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10 maps show how different LGBTQ rights are around the world



LGBTQ activists suffered a major blow on Tuesday when the Supreme Court voted to reinstate President Trump’s transgender ban for the time being.

The 5-4 decision doesn’t make a final ruling on the ban, but says the rule can be put in place while appeals go through the lower courts.

The new policy, which President Donald Trump announced on Twitter in 2017, bans anyone diagnosed with gender dysphoria from joining the military, unless they serve as the gender they were assigned at birth. Transgender soldiers already serving would be grandfathered in.

If the courts ultimately decide Trump’s ban can be permanent, it would leave just 19 countries in the world where transgender people are allowed to serve in the military.

The fracas is a reflection of how much of an up-hill battle LGBTQ rights continue to be around the world. For example, gay sex is still illegal in nearly 40% of countries in the United Nations, according to Statistics released last year by the International Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

To understand how LGBTQ rights vary around the world, Business Insider created a set of maps that visualize where gay marriage is legalized and where gay people can still be put to death, among other things.

The results show that while homosexuality is no longer outlawed in the majority of the world, there’s still a long way to go in terms of acceptance and equality for LGBTQ people.

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