The lives of Gambian LGBTs hang in the balance as the president of that African nation considers signing a bill that could punish gay people with life in prison. Hundreds gathered at the Gambian embassy in London on Thursday, urging the president to reject the legislation.
The Gambian National Assemby passed the new antigay Criminal Code in August. If Jammeh signs it, gays could go to prison for life for "aggravated homosexuality." HIV-positive LGBTs and so-called "repeat offenders" could also spend their lives in jail. The Gambian legislation is very similar to the Ugandan "jail the gays" bill that was recently overturned. Read more about the insidious Gambian law here, as well as what people are doing to stop it.