Brunei is the latest country to announce the death penalty for gay sex.
There are now 12 countries in the world where it is possible to be killed for having sex with someone of the same gender.
In total, homosexuality is also illegal in 70 nations, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)
From this week, Brunei will stone to death men who have sex with other men. Women face a penalty of 40 strokes of the cane and/or up to 10 years in jail for the same crime.
Brunei joins Iran, Saudia Arabia, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Nigeria in enacting strict Sharia law.
Homosexuality is also punishable by death in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Mauritania.
It is not believed anyone has been killed for being gay in these countries but the deterrent is written in law and the penalty is possible.
Gay people face active legal barriers in 70 countries, including 26 nations where they can be jailed for up to 10 years.
East African nations – notably Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi – take a hard-line approach to homosexuality.
So too do Namibia, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Syria and many islands in the Caribbean.
Kenya and Botswana are due to rule on decriminalisation at some point this year.
In 2017, Chad actually took a backwards step of criminalising same-sex acts.
Many of the states criminalising gay relationships are Commonwealth countries and their statues originate from British colonial times.
Brunei is one of 35 Commonwealth countries where there are tough laws. It will apply to children and tourists and not just Muslims.
The resource-rich nation could face expulsion from the group of nations, although it is likely the UK will try to use diplomatic pressure instead.
There are 55 countries in the world which the ILGA say operate a neutral stance on the issue. Gay marriage is not legal but nor is it a crime.
Japan, China, India and Russia are among these countries, although campaigners note that Russia is using a series of repressive legal steps against gay people.
A ruling by the Indian Supreme Court in 2018 was highly welcomed as it removed anti-gay laws from the statute books in the worlds second-most populous country.
In the UK, gay sex first became a crime in 1533 under the Buggery Act and was punishable by death.
James Pratt and John Smith were the last men to be executed in November 1835 for sodomy.
They were convicted of having sex in the room of another man, William Bonill, and hanged outside Newgate prison, London, despite doubt being thrown on their conviction.
Bonill was spared the death penalty but transported to a penal colony in Australia where he died six years later.
Sexual activity between men was decriminalised in 1967 in England and Wales and later in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Sexual activity between women was never subject to the same legal restriction.
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