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17-year-old faces homosexuality trial in Senegal

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  1. Disgraceful. On trial for loving someone and for who they choose to sleep with, for a relationship between consenting adults who’s relationship hurts no one.

    A religion or culture that does that is vermin to humanity.

  2. How does someone lobby the British government to ensure that no British aid money is sent to savage dumps like Senegal?

  3. Stuart Neyton 21 Aug 2009, 1:32pm

    “How does someone lobby the British government to ensure that no British aid money is sent to savage dumps like Senegal?”

    That would be the worst possible thing to do. Senegal has an extreme level of poverty and cutting aid will hurt only the civilian population, not the government.

    What’s with the euphemisms used? If they’re going to charge him for “unnatural acts”, surely they should also lock up everyone who’s ever driven a car, bought food in a supermarket or had their appendix removed. There’s nothing “natural” about any of those things.

    This is a disgraceful case. I hope the British government apply diplomatic pressure on the government of Senegal to get these people released.

  4. Sad but not at all a suprise I am afraid. When you have African Muslims and Christians who are so anti gay what else can you expect with anti gay govts too. You also get witchcraft trails involving innocent little kids and preachers who terrify evil spirits out of innocent people in the name of god; will they ever enter the 21st century? Unlikely!!!!

  5. paul canning 21 Aug 2009, 1:48pm

    IGLHRC has an action page if you want to do something to help

  6. Jean-Paul Bentham 21 Aug 2009, 2:11pm

    “Last year, the African Assembly for the Defence of Human Rights expressed concern over the rise of homophobia and hatred of gays in the country.”

    This simply cannot be true because Mr. Helmer said that homophobia does noy exist, remember!

  7. @paul canning – Thanks very much for the link, I’ve sent a copy of the standard letter they have provided to the Senegalese officials and encourage others to do the same.

  8. namesRhard 23 Aug 2009, 5:15pm

    @Stuart Neyton: Those are all very natural things. It’s the exact same as a chimp using a stick to forage for food or a colony of ants constructing a complex structure to live in.

    As for homosexuality being unnatural you only need to look at whatever zoo is in the headlines with whatever gay animal they’ve got this week. :P

  9. Mark Zamen 26 Aug 2009, 6:19pm

    This arrest, along with the legal and social conditions that allow it, constitute yet another reminder that a large segment of society, both in the U.S. and abroad, still regards gay men and women as second-class citizens – or worse. That is the salient point of my recently released biographical novel, Broken Saint. It is based on my forty-year friendship with a gay man, and chronicles his internal and external struggles as he battles for acceptance (of himself and by others). More information on the book is available at http://www.eloquentbooks.com/BrokenSaint.html.

    Mark Zamen, author

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