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UK will warn anti-gay nations: ‘You need to change’
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will tell the world that the UK will bring up gay rights in every meeting and press governments around the world to change their homophobic laws
23 JULY 2014 | BY JOE MORGAN
The UK government will deliver a stark warning to homophobic nations in the Commonwealth, saying it will pressure countries to change their anti-gay laws.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games the UK will fight for gay rights around the world.
Out of 53 countries in the Commonwealth, 42 of them criminalize homosexuality.
In his speech at Pride House, a space set up to promote diversity at the Games, the Liberal Democrat leader will say the Commonwealth core values are ‘clear’.
It states: ‘We are committed to equality and respect for the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.’
Clegg is expected to say: ‘We’ve come a long way in this country towards achieving the genuine equality that LGBT people have always wanted and deserved.
‘This includes last year’s landmark equal marriage reform. Yet there’s still a huge amount to be done across the world.
‘As we celebrate the bravery of Olympians who have come out – Tom Daley, Ian Thorpe or Nicola Adams for example – some countries are taking backward steps; putting their LGBT Olympians so far back in the closet that they can’t ever imagine their day in the open.
‘We can’t dictate how other nations behave but we can promote the principles we believe in – of a fair and open society both in the UK and abroad.
He will continue: ‘That is why my colleague Lynne Featherstone is leading an LGBT policy review, which was set up in response to the passage of Uganda’s new and draconian anti-homosexuality law.
‘When it’s published, I hope it will help us hardwire LGBT rights into our entire human rights agenda – through every bilateral meeting, every multilateral relationship, and every corner of the world.
‘The message is clear: LGBT rights are human rights. So we need LGBT protections to be a part of anti-discrimination laws everywhere.
‘This means absolutely continuing to support LGBT campaigners on the ground around the world – they are the key to change in their local communities and countries.
‘It means talking to multi-national businesses to encourage them to make the business case against homophobia.
‘Love is the same – whichever village, town, city, country or continent you live in. It binds people together and makes communities stronger.
‘I will continue to say that to all those people in power, or not, who seek to deny these freedoms to others across the world.
‘I believe in the principle that you should leave no one behind – regardless of race, gender, age, creed, or sexual orientation.’
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- thelancet.com/infection Vol 14 January 2014
Men who have sex with men (MSM) in the UK are experiencing record- high diagnosis rates for various sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and HIV. Data from Public Health England (PHE) showing these increases were recently presented at the conference Sex, Drugs, and MSM in Birmingham, UK (Nov 1), convened by the British Society for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) after concerns about an STI crisis in UK’s MSM.
In 2012, there were around 36000 STI diagnoses in MSM in sexual health clinics in England— the location where most MSM are tested. This figure includes chlamydia (8500 cases), gonorrhoea (10800 cases), syphilis (2100 cases), herpes (1400 cases), and genital warts (3500 cases). Since 2008, STI diagnoses in MSM have risen sharply, especially gonorrhoea diagnoses, which have trebled. There were 3250 new HIV diagnoses in UK MSM, an all time high, and a 10% increase on the 2960 new diagnoses in MSM in 2011. In 2012, an estimated……..