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Richard Branson Condemns Anti-Gay Persecution in Africa, is Meeting with Nigerian Leaders

In a post written before the Ugandan President rejected the anti-homosexuality bill, Virgin founder Richard Branson spoke out against the anti-gay law and said he would be meeting with leaders, including Nigerian officials (where his help might be better used at the moment), about ending anti-gay persecution.

Writes Branson, in part: Branson

We are now working with Ugandan business people to put together a strong list of like-minded entrepreneurs and companies to appeal to the Ugandan President to not sign the bill into law. In other countries where civil rights of individuals are being abused we are also working with like-minded business people to tackle this sort of discriminatory behaviour.  Ideally, businesses and organisations should work with governments to try to change their attitudes from within countries.

I have spoken out against discrimination on many occasions, from supporting equal marriage to challenging Malaysia’s leaders on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s trial. Next week I am going to meet government leaders from countries including Nigeria to discuss issues such as gay rights and try to encourage progress. We want to work with governments around the world – in countries we do and don’t operate in - to change attitudes for the better. Everyone should speak out to ensure people are free to love whoever they want.

Those politicians passing draconian laws against gay people may discover their own children were born gay. Would they really want to see them locked up for life? Or tortured? We need love and understanding not punishment.

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  1. Hasn't Richard Branson and his business empire been doing business deals with places like Saudi Arabia and China for years ?

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 17, 2014 1:39:00 AM


  2. Does Branson suffer from memory loss ? Does he not remember working hand in hand with Margaret Thatcher & the UK Conservative Party when she was trying to make homosexuality illegal in the 1980's ? Does he not remember working hand in hand with Margaret Thatcher and the UK Conservative Party after they introduced the anti gay Clause 28 which was similar to the current Russian anti gay laws ?

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 17, 2014 1:39:44 AM


  3. Anything Richard Branson can do to help the gay men in Nigeria who are facing a possible death sentence is greatly appreciated.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 17, 2014 1:48:18 AM


  4. Please sign the petition asking the UK government to cut all financial aid to Nigeria if this bill is signed into law.

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/51050

    Thank you.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 17, 2014 2:21:53 AM


  5. ICEBLOO, I am no fan of Thatcher but she was never working to make homosexuality illegal. She passed the odious Section 28, which is similar to the current Russian Law, but she didn't work to criminalise homosexuality. Just think that if we want our arguments to be taken seriously, we need to be accurate.

    Posted by: David | Jan 17, 2014 2:49:10 AM


  6. Does Branson commit to ending all business between Virgin and Nigeria immediately?

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 17, 2014 3:50:53 AM


  7. @MaryM: When you sever ties with a company/organization/country, you lose any leverage you have to affect change.

    Posted by: alex | Jan 17, 2014 4:05:30 AM


  8. glad he is a strong advocate against the hate in Africa.

    Posted by: reality | Jan 17, 2014 10:52:30 AM


  9. Mr. Branson deserves our thanks and commendation.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 17, 2014 2:45:07 PM


  10. homosexuality is truly abnormal because it tends toward extinction of the human existence. when 2 men come together as a couple,they cant reproduce.

    Posted by: amatari | Jan 18, 2014 8:07:03 PM


  11. God made every creature of His in pairs of male and female, even ants. regeneration is one of the reasons of human existence.

    Posted by: amatari | Jan 18, 2014 8:12:57 PM


  12. God made every creature of His in pairs of male and female, even ants. regeneration is one of the reasons of human existence.

    Posted by: amatari | Jan 18, 2014 8:12:57 PM


  13. God made every creature of His in pairs of male and female, even ants. regeneration is one of the reasons of human existence.

    Posted by: amatari | Jan 18, 2014 8:12:57 PM


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