How does your country feel about LGBT's ?

I live in Belgium, and lgbt's have the same rigths as straight people, we don't discriminate . Well ofcourse there are always some people who don't understand , but according to the law it's illegal to discrimante someone if they are gay/trans/ have a different skincolor etc. How does your country feel about it ? I hope the same way .
Yume ^^
Oct 20, 2008

33 comments


Oct 23, 2008 Peixe
Unfortunately, Here in Brazil the LGBT have 27 less rights than straight people. The marriage for example is not alowed and adoption either.

Generally, the sexual diversity is well accepted here, but some people like the protestants for example, are against GLBT.

The homofobia is not considered a crime here, and the LGBT are trying to make the government turn homofobia into crime. BUT, there are the protestants always against and doing everything thay can to keep things the way they are now.
Nov 16, 2008 Poofter84
I'm sorry to hear what things are like in Brazil, as far as LGBT rights are concerned. If that can console you, I'll tell you that things aren't much better off in Italy, either.

We have no rights whatsoever as GLTB people. No marriage. No adoption. No legal recognition at all of GLBT partnerships or unions. And anti-gay behaviour is not considered in itself a crime. It's really bad. There are the leftist and the left-wing political parties who try to have pro-GLBT rights legislation passed through. But the right-wing party that is now in government, is quite opposed to that.

Plus, we have the Vatican right here in the middle of Italy. And the Pope and his followers are always trying to meddle with Italian politics. Which some people believe it is also against our Constitution, which states rather clearly that Italy is a lay nation so the clergy shoudln't be allowed to temper with politics.

However, the right-wing government goes hand in hand with the Vatican official policies, because they're are interested in getting more votes by the portion of the Italian people who believe that everything that the Pope says is spoken by God. And a vast majority of the Italian population are bigoted and narrow-minded people.

Therefore, the situtation for GLBT people in Italy is far from being ideal. Especially by comparison to other historically strong Catholic countries like our neighbour Spain, for example, where recently - thanks to the Socialist party led by Zapatero - laws allowing GLBT couples to have the exact same rights as their straight counterparts - especially in terms of marriage and adoption - have been passed through.

However, apart from legal rights and religious beliefs, people in general are tolerant and respectful of GLBT people. But there's still a lot of social stigma associated with people who belong to this group, so GLBT persons - especially in small cities or towns - tend not to be openly gay to their friends and families and co-workers, and do not come out to them as often as it should be wished.

Nonetheless, if you're lucky enough to live in a big city - such as Rome or Milan or Bologna - you can lead a pretty good life as far as GLBT issues and concerns go. Because people tend to be more open and gay-minded. Plus, there are always many clubs and gay associations where GLBT people can gather up to socialize. Moreover, because big cities are usually associated with anonymity, people tend to be much more open to each other about their homosexuality and therefore find it easier to come out to people they are in touch with, and in general lead a openly gay lifestyle.

To sum up, in Italy GLBT couples do not have any legal recognition of their status as a couple and cannot adopt children.
Besides, the Vatican is always reproachful of GLBT lifestyles and regards GLBT people to be deviants. Consequently, due to the high percentatage of Catholic people in Italy and due to the lack of pro-GLBT people campaigns fostering a positive outlook towards people belonging to this community, there is still a strong social stigma associated with GLBT people.

However, if you're lucky enough to live in a big city you're much better off than those who live in small towns. There are many more occasions to get together with other GLBT people, and it is easier to be openly out about your homosexuality as the level of stigma is lower and people are generally more open-minded or just barely indifferent to other people lifestyles.

On the other hand, if you're unlucky enough to live in a small city, it is much harder to be openly gay and live a full GLBT lifestyles. However, if you're able to get in touch with other GLBT people - through a variaty of sources, the internet, GLBT associations, clubs and the like - and form a GLBT circle of friends and mates, you might still be able to have a satisfying life.

My personal hope for the future is that in the next Italian elections, a center-left party manages to win. Thus, it'll be much more likely that pro-GLBT legislation get passed through.

