Man who drank Bailey’s jailed ‘because it means that he is gay’

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There are lots of stereotypes that gay people have to put up with, but Cameroon has come up with a new one and it’s illegal.

Drinking Bailey’s Irish Cream there can land you in prison because it is seen as a woman’s drink.

And the sentence for enjoying a bit of the creamy stuff? Up to five years in prison plus some fines.

Michel Togue, an attorney in Cameroon who has defended people accused of homosexuality, described how stereotypes are used in prosecutions.

He told the Think Progress blog: ‘To catch people having sex, to catch them in the act, you have to break the law. You have to violate their privacy, which is an offence.

‘But the police will not focus on the offence of breaking the privacy of someone, but they will focus on the fact that they saw two people of the same gender having sex.’

As well as his client who was caught drinking Bailey’s, Mr Togue says he has represented people who dress effeminately including a group of three men who were jailed for five years.

He concludes that he wants people in Cameroon to know that ‘a homosexual is our friend, is our brother, is our sister, is part of our family – is not a stranger, not someone coming from outside.’


Posted on September 15, 2014, in odd. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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