By Matthew Frank Kot
The government of Uganda recently implemented an anti-gay law on it's people. Gay couples, the African nation's government believes, should be outlawed. Forbidden fro existing. If you're a gay person in Uganda, it's a disgusting situation. Either avoid jail by denying your identity, or be punished for promoting your sexuality. Many, but not all, African and Middle-Eastern and Asian countries have banned gay marriage, and even 'acts of homosexuality.' These 'acts' include kissing someone of the same gender, hugging someone of the same gender if the hugger is not related to the hug-ee, and showing the pride colors in many of these countries is punishable by a long jail sentence. It's even been reported that governments approve the death penalty for 'acts of homosexuality.'
Obviously the Africans and the Asians, they are on the wrong side of history. What they are doing is a travesty, a slap in the face for human rights. Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights, Hillary Clinton famously said. She's on the right side of history. Why can't the leaders of these countries stand up for their gay populations and declare that every human should be treated equally, it shouldn't matter who they love! Killing a man for being attracted to a man, that's barbaric. We are in the 21st century, not the middle ages. The image below shows which countries in Africa outlaw gay marriage and/or 'acts of homosexuality,' and the penalties that these homosexual people face.
The image below shows which Asian/Middle Eastern nations outlaw gay marriage and/or 'acts of homosexuality,' and the penalties that the homosexual people face. (Countries in dark red indicate that those countries allow gays to be punished by DEATH.)
Hopefully one day, gay rights 'activists' will pay attention to Africa and Asia, instead of focusing on an individual US state. American states don't kill gay people. Across the ocean, multiple countries do. And those countries, they need our help. The people in Africa and Asia are the ones being abused for their sexuality. The longer we ignore their cries for help, the more despicable we are for not caring.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.