ADDED ON: 09/12/2018

The Homophobic Legacy of the British Empire

09/12/2018 | CNN

A wave of joy and relief swept through India’s LGBTI community last week following a landmark decision by the country’s Supreme Court to legalize consensual gay sex. The announcement that Section 377, a British colonial-era law prohibiting “unnatural acts,” would be annulled was met with jubilation by rights activists, many of whom had campaigned for years to end the archaic legislation. But while India’s LGBTI population embraces its new found freedoms, millions across the globe continue to wait in hope. Of the 71 countries around the world in which same-sex sexual relations are illegal, it’s no coincidence that more than half are former British colonies or protectorates, according to research provided by the International LGBTI Association.


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