TfL bans adverts from countries with gay death penalty
Transport for London (TfL) has banned adverts from 11 countries with poor human rights records, including six nations which punish gay sex with the death penalty.
Iran, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen join Brunei in the list of countries suspended from TfL for their anti-gay laws.
Details of the advert review were first reported on May 2 by the Evening Standard.
According to The Standard, the changes took place after Green Party London Assembly member Caroline Russell wrote a letter to Mayor Sadiq Khan with concerns about countries with negative human rights records.
Sadiq Khan: ‘London champions LGBT+ rights’
A spokesperson for Sadiq Khan told PinkNews: “The Mayor is immensely proud that London is a city where you are free to be whoever you want to be and love whoever you want to love.”
“TfL adverts are seen by millions of people every year, and given the global role London plays championing LGBT+ rights, the Mayor has asked that TfL review how it treats advertising and sponsorship from countries with abhorrent anti-LGBT+ laws.”
The ban also includes Pakistan, Qatar, the UAE, Mauritania and Afghanistan which have “possible” death penalties for gay sex, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).
The ILGA stated in their March 2019 report, “State-Sponsored Homophobia,” that six UN Member States impose the death penalty on consensual same-sex sexual acts (Iran, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) and in five UN Member States the death penalty is a possible punishment (Afghanistan, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates).
Which countries are banned from advertising with TfL?
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
A TfL spokesperson told PinkNews: “Pending the review, we have asked our advertising partners not to accept any new adverts originating from the countries identified by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) as having the death penalty for same-sex acts. This includes advertisements from the states and from state-owned companies.”
Brunei suspended from TfL after introducing gay stoning laws
In early April TfL banned adverts from Brunei after the country introduced laws which can punish gay sex with stoning.
Posters were promoting Brunei as “an abode of peace” across the underground network and were promptly removed after objections from the general public.
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