|Right now, almost 80 countries around the world make it a crime to be gay, lesbian or transgender. In 10 of those nations, you can be sentenced to death or life behind bars. The majority of these nations share a connection – they are members of the Commonwealth – an organization bringing together 54 nations to discuss law, society and economic development.
The leaders of the Commonwealth nations are gathering this week in Perth, Australia where their Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma, just gave a courageous speech calling on each of their countries to finally stop the criminalization of LGBT people. It’s historic, but hardly a done deal: Forces within the Commonwealth are working double-time to silence Sharma and others.
We need to support Secretary General Sharma and show the other heads of state that a massive global outcry is bubbling up in their own countries and demanding fairness. The meeting kicks off this Friday and we need thousands from United Kingdom to join Commonwealth citizens around the world and sign on to this statement of support for Secretary General Sharma. If enough of us demand the Commonwealth reject criminalization in the next 48 hours, our voices will be impossible to ignore.
Will you please take a minute to sign the statement, then share it far and wide:
Thirty-nine Commonwealth nations make it a crime to be gay or transgender.
We have 48 hours to stand with Commonwealth Secretary General Sharma and demand an end to these laws: