People who identify as LGBTQ in Libya face discrimination not faced by heterosexual residents. According to the penal code, homosexual acts are considered to be illegal in Libya, with a maximum punishment of death. In addition, the Libyan government does not permit public advocacy of LGBTQ rights.
It’s day 35 of Michael’s 79 days of abstinence from meat, fish and sugary treats to raise awareness of the lack of LGBTQ rights in 79 countries around the world. If you would like to find out more about why Michael is taking on such a big challenge and who he is raising money for, click here.