Homosexuality illegal in St Kitts and Nevis

Cactus Kate has been doing homework:

I am STILL laughing that Chris “Koru Club” Carter of all people has been deported to St Kitts and Nevis for 10 days. For different reasons than most as I’ve spent a decent chunk of time on the Islands and with its current and former politicians during my time in the Caribbean.

Chris Carter is bragging that he’s going there to assist the elections. I must assist Koru Club in a sensible decision to cancel the trip immediately for his own safety. The safety ironically that he puts in danger by being so open and honest about his sexual orientation.

Has the man done ANY research on the place? Someone has a refined sense of humour sending him there that’s for sure. …

Male on male homosexuality is illegal there. Global Gayz website actually warns homosexual people against travelling there because of the laws.

The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) corroborates this information in its May 2008 report on state-sponsored homophobia and refers to sections of the Saint Kitts and Nevis “Offences Against the Person Act”:

Section 56

“The abominable crime of buggery” – up to 10 years imprisonment, with or without hard labour.

Oh dear. At least Chris will be safe in New York when he catches up with Helen. I’ve done some further research, and it seems the discrimination is still active.  Just a few years ago:

In March passengers on a gay cruise from Miami were barred from disembarking on Nevis, part of St. Kitts-Nevis, where a port official, according to the ship’s captain, told them gays were a threat to “national security.” Partly in response to those incidents, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has started a campaign to “buy-cott” certain spots—encouraging gay tourists to direct their dollars only to gay-friendly destinations.

And the Flight Centre warns:

Nudity is not allowed on beaches and beachwear should not be worn in the towns or villages. It is an offense to wear camouflage clothing. Homosexuality is illegal.

So what do they have against camouflage clothing?

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