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Bush, pope in
Human Rights Watch's "hall of shame"

Bush, pope in
Human Rights Watch's "hall of shame"

May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, marks the 17th anniversary of homosexuality being removed from the World Health Organization's roster of disorders. Human Rights Watch released a "hall of shame," its list of leaders who have denied citizens their basic human rights. The list includes Pope Benedict XVI, President George W. Bush, Polish deputy prime minister Roman Giertych, and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"Homophobia endangers basic human rights, and we should all be concerned by it," said Scott Long, the LGBT rights director for Human Rights Watch. "Governments devalue families when they deny any family recognition. They endanger children when they silence any child."

Gays and lesbians around the world participated in various events, demonstrations, and protests to commemorate the day. (The Advocate)

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