Besides, there is a strong need for pro-GLBT campaigns and activism, especially in school, for example, in order to educate as many people as possible to sexual diversity and make them more aware of GLBT people's concerns. Also, campaigns should be launched in order to promote a positive attitude and outlook towards GLBT people in the majority of the Italian people.
Dec 10, 2008 Dioniso
you are damn right... I'm Italian but now I live in Spain and things are better here :)
Jan 7, 2009 ゆうちょん
hi,everyone.
i'm japanese.
in japan LGBT people difficult to comeout in their office.
they can comeout reliable friends.

government is not interested LGBT right.
no LGBT politician.

but Government-controlled tv station broadcasts LGBT right.
Jan 16, 2009 RainbowRubidium
Well, in depends who you talk to in the U.S. There are some who say LGBT persons deserve equal treatment to heterosexual, cissexual citizens and others say we should be put on an island and blown up.
In general there's more discrimination in the country and the Bible Belt but some places are very accepting. My hometown in Florida and the town I live in now (a Northeastern collage town) are very accepting.
Openly LGBT persons can't serve in the military and closeted ones are dishonorably discharged if the come out. Recently a law granting same-sex marriage was overturned by Proposition 8 in California. It's the only Constitutional right ever taken away. I would get depressed if our bookstore wasn't run by the most flamingly awesome drag queen ever. =)
Mar 2, 2009 Julissa
Here in the US, it just depends on where you go. If you live where I live, you can get ice thrown at you for simply holding hands with your girlfriend (unfortunately, I know from experience). However, if you live else where- especially around the coasts- people are much more accepting.

In many states, it's a fight between the political parties over LGBTQ rights, so rights vary from state to state. In Massachusettes, Conneticut, etc. you can get married, adopt, and are generally protected against discrimination. In some states, though, I don't even think you're protected against discrimination.

It sucks in the bible belt. Luckily, though, if you go to even a moderately big city/suburb, you're bound to find a gay community. We're everywhere. :P
May 8, 2009 Tanaka
How Gammaro said, in Brasil we still doesn't have enough rights for the LGBT community.

Our law say that is a crime to descriminate any person by his/her collor skin, religion, age or social class, thoug says nothing about descrimination against the differentssexuality.

Another problem is that the brazilian law say clearely that marriage is the union of a MAN with a WOMAN in front the society. Wich get hard to get the right to marriage.

Besides the law thing, there still so much discrimination in schools, streets and another places. Most of the people don't come out in their works afraid to lost the job or beeing punched by their co-workers.

But we will try figting. So that we are now holding the biggest gay pride parade in the world.
Feb 20, 2010 18randa
I live in Australia and we've just had 85 laws changed, now we can register as a couple. So if our partener gets so sick that he/or she can't make decisions, the partener can make them and can also be included in the family section. But, we still can't adopt, so we need to keep on fighting for GLBTQ rights!
Apr 10, 2010 Dimitris_KCY
Just joined the group. Hello.

My country, Cyprus, ranked 3rd-to-last or something in a recent survey about Gay Rights in EU.
Things are not good but certainly not the worst. People of the same sex can't get married or have an officially recognized relation and gay bashing exist even in mainstream media, but at least I don't have to be afraid of being arrested and sentenced to death for being gay.
Aug 25, 2010 Sime
It is fairly okay in the UK, certainly better than other places.
In the UK you can:
- Adopt
- Get a civil partnership (this has equal rights to marriage)
- Serve in the military openly
- Have a same-sex couple as the legal parents on a birth certificate.

But we can't:
- Donate blood
- Get married

As for how people react socially, it is generally mixed. It depends on the area: In most of the south, and in major cities, it is perfectly acceptable, but many people in other areas do get homophobic abuse. 'Gay' is also a common insult amongst young people.
There are also many gay and lesbian people in the media. Come to the UK! :D
Nov 9, 2010
Greetings, from glorious People's Republic of Vermont!
The state where We are only valued for our money.
Yes... the Pink Dollar is the only thing that Vermont wants from us.

As for rights. We have the right to feed the monster all of our cash in the form of B&B's, night clubs, Summer vacations, and Pride events.

But let one of us be bashed, or insulted. Where is the "community" then?

Nobody saw, heard, or knows anything then... "NIMBY" is the word of the day here, boys & girls.
Mar 10, 2011
Well I am Irish but have lived in Belgium for 11 years and I got married 2 years to my Belgian husband:)
We have now moved to France and our marriage is not recognized there... :( So in Belgium I am married... in France I am single! So much for equal rights all across Europe!
Apr 1, 2011 Jayan
I live right in the middle of the bible belt, and it really sucks from an LGBTQ standpoint... We have no legal rights and NO social acceptance. You do find the occassional person who is supportive, but they are mostly people who grew up elsewhere. And it's very difficult to find other LGBT folk because we have to hide ourselves to avoid homophobia... Can't wait to get out of hear...
Apr 6, 2011 gammaburst
Rights? Not in America. Well, we just got the right to die in the military, but I can't think of any others...

That said, in most large cities its very okay to be gay.
Apr 17, 2011 18randa
In Australia, there is not as much homophobia as America from what I've been hearing. People generally are ok with it in all of my family and I have no gotten any sort of homophobia from people but when I had heard something said that sounds homophobic, then I would jump on it right away.

