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Commonwealth day

Commonwealth day. This year’s theme is for a peace building Commonwealth. Sounds good doesn’t it? 

No… just no.

The commonwealth was built on imperialism and colonialism. A system that oppressed people.

For LGBT people there can’t be peace when 39 Commonwealth countries still have anti-LGBT laws, first enacted by the British. The list is as follows.

Africa

Botswana

Cameroon

Ghana

Kenya

Malawi (enforcement of law suspended)

Namibia

Nigeria

Seychelles. Seychelles does not prosecute anyone under their anti-sodomy law, has promised to repeal it, but has not yet done so. A same-sex wedding was conducted in Seychelles on June 13, 2015, on British territory (the British high commissioner’s residence). Seychelles laws currently have no provision for marriage equality.

Sierra Leone

Swaziland

Tanzania

Uganda

Zambia

Lesotho was formerly on the list, but it has adopted a new Penal Code that apparently eliminates the nation’s former common-law crime of sodomy.

Asia

Bangladesh

Brunei

India

Malaysia

Maldives

Pakistan

Singapore

Sri Lanka

Americas

Antigua & Barbuda

Barbados

Belize

Dominica (But see “Dominica leader: No enforcement of anti-gay law.”)

Grenada

Guyana

Jamaica

St Kitts & Nevis

St Lucia

St Vincent & the Grenadines

Trinidad & Tobago

Oceania

Kirbati

Nauru

Papua New Guinea

Samoa

Solomon Islands

Tonga

Tuvalu

There can’t be peace when people can be jailed or killed….

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