Gayasylum would like to congratulate the Malawi Gay Rights Movement (Magrim) on taking the first steps towards recognition and acceptance of LGBT citizens in Malawi.
Sodomy laws can be found around the world. Today, consensual homosexual acts between adults are illegal in about 69 out of the 195 countries of the world; in 40 of these, only male-male sex is outlawed.
This number has been declining since the second half of the 20th century. All of Europe, North America and nearly all of Latin America or/and South America have recently abolished sodomy laws (except for; Belize and Guyana— along with several Caribbean islands, including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago). This trend among Western nations has not been followed in all other regions of the world (Africa, some parts of Asia, Oceania and the Caribbean Islands), where sodomy often remains a serious crime. Homosexual acts remain punishable by death.
Incredible that all those Nations where it is still illegal are former British dependencies and full members of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Besides, most of these Nations still make use of the same Acts /Laws dating back to the Colonial Times. The British Government is not doing anything to overturn this kind of old-fashioned legislation.
Until it is established by all nations and the UN that Homosexuality is a Fundamental Rights and that sexuality does not make a person any inferior, such volitions and abuse shall be prevalent and acceptable, as it defies equality on all levels.
The world wide LGBT community is starting to awaken and demand the rights granted to us by the mere fact that we are all born human and as such not only demand recognition but are entitled to this basic fundamental right.
let them have their peace….. its ok.
This is an important first step. Africa is a deeply homophobic continent, along with the Middle East and the Carribbean, but at least the first tentative steps are being made to change the homophobic bigotry and hatred that is rife in these countires. I wish them all the best in their endeavours – they are very brave.
To my friends in Malawi, bless you all and NEVER, NEVER give up!
It was largely our determination to persevere against what seemed like overwhelming odds that liberated us from apartheid here in South Africa, freeing us from the shackles of the physical and mental slavery that the countries North of the equator and in the Middle East had imposed on us for centuries. Our rights as citizens are wisely written into our constitution, giving us the time that we need to continue liberating ourselves, and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, from these denigratory foreign attitudes and beliefs.
I have notified all of my friends of this happy development, and know that we, your brothers and sisters here in South Africa, stand by you and support you in this vital phase of your liberation struggle against foreign domination and oppression.
i hope they win freedom , i have so many gay friends in malawi, lovely people , but repressed , let them come into the sunshine of life john t
hi. i´m a spanish lesbian who live in malawi since 2005, my girlfriend is a malawian lady and tis is our first new about magrim. i would like knowing more about and if it is possible a contact adress or phone number. thanks in advance
I am pleasantly surprised. Beased in Lilongwe, I would appreciate further contact information for this movement as i would love to be a part of it.
congratulations. can u guys send me ya phone contact coz i would love to join you?