The Gambia’s new leader has downplayed concerns about the so-called “threat” of homosexuality — a stark contrast to his outrageously homophobic predecessor. During a meeting with European Union delegates on Thursday, new Gambian President Adama Barrow said that “homosexuality is not an issue” in the country, which he said faces “economic and other social issues that are more of a priority.” The country’s laws against same-sex sexual activity are still in place. Gambia’s Criminal Code states that a “person who has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” is punishable by a 14-year prison term, while “aggravated homosexuality” is supposed to be punished with imprisonment for life. Among those who can be charged with “aggravated homosexuality” are “serial offenders” and people living with HIV who are deemed to be gay or lesbian.
February 17 / 76 Crimes