Four ways Canada should support gay rights as human rights

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Prime Minister David Cameron have both recently raised the idea that their countries would consider gay rights when making aid decisions. Canada is noticeably absent from this emerging consensus. It ought to follow Ms. Clinton’s straightforward model.

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The victim of an Aug. 17 knife attack in Jamaica, targeted because he is gay.
Tim Wood
Published: Thursday, 12/15/2011 12:00 am EST
Last Updated: Wednesday, 08/14/2013 4:35 pm EDT

If Jamaica is the most homophobic place on earth, as Human Rights Watch has declared, ground zero in the worldwide fight for gay rights is a bungalow in north Kingston, the country’s capital. "Don't tell the cab driver it's JFLAG's office," warned the director of the underground gay advocacy group ahead of a recent meeting. Forget same-sex marriage: in Jamaica, as in much of the developing world, the goal is tolerance—and survival.

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