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Social Injustice of Homosexuality
Transcript of Social Injustice of Homosexuality
The persecution of homosexuals by governments describes the laws prevalent in 76 countries, including the United States, which label homosexuality and homosexual acts illegal. These laws specifically target homosexuals for their "crimes", and have varying penalties. The severity of the penalties can range from minor jail-time to executions, and almost everything in between.
It affects people of all ages.
In some countries, homosexuality is punished with beatings and minor-jail time, and each country enforces its own laws.
Algeria's law prohibiting homosexuality states “Anyone who is found guilty of a same-sex act in Algeria can be punished with a prison sentence that can last anywhere from two months to two years” (LGBT Rights in Algeria)
The punishment for homosexuality in Ethiopia is more severe “Male homosexual behavior is illegal and carries a penalty of up to five years imprisonment” (Ndanji).
Homosexual communities around the world are demeaned by these seemingly small laws and subjugated to the harsh treatment prevalent in the jails that they are thrown in
There are countries who severely punish homosexuality with 25 to life in prison. However, it is not just the government targeting homosexuals, but citizens as well.
Uganda enforces strict laws prohibiting homosexuality, and a violation of any of these laws can result in serious incarceration of the "criminal", “Being found “guilty” in Uganda of homosexual acts can mean life in prison” (Ouma).
In Uganda, an outed gay rights activist was murdered in his home by a mob of outraged citizens simply because he was gay.
Homosexuals who are convicted of a "crime" are thrown into jail, sometimes for the remainder of their lives. While in jail, homosexuals are usually beaten by inmates, and even guards, resulting in physical and emotional damage.
Some countries regard homosexuality as so condemnable that the legal penalty for commiting homosexual acts is an execution.
Iran, a country where homosexual executions are a common occurrence, has led to thousands of legally "acceptable" deaths "According to Iranian human rights campaigners, over 4,000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979” (Human Rights in the Middle East).
Recently two teenage Iranians were publicly executed because they admitted to having sex with each other. Before their execution they were held in captivity for 14 months and where lashed 228 times, for no justifiable reason.
While the thousands of deaths are consequence enough, there are many other social and psychological consequences suffered within the homosexual community. The institution of the death penalty has resulted in homosexuals' inability to operate in society, and has instilled them with fear. Homosexuals in countries where it is punishable by death have been forced underground in a desperate attempt to escape the unjust laws that they are subject to.
The effects of the these laws are both physically and emotionally detrimental.
Major physical effects of the severe penalties include beatings, incarceration, torture, rape, and death. This physical duress results in both the unjust physical abuse against gays and a terrified homosexual community, which in turn creates emotional and psychological problems.
Being more indirect, the emotional effects have an equally, if not more, devastating result on the homosexual community. The most common, and perhaps debilitating emotional effect, is the suppression of homosexuals. That feel that if they express themselves or their sexual orientation they will be attacked, incarcerated, or murdered. This suppression drives homosexual communities underground, unable to assimilate into the society which has shunned them.
What Can You Do?
The laws prohibiting homosexuals are in complete violation of natural human rights. They make homosexuals out to be inferior to their heterosexual counterparts, and effectively turn them into less than second class citizens by targeting them for something they cannot control, their sexual orientation.
Know what it is and what it does.
Make your voice heard! Let others know about this injustice and join the movement to hopefully abolish these laws. Protest!
"Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Law and Rights in Algeria." Discover Algeria. Discover Algeria, 25 Oct. 2010. Web. 6 Dec. 2013.
Ndanji. "Ethiopia." African Veil Homepage. African Veil, 2005. Web. 8 Dec. 2013.
Ouma, Fred. "Compilation of Citations on the Condition of Homosexuals in Uganda." Gay Rights Uganda. Sept. 2008. Web. 8 Dec. 2013.
"Human Rights in the Middle East Countries Iran." Historic Clothing: Expanded Site. Historical Boys' Clothing, 6 Oct. 2007. Web. 8 Dec. 2013.
Norman, Joshua. "Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Found Beaten to Death - World Watch - CBS News." Breaking News Headlines: Business, Entertainment & World News - CBS News. CBS, 27 Jan. 2011. Web Article. 8 Dec. 2013.
Theses laws also have devastating effects on the homosexual communities, and make them fear for their safety on a daily basis.
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What causes it?
Who does it effect?
What causes this injustice is what people believe is right and wrong.
This social injustice effects homosexuals globally and of all ages. There isn't a particular race or area that it happens.
Social Injustice of Persecution of Homosexuals by Governments
For this to change, these laws need to be revoked. In the U.S., we have freedom of religion. If we can believe in what we want, then why should we have laws based on certain religions? For us to actually be able to call the U.S. the land of the free, we need equal rights for everyone, including homosexuals.
What is being done about it?
What is NOT being done about it?
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N.d. Photograph. n.p. Web. 8 Dec 2013. <http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130814-russia-anti-gay-propaganda-law-world-olympics-africa-gay-rights/>.
N.d. Photograph. n.p. Web. 8 Dec 2013. <http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_laws.htm
N.d. Photograph. n.p. Web. 8 Dec 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_by_country_or_territory>.
Depending on which of the 76 countries you're talking about, there is a variety of things being done and not being done. A new Russian law that criminalizes "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors" has sparked growing calls from the global gay community and its supporters for a boycott of Russia's upcoming Winter Olympics. While in America, we are reaching other rulings.
"The Supreme Court ruling to strike down the nation's anti-sodomy laws combined two of the most contentious issues on the political landscape by grounding the liberty of gays in the same legal turf that sustains the right to abortion -- and it directly points to yet another clash in the culture war: a fight over gay marriage." David Von Drehle Washington Post