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Uganda C’wealth Games coach praises John Barrowman gay kiss

Applause comes from an unlikely source as members from Commonwealth countries that criminalize homosexuality react to the Glasgow kiss that went around the world

Uganda C’wealth Games coach praises John Barrowman gay kiss

Gay actor and singer John Barrowman has been heaped with praise and criticism ever since he kissed a male dancer at the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

But there has been one piece of applause that has come from an unlikely source.

Grace Eriyo, a coach with the Ugandan team, has praised the kiss.

She was quoted in The Times as saying: ‘Where we come from it is illegal to kiss a man, but here you can have it on the TV, right in front of the Queen.

‘To me that is so great.’

Eriyo comes from one of the 42 countries in the Commonwealth that criminalizes homosexuality.

In a speech at the opening of the Commonwealth Games, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivered a ‘stark warning’ to the countries with anti-gay laws.

Leading a policy review, in response to the passage of Uganda’s new anti-homosexuality law, the UK has promised to fight for gay rights around the world.

Clegg said LGBT rights will be a part of the entire human rights agenda, and will be brought up in every meeting and in every corner of the world.

He said: ‘The message is clear: LGBT rights are human rights. So we need LGBT protections to be a part of anti-discrimination laws everywhere.’


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