by publico.es - Cross-posted from LGBT Asylum News
While Brazil remains the largest Catholic country in the world by number of faithful, devout evangelicals are growing every year and now total around 24 million and some estimates are that by 2045 they will be half of the population.
Will the Commonwealth tackle LGBT issues? Currently of the 54 Commonwealth nations, more than 40 uphold a total ban on homosexuality and in some countries, including Nigeria, Cameroon and Uganda, homophobic witch-hunts still take place.
A Mexican lawyer and gay activist is facing 14 months in prison for defending a victim of homophobia. Jaime López Vela was the first to be married in Mexico City after the city approved same-sex marriage in 2010 and is planning to run to be a member of Parliament on the list of the PRD.
"It is clear that LGBT persons in Iraq have nowhere to turn. Hunted by religious extremists, ignored by the police and unable to ask their families for help, many have sought to resettle outside of the country. While reports of violence have subsided for the time being, LGBT individuals still face daily persecution."