Eight transgender activists from the Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, Guyana and Antigua have formed a new Caribbean advocacy initiative, the Transgender Caucus Group.
The buggery law in many former British colonies can be traced back to King Henry VIII, the Rt. Rev. Alan Wilson told today’s opening day of the Intimate Conviction conference in Jamaica, which seeks to repeal such anti-LGBT laws. “It had nothing to do with morality. It had to do with property,” Wilson said.
“It is important that voices from the entire Caribbean are heard,” Jassica St. Rose of Saint Lucia said about the just-ended LBTQI Caribbean activists’ conference there. “We do our best to embolden and energise as many activists and organisations in as many countries as possible.”
For more than 10 years, the small Centre for the Integration of Courageous Living (CICLIV), a U.S.-based charity, has helped LGBT refugees who have made their way to the United States. The organization has a narrow focus — people, especially Africans, who have fled from their home countries to the United States for fear of …
Murderous homophobia reappeared in Jamaica last month, as at least three LGBT persons were shot in New Kingston. The victims included a brave trans woman whose courage should be honored with a proper funeral, says Jamaican commentator Lloyd D’Aguilar.
“Pride plays an integral role in our survival as a community,” says Roy Powell, one of the coordinators of Montego Bay Pride. “Within the movement of Pride we learn about our history and why it is important for us to be open about who we are and why we should never let anyone tell us …
“People’s lives and mental health are being destroyed by pastors who do not understand,” says the Rev. Sean Major-Campbell, a Jamaican priest and LGBTI rights supporter, in an interview with author/social advocate Juleus Ghunta.
Seeking relief from the harsh conditions and homophobic hostility that LGBTI refugees endure at the Kakuma Camp in Kenya, a group of refugees trekked on foot several miles to the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to ask for protection. Meanwhile, the U.S-based African Human Rights Coalition is raising money to help them.
Leadership training for 15 LGBTI rights activists was the focus of the first session of the new Caribbean LGBTI Leadership Academy. Activists from Belize, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago attended the training sessions in Guyana on Sept. 14 to 16.
By G. Wright Muir I had no idea what to expect when my girlfriend and I flew in from Fort Lauderdale to Jamaica last year for Montego Bay Pride. Of course, it was an experience like no other. Glorious! This year I’m proud to return to Montego Bay Pride as one of the coordinators of …