In most small towns, they tend to be more homophobic than in the cities.
Apr 18, 2011
Yes, and Gold Coast is (supposedly) the San Francisco of Australia according to my facebook friend who lives there near her wife.
Apr 18, 2011 18randa
Serious? Wow, but I've never been to San Francisco before so I wouldn't know, but from what I've heard from friends, the Gold Coast is pretty awesome. So what's San Francisco like in terms of LGBT acceptance?
Apr 18, 2011
You're asking the wrong homo,friend...
I'm from NYC, but from the photos I've seen. Anyone who frequents the Mine Shaft or The Anvil (both fetish/leather/biker/SM bars) would be right at home there.
Apr 18, 2011 18randa
Lol, ok. Well what is the LGBT acceptance like in NYC?
Apr 18, 2011
We are more than welcome!
Especially along Christopher St. and in Greenwich Village.

"I'm 40 years old,single,and work in musical theater. You do the math."
-Nathan Lane, when asked if he is Gay.
Apr 18, 2011 18randa
Sweet man, I would just love to come to NYC.

What do you mean by the quotes?
Apr 18, 2011
Thank you, my dear, we will be waiting for you with open arms, Mimosa's in hand!

Because Nathan Lane ("Mouse Hunt","The Producers") is a funny guy
and it made me laugh when I read it.
Apr 19, 2011 18randa
Yes I love the move Mouse hunt, it's pretty funny. But I would have to feel sorry for the guy in the coffin. Awww you are sweet. Melbourne is welcoming you with open arms too. <3

Mira
Apr 20, 2011
I appreciate my dear...

I shall be there just as soon as the opportunity arises.
Jun 26, 2011 Jayan
I just heard that the state of New York has legalised gay marriages, despite having a mostly Republican senate! :D Definitely a step forward for LGBT America, though I'm still waiting for some of the bible-belt states to make a move in the right direction...
Jun 26, 2011 Lang8nube
En Los Estados Unidos, es terrible. Vivo en california y muchas personas tienen homofobia. Toda de mi familia es como esta también, es muy triste. Todos de mis amigos no piensen que las personas que son LBGT necesitan las derechas porque ellos están viendo contra la Biblia. La gente de mi país son racistas. Ellos dicen(cristianos y otros religiones similares) que ellos aman la LBGT comunidad, pero un secundo luego, dicen que son infieles. A pesar de que no soy LGB o T, en mi familia que es racista y por su puesto cristiano (mas como fundamentalista), no puedo expresar mis pensamientos en esta tema y problema en el mundo. Espero que un día, el mundo mirara a esta situación como la gente mira a la racismo contra los negros en Los Estados Unidos. Es terrible, y y siento para ti, porque soy agnóstico y mi familia es fundamentalista. A veces yo pienso que mi familia va tirarme fuera de su casa. Un día tuve hacer mis maletas...cada día tengo miedo...espero que todos los personas aquí tienen un consejero o amigo que puedes hablar con sobre tus problemas con homofobia y la racismo. Viva!!! un día después una otra día, nuestro mundo que pueda tener mas derechos y mas paz.

In the U.S., it is terrible. I live in California and many people have homophobia. All my family is like this too, is very sad. All of my friends do not think that people who are LGBT deserve rights because they think they are living a life they chose and that that are doing acts against the Bible. People in my country are racist. They say (Christians and other religions) they love the LGBT community, but then one second later say they are infidels. Although I am not LGB or T, I feel as though I am because in my family, I can not express my thoughts on this issue and problem in the world because my family is crazy and fundamentalist. I hope one day the world will look to this as people look to the racism against blacks in the United States. It is terrible, and and I feel for you as I am agnostic and my family is fundamentalist. sometimes I think my family is going to throw me out of your home. One day I had to pack my bags ... every day I have fear ... I hope all the people here have a counselor or friend you can talk to about your problems with homophobia and racism. Viva! maybe one day our world can have more rights and more peace.
Jul 8, 2011 18randa
That's terrible, most of the time I can never understand why people would want to discriminate in such an unrattional way. How can someone be so hateful towards a group of people and deny civil rights, especially if they are tax paying citizens. It really disgusts me. They should just ignore all the bible thumpers and just legalize it already.
Dec 13, 2011 ritathemeerkat
I'm so sorry to hear about some of the discrimination and bigotry towards the community in your countries! I live in Vancouver, Canada, and we're world-famous for being a progressive and accepting place. We have full civil rights. We can get married! WOOOOOO!!! I'm only 15, so I can't fully appreciate our Pride festivities, besides the parade itself, but I hear they're awesome (check out my profile picture!). Like almost all major cities, there is a 'gay' part of town and even a separate neighbourhood for lesbians.

