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October 11, 2011

UK Threatens End To Foreign Aid Over Anti-Gay Policies

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Written by: Dallas
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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

In The Headlines:

Too Fab. Cher Brought to Tears at “Dancing With the Stars.” Too Fab. (October 10, 2011.)

Winston Gieseke. Antigay Minnesota Event Sees Two Glitter Bombings. The Advocate. (October 10, 2011.)

Jeremy Kinser. Betty White Explains Her LGBT Appeal. The Advocate. (October 10, 2011.)

About the Author

|Calgary Contributor| A girl with a passion for equality and all things good. I am first and foremost a friend followed by a big queer, advocate, writer, community builder, and feminist. I have an affinity for Jeopardy and Perez Hilton, and am a Facebook addict. I heart all furry creatures.



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  1. Sorry, but sink or swim is my thinking at this stage of the game when it comes to foreign aid.
    All this policy has done has allowed regressive and immature countries stay that way, rather than letting them develop through the growth pangs that the “civilized” countries themselves went through.
    I truly feel that we need to cut them loose and let them figure things out on their own. Yes, It’s a tough, even cold-hearted decision, but we’re not really helping them grow up if we’re always there to fall back on whenever there is trouble.

    • Dallas

      I hear what you are saying Christopher. Unfortunately these countries are governed by a standard group of middleaged, homophobic, sexist leaders that are generally after thier own interests and no one elses. I do not agree with how developed nations support these countries as I do not believe that throwing money at people solves any problems. I do however believe in educating the population, teaching them about birth control, and empowering women. Education is power and unfortunately it is lacking in many of these nations, especially for women. So, to sum it up, I do no believe in cutting aid as punishment. I believe in an overhaul of what aid is, and how we can assist the countries in becoming as democratic as possible.

  2. Nigerian Citizen

    Sorry to dissapoint you gay boys, we nigerians DO NOT support homosexualism. In fact we are deeply homophobic.

    your prime minister will not dare to make such comments where countries like saudi Arabia are concerned. in fact they will not dare to tell Moslems in Egypt to condone homosexualism, yet they would dare tell ghana or Nigeria with muslim populations in the millions to condone such a crass and unclean act.

    I am happy that Ghana came out with such a strong message and the Nigerian senate has even gone harder.

    About time you realised that these countries are NOT YOUR CHATTELS.

    And one more thing:

    Keep your aid, its only being used to feed corrupt NGOs and government officials anyway, our oil and other resources will be enough for us.

    Good riddance.

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