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01/20/2014

Uganda = Russia = Nigeria = anti-LGBT insanity

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 At 10.16.47 AmRussia, with the eyes of the world turning toward it and its games, should work to clean up its gayness. Oh, but the gays who he equates with filth shouldn't feel unwelcome in Sochi or anywhere else in his nation. Heaven's no, claims a Russian President who wants to have it both ways:

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russia’s anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to “cleanse” itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.
Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles [AP via WaPo]

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Then there's this guy, who is actually doing the right thing by not signing a bill that has brought worldwide shame upon his nation, but he is doing it for all the wrong reasons. In fact, he only rejected the bill after making it clear that he'd like a similar or worse one, engaging in downright genocidal rhetoric against LGBT people and our welfare:

Uganda's President has declined to sign a bill that would punish certain homosexual acts with life in prison, but the move was not designed to protect the civil rights of gays and lesbians.
President Yoweri Museveni believes that parliament illegally passed the bill, and gays and lesbians are "sick people who need help," his spokesman said.

Gays and lesbians 'sick,' Ugandan President says in blocking anti-gay bill [CNN]

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 At 10.16.36 AmAnd let's not forget Nigeria. There, President Goodluck Jonathan basically tried to hide the fact that he was signing a truly chilling law, seemingly in hopes of avoiding worldwide accountability:

A tough ban on same-sex relationships that threatens violators with 14-year prison terms has been quietly signed into law by the president of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, a step that rights advocates have long feared not only as a repression aimed at gays but as an affront to basic freedoms of speech and assembly.
Nigerian President Signs Ban on Same-Sex Relationships [NYT]

Never have I felt so simultaneously privileged and frightened. This is not some sort of game or political maneuvering. This kind of rhetoric and these kinds of laws rival the dress rehearsals to some of history's worst crimes against humanity.

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