The Solomon Islander moved to Australia in 2005 to study. He's able to live there openly as a gay person. But not so in Solomon Islands where he keeps a low profile on short visits home to visit family. "I feel sorry for my friends back in the Solomons who are gay. I know people who are verbally and physically abused for being gay on a daily basis. "They even get threatened that they'll be arrested and have the law thrown upon them," he said. Homosexuality is illegal in Solomon Islands for both men and women, but in Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu, anti-homosexuality law applies only to men. The Cook Islands could soon wipe such laws off its books with a draft Crimes Bill in the consultation stage.
August 18 / Radio New Zealand