It’s not only in Uganda and Nigeria that homophobic legislation has come into force. Indian and Kenyan legislators are happy to demonstrate their basic intolerance of civil liberties. Gado is as always spot on illustrating both the dysfunctionality of such governments and their efforts to demonise private behaviour. They are disingenuously unwilling to support people living in squalor, going hungry, jobless, let alone enjoying basic rights, yet find themselves unable to bear the idea of consenting adults sharing love.
New York Review of Books is publishing a poem by Vikram Seth and an essay written by his mother that “may be reproduced free of charge by any person or publication, without permission from The New York Review or either of the authors.”
Through love’s great power to be made whole
In mind and body, heart and soul—
Through freedom to find joy, or be
By dint of joy itself set free
In love and in companionhood:
This is the true and natural good.
To undo justice, and to seek
To quash the rights that guard the weak—
To sneer at love, and wrench apart
The bonds of body, mind and heart
With specious reason and no rhyme:
This is the true unnatural crime.