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” (

Written by Maurice Tomlinson

Maurice Tomlinson of Jamaica and Canada has been involved in HIV and AIDS and LGBTI rights activism in the Caribbean for over 15 years. An attorney-at-law, he leads and supports legal challenges seeking the repeal of the region's homophobic laws. Contact him by email via 76crimes (at)


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