As royals, politicians and diplomats celebrate the 41st Commonwealth Day, 37 of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth continue to criminalise being gay. British colonisers made laws outlawing homosexuality that reflected Britain’s own Victoria penal code in every country they went into. But while British politicians have shunned the archaic laws, many of the Commonwealth countries still stick to them. Those nations account for a third of the world’s population and a quarter of the world’s land mass – millions of gay and lesbian people oppressed by the law.
March 12 / Pink News