Britain will help any country in the Commonwealth that wants to reform laws against gays, the Prime Minister said.
Theresa May said that she deeply regrets the discriminatory legislation established in the colonial era. She believes that in this way the country educates the legacy of discrimination, violence and even death. The Prime Minister added: "No one should be harassed or discriminated because of who they are or who they love."
Speaking at a meeting of heads of government of the Commonwealth countries in London, she continued: "The UK is ready to support any member of the Commonwealth who wants to reform the outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible. The world has changed."
To date, more than 100 million gay, lesbian and bisexual people in the Commonwealth countries are classified as criminals.
An activist for the protection of gay rights said that Ms. May urged countries to adopt laws on equality. The gay rights fighter - Peter Tatchell - called on the Prime Minister to apologize for what the UK did, supporting homophobic laws. In turn, Bishop Victor Gill on Radio 4's Today expressed his outrage at the leaders of the Commonwealth who want to change this legislation. He accused Ms. May and others of neo-colonialism, adding: "Homosexuality is being imposed on us."