Cape Town - South Africa is one of the world's most progressive countries when it comes to equal rights for the LGBT community - on 1 December 2006 we became the fifth country in the world, and the first in Africa, to allow legal marriages between same-sex couples.
However, the sad reality is that inequality and disrespect for human rights beyond just sexual orientation exists in a number of countries across the world.
UPDATE: Sexual Orientation Map Overview - see sexual orientation laws around the world here.
If you didn't know it, there are at least a dozen countries in the world that actually still punish homosexual acts with death. Death! According to Statista, the countries that deem homosexuality to be a capital offence are Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.
On the flip side, there has been a wave of same-sex marriage legalisation in recent times with the Netherlands in 2001 and Belgium 2003 leading the way, while most recently France in 2013, Great Britain in 2014 and the United States nationwide in 2015.