Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What's The Matter Here?

Homophobia is still killing men all over the world. Intolerance and "fundamentalist" versions of the World's Religions greatly contribute to the idea that homosexuals are somehow an "abomination."

In 86 nations, homosexual sex is considered a crime, and in 7 countries it is punishable by death, according to the Foundation for AIDS Research, known as Amfar.

In 2003, Mexico (yep, that's right - Mexico. NOT the LandoftheFreeandtheHomeoftheBrave) banned discrimination based on sexual orientation, and it has opened what it calls homophobic-free health clinics. The government has a national campaign that includes radio spots with mothers accepting their gay sons.

Worldwide, few developing nations check the rates of HIV infection among men who have sex with men, but researchers who have surveyed some of these countries say they are finding the rates are nearly twice that of the general adult population.

More tolerant, modern nations still see protests born of homophobia and hate. It is the responsibility of everyone who has a homosexual child, brother, sister, cousin or co-worker to spread the spirit of tolerance by openly sharing their experience with others.

silence is death


Kuraitsuki said...

I guess I should not be surprised, but I kind of am. I thought we were getting past that whole intolerance thing. Will we ever learn?

Timothy Hogan said...

I wish that was true.