It is rare for me to ever support anything that is anti-gay. In fact, it has never happened. So, with the news that the UK may discontinue providing foreign aid to countries that have anti-gay legislation, I should be cracking open a Guinness and digging my fork into my bangers and mash in celebration of all things UK-ish, but I am not. What is bothering me is that the aid for third-world countries isn’t for the lawmakers, it is for those that do not even have a pen to write a law. They have no choice as to what laws are enacted or not. I am sure many of them do not even have the opportunity to vote! I think food on their table is their main concern. It is not just gays that are persecuted it is all individuals that can not afford to feed their families, and without aid, there is little to no hope for them.
With this being said, I do commend the UK powers and Andrew Mitchell, International Development Secretary for their emphasis on gay rights on a global scale. A spokesperson for Mitchell states, “The government is committed to combating violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all circumstances, in this country and abroad. We take action where we have concerns.”
Recently, Malawi’s aid has been cut by 19 million pounds. More countries are going to follow suit as the rules and reviews for foreign aid are going through some strict reconditionings.
“We now allocate funds every three months, rather than every year, so that we can review a country’s performance, for example on human rights, and take swift action when governments fall short. We only provide aid directly to governments when we are satisfied that they share our commitments to reduce poverty and respect human rights.”
Ghana is first on the hit list. A Minister from that country recently asked for the arrest of all gay individuals in its western region. The UK has vowed to cut its aid by £36 million a year if that turns into a reality.
So, what is right in this situation? Koodos go to the Europeans for fighting for our rights. But, what about the people of the country? Would it not be more beneficial to work with the common folk of these countries to develop a better way of keeping these homophobic government officials off of the political platform?
I am not even remotely close to understanding the world’s problems. I am, however sympathetic to all people, not just the gay ones.
via: Pink News
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