Tag Archives: Caribbean

Working toward a Caribbean that’s no longer anti-gay

The Caribbean is the only region in the Western Hemisphere that still criminalizes same-gender intimacy.  Recently, fundamentalist religious groups across the region have mounted large demonstrations condemning homosexuality, and appear to have successfully lobbied local governments to keep these British … 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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Caribbean fight to end 2 countries’ ban on gay travel

As some of you may know, the immigration acts of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago legally bar the entry of homosexuals, the disabled and other marginalized groups from visiting those countries. As an HIV and AIDS organization, we at AIDS-Free … Continue reading

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Signs of Caribbean progress for Catholics, LGBT rights

Congrats to the new Dominican LGBT group Minority Rights Dominica (MiriDom) and their leader, Daryl Philip, for continuing a robust discussion on human rights for LGBT on the island. Some may remember that Dominica made the headlines when two gay … Continue reading

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Anti-gay hypocrisy from fans of Caribbean rap(e) music

In 2012, the group Onyan and the Burning Flames debuted the song “Kick een she back door” during the Antiguan carnival celebrations. This song, which starts with a woman screaming murder and then repeatedly calls for the anal rape of … Continue reading

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Next-generation lesbian activist seeks change in Jamaica

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle conducted this interview with Jamaican LGBT activist Angeline Jackson, one of “the next generation of LGBT activists in countries where life is dangerous for sexual minorities.” The interview was originally published in the San Diego … Continue reading

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Progress in Barbados despite harsh anti-gay laws

Barbados has the harshest penalty for homosexual activity in the Western hemisphere on its books, but overall enjoys a culture of tolerance. Section 9 of the country’s Sexual Offences Act of 2002 provides a sentence of up to life imprisonment … Continue reading

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Profusion of gay weddings soon in the Caribbean?

If the UK Parliament votes in favour of marriage equality today, LGBT people may soon be able to celebrate their weddings on the British Caribbean Overseas Territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, The British Virgin Islands and Turks … Continue reading

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Trinidad moves toward protecting gay rights

Change appears to be on the way in Trinidad and Tobago, which is one of many Caribbean countries with anti-homosexuality laws still on the books. The government is preparing to act on a proposal to prohibit discrimination on the basis … Continue reading

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Panel will focus on anti-LGBT laws in the Caribbean

When the Britsh Empire collapsed, it left behind colonial laws against same-sex activity that are still in effect to this day in many Caribbean islands, as well as in Africa. Rose-Marie Belle Antoine of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights … Continue reading

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