New Tunisian Government to Recognize ‘Dignity’ of Homosexuals: Gays ‘Have a Right to Exist’

Think Progress LGBT reports that the Islamist party that won the country’s first free vote since autocratic president Ben Ali was overthrown plans to recognize that there are gay people:

TunisiaNahda party spokesman Riad Chaibi has offered reassurances that the new leadership does not want to deprive citizens of individual freedoms, going so far as to say that being gay is “a matter of dignity”:

Chaibi, who spent five years in prison for his opposition to dictator Ben Ali, said that in Tunisia “individual freedoms and human rights are enshrined principles” and that atheists and homosexuals are a reality in Tunisia and “have a right to exist.” According to Chaibi, in the case of homosexuals there is also “a matter of dignity, because society sees them as undervalued.”

And yes, this is progress.

Posted October 26, 2011 at 1:14pm ETC by Andy Towle
in News, Tunisia