As we celebrate our loves this day, let us spare a thought for the thousands of gay people who live in countries and places where their love is punishable by death. Homosexual acts remain punishable by death in Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, some parts of Nigeria and Somalia.
In Bangladesh, Guyana, Maldives, Myanmar/Burma, Pakistan, Qatar, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Barbados (not enforced for acts in private and currently under review), punishment can be anything up to imprisonment for life.
Happy Valentines day..
PostScript: It is interesting that on this day BBC3 broadcast the programme titled The World's Worst Place To Be Gay filmed in Uganda. Please click on the link and watch it on the BBC website where it will be available for a few days.
The video is also available on YouTube. It is in four parts.