March 13, 2017
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.
Malawi (enforcement of law suspended)
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.
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.
Antigua & Barbuda
Dominica (But see “Dominica leader: No enforcement of anti-gay law.”)
St Kitts & Nevis
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Papua New Guinea
There can’t be peace when people can be jailed or killed….