Tag Archives: Belize

‘On Being Queer in the Caribbean’

Gabrielle Bellot, an exiled transgender woman from Dominica, tells how the prize-winning work of exiled gay author Marlon James of Jamaica resonates with her and leads her to thoughts of how much change is needed in Caribbean attitudes toward LGBT … Continue reading

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Lawyers, activists target anti-LGBT bias in Caribbean

Attorneys and activists met this week in Grenada to discuss strategy for litigation and advocacy seeking an end to anti-LGBT discrimination in countries in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). This is a press release from United and Strong … Continue reading

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Dear Belize, it’s time to scrap your ban on LGBTI visitors

Belize is one of only two countries in the Western Hemisphere that still bans the entry of homosexuals. While the law is rarely enforced, it serves to stigmatize and vilify LGBTI people, who are regularly fired from jobs, evicted from … Continue reading

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Belize activist: ‘I’ve sacrificed my life to this work’

For insight into the difficult life of an LGBTI activist in a former British colony that still suffers under a colonial-era anti-sodomy law, read The New York Times Magazine’s story about activist Caleb Orozco. It’s titled “The Lonely Fight Against … Continue reading

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LGBTI news briefs 1: Belize, Russia, Sweden

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news. (This is the first of two posts. The second one reports on news from India, Gambia, Kenya and Lebanon.) … Continue reading

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Death threats won’t stop Jamaican LGBT advocate

Maurice Tomlinson is one of the best-known LGBT rights advocates from Jamaica. His activism over the years has brought him death threats, so he now lives in Toronto with his Canadian husband. He continues to fight for LGBT rights in … Continue reading

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Hearings conclude over homosexual travel ban in Caribbean

LGBTI rights activist Maurice Tomlinson provides this report on the final day of hearings at the Caribbean Court of Justice in connection with his case challenging the ban against gays entering Belize and Trinidad & Tobago. Wednesday, March 18, was … Continue reading

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