99 who are in prison for being gay, 148 more awaiting trial


Maurice Okello and Anthony Oluku (Photo courtesy of NTV) Maurice Okello and Anthony Oluku are awaiting trial in Uganda on homosexuality charges. (Photo courtesy of NTV)

Worldwide, at least 99 people are currently in prison for allegedly violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 148 other people are awaiting trial on charges related to homosexuality.

Those are the latest tallies in this blog’s updated list of victims of 76-plus countries’ repression of LGBTI people.

The prison sentences that have been imposed range up to nine years, which is toward the lower end of punishments that are on the books in the 76-plus countries where homosexuality is currently illegal. As many as 11 people currently awaiting the outcome of their trials in Uganda and Zambia face the possibility of life sentences.

Listing 247 people is probably an extreme understatement of the number of people who are behind bars or…

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