Homophobia and transphobia mean serious hazards for LGBT people in several countries all around the world. Although in one hand, they occur in the developed countries as well, but social surveys reveal that the population of those countries are more and more tolerant. On the other hand, homophobia can cause new risks in those countries where e.g. same sex marriage were legalised in the past few years, because homophobia – like other extremities – can lead even terrorism in the future.
The legal and social conditions of LGBT people were significantly improved in the last half century in the developed, democratic countries. At the same time homophobia was wide spreading in many areas of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe, as we have already mentioned it before. We have to face many anxious news about the occurrences of homophobic hate crimes every days from these areas of the world. That is why we cannot exclude the hazard of any terroristic attack, based on homophobia in the developed countries either. Criminal leaders of those countries, where homophobia has been raised to the level of official policy (like recently in Russia, or earlier in Uganda, and even in Serbia – see in the relevant post), can decide in the future to send fanatic homophobes to the tolerant countries, to commit any kind of hate crimes there too. Unfortunately the leaders of developed countries perhaps don’t feel this danger yet, because we cannot see any kind of adequate responses for this hazards. What would be the adequate response?
First we have to declare what is not an adequate response. The political statements, massages, or even sanctions against the homophobe political leaders, and those countries, where homophobia has been legalised, are not enough. It is clear evidence, that the effective solution of these hazard in a long term period could be the intensive transformation of people’s attitude living in those countries. But the state security services of developed countries should treat this question as a potential hazard now, so it would be necessary the applying the reconnaissance of each states as well. The state security services should have a list of those persons, who committed any kind of hate crimes, and those persons should not be admitted to the developed and tolerant countries. It should be strongly communicated also in those countries, where homophobia is typical in the majority of the society, and perhaps openly supported by the state.
The governments of developed and tolerant European countries should find the solution for those special challenges which can be occur inside the EU, due to the different codifications in Criminal Code, and several practice of authorities in sanctioning of hate crimes. There are no any legal possibility to refuse the admission of those EU citizens, who are not judged by the authorities of their home country, neither in the cases of those homphobic persons who committed any kind of hate crimes previously e.g. homophobic hate speech, which is usually not sanctioned in the eastern EU countries. The only way of solution of these problems can be a very consequent political expectation from the representatives of developed and tolerant EU member states to assure the similar practice of the police and judgement authorities all around the EU in the sanctioning of hate crimes. It should be also very important to assure an intensive communication in the most homophobic member states that the governments of developed EU countries will reckon homophobic hate crimes as a potential terrorist hazard.
It would be necessary to introduce these kind of defensive steps as soon as possible, to prevent the terroristic hate crimes in the developed and tolerant countries based on the artificially generated homophobic hate.