Just as a reminder, being a LGBT+ person in Ghana and Tanzania is ILLEGAL, and in Mali they face rash discrimination. It would be nice if with your donation could go a message of tolerance and respect for the Human Rights
And sadly the discrimination & violence LGBT+ people face is rampant in many, many other countries, including even countries like Canada which is considered a leader in promoting LBGT+ rights.
@LC-Canada Indeed. But anyways there’s a HUGE difference betweeen discrimination by others and discrimination and persecution by the state. If you (or whoever) are helping this people with money or are you planing to spend your holidays there I think that you should consider this. Of course isn’t just in african countries, as you said
I am talking mostly about states, not just individuals and the list would be most countries in the world as we know. There are times & places to use your economic weight to try & change policy in other countries, but it usually works best if the people in that country ask for that kind of action.
We’re taking about supporting very basic needs like enough money to feed families or for basic education for kids through some local community groups in these countries, not the state. So I’m choosing to support these efforts.
And work on LGBT+ rights will need our commitment & action for the rest of our lives & it must continue.
Hahaha, how do you feel with the topic moved to this place? Did you flagged my comment? I didn’t mean to be rude with anyone
Hi Miguel! I moved these few posts to a separate topic, since they were a bit off-topic in the other one. This seems to be its own discussion (and not about postcrossers in Africa), so it’s better to give it a topic of its own. Not sure about the right category for it — feel free to suggest alternatives, if you feel those would be more fitting to the theme!
Well, it just surprised me cause with my first comment has the intention to make the people to consider that while using the links that @LC-Canada shared. Now that is in a separate topic I think it’s out of context. However I thank you for trying to preserved peace in the forum. I just think that a spark of visibility doesn’t damage anyone.
Being a LGBT+ person in Morocco is illegal too, and it’s the case in the majority of African and Asian countries.
It also issues in China,it is a miserable thing for a bisexual!
Love is love!
Really? I hope someday that will change, look Taiwan, the first country in all Asia to change the law for gay rights!
I think like @LC-Canada too. Most countries don’t have the capacity to think about these issues. I mean the most important issues are to have a working food and water supply, feeling secure in the environment (no war/drugs etc.) and feeling secure about livelihood (secure job, good payment).
Everything else like environmental and animal protection as well as LGBT rights comes next. Continents like Africa and Asia are quite poor, so a lot of the people there won’t be really thinking about anything else but securing their existence.
Hi Yen, just so you know, this short thread between Miguel & I was part of a larger discussion here on why there weren’t more people from Africa as members in Postcrossing & our discussion of LBGT rights was deemed off topic & moved here so it doesn’t completely make sense without the whole picture.
And just to be clear, he & I are in agreement about supporting LBGT rights.
His first post above here was in response to this comment below in the other thread.
And I’m not sure we completely agree Yen - my comments originally were specific to whether or not to support community economic & social projects in countries where the state has banned or made illegal being LGBT.
And I pointed out that there is a difference between the state acting against LGBT rights vs community projects that are trying to feed & educate the community.
I went on to say violence & discrimination against LGBT people happens in most countries, including progressive ones like Canada and this state policy against LGBT rights happens in poor & rich countries as well.
If you are an LGBT person in any country, yes, you might be very concerned with basic survival needs like food & shelter but you’re still also concerned about being able to just be who you are openly, get medical care or an education that accounts for your LGBT identity & to love who you want to openly without fear of violence or discrimination.
Oh I see! I just randomly came across this the African forum and wondered if there were any members from there. So apparently I only got a glimpse of your conversation
Yeah, it’s a bit strange this thread is here at all now as it was only part of the larger conversation.
I couldn’t have said it better