Barbados: No plan to drop life sentence for anti-sodomy law

Barbados official Stephen Lashley

Barbados official Stephen Lashley

Showing the lack of leadership which has come to typify most Caribbean politicians on the issue of human rights for LGBT, Stephen Lashley, Barbados’ Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth, said the lack of public support means the government has no plans to review the country’s rarely enforced anti-sodomy law — which carries a life sentence.

Meanwhile, Professor Peter Figueroa, the most respected regional HIV expert, says sodomy should be legalized in an effort to encourage men who have sex with men to benefit fully from the health care system without discrimination.

For more information: “Lashley: No buggery decision” (

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