Reuters-Russia-anti-gay-protesters-rainbow-flag-photog-Maxim-ShemetovFrom imprisonment and hard labour to the death penalty, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people suffer from discriminatory laws in many parts of the world.

Here’s a look at some of the most striking discriminatory legislation as of early 2015:

– Homosexual acts are illegal in 78 countries.

– In Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Malaysia, among others, same-sex acts are punishable with long prison terms and a hefty fine. READ