Today UK Black Pride was proud to be part of the delegation which handed in petition signed by over 104,000 people to the will Assistant Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Dr Nabeel Goheer.
This petition is telling the Commonwealth Leaders it’s time to stop criminalising and persecuting LGBT+ people
“Thirty-seven of the 53 Commonwealth member states criminalise same-sex relations. Nine have life imprisonment. In parts of two Commonwealth countries, Nigeria and Pakistan, LGBT+ people can be executed. Time’s up on homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
These are the four demands of the petition to the leaders of all Commonwealth nations:
· Decriminalise same-sex relations
· Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
· Enforce laws against threats and violence, to protect LGBT+ people from hate crimes
· Consult and dialogue with national LGBT+ organisations
The petition delegation comprises LGBT+ people of Commonwealth heritage: from Uganda, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Mauritius, Australia and the UK – Edwin Sesange, Beth Granter, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, S Chelvan, Pliny Soocoormanee and Peter Tatchell.
The petition is supported by: The Commonwealth Equality Network, Kaleidoscope Trust, Peter Tatchell Foundation, UK Black Pride, African Equality Foundation, Equality Network, African Rainbow Family, Movement for Justice, House of Rainbow, Out & Proud African LGBTI, Micro Rainbow, Africa Advocacy Foundation, Rainbow Across Borders, African Eye Trust and Manchester Migrant Solidarity.