However, although I live in this superbly gay-friendly city that is in this amazingly gay-friendly country, I am still quite aware of the issues facing fellow LGBTQ folk in other areas of the world. My heart goes out to all those who must oppress a huge part of who they are in order to avoid persecution or even death, either at the hands of homophobes or the government itself. Change is not going to come overnight and I have faith in the human race that one day, members of the queer community in all parts of the globe will be entitled to the full marriage, adoption, personal safety, etc. rights that any heterosexual person has. Like previous civil rights movements in history, there will be a day when government-endorsed homophobia will be a topic discussed in textbooks and social studies classrooms.

Obviously, even with the creation of legislation that promotes equality, you can't 'legislate away' people's attitudes and beliefs. Here in Vancouver, I still hear slurs like 'faggot' or 'that's so gay' in my school hallways every single day and my dating friends will still get glared at for holding hands on the public bus. Occassionally, there are even incidents of hate crimes committed on Canadians by fellow Canadians.

But change will come. If you're living in one of the countries where it's difficult to be yourself, hang in there!

Or just move to Canada =]
Dec 20, 2011 jolteonx
Wow, a fellow Vancouverite! Awesome! I ditto everything mooshamini said, and I think the only place I would feel comfortable showing physical affection in Vancouver is Davie Village, which is the gay village.

I believe it's important that we have gay villages, where people know that they are safe because legislation acceptance does not equate to building true social acceptance and the latter is often lacking. Here in Helsinki, Finland, I don't ever see any hand holding or kissing between homosexual couples and they are no gay villages as far as I know. Granted, there's a lower level of PDA even among heterosexuals, but it'd be nice to see some representation to remind me that there are other folk out there like me.
Dec 20, 2011
Re: the word "faggot".

Women all over North America have reclaimed the word "bitch" go to any mall and you will see T shirts with the word emblazoned across them, or the Acronym B.I.T.C.H. or "Being In Total Control Of Herself".

In the mid 90s the American Black community reclaimed the word "nigger" (that's right... I said it).

It's 2011, about time the Global Gay community reclaimed the word "faggot".


I use it. My female acquaintances use it. It doesn't bother anyone in my social circle because we feel it is empowering to use a word once used an epithet against us.

Words that hurt, can heal.

So rise up! Canada, America, England (especially), New Zealand, and all other countries where "the other F-word" is being used to hurt us!

Stand up! Take a lesson from the late James Brown; "Say it loud! I'm a fag & I'm proud!
Dec 20, 2011 Shizuhi
Have you guys read this article titled "I'm Christian, unless you're gay"? It's a really touching article that gave many gay people hope, and changed the mindset of a few homophobes. It talks more about just homosexuality and religion, it's something else altogether.

>> http://www.danoah.com/2011/11/im-christian-unless-youre-gay.html"
Dec 21, 2011 jolteonx
I just heard "f-ing faggot" uttered tonight on the streets of Amsterdam by a group of homophobic youth, directed at this one poor, swishy dutch guy. No one should be allowed to harrass another human being like that! As a bystander, I also felt offended at how easily the word was tossed around and the implication of possible violence that might follow.
Aug 25, 2012 akira
Hi everyone. I am from Russia. Russia is a very homophobic country. The Orthodox Christianity has been the main religion of our country for many centuries, that's why Russian society can not accept homosexuality. Besides, during the Soviet period when the communists were in power (1917-1991) homosexuality de-facto was illegal, so back that time gay people could be sent to prison for so-called 'sodomy'. Most of people in Russia believe that homosexuality is abnormality. For a long time (till 1999) homosexuality was officially considered mental deviation.
Gay people are being mocked at here. That's why I keep my sexual orientation in secret, because I know that in case if I come out people would turn away from me. And it would tarnish my reputation for sure, so I pretend to be a straight guy.
Same sex marriage is illegal as well as adoption by gay or lesbian couples. LGBT discrimination is quite tangible. Being open gay is tough and dangerous. For example, if a gay couple go outside holding each other's hands, kissing etc. it will attract passerbyes' attention right away. Most possibly they will hear some swear words about them (there are a lot of offensive words in Russian related to homosexual people), or maybe they even can be beaten up. Sometimes it's quite dangerous just to go to gay bar or gay club, because if others find out about that place, it is no longer safe to be there. People think that homosexuality is something weird, sick and ridiculous. Women are more or less tolerated towards the LGBT-community, but most of men openly claim to hate homosexual people.