Sometimes they are incomprehensible. Sometimes they are no more than numbers which those seeking to impress others throw out like 'pearls to pigs'?!!!
They do have meaning. Lots of meaning.
The LA times distills this report written for the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Assn. Its big, a pdf, and, well, sometimes we the lazy, or with the great excuse of information overload in this day and age can just scan...., so, the LAtimes summary does for us what we need...!
Here are the stats quoted on the website.
122: The number of countries that allow homosexual acts between consenting adults.
72: The number of countries that outlaw it (same sex intercourse).
25: The number of countries where it is forbidden to form, establish or register a nongovernmental organization that focus on issues related to sexual orientation or LGBTQ rights. Almost two dozen other countries have laws aimed at curtailing public expression and promotion of being LGBTQ through social media or other means.
23: The number of countries that allow same-sex marriage
26: The number of countries that allow same-sex couples to adopt children that are not biological offspring of one of the partners.
9: The number of countries, that specifically mention sexual orientation in their constitution as grounds for protection against discrimination.
Definite case of the glass being half full.
where we are coming from..., the whole world was a place that we hadnt thought livable. Now, due to the sacrifices, sweat and toil of many, queer and not so, we are at this point in time. With distinct gains to point at, but also some horrifying statistics and stories, like the gay pogrom in Chechnya now current.
So, what do we make of this?
As queer Ugandans say, Aluta Continua. The struggle indeed goes on. And, it is an interesting one to be part of.
Indeed, freedom is precious, especially to those aware of the price it demands.
Yet bondage, mental or physical, real or implied, a cage of the mind or for the body, is so onerous a condition that we indeed fight on, for nothing other than to be accepted as queer human beings.