dotter_can (dotter_can) wrote,

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Africa Against LGBT Rights

On Friday, December 20th, Uganda's government passed a law which made LGBT sex a crime.

Malawi, too has laws against LGBT sexuality.

On Tuesday, January 14th, Nigeria's government passed a law which not only banned LGBT sex, but made it a crime even so much as for LGBT people to meet.

Thirty seven African countries out of fifty five have anti-LGBT laws. Only one, South Africa, has laws that protect LGBT citizens and even there, those laws are not universally enforced; there are places in SA where gays dare not go.

Commenting on Nigeria's new anti-LGBT law, Canadian Conservative MP John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said:
"We call on Nigeria to repeal this law and to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Nigerians regardless of their sexual orientation...

"Canada has clearly spoken out against human rights violations committed against people on the basis of their sexuality, and we will continue to do so."

Well Mr Baird, here's a thought. You and Mr Harper's tories worry about government spending, you mean to cut it over the next couple of years.
Here's a map that shows which African countries have laws that oppress their LGBT communities.
And here's a map that shows which African countries receive foreign aid from Canada.
Overlap the two and stop giving foreign aid to African countries that oppress their LGBT communities. That should save the Canadian tax payer several hundred million dollars every year. And you wouldn't look like such a hypocrite for on the one hand condemning African countries for their maladaptive "traditions," (mostly imported from American evangelical churches with "gay cures" for sale), then giving them free money with the other. If you consider what a bunch of tools and hypocrites you and Mr Harper's party look like now, you could use a good example or two to point to in your history, especially if you're planning on a spring election.

BTW, wouldn't forcing an early election violate one of Mr Harper's previous election promises to hold elections only at regular intervals?

UPDATE -- Here's a better map of gay persecution in Africa. --

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