The Rights Of The United States Essay

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For Americans and Europeans, Belize is known as “the Jewel,” a Caribbean nation with sandy beaches, coral reefs, Mayan ruins, and the second largest barrier reef in the world. This country is a tourists’ paradise, but for those who are not simply visitors, Belize holds something much deeper within its society. “Battyman” (Belizean Creole for, literally, “butt man”) has long been the insult for gay men within the small Anglophone Caribbean nation. This is the worst possible insult to gay men, belittling their personhood and dignity. Nowadays, a new term has taken its place: “Orozco,” more specifically, Caleb Orozco. (Scott, 2015) Caleb Orozco is an openly gay man in Belize who leads the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer (LGBTQ) rights group, United Belize Advocacy Movement. In 2010, Orozco started a legal battle with the Supreme Court of Belize to decriminalize sodomy, the case of Section 53. This is a statute in the Belize criminal code that calls for a ten-year prison sentence for “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.” The existence of this law has affected the private lives of many individuals, as well as their freedom of expression and freedom of speech. Most alarming, the existence of this law has literally threatened the lives of those who have been brave enough to express themselves in a society known to be radically homophobic. Three years and three months after the case was heard, and six years after it was filed on August 10,

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