The world is getting worse for gay people

Almost a week ago today, Iran hanged three men for consensual, gay sex. Even by Iranian standards, the case is extreme, because the law, which makes homosexuality punishable by death, is usually only enforced in cases where there is assault. Iran is just one of 82 countries where homosexuality is criminalised. Moreover, 40 of those countries are members of the commonwealth, and according to the Guardian, they have the British to thank for these laws, which were brought to them as part of the Empire’s package of legislation, designed to help civilise the natives. Campaigners are quietly fighting in lots of different ways. The struggle continues. Here is the Guardian report.

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