What did Tom Daley say about LGBT+ rights and Commonwealth?

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The Olympic show jumping medalist has called for the prosecution of LGBT+ people in the Commonwealth countries ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Games



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Diver Tom Daley has slammed Commonwealth countries for their poor LGBTQ+ records ahead of the 2022 Games. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Tom Daley has criticized the experiences of LGBT+ people in some Commonwealth countries ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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The Olympic medalist has pointed out the hypocrisy of the group’s message of inclusion and equality at the event, which persecutes millions of LGBT+ people in some of the participating countries.

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His comments came as Daley plans to protest the issue with the Peter Tatchell Foundation, a human rights charity, along with hundreds of other LGBT+ activists.

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Diver Tom Daley has slammed Commonwealth countries for their poor LGBTQ+ records ahead of the 2022 games. (Image credit: Getty Images)

What did Tom Daley say about LGBT+ rights in the Commonwealth?

Daley has called out on the Commonwealth countries participating in the Games that have created a hostile environment for LGBT+ people in their country.

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He said: “35 of the 56 Commonwealth member states criminalize same-sex relationships. That’s half of the countries in the world that ban homosexuality.

“Seven Commonwealth nations have a maximum sentence of life imprisonment under laws imposed by Britain in the 19th century when it was a colonial power.

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“Every single human being should be free to live their true authentic self, no matter where they were born or who they are. We must all keep working until all are free and equal.”

He has joined the Tatchell Foundation’s calls for the Commonwealth organization to respect its charter on human rights and equality.

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Daley plans to join Peter Tatchell and LGBT+ activists in protest during the arrival of the Commonwealth baton at Aston Hall in Birmingham on July 28.

What did Peter Tatchell say on this subject?

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Peter Tatchell, a human rights activist and founder of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, has spoken out on the matter.

He has criticized the Games organizers for talking about inclusion and equality, despite the worrying record of treatment of LGBT+ people in many participating countries.

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Peter Tatchell attending the Gay Times Honors 2021 at Magazine London on November 19, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Gay Times)

He said: “Despite the Commonwealth Games Federation claiming that the Games are open to all, it would be impossible for a prominent LGBT+ athlete to be selected for the national team of two-thirds of the competing Commonwealth nations. They would be imprisoned, not chosen – no matter how good they were.

“The criminalization of LGBT+ people goes against the Commonwealth Charter, which these countries have signed and are committed to respect. It promises equal rights and non-discrimination to all Commonwealth citizens.

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Mr Tatchell called the Commonwealth a “homophobic institution” and added that LGBT+ issues had never been discussed or dealt with by the 56 member states.

He added: “I have spent 30 years trying to get the Commonwealth Leaders’ Summit to discuss the criminalization of LGBT by more than 62% of member states. They refuse, and most refuse, dialogue with their local LGBT+ communities.

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“Commonwealth countries make up more than half of the 68 nations in the world where same-sex relationships are illegal. Anti-LGBT+ discrimination and hate crime is rampant and uncontrolled in most Commonwealth countries.”

What are the Commonweath countries’ records on LGBT+ rights?

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Currently, same-sex marriages and relationships are legal in only 21 Commonwealth member states – representing just 37.5% of members.

In addition, seven nations — Bangladesh, Barbados, Guyana, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda — impose life sentences for violating same-sex relationship laws.

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Brunei and northern Nigeria both impose the death penalty.

The lasting impact of the British Empire is often cited as the reason why same-sex relationships are not legal in some former colony states.

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Strict sodomy laws were introduced by British colonizers, and some have remained in place after independence from Britain.

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