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5 Countries Where LGBT Rights Came Under Attack This Year

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December 10 is the International Human Rights Day. The United Nations recognizes this day as both a celebration of the civil rights inherent to every human, no matter their nationality, and as a reminder of what more we can do to spread equality across the globe.

In that spirit, we’ve pulled together a list of the countries outside the U.S. that have made headlines this year for denying civil rights to LGBTs.  

1. Russia

Apart from allegedly rigging the U.S. election through cyberattacks (no big deal), the Kremlin maintained a hard line on suppressing LGBT rights this year. The country under President Vladimir Putin has continued to enforce a 2013 law against gay “propaganda” that has been broadly interpreted to stop LGBT-friendly rallies or keep out entertainment or products with ties to the gay community. This spring, the country charged Calvin Klein with violating the law when the fashion brand aired a commercial featuring same-sex and gender-fluid couples.


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