Elton and Norman Fowlerhave written an article about gay oppression for The Independent.
They say the great tragedy is that as thousands freely take to the streets on Saturday celebrating Pride parades around Britain, the position has never been worse for gay men, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in so many other countries around the world.
They write: ''Twelve months ago in Russia – 20 years after the abolition of the Stalinist laws that punished homosexuality with up to five years imprisonment – the Duma passed new anti-gay laws by a majority of 436 votes to nil. We may be in post-Soviet Russia but glasnost has made precious little difference. The persecution continues.
''Nor in attitude is Russia remotely alone amongst its neighbours. Even the hero of the Polish uprising Lech Walesais on record as saying that gays have no right to sit on the front benches in Parliament and should sit at the back – “even behind a wall .“
'They add that in many African countries prejudice and repression is increasing.