There are 72 jurisdictions around the world that still criminalise private, consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex. Almost half of these are Commonwealth countries.
Of these jurisdictions, around 60 per cent criminalise same-sex activity between women. Even where women are not specifically criminalised, lesbians and bisexual women are often arrested or threatened with arrest.
Transgender people are vulnerable to arrest, prosecution and harassment under a range of laws. In addition to being captured under laws criminalising same-sex intimacy due to misgendering, at least 15 jurisdictions criminalise the gender expression and/or identity of transgender people through ‘cross-dressing’, impersonation and disguise laws. In at least 25 countries, authorities use public order, vagrancy and misdemeanour offences to harass, arrest and prosecute transgender people. Blackmail, extortion, and physical and sexual violence is commonplace.