This world map shows how each country accepts people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community. The data is gathered from a 2019 report published by The Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.
The report’s outline says it measured the Global Acceptance Index (GAI) of 174 countries. It measures “the relative level of acceptance of LGBT people and issues in each country during a specific time period,” amid the many recurring issues that concern this community.
The best countries for LGBTQ+ rights mostly come from the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. Iceland is the most accepting, with a GAI score of 8.9, the highest score recorded in this study. Canada is the only non-European country in the top five, tying with Norway in joint third place with a score of 8.2. The Netherlands and Spain complete the top five countries that are most welcoming to the gay community.
On the other hand, the less tolerant nations are dominantly from Africa and Asia. Three African and two Asian countries make up the five least accepting nations for LGBTQ+ people. Tajikistan, located in Central Asia, is the least accepting, with a GAI of only 1.6.
These books help understand the rights and advocacies of the LGBTQ+ society:
- Beyond Marriage: Continuing Battles for LGBT Rights
- The International LGBT Rights Movement: A History (New Approaches to International History)
- Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights
- Stonewall: The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising that Changed America
- The Politics of Love in Myanmar: LGBT Mobilization and Human Rights as a Way of Life
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