Monday, May 06, 2013

Ethiopia gay activists hope for change as death penalty being pushed

(May 06, 2013, (Bikya News ))--ADDIS ABABA: With an anti-gay organization announcing it is looking to follow Uganda and implement a “death to gays” legislation that would see the death penalty enacted against lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country, activists in the country are hoping they can bring about acceptance before such measures are taken.

“We understand that the idea of being gay scares people in this country and the majority believe gay people are not deserving of equality,” activist and gay Ethiopian David Emete told He believes that while there is much intolerance, he feels the nature of Ethiopians should not be denied.

“It has been a country of tolerance and understanding for many, many years, so this idea of a death penalty I don’t think will happen,” he added.

For Emete, who has been featured by for his efforts to change perceptions, protesting is off the table. It just won’t work, he said, adding that “it could lead to major crackdowns of the gay and lesbian community.”  Read more from Bikya News »   

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The rising fear of gays in Ethiopia 
Death penalty on way in Ethiopia for gays 

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