Queen honors LGBTI leader seeking change in Barbados

 The Daily Nation / of Barbados reports:

Donnya Piggott (Photo courtesy of Barbados Today)
Donnya Piggott (Photo courtesy of Barbados Today)

The head of B-GLAD (Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination) Donnya Piggott, has been given a prestigious honour by Queen Elizabeth ll.

She was this evening [Jan. 12] named as one of 60 young people from across the Commonwealth, including three others from the Eastern Caribbean, to receive the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

“I’m elated, happy for this award. What it does is it recognises the cause,” 24-year-old Piggott told

B-GLAD is a fledgling non-governmental organisation involved in advocacy on behalf of gays, lesbians, bi-sexual and transgender people in the Barbadian society.

[Editor’s note: Similar coverage in Barbados Today “noted that Piggott ‘had to overcome prejudice and personal challenges’ when she decided to set up B-GLAD, an advocacy group for sexual minorities.”]

This year’s award winners, between ages 18 and 29, are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

Under the laws of Barbados, anal intercourse is punishable by life imprisonment; other same-sex relations, criminalized as “serious indecency,” are punishable by 10 years in prison.

Strangely, the law’s definition of “serious indecency” sounds as though, on paper, Barbados outlaws the most basic of sexual contact by all humans, gay or straight, unless the activity gives no pleasure: “ ‘serious indecency’ is an act, whether natural or unnatural by a person involving the use of the genital organs for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire.”

For more information, read the full articles “Queen’s award for Donnya Piggott” on the Daily Nation’s website and “Queen’s honour” from Barbados Today.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.


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