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An asylum seeker from Uganda covers his face with a paper bag in order to protect his identity as he marches with the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force during the Gay Pride Parade in Boston, Massachusetts June 8, 2013.

An asylum seeker from Uganda covers his head with a paper bag in order to protect his identity as he marches with the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force during the Gay Pride Parade in Boston.

Photography by Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters

Anna Kordunsky

for National Geographic

Published August 14, 2013

A new Russian law that criminalizes "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors" has sparked growing calls from the global gay community and its supporters for a boycott of Russia's upcoming Winter Olympics.

While heads of state like U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have resisted such calls, they and other high-profile figures and institutions have criticized what appears to be Moscow's increasing anti-gay posture.

On Tuesday, FIFA, the federation governing world soccer competition, requested "clarification and more details" from the Russian government concerning the law, passed in July with vocal support from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Set to the host the World Cup in 2018, Russia had recently received a similar request from the International Olympic Committee concerning the 2014 Sochi Winter Games after Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said that the new law would be enforced during the Olympics.

While homosexual relations have been legal in Russia since 1993, the new law has been assailed by critics as the latest and most serious attempt by the authorities to criminalize and stigmatize Russia's gay community.

Long hostile toward gay rights movements and to homosexuality more broadly, the Russian public overwhelmingly supports the new law, according to public opinion polls.

"What's happening in Russia is horrific; but to make it even worse, Russia is not alone," said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. "The sad truth is that many countries around the world have preceded Russia in singling out LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] people."

Obama spoke to that point last week in an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, noting that Russia is not the only nation to legally discriminate against the LGBT community.

Despite positive recent developments for LGBT people in the United States and other parts of the world, consensual same-sex relationships remain a crime in at least 76 countries, according to a United Nations report released in 2011.

Here are six nations that have recently adopted or have especially harsh anti-gay laws:

Cameroon

"Homosexual conduct is criminalized in 38 states in Africa, and in many, laws are becoming stricter," said Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of the LGBT rights program of Human Rights Watch. "In several of these countries, LGBT people are being arrested and detained, sentenced to prison by the judge, simply because they are gay."

He pointed to Cameroon as a prime example. Homosexual conduct there is punishable with a fine and up to five years in jail.

Broader hostility toward homosexuality is also on the rise in the country. Last month, Eric Ohena Lembembe, Cameroon's most prominent and outspoken LGBT rights activist, was found murdered in his home after having been tortured.

Homosexuals, especially gay men, are regularly prosecuted in Cameroon, and it sometimes takes as little as a text message to another man expressing love or having an appearance perceived as overly effeminate to be put behind bars. Attacks on advocacy organizations, like the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS, where Lembembe was executive director, or Alternatives Cameroun, whose office was burned down in June, are also common.

Uganda

In Uganda, home to some of the harshest anti-gay laws in Africa—with sentences for homosexuality ranging from 14 years to life imprisonment—some political forces have been seeking to pass an "Anti-Homosexuality Bill."

While the bill includes such headline-grabbing provisions as the death penalty for "aggravated homosexual conduct," the scope of the proposed law is what has many gay activists most worried, said Human Rights Watch's Dittrich.

One clause in the legislation states that anyone, including family members of LGBT people, can be prosecuted for not notifying authorities within 24 hours if they know someone who is gay, with sentences of up to three years in prison. Another clause states that Ugandan citizens can be prosecuted for homosexual activities that take place outside the nation's borders.

After facing harsh international criticism, the bill has been tabled for now.

Burundi

In April 2009, Burundi's lower house of government passed a law outlawing homosexual activity, with prison sentences for the convicted ranging from two months to three years. President Pierre Nkurunziza led the criminalization effort and worked with the country's National Assembly to sign the act into law, even after its senate overwhelmingly rejected the proposal.

Burundi, a landlocked Francophone nation in East Africa, previously had some of the most lenient policies toward the LGBT community in the region, particularly when compared with Kenya (10 years hard labor), Uganda (14 years to life imprisonment), and Tanzania (20 years to life).

