Blind Date sent gay men to a country where being gay is a crime

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The British Channel 5 dating show, which is fronted by gay TV host Paul O’Grady, paired two men (they are both bisexual, which is the first time fir the show’s history) and sent them to the country where someone like them can be easily imprisoned. The two men, who were eventually paired up, Jordan Shannon and Jesse Drew, were rewarded with a free holiday to Saint Lucia. However, homosexuality is actually still criminalized in Saint Lucia, under Colonial-era laws that were never repealed. Men can face up to ten years in prison under the country’s penal code for having gay sex, and even though the local politicians are actively fighting for the law being repealed, they still have not succeeded in it. Speaking to the Daily Star, Jordan Shannon said: “I didn’t know [about the law] until I was told on the way to the hotel. I thought, ‘What the f**k?’” The hotel security woman told me how most gay men were in the closet there as homosexuality is illegal. It’s 10 years in prison if caught.”

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