In 66 countries there are still laws which criminalise LGBT people fuelling stigma, legitimising prejudice and encouraging violence. The Human Dignity Trust exists to change this.
Together, we have witnessed positive changes unfold: to put this into perspective, in 2022 71 countries criminalised LGBT communities and by 2023 the number has dropped to 66. The milestones we have witnessed over the year are a testament to the strength of LGBT people and countless allies.
However, amidst the celebration, it is important to acknowledge the persistent challenges we continue to face. It is disheartening to see that in various parts of the world, regressive laws are threatening the rights and well-being of LGBT communities. In May 2023, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni’s signed one of the world’s harshest anti-LGBT bills into law which includes the death penalty for repeat same-sex sexual acts. Concerningly, similar legislation that enhances existing criminal laws is under consideration in other parts of Africa including Kenya and Ghana. There is much work to be done to organise and push back against laws like these, and your support is now more crucial than ever before.
Watch our short film to learn about the many hard-fought and far-reaching victories we have achieved together and find out why we need your help to continue the momentum. Together we can achieve lasting change and work towards a world where LGBT people can feel free in every continent.