2011 report by the U.S. State Department stated, though, that no one in Burundi had been arrested or prosecuted under the anti-gay law that year, feeding the suspicions of the president's critics that the move was a political ploy.

That some of the more vicious crackdowns on LGBT communities are taking place in sub-Saharan Africa's poorest countries is not a coincidence, said the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's Jessica Stern, since the attention they generate can sometimes provide a useful distraction from other pressing priorities.

"It's a great political strategy—find those who are the most hated and pick on them," she said. "And then people forget to think about whether or not schools are being fixed up for their children, and whether the rich are getting richer at the poor's expense."

 

 Protesters from the Gay and Lesbian Collective light candles.
Protesters from the Gay and Lesbian Collective in the Philippines light candles to mourn and denounce the reported hanging of two gay teenagers in Iran.

Photograph by Bullit Marquez, AP

 

Iran

Under the penal code of the Islamic Republic of Iran adopted after the 1979 revolution, death is a potential punishment for homosexuality. Kissing another man or woman in public may result in 60 lashes.

International human rights groups have collected evidence that Iran has executed men on homosexuality charges, and documented cases of arrests, imprisonment, and physical abuse of LGBT persons based on their sexual orientation or association with other members of LGBT community. An updating of Iran's penal code in May 2013 criminalized homosexual identity, rather than specific acts, making it punishable by 31 to 74 lashes.

Homosexuality was described by the secretary general of Iran's high council for human rights as "an illness and malady," and by former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as something which "we don't have in our country." A Tehran journalist who interviewed several Iranian homosexuals to show that that they do indeed exist received 60 lashes and a four-year jail term.

Qatar

As in Russia, Qatar's anti-homosexual laws have come under increased scrutiny as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup. Qatari law considers homosexuality a criminal offense that's punishable by up to seven years in jail (or a life term when one of the parties is under 16 years of age).

Along with the civic penal code, Islamic Sharia law is on the books in Qatar, though it applies only to Muslims. It dictates death for homosexual acts committed by married persons and flogging for homosexual acts committed by unmarried individuals.

Jamaica

Among the many patrimonies of British colonial rule, 11 former British colonies in the Caribbean, including Jamaica, still have laws on the books prohibiting male homosexual relations.

"The old Victorian law got exported by the United Kingdom to all its colonies—India as well as Jamaica and the Caribbean Islands—and there it's called 'buggery law,'" explained Dittrich. "But it's the same kind of law which criminalizes homosexual conduct."

The buggery laws (formally the Offenses Against the Person Act) were instituted in 1864 in Jamaica. While almost never enforced, the laws carry with them a sentence of up to ten years of hard labor. "Buggery," an archaic British term for sodomy, is limited to males, and lesbian relations do not face criminal sanction.

Positive Trends in LGBT Rights

Despite the persistent restrictions on LGBT rights in some regions and states and the further tightening of controls in others, experts are quick to highlight more heartening trends elsewhere.

"We see positive developments going on in other parts of the world, in particular related to marriage equality," said Dittrich. "There are more and more countries in the world that open up their civil legislature, their marriage legislature for couples of the same gender. Today, 10 percent of the world's population is living in countries where same-sex marriage has been legalized." Just this year, new additions to this group included France, Great Britain, Uruguay, and New Zealand, with similar legislation being discussed in several others.

The United Nations has entered the fray of LGBT rights with renewed energy in recent years, under the leadership of secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon, who is a staunch supporter of equality and nondiscrimination. "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights," he said in a December 2012 speech in which he pledged to work toward decriminalizing homosexual conduct worldwide. "All human beings—not some, not most, but all."

63 comments
alex c
alex c

there are people in this world that kill and rape other people they should be punished. liking another man or woman should be the least of our worries. people should be able to marry who they love same gender or not. 

Icon DJ
Icon DJ

 Countries have their rights to legislate on laws that are in tandem with their culture and believes. We in Nigeria, do not recognise LGBT and we are exercising our sovereign right to determine that. Any aggrieved country, can send plane to Nigeria, to transport all gays to their countries and give them asylum. 


