Hiding in the Shadow: The Legacy of Colonial Sodomy Laws and Strategies for Their Repeal

Author:John Reilly
Position:Independent Scholar

Asia is home to an estimated 220 million LGBTQ people across forty-nine countries; however in twenty-one of these countries, LGBTQ people are still subjected to prosecution under colonial-era sodomy laws. The common characteristic amongst the majority of the countries that criminalize sodomy today? They are former British colonies. This article tracks the implementation of sodomy laws in former... (see full summary)

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