Sir Richard Branson has continued to speak out against Uganda’s new anti-gay laws.

“Very disappointed that Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has signed into law a bill making penalties for gay people even harsher,” blogged the business leader. "On the contrary, a new study from Northwestern University, Chicago found that homosexuality is a matter of biology, rather than choice. It found two pieces of DNA that are linked to homosexuality, that prove that genes do play a significant role in sexuality and people are born gay. Treating everyone equally and fairly, regardless of sexual orientation or anything else is a basic human right.

“We believe in true diversity and treating everyone the way we want to be treated. It is worth repeating Archbishop Tutu's wonderful words: ‘If I go up to heaven and find a homophobic god, I will tell him I prefer the other place.’

“Since I first blogged on this issue I’ve had a lot of people thanking me for speaking out on this and I’m pleased to see more and more people challenging discrimination, from Uganda to Russia. I feel this is something business leaders should speak out on in particular. At Davos recently, The B Team tried to put LGBT rights at the forefront of business leaders’ minds. We called for companies to make human rights a priority, as where society thrives, so does business.

“By treating everyone equally and embracing diversity, Uganda will attract more people who want to live and work in the country, from across Africa and all around the world.”

Source: virgin.com

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