You lots are hypocrites. The same right the gays have for being themselves, is the same right a paedophile, bigamist and polygamist have, for simply being themselves too.


Accept bigamy and polygamy and we shall consider your LGBT. Infact, is being a bigamist or polygamist not better than being an LGBT?

Icon DJ
Icon DJ

Countries have their rights to legislate on laws that are in tandem with their culture and believes. We in Nigeria, do not recognise LGBT and we are exercising our sovereign right to determine that. Any aggrieved country, can send plane to Nigeria, to transport all gays to their countries and give them asylum. 


You lots are hypocrites. The same right the gays have for being themselves, is the same right a paedophile, bigamist and polygamist have, for simply being themselves too.


Accept bigamy and polygamy and we shall consider your LGBT. Infact, is being a bigamist or polygamist not better than being an LGBT?

Ciara Mayer
Ciara Mayer

I find it so tragic to think that there are people out there who are criminalised for merely being themselves. The older I become, the more I realise how ridiculous people can be. Just because someone finds it "immoral" that two men or women love each other, the two people can't be together. It's none of anyone else's business. I don't know if anyone's seen it, but there was an extremely interesting video put out on YouTube where they reverse the sexualities known to the general society; where homosexuality is considered the "norm" and heterosexuality is looked down upon. It is extremely interesting to watch and you really do see how ridiculous the notion is.

I can't believe that it's 2013 and some people are still acting like they did 50 years ago! In my years, I've heard people saying that they "don't mind gays, as long as they don't have to see them together", and it just infuriates me. They have just as much right as straight people to walk around and hold hands, or peck each other. Heck, I find seeing any couple making out in public absolutely disgusting.

There are double standards throughout the world, so I understand if people say that they find it annoying that for being gay you can get scholarships, etc. Fact is, there are those double standards in many You different areas, such as race; you can get scholarships merely for being coloured, or for being Latin. You can make and have a successful Facebook page about black pride or gay pride, but I'm sure if you make one for "white pride" or "straight pride" you'd be persecuted for a hate crime. 

At the end of the day aren't we all the same? Why does it matter who people are kissing, or who they have in their bed at night? As long as it's consensual, it should be legal and equal.

Brandon Isom
Brandon Isom

Ok I can clearly see that Christians are being persecuted right along with the homosexuals in this post. Understand this...a vast majority of Christians are not really christian because they themselves do not live the lifestyle that is entailed. Do not let them speak for us all, because they lack understanding of the truth. The problem is religion, Christianity is not a religion but a lifestyle in which you should show others love at all times, and always do what is right.  "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."  This means no one is perfect, and if someone is doing wrong, overwhelm them with love because love is truth. when you love someone unconditionally the truth will always come fourth. But when you choose to force someone to think the way that you do, their guard will almost always strengthen. When man begins to add his own opinion to what God originally set forth then becomes a deformed state of religious views.  Love everyone despite what they find to be true because within that love truth will reveal itself and they will come to know it regardless of what this truth is, then and only then can they make a decision to continue or change. That is not all, but mostly what Christianity is. We must not continue to paint the picture the world has begun to paint about the christian lifestyle "NOT RELIGION!" Exude love, show love and always without judging because it is not our job to judge. For by what means they are judged we shall also be judged. People are people in our imperfections let us love one another in spite of that.

Shamarri Joy Reyo Mang-osan
Shamarri Joy Reyo Mang-osan

I have a lot of gay friends, and obviously I don't want them to go to jail just because they're gay. I live in the only Christian country in Asia, and just thankful that we don't have those kind of laws. Our government is fair after all.

Stephen Close
Stephen Close

Just this week we have begun to have Gay Marriage in New Zealand and pressure is mounting to have it in Australia also.

Michael Larkin
Michael Larkin

We all have very different views on many issues and we all can't be right/wrong, so regardless of your view on any issue there is something which needs to be established before we can decide anything.

We need the truth because no matter if I think 1+1=3 I am entitled to hold that view, and you hold the answer to be 5, we are both wrong, and the only place we can ascertain the correct answer from is our maths books, right and we find that the answer is indeed 2. Now the issues we are concerned with are the issues of life, and anyone and everyone knows it is God who has gave us life (Oh you can chose to deny Him that's your choice) but its is the only source of truth or only measure in dealing with any of the issues of life. I am not anti gay I am pro the truth. Michael Larkin

Vadim Dementev
Vadim Dementev

It's either your stupidity or propoganda. Repeat once again for the stupid, do not pursue a Russian gays in Russia is prohibited gay propoganda to minors and everything.

Ron Bockman
Ron Bockman

some sane countries that know the difference between normal from abnormal

Michael Guss
Michael Guss

I would like to thank National Geographic for listing places where homophobic and otherwise deranged posters in this forum may choose to reside. Sooner, rather than later, please.

Sylvia Ferragut
Sylvia Ferragut

"One clause in the legislation states that anyone, including family members of LGBT people, can be prosecuted for not notifying authorities within 24 hours if they know someone who is gay, with sentences of up to three years in prison."

And some people are saying *homosexuality* is going to destroy families... It doesn't matter who you are or what you believe. It doesn't matter what I believe. This is unacceptable. I'm glad the US is moving (slowly but surely) toward abolishing discrimination against the LGBT community.

Flower Jasmin
Flower Jasmin

Russia studied the way the homosexuality has become a norm in many Western countries and they saw the same technique. 

A powerful lobby who made any attempts to say what even might constitute against homosexuality on par with committing a crime.  Nobody can even say at work or public that they are against gay marriage. 

They forced their way into schools, into every public forum to promote supposed tolerance to homosexuals but in reality  becoming bullies of businesses, schools etc. 

People get jobs, get into schools, get special scholarships if they  are openly gay. Students know that their chances to be accepted to a good school triple if they are gay. Now there are so many of those that the next level coming are bi and transvestites. Yes, it is all very natural- the plastic surgery removing your organs. Oh but they feel like that and we should all just bow down because it is their right. 

Angela Knapton
Angela Knapton

I go to a Christian church that affirms homosexuals and transgendered people.  I don't expect everyone else to feel the same way, but I do expect everyone else to treat other human beings with respect and dignity.  What the story above doesn't speak to is the atrocities these governments condone.  I know of men who were hacked to death by machettes in Jamaica.  I know of a 4 year old boy whose penis was cut off because his grandfather is a homosexual who had to flee their country in Africa.  I know of women who have been "correctively" gang raped by law enforcement in their own community, instead of protected from their attackers.

You may not believe that homosexuality is moral, but as a human being on this planet, I don't think that these brutal acts are the way to promote that belief.  I am saddened that usually you can know someone is Christian by their hate, instead of what the Bible asks of us, which is love & grace.

If you are interested in helping people who have had to flee for their lives because of their homosexuality or because they are transgender, please visit our website, www.lgbtasylum.org 

Roger Bird
Roger Bird

I am disgusted by homosexuality.  But I am even more disgusted by deliberate harm being done to LGBT people.

This article also illustrates the dangers of unchecked government power.

Jane Spickett
Jane Spickett

The LGBT Asylum, referenced in the photograph caption, is doing amazing life-saving work in Worcester, Massachusetts. Please check them out at http://lgbtasylum.com/home.htm and support them. The need is great. This totally committed group of people should not need to be scraping to find enough money to save our lives. I am so proud to have even a small connection with them. 

Joshua Smith
Joshua Smith

Homosexuality is one of the few things that can wipe the race of men off the face of the earth. In ancient times the population of Sparta was decimated in large part by homosexuality and many had no children to take care of them in old age. It is wise for governments to promote that which is profitable and to discourage that which is not.

Peter Ateo
Peter Ateo

Adding Russia to the list of anti-gay countries hardly makes it much 'longer' list. The default position for humanity is to shun or harm gays. The list of countries NOT antagonistic would be far shorter.

Some day, gays will be accepted in most of the world and only Atheists will still be forced to remain closeted against losing their job (happened to me) or their relationship (happened to me). Who would have thought that simply not buying into religion would make a person even MORE reviled in the United States? Fantastic Christian values, America!

Good luck to us all, especially the gay Atheists!

Josaphat Noverdyo
Josaphat Noverdyo

@Brandon Isom ahhahaha its funny to read your comment. Your sayings are really much like a person without understanding the meaning of Christianity in its very core. If you said that Christianity is a lifestyle, than you can be a monk or hermit in the desert without concerning of worldly livelihood such as Desert Fathers or Benedictines. They are true example of Christian lifestyle (which we as even ordinary Christian doesn't understand. You misused the understanding of Love in Christianity only for adjusting your own views. Its not about romance etc, its about love as God loves humankind. Love without romantic lust like you believe in.

Yes I am agree that gay people should be respected and loved, but I staunchly and heavily disagree with their way of expressing their so-called "love" in matrimony. It has grave impact that could shake order of society. Yes Christianity is not religion, but it is a FAITH beyond mere lifestyle. Jesus never says He will form a new religion, He only wants to teach about heavenly love, not worldly love. Just remember this, spiritual will is always different with flesh's.

Kyle Rother
Kyle Rother

@Michael Larkin Enjoyed reading the intellegent first half which was said of rationalized thinking. The end of the second part on the other hand... REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE NO ONE EVER DESERVES TO GO TO JAIL OR BE PUT TO DEATH FOR SUCH A THING. YOU AS A MAN OF GOD SHOULD KNOW THAT BUT LOOKS LIKE IM SADLY MISTAKEN. WANT TO KILL THE THEIVES, DRUG ADDICTS, AND OTHERS WHO MAY STRAY? IM NOT ANTI- GOD IM JUST ANTI-IGNORANT.

Kyle Rother
Kyle Rother

@Ron Bockman I hope you arent saying those are the ones they listed...Because that would make you very ignorant.

Colin Betts
Colin Betts

@Angela Knapton Going to a Christian Church and professing to be a Christian these days has been so vague. The message of the Bible is to help us through the experiences of many wise prophets and disciples and to follow the way the Jesus walked on the Earth. Our God is one of love (1 John 4:8), that is true, but those who go against what he puts into his word will not inherit his Kingdom, and that includes Homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9). It is mentioned several times against homosexuality and men who lie with men in the Bible, so it would be so contradictory for someone, who professes to be a Christian, or especially a church for that matter, to support and embrace homosexuality. Understood that in the 70's homosexuality was diagnosed as a mental illness I believe so today. And I believe it can be fixed. I don't hate Gay people, but I certainly don't support or believe what they do. And a "Christian" Church that accepts Homosexuals and supports them, is not in accordance with God's law and rules. A man is entitled to his beliefs, and I know most people would not even want to change from homo to hetero, but it should not be taken into accordance with Christianity. That is Contradicting itself.

Kyle Rother
Kyle Rother

@Angela Knapton But God would want us to take his morality into our hands and judge those of the wicked on our own? Rather than waiting for the Good Lord Jesus Christ to do it because we know what he wants...

Kyle Rother
Kyle Rother

@Roger Bird That is correct, it is not okay regardless of anyones feeling on the subject it is too far. Smart. You disgust me too though! The homos say stick with women we already have enough.

Neil Cameron
Neil Cameron

@Ah Contraire

SOCIAL SCIENCES ARE SCIENCES

Royston N.
Royston N.

National Geographic covers cultural stuff too and this is clearly a cultural problem. Any educated person can see that.

Jace Masters
Jace Masters

@Ah Contraire You won't be using Twitter to spew your hate much longer. Twitter is being cleaned up to remove Hate Speech like you, your BS views, lies, things pulled out your backside. Then what are you going to do? Have to come up with your own site pay to post crap online. We are demanding that sites stop letting people like you post hate speech, get away with not be responsible for what people say about us, our youth when it comes to bullying our kids, others. Now you're going to end up with nothing to show for you lies, guess you can always stand up at your Church I am sure that they will want to listen to your tired lies. If that is not where they came from in the first place. I will personally contact Twitter, Facebook any other sites you have accounts with demand they ban you if you're posting crap like the above. Have you permanently removed for being a Troll.

Rex Kay
Rex Kay

@Ah Contraire you have repeated the same argument 4 times already here. You must think it's so clever. Well it is not. It makes absolutely no sense and is completely irrelevant and ignorant.

And as for the "homosexual agenda" or propaganda as some like to call it... it is no different than the agenda of equal rights for women and black people in the past. Racism and sexism are equally irrational, and so is homophobia. What is rational? Fighting against discrimination.

Liz Callan
Liz Callan

@Joshua Smith JOSH!! LEARN YOUR HISTORY!!!


THAT IS NOT WHAT KILLED SPARTA!! SPARTA DIED OUT BECAUSE THEY WERE WAR-CENTRIC AND LEFT ALL THEIR BABIES OUT TO DIE IF THEY HAD ANY MUTATIONS NO MATTER HOW MINOR!!!


AND JERK, GUESS WHAT! SO IF I SCREW A GIRL I CANT GET PREGNANT! SO WHAT! 

SOME STRAIGHT COUPLES ARE INFERTILE! 

CHILDREN ARE TO YOUNG TO POPULATE!

WOMEN OVER THE AGE OF 50 CANT POPULATE!!!

NONE OF THIESE CONTRIBUTE TO THE BREEDING!


SO DOES THAT MEAN WE SHOULD JUST LOCK EM ALL UP? 

O NO WAIT, MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST KILL THEM!!!


EVER HEARD OF OVERPOPULATION!!?? 

IF EVERYONE KEPT HAVING BABIES 24/7 NON STOP THERE WOULD BE NO PLACE FOR ALL OF US!!! 


HAVING BABIES ISNT THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE! 

GOVERNMENTS SHOULD NOT HAVE A SAY IN THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF ITS PEOPLES NOR SHOULD IT DICTATE ITS RESIDENTS REPRODUCTIVE  DEMANDS!!! 


Pentti Heikkinen
Pentti Heikkinen

@Joshua Smith so you mean that if homosexuality was accepted as a norm for homosexual people you would become one and stop breeding? Or are you different from the rest of "man kind"? Let me tell you, the rest of us heterosexuals would still love women more than the same sex I think...

Richmond Acosta
Richmond Acosta

@Joshua Smith I don't see the Philippines, the gay friendliest country in Asia according to a survey, suffering from low birth rate.

Rex Kay
Rex Kay

@Joshua Smith totally because if it was all legalised everybody would turn gay and not have any babies. Be careful Joshua you might turn gay if it gets out of hand! Must exterminate this disease before we all catch it!

Mark Birch
Mark Birch

@Joshua Smith 

Right, because giving gay people human rights will only serve to convert all heterosexual people into gay people. 

Ah Contraire
Ah Contraire

@Joshua Smith Good point. Let me add another 2 points/questions you should also ask any pro-gay rights advocate.


That is, Doesn't the medical community recommend that you, "Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom."?

Yet, now there are some in the medical community that now say it's OK to "Sleep with the waste that gets flushed down in the toilet?" and that it's possible to live a perfectly normal life.

Angela Knapton
Angela Knapton

@Peter Ateo I am sorry that you have been treated so disrespectfully by others because of what you believe.  It happens to so many around the world.  Gay Atheists are welcome at my church, so stop in any time - we don't even expect you to change your mind, and we'll feed you =)  I believe great things are in your future, so keep your eyes open for even better opportunities!

Royston N.
Royston N.

There is also something called don't spill the bean. If its information people don't need to know, then they don't need to know, keep your mouth shut.  Running around and saying you're gay, lesbian in order to gain attention will either get a pat in the back or a kick in the back. Running around saying you're conservative or Christian obviously will incur hate from others. Religion you say? Muslims killing Christians, Christians killing Muslims, they all worship the same God too. As I said, keep your information to yourself unless you want to get attention, then be prepare for the praises and the condemns. You're atheist, good for you, move on and enjoy the life, anybody ask you what your religion is, just say, you have non and thats it.

Mike Graham
Mike Graham

@Ah Contraire I'm a heterosexual and I don't quite get what you're trying to prove by repeatedly posting the same statement.

Do you never have oral sex with your wife, girlfriend, fwb or hooker? Because, if you do, the stuff you're doing ain't any better than the stuff the poofs are doing. 

If you don't, are you using sex only for procreation? If you are, what a sad existence you must have.

Angela Knapton
Angela Knapton

@Ah Contraire @Angela Knapton I am sad that you continue to say the same thing, like a broken record and that you have nothing valuable to add to the conversation.  Also, I pity you for not educating yourself to know that HIV/AIDS is spread more by heterosexual encounters than homosexual ones.  Continuing ignorance and outdated behavior is the largest spreader of the disease.  Millions of straight men (and women) in Africa and around the world avoid getting tested, avoid practicing "safe" sex, avoid being educated.  As long as that happens, the disease will continue to spread.

I pray that your compassion will one day outgrow your hatred and ignorance.  Peace to you.

Jim Collins
Jim Collins

@Rex Kay @Ah Contraire 

Racism is not irrational. Most of the 10 worst American cities are black dominated. No black civilization has produced any significant technological progress for the world. It's clear you have little understanding of logic and reasoning.

Kyle Rother
Kyle Rother

@Royston N. No God would want people to spread hate, Christians are absolutely of their rockers accepting that people will always hate. They will but thats if they arent put into the obedience tunnel and make it out of the other end...

Mark Birch
Mark Birch

@Royston N. 

You just broadcast to the entire world wide web that you're heterosexual. You're unable to follow your own advice. Another thing -- practically every day, someone says something to me that carries an assumption that I am hetero-. How can you be so clueless to that?

Rex Kay
Rex Kay

I am not sure I get your point. Do you mean people should remain closeted, lying to their peers about their lives, and hide forever? Do you mean a sexual orientation can be equated to a religious or a political belief and thus is something people choose to follow? 

Neil Cameron
Neil Cameron

@Royston N. Not informing people of your sexuality can cause many more problems.

You obviously take for granted the amount of reference you make to your own sexuality on a day to day basis. Look around you, listen to everyday conversations at work. HEAR the roar of constant blathering about heterosexuality. Then come back and tell the homosexuals to stop 'running around saying' stuff about their world.

Do you use the word wife in conversation?

Rex Kay
Rex Kay

@Jim Collins are you for real? I mean are you being sarcastic? Or do you actually believe what you are saying? I can't believe people are saying such things in 2013. Shame on you.  

And even if what you are saying is remotely true does that mean that this is because black people are magically different from other people? Or is it because Africa was colonised and destroyed by Europeans, Africans were taken as slaves, and then subsequently marginalised in US society? Pick up a book. A real book.

Neil Cameron
Neil Cameron

@Jim Collins "No black civilization has produced any significant technological progress for the world"

Please reconsider your claim. 

Humanity: It was Africa that gave the world its most technologically advanced species.

Language.

Globalization: It was Africans who left Africa and colonized the entire planet in the first wave of globalization.

The first tools ever made, the very foundations of every tool based activity that we have, were an African invention.

The earliest evidence of agriculture ever found on the planet is in Africa (Ethiopia 16 000 BCE).

Animal husbandry: domestication of Bos Taurus (cow), the donkey, the goose, guinea fowl, the dove.

Domestication of the cat, the dog. 

Metallurgy 4000 BCE

Dude, the foundation stones of everything we do technologically came out of Africa. It is clear YOU have little understanding of logic and reasoning.

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