Ethiopia: Anti-gay rally cancelled, but persecution continues

(As posted to my Gazette blog)

There’s a glimmer — just a glimmer — of hope for gay people in Ethiopia, as the government there cancelled a planned anti-gay rally and announced that “a plan by the legislature to add gay sex to a list of crimes ineligible for presidential pardons has been dropped,” according to a report on The Guardian site.

Still, The Guardian reports, “Gay Ethiopians face severe penalties for living in the open. Same-sex acts are punishable by up to 15 years in prison.”

The report then quotes Redwan Hussein, an Ethiopian government spokesman, saying: “(Homosexuality) is not a serious crime.”

Hmm . . . 15 years in jail for something that is “not a serious crime.”

Message to Ethiopia: Homosexuality is not a crime at all. Persecuting gay people is a crime — a crime against humanity.

LGBT people deserve equal rights. Nothing less. No one has the right to dictate the parameters of love between other consenting adults, no matter what your superstitious religious beliefs may be.

– Jillian

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