Global Gay

A global revolution is underway to obtain what UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Barack Obama call ‘the final frontier in human rights’: the universal decriminalization of homosexuality.

Homosexuality is forbidden in almost half of the world. Out of 196 UN member states, there are 7 where it is punishable by death. In 84 others, it can merit prison and physical punishment. But today, momentum is building and the debate on gay rights is omnipresent – whether it be regarding legalization in the Middle-East and Africa or the focus of gay marriage laws in the West.

After years of long diplomatic struggle, several world leaders have declared themselves in favor of the universal decriminalization of homosexuality. But victory won’t come easily. The countries that still punish homosexuality refuse to give in to international pressure. Global acceptance and equality will take time to achieve.

‘Global Gay’ follows this battle for decriminalization through the lives and work of some of its fearless pioneers, providing a vibrant chronicle of the growing global social movement. In the words of Ban Ki Moon, “The time has come”.

Filmed in Russia, Cuba, Cameroon, Nepal and South Africa.


  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 52 & 77 mins
  • Production: LIGNE DE MIRE
  • Director: Rémi Lainé
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France



  • Awards: Grand Prize of the World Organisation against Torture (FIFDH Geneva); Special Mention for long feature (Florence Queer festival) Festivals: FIFDH Geneva 2014, FICIP Argentina2014, Libercine Buenos Aires 2014, Thessaloniki International L.G.B.T.Q Film Festival 2014, MICGénero 2014 (Mexico), Florence Queer Festival 2014, Amnesty Reel Awareness Film festival Toronto 2014, Image+Nation Montreal 2014, Chéries-Chéris 2014 (Paris LGBT Festival); Festival of New Latinamerican Cinema of La Havana 2014; Festival Massimadi 2015 (Canada); Rencontres In & Out 2015 (Nice/Cannes); Milan LGBT Pride 2015

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