Friday, April 6, 2012

News abounds

The republic system of government that the forefathers of the United States established is not universally good for all sovereign nations around the world.  However it is not to be inferred that all other types of governance are perpetually in error.  No one would tell the Queen of England that her command must fall to unalienable rights of Thomas Jefferson.  However like the United States, the United Kingdom endeavors to protect and provide for citizen’s ‘basic rights.’  Keeping in mind that statement is actually very loose and up for many different interpretations.  So, what really does 'basic rights' entail?  Do they translate as freedom from direct government persecution?  In a land of rights and freedoms it is difficult to realize the pain some governments willingly put citizens through, especially LGBTQ citizens. 

                This persecution of specifically LGBTQ individuals exists in many nations, like Uganda in Africa.  Did you know that the government is attempting to regulate the personal lives of its citizens, under penalties of imprisonment and death?  The anti-homosexual bill currently being debated in the Ugandan parliament is sadly not even a first in Africa.  Approximately 35 sovereign nations have outlawed the existence homosexuality under differing punishments.   In Uganda if you are known to be homosexual the local paper is allowed to print your name and address in an article. Why? This bill and attitude of the government causes pervasive fear among those who identify with the LGBTQ community.

                However this type of legislative restriction of citizens is not unique to Africa, Russia is currently considering a “gay ‘propaganda’ bill.”  The bill began with the intent of protecting minors from pornography.  But as this piece of legislation as currently worded, could possibly provide a basis to target LGBTQ demonstrations and organizations –legally.  A similar piece of legislation has already been passed in the city of St. Petersburg!  Untill 1993 Homosexuality was punishable in the Soviet Union by prison, however as evidenced by the rise of pieces of legislation as mentioned above, discrimination against LGBTQ individuals remains widespread in the Russian Federation.

                Direct discrimination alone is not the end of the problems to be found today.  Libya’s opinion as reveled at a recent UN meeting in Geneva is that LGBTQ topics “affect religion and the continuation and reproduction of the human race.” (Specific discrimination anyone?)  Further still multiple Middle Eastern and African delegates staged a walk out in protest of the United Nations first ever panel on LGBTQ issues and rights.  Roughly forty percent (72/192) of nations who maintain membership in the UN have severe laws criminalizing perceived homosexuality.  However many nations take a stand against suck behavior, such as South Africa which hearkens back to apartheid and warned about the consequences of ignorance.

                Let this blog not be only the wrongs.  I really don’t mean to depress you.  There are countries that make efforts to right injustices which have been committed against its LGBTQ citizens.  In Chile the recent death of a gay man by suspected Neo-Nazis has led to the involvement of the Vice President as well as several arrests.   Here stateside a woman has been arrested for the D.C. shooting of a gay man. The suspect is being held in custody with no potential bond.  Donald Trump has stayed true to his last name and trumped the opposition who ejected a trans woman, Jenna Talackova, from competing in the Mrs. Universe Canada competition by overruling that opinion and ensuring Jenna a chance at the title.  The following is a good article I would suggest reading.

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