Tracking Affirming Policies in Community of Christ around the World
Harmony has provided the following interactive map to track the progress of Queer/LGBTQIA2S+ affirming policies in Community of Christ around the world. As new information becomes available, it will automatically update below. Hover over a country with your cursor or tap on mobile/tablet to learn more.
Community of Christ's presence in the world can look different depending on the location. As such, International Headquarters has categorized the various expressions of the church into three (3) categories:
Community of Christ's global website indicates that "[t]he church currently has initial contact in two Muslim-majority nations. For security reasons we cannot share the names of these nations at this time." As such, the following map does not include these two unnamed nations.
Laws surrounding Queer/LGBTQIA2S+ persons and their experiences are changing rapidly around the world, and it is important to frequently review their status prior to making assumptions.
A few things to note:
Out of the 58 countries with an official Community of Christ presence:
48 countries do not criminalize Queer/LGBTQIA2A+ related acts;
40 countries provide some sort of protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation;
Ten (10) countries have criminalized Queer/LGBTQIA2S+ related acts; and
Five (5) countries have the highest level of Queer/LGBTQIA2S+ protections (constitutional).