A Bahamian member of parliament says he was only joking when he proposed sending every trans Bahamian into exile on a trans-only island.
That proposal, published May 3, shocked members of the Bahamas’ transgender community. The outrageous suggestion from MP Leslie Miller is an example of the stigma that trans people face in the Bahamas, said Alexus D’Marco of Bahamas Transgender Intersex United (BTIU).
But now, contacted by the Nassau Guardian, Miller said, “I actually said that in jest when I spoke to the writer” from the Tribune.
D’Marco said that, regardless of whether Miller was joking or not, the Bahamas government should condemn his “callous,” “gross” and “unacceptable” comments, and make clear that such remarks do not represent an official position.
D’Marco said Miller’s comments caused a “wave of fear” in the LGBT community. As restitution for his joke, Miller should donate the pledged $1,000 to an LGBT safe house, D’Marco said.
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