The reading that I’m choosing to write a blog post about this week is the assigned reading “What’s it Like Being LGBT around the World?”. This article caught my attention because I was curious to see how people who identify as LGBTQ+ live their lives freely in other countries. Although Americans are becoming more accepting and making laws and rules to accommodate all sexualities, there are still people in our country that are against the LGBTQ+ community. I was wondering if it were different for people in foreign countries, if LGBTQ+ communities are able to express themselves more openly without scrutiny. What I liked about this article was that it was real stories from real people all over the world. Not surprisingly, which kind of disappointed me, other countries are pretty similar to America when it comes to the acceptance and law enforcement regarding the LGBTQ+ community. I was hoping to see a huge acceptance of all genders and sexualities in some particular part of the world, but for the most part there was nothing drastic. Bangladesh is known to have a pretty relaxing view of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly since they are so uptight about heterosexual sex before marriage that they don’t have time to worry about others. Germany is a pretty accepting country as well, but there are still always people against the community who initiate homophobic attacks. The only country that somewhat surprised me (but not really) was Russia. Russians are known for their strict demeanor and lack of PDA, so when I read that people in Russia are afraid to come out, I wasn’t too shocked. The writer stated that the only solution to this problem was to stay quiet. Hide your sexuality from others, and you’ll be fine. So all in all, other countries are pretty much in line with America when it comes to the acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community and the changes we are making to include all genders and sexualities, except Russia. Russia is a little behind. Honestly, America should step it up, we like to be the best at everything so why not get ahead on the inclusion of all identities?