Homophobia is alive and well in too many places

22 Jul

Consider this little swag of recent stories from Planet Out.

1. New laws in Africa further restrict gays.

As many Western countries continue to expand rights for gay men and lesbians, many African nations are going the opposite direction with legislation to further curtail their already restricted rights.

Now, in Zimbabwe, an intimate hug, kiss or even hand-holding between men may be a crime under dramatic changes in the country’s new criminal law.

Great! Meanwhile Mugabe presides over his ruined country, unable even to feed his own people. Just shows that Marxists can be bigoted anti-human idiots too.

2. Protests, dialogue mark Iranian teen deaths.

More than two dozen anti-death penalty vigils were held around the world Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of Iran’s hanging of two teens accused of homosexuality.

Before Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were executed publicly, they were held in prison for 14 months and lashed 228 times. While the teenagers were accused of raping a 13-year-old boy, several human rights groups believe that the rape charge was merely trumped up and that the teens were killed under Muslim sharia law for the crime of homosexuality.

Remember these martyrs.

3. U.K.: Gay Iranian denied asylum kills self (20 April).

A gay man who was fleeing persecution in Iran has committed suicide after fearing he would be forcibly removed from the United Kingdom, according to an inquest held on Tuesday.

Hussein Nasseri was found dead in his car in Eastbourne last June after shooting himself between the eyes with an air rifle. A coroner ruled Tuesday that nobody else was involved in the killing.

He had been refused asylum for the second time by the Home Office, despite his telling the asylum body that he would be killed if he returned to his home country.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDon’t think this can’t happen here in Australia.

Go to the Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force, a group that gave M and me much needed support some twelve years ago; things are harder now than they were then.

For related reading, go to my English and ESL Pages: Diversity: GLBT Resources.

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