"Whether exported by colonial empires or the result of legislations culturally shaped by religious beliefs, if not deriving directly from a conservative interpretation of religious texts, homophobic laws are the fruit of a certain time and context in history. Homophobia is cultural, not inborn. People learn it as they grow."
Philipp Braun, co-secretary general of ILGA, said: "In many cases, prejudice against homosexual people is the result of ignorance and fear. This long catalogue of horrors is but a tale of the intolerance against what is foreign and different. Decriminalisation of same sex activity is as urgent as ever. The fight for the respect of every minority has to be everyone’s fight. We believe that the recognition of sexual minorities as components of our civil societies and the acknowledgement of the equality of their human rights can contribute to learning how to live together, that is, the learning of democracy."
ILGA's 2008 report on state homophobia around the world is available at http://www.ilga.org/
Photo: On July 19th 2005, Iranian teenagers Mahmoud Asgari, 15 and Ayaz Marhoni, 17, were hanged for perverting Islamic law.
Furthermore, the Pew Research Center carried out a global survey in 2014, called Global Attitudes Project, asking: Do you personally believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue in your country? Half or more in most of the 40 nations polled say that homosexuality is unacceptable. Nine-in-ten or more hold this view in seven nations. However, Europeans are much less likely to say homosexuality is unacceptable – this is especially true in Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Britain, and Italy, where about 20% or fewer express this opinion. Click on link for statistics results.