Uganda this week announced that it wants to resurrect a bill colloquially known as “Kill the Gays.” The bill, which was nullified five years ago on a technicality, would impose the death penalty on homosexuals. If it passes, it would make Uganda the ninth country in the world to penalize gay people with death and the first for a country not ruled by sharia law.
Many nations in the world have modernized their views on same-sex unions, but there are still 72 countries in which homosexuality is illegal — the majority of which are in Africa or the Middle East.
Even more surprising, 15 of these countries are hot tourist destinations popular with cruise lines and safari lovers. Here are the most shocking countries where homosexuality is punishable by law:
Antigua and Barbuda
Gay relations in this Caribbean country will get adults a 15-year prison sentence and minors five years.
Named as one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s top 10 destinations, the punishment for homosexuality on this island getaway is life in prison.
Touting itself as remote, affordable and unspoiled, Dominica is a dream — unless you’re gay. Punishment for an adult homosexual is between four to 10 years in prison and a trip to a psychiatric hospital. For minors: five years in prison.
Seeking a safari? If you’re caught in Botswana having gay relations you can earn a hefty prison sentence of up to seven years.
This summer the Kenyan high court upheld a draconian colonial law outlawing homosexuality — anyone found having a same-sex romance can be imprisoned for up to 14 years.
The “Spice” of the Caribbean will sentence you to 10 years in prison if you engage in homosexuality.
A popular cruise stop, Jamaica isn’t so laidback when it comes to LGBTQ rights. Punishment for being gay includes 10 years in prison and hard labor.
Not all Buddhist countries are peaceful and relaxed. As well as committing a genocide against its Rohingya minority, Myanmar also imprisons homosexuals for up to 10 years as well as levying fines.
This bucket-list vacation spot in the middle of the Indian Ocean is ruled by sharia law, which calls for 100 lashes and imprisonment for up to four years for “unlawful sexual conduct.”
St. Kitts and Nevis
Known for its rainforested mountains and pristine beaches, this country is anything but a paradise for homosexuals, who face anywhere from four to 10 years in prison with a chance for hard labor.
A reef divers dream, St. Lucia’s laws call for imprisonment anywhere from five to 10 years for anyone found engaging in same-sex.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
This southern Caribbean island is home to luxury hotels — and a stiff prison sentence of five to 10 years for homosexuals.
The Pacific Islands are known to be laidback, relaxed and welcoming — unless you’re gay, which can get you up to five years in prison.
Tourism is booming in this former British colony which boasts elephant-filled forests, unique cultures, and beautiful beaches — but if you’re gay, you could get 10 years in prison or a fine.
This country is a safari-lover’s dream — but a homosexual nightmare. Punishment for same-sex relations can garner anywhere from 30 years to life in prison.