In no fewer than 78 countries around the world, homosexual acts are still illegal.
And in five of them, the maximum penalty is death.
What if it were illegal for you to be you? Imagine if it were illegal to have blue eyes or be under 5ft 10ins and if breaking this law meant you could go to prison or face attack or even death.
A hard-hitting new ad campaign from the UK imagines how ridiculous – and harrowing – the world would be in other personal traits, like baldness, age or even eye colour.
Produced by the Kaleidoscope Trust, the campaign has been launched to coincide with Pride London this weekend, and is getting attention from British MPs and celebs alike.
British human rights minister Jeremy Browne MP says the video brings home very vividly how it must feel to be singled out and abused just for being who you are.”
Imagine if it were illegal for you to be you…
Produced by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, the purple regions on the map shown below – and larger here – indicate where in the world homosexuality is still punishable by law.