By Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com December 1, 2011 A November 16, 2011 Guardian newspaper report announced a new challenge in Belize to its anti-gay laws. The legal suit is the first contest by a new human rights organization that intends to overturn all post-UK former colonies that have laws criminalizing homosexuality. “The Human Dignity Trust (HDT), which launched its campaign in London on Thursday, is targeting the 80-odd states where consensual sexual activity between adults of the same gender is outlawed. More than half are Commonwealth countries which inherited their regulations from British colonial rule. In some like Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon and Ghana the laws are seen by some as justification for violent attacks on gay and lesbian people.” (photo right: for tourists Belize is a paradise; for gays it is less than that.) Not surprising, Belize’s Anglican, evangelical, and Catholic ‘spiritual leaders’ have united to oppose the effort. They willSee the Full Version Here
Belize, Central America
Belize, formerly British Honduras, became an independent on September 21, 1981. Belizean human rights statutes prohibit discrimination based on "sexuality," which is sometimes interpreted as including sexual orientation. However, not only are same-gender sex acts treated as illegal, but immigration by "homosexual males or females" (as well as those making money from homosexual behaviour) is prohibited. Comments from a lesbian Peace Corps worker: "The few gay and lesbian Belizeans that I know are very closeted and very discreet about their sexuality. Due to the laws of this country, the only place for people to meet with one another is at private parties. There are no openly gay bars or discos. There are no support groups or organizations for lesbigay people. There is no such thing as Gay Pride Month in Belize... It seems that most lesbigay people in Belize somehow find others like them through word of mouth, which isn’t always the most reliable. Many move to the States to enjoy more freedom and more opportunities to be open and honest about who they are. As everyone knows, Belize has a small population, once you are discovered as either a lesbian or gay man life can become rather difficult. In some cases, people are guilty by association."
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Belize, Central America
Capital: Belmopan - Pop. 17000
Area: 22696 sq. km. / sq. miles.
Status of Homosexuality: Not illegal and not accepted
Telephone Country Code: 501
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