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.
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: