sugary treats! Today marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Solomon Islands, where same-sex sexual activity is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Acts of “gross indecency” can also be punishable of up to 5 years imprisonment. Michael is abstaining […]

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Day 53 – Saudi Arabia

Today is day 53 of Michael’s 79 days of abstinence from meat, fish and sugary treats. Day 53 marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality and transgenderism are illegal. Anyone who is found to be guilty of homosexuality or cross-dressing on their first offense can face penalties of imprisonment, fines, whipping […]

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Day 51 – Russia

People who identify as LGBTQ in Russia face discrimination against their sexuality and gender identity that is not experienced by heterosexual residents. Although same-sex sexual activity between adults was decriminalized in 1993, households headed by same-sex couples are ineligible for the legal protections available to heterosexual couples. Homosexuality continues to be seen as a taboo […]

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Day 50 – Qatar

It’s the beginning of week 8 of Michael’s 79 days of abstinence from meat, fish and sugary treats. Today marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Qatar. According to Article 296 of the Penal Code, people who are found to be guilty of same-sex sexual activity can face up to 3 years imprisonment. In addition […]

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Day 49 – Papua New Guinea

According to section 210 of the Papua New Guinea Penal Code, homosexuality in Papua New Guinea is illegal, with a punishment of up to 14 years imprisonment for anyone who is found to be guilty of committing same-sex sexual activity. People who identify as LGBTQ additionally face discrimination against their sexuality, which in some cases […]

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Day 48 – Palestine

Today is day 48 of Michael’s 79 days of abstinence from meat, fish and sugary treats. Day 48 marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Palestine, where homosexuality continues to be one of the most taboo subjects in the region. Same-sex sexual activity is considered to be illegal for men in the Gaza Strip, whereas […]

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Day 47 – Pakistan

People who identify as LGBTQ in Pakistan face discrimination against their sexuality and gender identity that is not experienced by heterosexual residents. Anyone who is found to be guilt of same-sex sexual activity can face a penalty of 2 years up to life in prison. In a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Centre, […]

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Day 46 – Oman

According to section 223 of the Penal Code, sexual activity between people of the same gender is illegal in Oman. Anyone who is found to be guilty of homosexual acts are to be punished with up to 3 years imprisonment. It’s day 46 of Michael’s 79 days of abstinence from meat, fish and sugary treats. […]

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Day 45 – Nigeria

It’s day 45 of Michael’s 79 days challenge and today represents Nigeria, a country where homosexuality is considered to be illegal. The maximum punishment for anyone who commits same-sex sexual activity in the twelve northern states of Nigeria that have adopted Shari’a law is death by stoning. If you would like to find out more […]

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Day 44 – Namibia

Today marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Namibia. Same-sex sexual activity between men is considered to be a crime in Nambia, with people who are found guilty facing a penalty of  imprisonment. Women, on the other hand, are treated differently in Namibia, for female homosexuality is considered to be legal. Michael is raising awareness […]

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