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March 20, 2009
Obama to sign United Nations gay rights declaration

Gay rights activists in Nigeria, where homosexuality is illegal and even punishable by death in some northern areas.

In a staunch reversal from the prior administration, Barack Obama will sign a nonbinding United Nations declaration decriminalizing homosexuality. The U.S. had previously refused to sign the declaration when the U.N. General Assembly considered it in December –- the only major Western nation to do so

Sixty-six of the 192 United Nations member countries signed the resolution, but 70 members outlaw homosexuality and it carries the death penalty in seven nations.

Columbia University’s Law School’s “Gender and Sexuality” blog notes the significance of the declaration and of U.S. support, while The National Review’s “Corner” blog argues that Obama’s decision is inconsistent with past Democratic statements against imposing Western values on foreign countries.

The “Diary of a Gay Kenyan” blog asks if Kenya should decriminalize homosexuality and receives varying responses from commenters:

“KenyaLuv” says: I don’t think we should decriminalize it, that would just be sending a message that it is okay to engage in such activities.

“Anonymous” says: I am Kenyan and straight, and I STRONGLY believe that we should decriminalize it! I dont understand why there’s a law against homosexuality…Lets concentrate on important matters people…there are people starving, children being raped, homeless people, people in war-torn countries….

Another country outlawing male homosexuality is Uganda. An anonymous gay blogger in the country describes his experience:

Being gay, anywhere, is tough. Being gay in a country as homophobic as Uganda is tougher. I know, in large part because I don’t talk about something that I have not experienced. The blood, and sweat, the lies and untruths, they all have been mine. Having come to accept what I am, to understand the mountains of hurt I did myself before, the freedom of self acceptance and self respect, self affirmation; that freedom is particularly sweet.

An American blogger at the “SGL Universe” [same-gender loving] blog argues for a direct effort to curb rampant homophobic violence in Jamaica — boycotting Jamaican products.

I am in full support of an economic boycott of Jamaica. If the Jamaican government refuses to listen to activists and the SGL population in their own country, maybe they will listen when the coffers are bare. In no way do I plan to take a cruise or a vacation to Jamaica and I can’t see why any SGL person would even consider the trip. Our people are being beat in the streets and “targeted for shooting!” Come on man! Participating in a boycott is the least we can do to help.

The “MutantFrog” blog compares compares gay politics in Taiwan and Japan, writing that while discrimination is rare, homosexuality is still quite taboo.

Blogger “Ajlaan” comments on the situation of homosexuals in Pakistan, where gay sex between men is criminal and the maximum sentence is life in prison:

Just the other day, I was talking to some friends of mine and I was surprised to hear one of them say that homosexuality is a western phenomenon and emphasizing that it does not exist in our part of the world. Maybe they feel that it’s a product of the freedom that exists in that society… that allows people to cross all sorts of boundaries. And maybe that is why they feel it is okay to make fun of people who might be or act gay. Allow me to make a clarification at this point. There are gay people everywhere and in no way is their existence a recent phenomenon. It would be wrong to suggest that the number of homosexuals in Pakistan is lesser than that in America. The percentage remains more or less the same. It is just that here they don’t come out of the closet. Instead, their interaction takes place through social networks. The internet has made it easier for homosexuals to increase their social networks.

Though laws against homosexuality are common in the Middle East, a recent march in Lebanon was billed as the “first gay rights protest in the Arab world” by the “Queerty” blog. Watch a video below:

Meanwhile, Foreign Policy says Latin America is “becoming gayer.” Read what a Worldfocus contributing blogger had to say about gay tourism: Latin American countries compete for “pink dollar.”

Photo courtesy of Flickr user feastoffools under a Creative Commons license.

See more Worldfocus coverage on Homosexuality Around the World.

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To Charles: Yeah, I heard of the Dr. Money thing. I saw a documentary. Very sad. Anyway, I agree. You cannot choose who you are attracted to just like you cannot choose what foods you like and dislike. I don’t find super pale guys to be physically attractive, but I love black hair and dark skin. I can’t help that I find those features attractive in a man (for the record, I’m a (white) girl), and since no one is getting hurt I should not be judged for which guys I think are “hot”. I’ve been told by some that I shouldn’t date black guys, BUT OH NOEZ! SOMETIMEZ AH FIND BLACK GUYZ ATTRACKTIVE!!111!!

I’ve never heard a good reason not to let gays marry. God says it’s wrong? You cannot prove he exists or does not exist. On top of that, how do you know what “God” wants? Plus, the USA is not a theocracy. Seperation of church and state is there for a reason. When the US was founded, it was declared a secular nation. The treaty of Tripoli states that the US was NOT founded on Christianity. I’m not a Christian. I shouldn’t be forced to follow what the Bible, or any other religious text, says. “Being gay is unnatural”? First off, lots of things humans do are “unnatural”. We drill oil, we eat foods filled with “unnatural” ingredients, and we constantly cheat death with advanced medicines and treatments. On top of that, homosexuality has been found in many species of animals.

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Fear of the unknown to the masses is a strong driving force. Ignorance of human sexuality as a whole is also a strong driving force. Sexual attraction or “heat” is not a teachable thing. One cannot turn on and off their attractions like a lightswitch. This is proven in the botched protege experiment by Dr. John Money several years ago. In it he was presented with a situation where a pair of identical male twins were born. A new circumcision device was used on both boys. One boy’s was successfully circumcised and the other boy was accidentally castrated. The distraught parents were then refered to sex expert Dr. John Money. So Dr. Money saw this as a golden oportunity to once and for all PROVE that sexual orientation is a trainable and teachable thing. The parents were told that there was to be an immediate surgery on the castrated boy infant to biologically make him a girl. The parents were then instructed NEVER to tell that person of the event and raise him as a girl. Over the years before the age of puberty, the “girl” was bombarded with rigourus training to be “female”. All during that time “she” rejected the role and continued masculine traits. Money was so determined to have his experiment succeed, that when “she” was 7 “she” was subjected to anatomically graphic photos of newborns and other children in order to drive the point home that “she” was to know “herself” as a girl on an anatomical level. He even introduced a transexual to prove that this was “normal”. The rejection of re-orientation escallated. At about 12 or 13, Dr. money was to have performed on “her” a surgery to complete the transition. The “girl” rejected this so much that “she” threatened suicide if brought before Dr. Money again. With this proverbial rock and a hard place presented to the parents, they decided to tell “her” the truth. At this point a heavy weight was lifted off of the shoulders of the “girl”. With this “she” adopted a male name and had reconstructive surgery done to try and replace what was removed. During this time the parents found out that Dr. Money was continuing to publish his papers on the “success” of his protege experiment for teaching in the psychiatry profession. Outraged, the parents and their now son went public on national television and told their story to the world. It was at this point that Dr. Money was ruined. Later, the life of the son came to an end via an overdose of perscription medications. It was not proven or disproven to be suicide.

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