Boris DittrichMay 16, 2013 06:20
Commentary: Fallacious claims about homosexuality prevail in 76 UN-member countries.
Anti-gay beliefs are often based on false claims. (Norberto Duarte/AFP/Getty Images)
Every year on May 17, people all around the world celebrate the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, while reflecting how to achieve full equality and non-discrimination. In Cameroon, a young man was sentenced to three years in prison for sending a text message to another man, saying “I’ve fallen in love with you.” The young man’s brave lawyer received emails and text messages threatening to kill his wife and kids. When the lawyer showed the death threats to the police, their response was, “Stop defending gays and you will be fine.” So in Cameroon you can end up behind bars for sending a message of love, but the authorities look the other way when someone threatens to kill children.