Laws in countries outside the
U.S. & Canada that oppress
or protect LGBT persons
LGBT is an acronym referring to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender
persons and transsexuals. Sometimes the letter "I" is added to include intersexual persons, as are other letters, like "Q" for questioning. They have traditionally been discriminated against by
major world religions, including Christianity, Islam,
Hinduism, Judaism, etc., and to a lesser degree by Buddhism.
Laws have been passed in countries around the world that criminalize same-sex behavior even
between consensual adults in private. Six predominately Muslim countries execute persons who have engaged in same-gender consensual sex.
Some commentators attempt to generate fear in the U.S. by describing hate speech laws that exist in Canada and in some European countries. They imply that if hate crime laws are passed in the U.S., that they will be used to restrict hate speech. These fears are groundless because the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, including hate speech. Also, some commentators imply that hate crimes laws are created to protect lesbians, gays, and transgender persons. Actually, they protect everyone from violence motivated by hatred of the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity, whether they be heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, cisgendered, transgender or transsexual.