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" /> 50 years after the Stonewall riots – sometimes actions speak louder than words. – Wolfie Wolfgang

50 years after the Stonewall riots – sometimes actions speak louder than words.

Police versus gay rioters at the Stonewall Inn, New York, 28 June 1969

Reading about the Stonewall Riots on its fiftieth anniversary makes me feel a mixture of emotions. It’s great that something life-changing for so many people, Gay Liberation, came out of a moment when a smallish group of young put-upon homosexuals thought enough is enough and then turned their fury on a clearly homophobic police force. Bravo! It was great that it didn’t just clear the air for a brief moment, it truly made a difference and led to the foundation of Gay Liberation and the many Gay Pride Parades that are held at this time all around the world. Bravo!

Subject: Gay Pride Parade commemorating Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village June 28, 1971 Photographer- Grey Villet Time inc Owned merlin-19893683

Those events had a direct influence on the liberalisation of sexual politics and attitudes all across North America and Western Europe – bravo! It is a reminder, maybe a painful one, that for social change to happen, people have usually had to take to the streets and, yes, at times, riot. It made a difference fifty years ago. Shame on the Western world though, that it had to be thus, before ideas about same-sex equality could fight its way into the statute books. Bravo though for the many changes that have taken place since then. Let’s hope that this progress will continue until gender, in all its manifestations, ceases to be a matter of censure, scorn and the less than discrete rolling of eyes. But, bravo! progress is progress.

If only it was the same story in the 72 countries where homosexuality is still illegal – and where the old, old story of prejudice, hatred and violence is a daily horror for many people who still share the pre-Stonewall world.

An Indonesian man is caned in public from an executor known as ‘algojo’ for having gay sex, which is against Sharia law on May 23, 2017 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.ULET IFANSASTI/GETTY IMAGES

These are the countries that still prosecute homosexuals – it is a list of shame:

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda

Bangladesh
Barbados
Brunei
Burundi

Cameroon
Comoros

Dominica

Egypt
Eritrea
Ethiopia

Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guinea
Guyana

Indonesia
Iran

Jamaica

Malaysia
Maldives
Myanmar

Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait

Liberia
Libya
Lebanon

Malawi
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco

Namibia
Nigeria

Oman

Pakistan
Palestine
Papua New Guinea

Qatar

Samoa
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands

Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Sri Lanka
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Syria
Swaziland

Tanzania
Togo
Tonga
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu

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