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Study: More Than 70 Countries Make Being Gay A Crime

Reports The Independent:

"A comprehensive study of global lesbian, bisexual and gay rights, seen by The Independent on Sunday, reveals the brutal – and, in many instances, fatal – price people pay around the globe for their sexuality. The research, which was conducted by the charity network the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), shows that 76 countries still prosecute people on the grounds of their sexual orientation – seven of which punish same-sex acts with death." 

S"On a global scale, the nations doing something positive for gay rights are dwarfed by those behaving negatively. While 75 countries will imprison you if you are gay, only 53 have anti-discrimination laws that apply to sexuality. Only 26 countries recognise same-sex unions."

Rights for gay people in Africa don't seem to be improving at all. In fact many countries are seeing the opposite:

"ILGA's study of global gay rights shows that, elsewhere, admitting to being gay is still a matter of life and death. In much of Africa, the past decade has seen the lives of gay people go "from bad to worse", the report says. More than 50 per cent of African states have taken action to criminalise homosexuality and religious homophobia is rife."

And it appears as if it certainly won't be getting much better in Southern Sudan, where homosexual sex is illegal, anytime soon.

Yesterday, Salva Kiir Mayardit (seen here in his trademark hat), president of Southern Sudan, was asked by Radio Netherlands Worldwide about homosexuality: "It is not in our character [...] it is not there and if anybody wants to import it to Sudan [...] it will always be condemned by everybody."

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  1. Just 6 years ago, gay sex was illegal in Texas...

    Posted by: rick | Aug 1, 2010 12:32:40 PM

  2. Wheres the LIST of these countries??

    Posted by: wonderer | Aug 1, 2010 12:55:48 PM

  3. Being negro should be a crime...

    Posted by: christo67 | Aug 1, 2010 1:23:58 PM

  4. It is a crime. Haven't you been following Andrew Breitbart?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 1, 2010 2:41:18 PM

  5. @CHRISTO67

    And WHO do you think brought the religion to the "Negros" that started all this shit? WHITE PEOPLE! So lets make being WHITE a crime and maybe ALL our problems will finally be solved. How about THAT, you fucking racist sack of shit!

    Posted by: SICKO'YALL | Aug 1, 2010 2:52:51 PM

  6. Undercover stings are blatantly anti-gay. If they can pay for undercover to illegally lure men into breaking the law (Cause it is always the cop who says something like, show me your dick), then they can pay uniformed officers to patrol the same areas. If the cruisers see a cop they will scatter, problem solved.

    Posted by: qjersey | Aug 1, 2010 3:12:17 PM

  7. Sometimes I wish we could fight intolerance with intolerance and eliminate everything in Africa but the non-human animals.

    Posted by: mel | Aug 1, 2010 3:57:26 PM

  8. Complete genocide of Africa, Mel? Wow. I wonder why no one has ever thought of that one before. I wish we could eliminate all the white animals over here, too. How about that?

    Posted by: SICKO'YALL | Aug 1, 2010 4:52:32 PM

  9. Frankly this whole thing is not about race at all and all the people that have carried on about it just betray their prejudice one way or the other. It is about sexuality and wherever it is a problem being who you are there is a problem. Yes Africa is a problem. Yes the US Midwest is a problem and yes 1st Nations in Canada have a problem. It's everywhere and needs to change. Please could we have a list of those places so that we can take direct action against these folk.

    Posted by: DavidW | Aug 1, 2010 9:13:52 PM

  10. @ DavidW...You're right but lets keep it real Andy put that Black face up there for a reason because he knew that some of the white queens was going to go off the handle on Blacks with the racist rhetoric and as always

    HE SUCEEDS! And yeah where is the list if it's really a concern we should at least see the actual list!

    Posted by: RED DEVIL | Aug 2, 2010 6:05:43 AM

  11. Actully it's no-one race's fault. It's the shitty interpretation of the bible by pretty much all that have come into contact with this poison chalice.

    The world was probably a (figuratively) much cooler place before organised religion entered it.

    Posted by: EM | Aug 2, 2010 9:02:32 AM

  12. Another worldwide outrage brought to you by ChristianIty.

    Posted by: wimsy | Aug 2, 2010 10:14:05 AM

  13. I've said it before but it bears a repeat here:

    It's really a shame that the hatred of some people's interpretation of one holy text has become a lightning rod of intolerance for an entire populace. And it's not just Africa, folks. It's 76 countries around the world. Of which seven can legally sentence you to death for what you are hard wired for.

    Not to say everything was rainbows and unicorns before organized religion came along. People have been fighting with one another since time immemoriam. For silly things long since forgotten. And the intolerance for our fellow human beings is not just a product of the Judeo-Christian ethic. We've hated each other for reasons that don't matter but somehow make us feel better by being "better than" someone else.

    Finally, there was a time in our existence where gay people were actually thought to be higher spiritual beings than the rest of the populace. We were sought out for our connections to the spirit world. We were sought after for our wisdom in matters that ranged from the magickal to the mundane.

    It's sad that those days are long gone...

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 2, 2010 2:48:38 PM

  14. No. It's haterosexuals. Get that through your head. Haterosexuals are the reason gay people are oppressed not a belief system. Anti-gay bigotry is based on heterosexuality.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 2, 2010 3:24:36 PM

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