Was John Barrowman’s kiss during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony politically motivated due to member states’ treatment of LGBT citizens?

Political? Commonwealth Games ceremony gay kiss
Was this kiss politically motivated? (Picture: BBC)

John Barrowman has arguably made a bold statement during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games by kissing another man.

The move could be seen as a response to recent controversies surrounding the criminalisation of homosexuality in many countries participating in the games.

Homosexual activity remains a criminal offence in 40 of the 53 countries within the Commonwealth.

There are 71 nations and territories competing in this year’s events held in Glasgow, Scotland.

David Cameron has been under increasing pressure to speak out against numerous member states’ treatment of LGBT citizens.

Speaking to the Independent last week, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said, ‘We are appealing to Prime Minister David Cameron to speak out against homophobia and transphobia in the Commonwealth in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games’

‘We also want him to express his public support for Article 7 of the Commonwealth Games Federation constitution, which prohibits any form of discrimination – including discrimination in athlete selection for the national teams,’ he added.

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23 July 2014 | 9:11 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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