The Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival is an annual celebration of all things literary! To mark the festival, which is taking place in Cowes, The Isle of Wight from Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th October, we will be sharing a poem each day that has been written by some of the young people who attend […]

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Day 45 – Nigeria

It’s day 45 of Michael’s 79 days challenge and today represents Nigeria, a country where homosexuality is considered to be illegal. The maximum punishment for anyone who commits same-sex sexual activity in the twelve northern states of Nigeria that have adopted Shari’a law is death by stoning. If you would like to find out more […]

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Day 44 – Namibia

Today marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Namibia. Same-sex sexual activity between men is considered to be a crime in Nambia, with people who are found guilty facing a penalty of  imprisonment. Women, on the other hand, are treated differently in Namibia, for female homosexuality is considered to be legal. Michael is raising awareness […]

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Day 43 – Myanmar

It’s the beginning of week 7 of Michael’s 79 days of abstinence from meat, fish and sugary treats. Today represents the lack of LGBTQ rights in Myanmar. As stated in section 377 of the penal code Penal Code, homosexuality in Myanmar is considered to be illegal, and people who are found to be guilty can […]

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Day 42 – Morocco

According to article 489 of the Penal Code, sexual activity between people of the same gender is illegal in Morocco. Anyone who is found to be guilty of homosexual acts are to be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1200 dirhams. It’s day 42 of […]

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Day 41 – Mauritius

Today marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Mauritius. While homosexuality is legal, article 250 of the Mauritian Criminal Code states that sodomy is illegal, and that any person who is found guilty of sodomy shall face imprisonment of up to 5 years. If you would like to support Michael in his 79 days of […]

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Day 40 – Mauritania

It’s day 40 of Michael’s 79 days challenge and today represents Mauritania, a country where homosexuality is considered to be illegal. According to Article 306 of the 1983 Criminal Code, any adult Muslim man who commits same-sex sexual activity will face the penalty of death by stoning. Female homosexuality, unlike male homosexuality, is punishable by […]

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Day 39 – Maldives

Michael is half way through his 79 days of abstinence from meat, fish and sugary treats to raise awareness of the lack of LGBTQ rights in 79 countries around the world. Today marks the lack of LGBTQ right in the Maldives. Despite being a luxurious holiday destination where many celebrities go to top up their […]

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Day 38 – Malaysia

People who identify as LGBTQ in Malaysia face discrimination against their sexuality and gender identity that is not experienced by heterosexual residents. According to a 2013 Pew Research Centre survey, 86% of people in Malaysia stated that homosexuality should not be accepted within their society. Homosexuality is classified as illegal in Malaysia, with a penalty […]

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Day 37 – Malawi

Today is day 37 of Breakout Youth Development Worker Michael’s 79 days of abstinence from meat, fish and sugary treats to raise awareness of the lack of LGBTQ rights in 79 countries around the world. Day 37 represents Malawi, where both male and female homosexuality is illegal, with a punishment of up to fourteen years […]

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