Our Point of View
Things seem to improve in North and South America as well as in South-East Asia. That’s great news! Europe shows a huge diversity, from 'gay heaven' (Scandinavia) in the Northwest to 'gay drama' (Balkans) in the Southeasterly direction. Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East are depressing, but no big surprise there. In general, the number of countries where the situation is getting worse is painfully shocking to us.
Our Romeos advised us to use international pressure and not to pamper homophobic political leaders. So, let’s be blunt!
Modern medicine and psychiatry already agreed that homosexuality is not a disease decades ago. However, it still seems that the freedom to be gay is not just a question of education and time. We are quite sure it has to do with politics. The GHI ranking correlates with the scale of democratic societies and freedom to autocratic countries and human rights violations.
Political and religious leaders from all over the world claim to defend 'traditional' family values. They accuse us of being deviant, immoral and having a negative effect on society. As an example, religious 'leaders' from Liberia and the USA blame us of causing Ebola and earthquakes. They put the blame on the 'decadent West' for importing queer values into their culture in order to undermine and destroy their countries.
When looking at the 5 countries with the most negative change we see Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan , Nigeria and Ethiopia at the top of the list. All of these countries are known for having a negative view towards basic human freedoms in society. Even in European countries like Russia, Turkey and Hungary we see the same negative developments.
But do the responsible leaders of these countries really care about the subject of homosexuality? Or do they use it to divert attention from the real problems their country face? History shows tyrants will do anything to stay in power. It is always easy to pick a vulnerable minority group and use them as a scapegoat. It’s a known cheap trick in order to gain popularity within a terrified and uneducated society in which they nurture these homophobic beliefs.
In our opinion, the GHI is not only about the happiness of gay men, it can also be seen as a powerful indicator for the general development of freedom, justice and security in a country. We hope the world sees these leaders for what they truly are.
Those who propagate hatred towards minorities attack all human values. Their actions are not a sign of their own superior morality, but rather the desperate behavior of an autocrat, hungry for popularity. In practice, they deny us fundamental human rights, force millions of us in the 'unhappy closet', beat us, throw us in prison and murder us.
PlanetRomeo, May 2015