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Panel will focus on anti-LGBT laws in the Caribbean

Rose-Marie Belle Antoine (Photo courtesy of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights)
Rose-Marie Belle Antoine (Photo courtesy of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights)

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 will discuss the consequences of those laws during a panel discussion on Oct. 11 on “Stigma and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth Caribbean.”

The panel discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.

The following countries in and on the Caribbean have anti-homosexuality laws:

Antigua & Barbuda
Barbados
Belize
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago

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 info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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