2013 has been overshadowed by serious legal challenges to the rights of LGBT people, according to the Kaleidoscope Trust’s annual review.

The UK based LGBT rights group warned in a year marked by repressive legislation and unfavourable court cases, the challenges facing LGBT people around the world have rarely been greater.

It’s report highlighted how the introduction in Russia of homophobic censorship laws, the decision of the Indian Supreme Court to effectively re-criminalise homosexuality and the passage of draconian anti-gay legislation in Nigeria and Uganda have all come as major blows to LGBT activists and communities.

Kaleidoscope Trust Assistant Director Alistair Stewart said: “The challenges facing the LGBT community internationally this year show how important it is for international solidarity.

“LGBT communities across the world are facing criminalisation, discrimination and violence – often at the hands of their own governments who continue to ignore the voices of their own LGBT citizens.

“Advances in some parts of the world have been matched by regression elsewhere. It is vital that while LGBT people celebrate victories for equal marriage in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere, they support those fighting against the resurgent forces of oppression.”