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PM calls on Commonwealth countries to act on LGBT rights

LGBT RIGHTS: Theresa May has called on Commonwealth countries to overturn anti-gay laws

THE PRIME minister has urged Commonwealth countries to overturn anti-LGBT laws.

At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Tuesday (April 17), Prime Minister Theresa May said to Caribbean delegates: ”nobody should face discrimination or persecution because of who they are or who they love”.

"The UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth nation wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible,” she continued.

During this year’s Commonwealth Games, British diver Tom Daley highlighted gay rights after his gold medal win. The Commonwealth and Olympic champion took to social media to share a message with his 2.6 million followers. He said: “37 of the competing nations criminalise being LGBT+. I feel so lucky to be able to be openly who I am without worry.

“I hope one day every athlete from every nation in the Commonwealth will be free to compete as who they are too.”

Following his call to action, the foreign secretary Boris Johnson responded to Daley’s remarks to change Commonwealth countries’ laws. He told Radio 1 Newsbeat yesterday: "The UK campaigns on its values around the world in the Commonwealth - and in every forum we champion LGBT rights and we fly the flag in all our embassies.”


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His recent comments come after a landmark court case in Trinidad and Tobago decriminalised homosexuality. The high court overturned the country’s law that punished same sex relations with a 25-year prison sentence.

Jason Jones, a Trinidadian LGBT activist, who lives in Britain, brought forward the case of the “buggery law”.
The law dated back to British rule has long been condemned for the prosecution that was said to violate the right to privacy, equality, and freedom of expression.

With the monumental change seen as an achievement for the whole of the Caribbean, activist and freedom fighters continue to urge for LGBT rights.

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