The Lonely Fight Against Belize’s Antigay Laws

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    May 24, 2015 4:34 PM GMT
    “Batiman!” someone called from the shade of a food­-cart umbrella.

    In Belize — a small Anglophone Caribbean nation tucked into the eastern flank of Guatemala and Mexico — “batiman” (Creole for, literally, “butt man”) has long been the supreme slur against gay men, the worst possible insult to their personhood and dignity. But now another slur is beginning to take its place: “Orozco.”

    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/magazine/the-lonely-fight-against-belizes-antigay-laws.html?_r=0
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    May 25, 2015 11:41 PM GMT
    I saw that article in the Sunday edition. It is unbelievable what obstacles and oppression gay men face in Belize. Very horribly sad.icon_sad.gif
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    May 26, 2015 3:01 PM GMT
    His story is a reflection of what many LGBT persons living in the Caribbean can identify with. Unfortunately, the church is part of the problem.
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    May 28, 2015 1:43 AM GMT
    The origins of these anti-gay laws have roots in the UK. During the mid 1500s, British society regressed and became extremely ignorant and intolerant of any differences. All these legal customs were passed onto the British colonies and as an unfortunate result, most Caribbean countries still have these horrible laws on the books even though they are independent nation-states. Britain along with Canada and Australia became repealing the sodomy laws in the 1960s and 1970s.
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    May 28, 2015 3:28 AM GMT
    Yeah, the buggery law was introduced by serial adulterer King Henry VIII.

    Whats ironic, the origin of these laws the UK abolished them decades ago, yet Jamaica and other Caribbean islands continue to hold on to them.
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    May 28, 2015 6:34 AM GMT
    Are you guys really going to re-post every article in the entire paper here, every day?
    Those who care, have already read it.

    FWIW: Belize City, 1978. (Scared 17-y/o observer who has never been away from home before.) The serious beer-drinkers have little kitchen strainers hanging on their belts. Because neither of the two breweries actually have bottle-washing machines. (The average bottle is likely to have a cockroach or two in it.) Guys seen talking on the street corner in mid-day casually whip out their dicks and stroke themselves in the course of casual conversation. icon_eek.gif (17 y/o pinches himself. No, this is not just another jerk-off dream.)

    The country was so new and raw that when we got to Belmopan (the new capitol) just a few office buildings on vague dirt streets, we all got to sit in the prime minister's chair and, someone opened the cabinet and handed the Mace of Office around. (Kind of as if you went to Washington DC and the guide handed you the original copy of the constitution to play with.)

    The most casual place I have ever seen (and could never have imagined.)

    I can only guess that some seriously evil church ladies have been in there since then.