Thursday was the seventh national LGBT day in Algeria, a country in which homosexuality is illegal. FRANCE 24 spoke with Amelle, an Algerian lesbian who hides her sexual preference rather than risk prison time and familial shame.
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are among the 76 countries where it is illegal to be gay and punishment can be severe. Most of the nations are in the Persian Gulf region or Africa.
This hard-hitting video asks people to imagine what it would be like if it were illegal for them to be themselves. What if it were illegal to be blonde? Or have blue eyes? Or to be 5-foot-10? Or be gay?