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LAGOS, Nigeria - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada is "deeply concerned" by a new law in Nigeria, signed by the president without announcement, that has made it illegal for gay people to...
The opening of the UN General Assembly is taking place before us. Unfortunately, with one particular group of world leaders, in an area where they desperately need a makeover, one will probably not be forthcoming. Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon will not have the courage to stand up before his fellow African heads of state and proclaim that state-sanctioned bigotry and persecution of gays throughout Africa must become a relic of the past. Nor will Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda. But this is a time to give a voice to the voiceless.
It was a remarkable scene. Uganda, the African country that has become the flashpoint for gay rights on the continent, held its very first gay-pride earlier this month. Made up of film-screenings, a drag fashion show, parties, and of course, a parade. It was only a few years ago in that country when a newspaper headline read "Hang Them" above the pictures of gay activists, one of whom -- David Kato, was brutally murdered.