The Commonwealth has granted legal recognition to an LGBTI group for the first time. The group of countries, comprised primarily of former territories of the British Empire, have a poor record on LGBTI rights. Many maintain anti-gay laws that are a part of British colonial legacy, with archaic penal codes and laws criminalising gay sex that were simply never repealed across the vast majority of the Commonwealth. In total at least 36 of the 53 Commonwealth member states criminalise homosexuality – from India to Barbados, Sri Lanka to Tonga.
June 20 / Pink News