HRC recognizes the decriminalization of same-sex relations in Gabon; Trump agencies attack LGBTQ rights as SCOTUS expands protections
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GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
HRC RECOGNIZES THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF CONSENSUAL SAME-SEX RELATIONS IN GABON: “Today’s historic signing of a law decriminalizing same-sex relations in Gabon is a pivotal moment in the global fight for LGBTQ rights,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Following in the footsteps of the recent decriminalization in Botswana and Angola, Gabon now sets an example for other countries that still have these dehumanizing and antiquated laws on the books. This critical win for basic human rights gives us reason to hope for more awareness and more victories across the continent.” More from HRC.
As we celebrate Gabon's progress, we cannot forget that at least 69 countries still criminalize same-sex relationships. pic.twitter.com/1ZxGemmdi1— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 7, 2020
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