Today, 27th July, marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales; the date that the Sexual Offences Act 1967 received Royal Assent.
In the UK, LGBT+ rights have come on enormously over the past 50 years, thanks to work by organisations like Stonewall and campaigners like Peter Tatchell. However LGBT+ people in the rest of the world are still facing persecution, torture and death.
I’m sure many of us have read about the shocking treatment of LGBT people in Chechnya and elsewhere in Russia. It’s one of the reasons that I won’t visit the country, although I would love to travel the trans-Siberian railway and visit Lake Baikal.
However reading the article, I was heartened to hear about the Canadian charity, Rainbow Railroad that helps LGBT+ people all over the world escape torture and persecution, in particular from places like Chechnya.
As this is a LGBT+ focused travel blog I thought it was worth highlighting them and their work.
However, being British and adhering somewhat to national stereotypes, I’m not one for conspicuous charitable giving. It’s a very personal choice about where you give your time and money (or in this case Air Canada Aeroplan miles), but felt it was at least worth writing about so you can make your own determination.