UK Speaker calls on Commonwealth to tackle LGBT discrimination ahead of Commonwealth Games
With the Commonwealth Games opening in Glasgow tomorrow morning our time, the world’s attention has turned to the plight of those LGBT athletes who cannot compete.
The UK Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has commented on the state of LGBT rights in the Commonwealth and questioned why more was not being done to tackle discrimination.
Forty-two out of 54 Commonwealth nations punish homosexuality with imprisonment, and some still have the death penalty.
“Sadly, there might be world-class athletes who will not be able to compete in the Games, as they will have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality,” Bercow said in a statement.
“Shamefully, it is estimated that four out of every five countries in the Commonwealth criminalise homosexuality. Surely, it is time for the Commonwealth to do more to support lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual people, to ensure they are not discriminated against, no matter where they live?”
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to speak out about homophobia in the Commonwealth.
Network Ten has broadcasting rights to the Commonwealth Games in Australia, and begins broadcasting tomorrow, Thursday, July 24 at 5.30am.