This article has been edited and was first published on April 05, 2018.
Homosexuality continues to be a taboo subject in Africa and other black communities around the world. Sexual attraction or relationship between members of the same sex or gender has evolved from being a hidden practice to a symbol of pride.
Out of the 195 countries in the world, 72 of them are no-go areas for same-sex couples as they risk threats, criminal charges, prison sentence and even the death penalty.
A world map released by Australian insurance company Travel Insurance Direct identified countries and territories according to how tolerant national attitudes were towards LBGTI couples.
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The map is shaded from red to purple which respectively indicates countries with illegal or intolerant attitudes towards homosexuality and countries where same-sex marriage has been legalised.
Most countries in Africa are highly intolerant of homosexuality and have high-security risks for same-sex couples.
Homosexuality is illegal in these countries:
In these countries, there is no law against homosexuality but there is high intolerance:
Central African Republic
In these countries homosexuality is legal but there are no other protections:
Same-sex marriage is allowed in this country: