If you thought that was bad…

One of my earlier posts discussed the issue of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military. After a long history of our armed men and women, who belong to the LGBTQ community, have been discriminated against in the service, they still have not reached peace. The Supreme Court recently denied to suspend the policy.

Anyway, if you think that is bad (which it’s terrible) just look at this. Gays and lesbians in Kenya, (trans people weren’t even addessed in the article, but I’m sure they fit in too) are being severely punished if caught engaging in homosexual or lesbian “activities.” Homosexuality is a crime in Kenya, punishable for up to 15 years in prison. I mean, come on, really!?

This will only advocate more hate crimes against visibly gay individuals. Great, as if there isn’t enough already. Here’s what their prime minister had to say, good ole fella he is:

“The constitution is very clear on this issue and men or women found engaging in homosexuality will not be spared,” Odinga said during the rally. “If we find a man engaging in homosexuality or a woman in lesbianism, we’ll arrest them and put them in jail.” They like to say, that with the epidemic of AIDS/HIV they are trying to “flush out the gays.” … As if they are just indisposable?

This will directly cause a spark of homophobia that may have been gracefully eased at some point, in Kenya.

Lawrence Mute of the Kenya National Human Rights Commission says that the prime minister’s comments unwisely encourage hate crimes based on assumed sexuality.

Mute said, “Under the bill of rights, people should be treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Knock yourself out. Here’s the CNN report.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/11/30/kenya.gay.reaction/index.ht ml

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