Update - 17 April 2018: During the Commonwealth meeting in London, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she "deeply regrets" the UK's role in spreading anti-gay laws around the world. A big shout out to everyone at The Commonwealth Equality Network for their hard work in making this happen! We'll keep working to make sure these words become action.
For each country with an anti-gay law there are lives on the line. A lesbian in Sri Lanka who can't go to the police when she's attacked. A gay man in Nigeria behind bars for being who he is. A gay man in Singapore who fears reporting theft and sexual assault, because he’s worried about being charged with 'gross indecency’. All over the Commonwealth, anti-gay persecution and violence force people to flee their homes and seek asylum.
Many Commonwealth leaders exploit a false story that homosexuality is a ‘Western import’ and should therefore be stamped out - but now, we have a major chance to put the record straight.
If thousands of us push the UK Prime Minister to apologise for the anti-gay laws the British once imposed, we can expose the reality - that it is not homosexuality, but homophobic laws that are a ‘Western import’.
Sign the petition and ask the British Prime Minister to apologise for the UK’s anti-gay legacy.
This campaign is being run in conjunction with African Rainbow Family, EQUAL GROUND Sri Lanka, Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation Australia, Leitis Association and the Pacific Sexual Gender Diversity Network Tonga, NAZ Pakistan, Oogachaga Singapore, Out-Right Namibia, Peter Tatchell Foundation (PTF), Sexual Minorities Uganda, Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, UK Black Pride, United Belize Advocacy Movement, and Women’s Health and Equal Rights Initiative.
Published: 10 April 2018