New Commonwealth secretary-general pledges to promote LGBT agenda

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By Caribbean News Now

LONDON, England — The Commonwealth secretary general designate, British Baroness Patricia Scotland, will spend the first two years of her tenure promoting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) agenda, The Independent newspaper reported.

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Baroness Patricia Scotland speaking at the pre-launch of LGBT History Month 08 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 26 November 2007. Photo: Wikimedia/CC

Apparently, LGBT groups were furious that the issue was not on the agenda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta, even though consensual homosexual activity is still only legal in 13 of the 53 countries who were taking part.

A report this month by the Kaleidoscope Trust shows that more than 90 per cent of LGBT Commonwealth citizens live in jurisdictions where they are treated as criminals or suffer discrimination.

Testimony from LGBT people in that report included being pelted with stones in unprovoked attacks in Dominica, Baroness Scotland’s country of birth.

Scotland told The Independent on Sunday that she would “absolutely” be talking to member states about LGBT rights.

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