Although a wave of acceptance for same-sex couples has washed through some Western countries, many countries still punish homosexual acts with prison, physical punishment and even death. Same-sex relationships are widely prohibited among Africa’s conservative societies.

Sources: The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association’s May 2013 survey, the Pew Research Center, Amnesty International and the Associated Press. | Darla Cameron and Richard Johnson/The Washington Post February 24, 2014
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