Jerusalem held its gay pride parade last week, after the event was delayed due to the Palestinian War from Gaza in July and August. The event is an anomaly in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) where most countries consider homosexuality a crime. In several countries such as Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Mauritania, gays are sentenced to death.
There are still over 76 countries in the world that consider being gay a crime. Outside of Europe, there are only five countries that achieve a “perfect” score for gay and lesbian rights according to the ILGA, a leading gay rights group: Israel was the first to be awarded such score in 2008, followed by Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and New Zealand.