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London: Activists stage protest outside Commonwealth HQ against ‘Commonwealth homophobia’

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  1. Wot, no fagburn to cast snide aspersions against people who actually campaign and put in the hard work?

    Come on fagburn, where are you? Oh yes, you’re sitting in your smelly little bedsit in Brighton, never actually doing anything.

    (If you don’t know what I am talking about take a look at fagburn’s blog)

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Nov 2013, 6:13pm

    Stop funding the offender countries. I don’t buy into the notion that it’s better to have ongoing dialogue with these morons because its bloody obvious ongoing dialogue isn’t working. You cannot reason with religious bigots running these hell holes and in some cases despotic regimes. Hit them where it hurts, in the pocket and to hell with humanitarian aid too in times of crisis be it natural disasters or violent situations.

  3. It’s both amazing and disgusting that former British colonies kept so many laws introduced to those countries. Wouldn’t you think they would have wanted to ditch all those ‘white men’s rules’ and distance themselves from their former overlords? Sad really that they were so lacking in intelligence that they could only mimic their colonial masters and not come up with laws which extended equality to ALL their citizens.

  4. Mohamed Salieu Kamara 10 Dec 2013, 3:06pm

    A person or persons guilty under this Act can be sentenced to life imprisonment. This law, which was inherited from the British, is seldom (if ever) enforced. That this Act has not been expressly repealed pose a threat to LGBT rights. This Act states “Sodomy and bestiality: whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable crime of convicted of the abominable crime of buggery, crime committed either with mankind or with any animal shall be liable to be kept in penal servitude for life.”

    So far, there are no laws in Africa protecting against LGBT discrimination. This implies that people in same-sex relationships are at the mercy of anti-LGBT`S.
    Our cultural, traditional and religious practices frown at LGBT issues.

    There is a law that criminalizes gay practice in Africa. This law is section 61 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

    The truth about LGBT is that Africans are far behind on the road to LGBT rights. Talking openly about LGBT rights is still a taboo.

  5. Jay Hayes-Light 12 Dec 2013, 5:45pm

    Mohamed’s post is an accurate assessment of what is still endemic in Africa. However I would like to see the acronym LGBT include the missing *I* more often. The situation affecting intersex people in Africa is often overlooked in dialogue which discusses inclusion of other minority groups. The fact is that African nations have an appalling record on the rights of intersex people, including new-born children who, in some areas are left on the local rubbish tip to die. Those who do survive are often caught up in the witch hunt against gay people, since their physical sex is ambiguous. e.g. An intersex woman living with a phenotypical male can be arrested and punished as a male homosexual.

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