Bil Browning

Map: UN declaration of LGBT civil rights

Filed By Bil Browning | January 20, 2010 10:30 AM | comments

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Tags: gender identity, maps, sexual orientation, United Nations

67 countries (marked in green) have signed on to the United Nation's declaration on LGBT civil rights. 57 countries (marked in red) have signed a resolution opposing it.

The proposed declaration includes a condemnation of violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization, and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It also includes condemnation of killings and executions, torture, arbitrary arrest, and deprivation of economic, social, and cultural rights on those grounds.


Now you know which is which. Clickety the map to embiggen.

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Angela Brightfeather | January 20, 2010 11:01 AM


Well this is an interesting geography lesson, but we all know that it's hardly true as long as ENDA is still in committee and they won't vote on it. As far as I'm concerned that big green country located betweedn Canada and Mexico needs to be changed to at least grey or even red if they can't get ENDA out.

Like all life, it's not what you say, it's what you do that makes it real. As long as GLBT people are able to be fired for who they are(and that includes allowing religious denominations to be excluded, based on their so called moral beliefs about it) you might as well consider the USA's pledge as a joke.

What you need to at least do is to take a small red dot and put it everywhere there is a church in the US that does not have to live with ENDA and then see how green the USA really is.

As a matter of fact, I just tried it with my Magic Marker pens and found out that the real color of the USA should be closer to black. Hmmmm, I guess that I should have known that it would turn out that color shouldn't I?

Hmmm. While not all the grey areas would nominally say no, a significantly large number of them would say no if they felt they could risk alienating the overwhelmingly westernized bodies in favor.

There's a wide crescent there that is notable for the sheer violence of their objections to such.

And the map has little to say about the cultural mores of the nations and how the "common people" would react -- this is absolute a policy map.

Not surprised Nepal is on that list. They just banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in their constitution!

I wouldn't even say the map is based on policy. It's based on Westerners' love of positive statements from people in power. Paroles, paroles, but what are they doing to live up to those values? Do we care or do we just want pretty words?

Yes, Nepal --- and Germany, too.

But South Africa, which also has constitutional protections regarding sexual orientation, is notably absent.