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Being gay is illegal around the world

But it is not the only country where people are persecuted because they are gay.

According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) report on state-sponsored homophobia, issued last month, six United Nations have imposed the death penalty on same-sex consensual sexual acts. Brunei now brings that number to seven.

The death penalty is also a possible punishment in another five Member States, according to the report. In some of those countries, such as Brunei, the verdict is rooted in an interpretation of Islamic Sharia.

70 UN member states still criminalize same-sex relationships between two consenting adults, the report said. In 26 of those countries, the fine varies from 10 years in prison to life.

The map in this story has been updated to correctly reflect the legal status of Mozambique.

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