Monday, June 7, 2010

Economist offers perspective on awful situation for gays in Africa

On May 27, 2010 The Economist published an important piece “Gay rights in developing countries: A well-locked closet: Gays are under attack in poor countries, and not just because of ‘local culture’:. The link is here.

The main culprit, according to the Economist, is fundamentalist Christian ministers from the United States, who are making much less headway in the states. The online version gives a country-by-countyr chart, “a hideous picture”, how homosexuals fare. The well known bill in Uganda and recent flap in Malawi, as well as Burundi, are discussed. Ironically, the only country in Africa making much progress in gay rights is South Africa. That’s quite a turn from Ted Koppel’s reports from the 1980s.

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