Tag Archives: Belize

‘Umbrellas of Love’ for Commonwealth’s LGBT outcasts

For the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, artist/activist Vince Laws is preparing an artistic protest against anti-gay laws in 41 out of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth represents countries that formerly were part of the British … Continue reading

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In Jamaica, summertime is gay-bashing time

On June 27, I will be appearing in court in Jamaica as counsel in the case brought by AIDS-Free World to challenge the Jamaican anti-sodomy law. In the meantime, the anti-gay rhetoric is heating up (which is usual for the … Continue reading

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Caribbean youths seek repeal of 6 nations’ anti-gay laws

Youthful leaders from Caribbean countries with anti-gay laws met last weekend in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where they signed a declaration seeking greater social acceptance of LGBT people and the repeal of unfair laws against them. Youthful members of the LGBT communities … Continue reading

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Jamaica: Why support fired professor, not homeless LGBTs?

A Jamaican activist responds here to criticism by Christian leaders over the decision to fire retired Prof. Brendan Bain as director of a Caribbean anti-AIDS training program after he testified against the legalization of same-sex intercourse in Belize, which Bain … Continue reading

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AIDS program ousts leader who embraces anti-gay laws

A prominent Jamaican AIDS fighter lost his job this week because he did not recognize that anti-gay laws limit the access of LGBT people to health care and increase HIV infection rates by pushing  the HIV epidemic underground. Homosexuality opponent … Continue reading

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Global conflict: Gay rights, repression (1. Russia; 2. More)

As pro-LGBT-rights protests and anti-LGBT initiatives continue in dozens of countries, here’s a sampling of the news and commentary about what’s going on. Russia coverage is below. Coming soon, a sampling of coverage of events in Africa, the Caribbean, and … Continue reading

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Caribbean nations are abuzz with LGBT news

The LGBT-focused International Resource Network published a useful compilation of LGBT news from the Caribbean last week, including these items from Guyana, Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad. An editorial in the Kaieteur News of Guyana speaks to “The Plight of the … Continue reading

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Letter to Pope: Halt church support of anti-gay violence

Human Rights Watch has challenged Pope Francis to speak more directly in opposition to  violence and discrimination against LGBT people worldwide and to ensure that other Catholic officials do so too. In a letter to the Holy See on Oct. … Continue reading

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An LGBT victory in Belize

September 21, 2013 marked Belize’s 32nd independence day and, in an unprecedented move, the country’s Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, used the opportunity to support the right to equality for LGBT citizens. In his message to mark the day the PM … Continue reading

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Caribbean overview: LGBT rights vs. anti-gay status quo

The Trinidad newspaper Newsday provides these overviews of anti-gay protests, recent anti-gay violence, and gay-rights activism in Caribbean countries.  The overviews are part of an extensive article on the life and work of LGBT activist and Erasing 76 Crimes blogger … Continue reading

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