Tell the Government of Liberia to REJECT  Anti-Gay Bills
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Tell the Government of Liberia to REJECT Anti-Gay Bills

    1. Stephanie Horton
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Horton

      Baltimore, MD

I started a petition in January to speak out against escalating hate crimes and unrestrained hate speech targeting LGBTQ Liberians. In the space of a few weeks, the situation has intensified to extreme crisis.  

Two draconian anti-gay bills were introduced in February calling for surveillance, inquisitorial public trials, genealogical background probes and lengthy jail terms for both LGBT people and LGBT activists. Dehumanizing hate speech explodes from every quarter of society, particularly the church, legislature and senate.

The LGBT Liberian community is under systemic attack, being surveilled, witch hunted, evicted, fired from their jobs and physically assaulted. Parents are kicking their LGBT children out of their homes fearing mob violence. The media is exploiting young LGBT people to publicly tell their stories for a few dollars, which has unleashed venomous hostility and forced them and many others into hiding.

This is post-war Liberia under our 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Other than saying through her press secretary in early January that there will be no gay rights, she has been utterly silent. We can only hope she’s positively working behind the scenes. But the situation for LGBT Liberians right now is critical.

Please stand against hate speech, violence, intrusive, cruel punitive laws and targeted hate crimes against the LGBT community in Liberia. Urge 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to veto the draconian anti-gay bills that have been introduced in the senate and legislature.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Draconian anti-gay bills introduced in Liberia

      Stephanie Horton
      Petition Organiser

      I started a petition in January to speak out against escalating hate crimes and unrestrained hate speech targeting LGBTQ Liberians. In the space of a few weeks, the situation has intensified to extreme crisis.

      Two draconian anti-gay bills were introduced in February calling for surveillance, inquisitorial public trials, genealogical background probes and lengthy jail terms for both LGBT people and LGBT activists. Dehumanizing hate speech explodes from every quarter of society, particularly the church, legislature and senate.

      The LGBT Liberian community is under systemic attack, being surveilled, witch hunted, evicted, fired from their jobs and physically assaulted. Parents are kicking their LGBT children out of their homes fearing mob violence, or in disgust. The media is exploiting young LGBT people to publicly tell their stories for a few dollars, which has unleashed venomous hostility and forced them and many others into hiding.

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Homophobic Penal Codes in Liberia

      Stephanie Horton
      Petition Organiser

      Liberian Penal law, section 14.74

      A person is guilty of voluntary sodomy when s/he: Engages in deviant sexual intercourse under circumstances not stated in Section 14.72 or 14.73. Voluntary sodomy is a first degree misdemeanor

      a. Definitions

      Deviant sexual intercourse is defined by Penal Law, s.14.79 (b) as sexual contact between human beings who are not husband and wife or living together as man and wife though not legally married, consisting of contact between the penis and the anus, the mouth and the penis, or the mouth and the vulva, anal or oral sex between persons who are not husband and wife or living together as man and wife.

    5. Reached 25 signatures

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    • C P BOWMANVILLE, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because political border lines must not stop us from supporting those who face bigotry and hatred elsewhere in the world. We should all be treated equally.

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    • David Smith CLERMONT, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      At a time when most civilized countries are moving toward giving full rights to gays and lesbians, your country is moving in the opposite direction. This is a disgrace. Shame on you Liberia!

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    • Hudson Tucker FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE
      • almost 2 years ago

      I work on LGBTI rights issues affecting people in Sierra Leone and we are next door to Liberia

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    • Yulia Andriyanti YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Peace is not only the absence of war but it's about being critical and ready to build dialogue, not hatred.

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    • Sardjono Sigit SURABAYA, INDONESIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      LGBTI's Rights are Human Rights

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