Gay Luxembourg PM addressed Arab leaders with a pro-LGBT speech


Xavier Bettel, the first ever openly gay Prime Minister of Luxembourg, reportedly stunned Arab leaders into silence by pointing out that some of the Arab countries would legally approve killing people like him. Speaking at the first EU-League of Arab States summit this week in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, Bettel raised the fact that he as a married gay man would not feel safe going to Arab countries. These words were welcomed silently but some listeners could not hide joy on their faces. Later the PM said on Twitter that when you are given a platform to speak out then staying quiet is not a variant at all. Of the countries present at the summit, gay sex can be legally punished with death in Qatar, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. It is also illegal in Algeria, Comoros, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, defended the decision to hold a summit with countries which have poor human rights records.


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