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The Caribbean: Change and resistance to change

in JAMAICA, 28/12/2011

The Caribbean activism against homophobia continues in different forms and we see a range of responses. In Jamaica, The First-Ever Legal Challenge to Jamaica's Anti-Gay Law is launched.

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The videos of the press conference can be viewed here. The recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit highlighted the problem of the British Colonial sodomy laws. This article in Guyana gives a backround.
Commonwealth summit to press Caribbean to decriminalize homosexual relations . In response, from Barbados says will not be dictated to by UK on gay laws while in Jamaica, Prime Minister Holness says that Jamaica is Not ready for gays . Other commentators respond with this EDITORIAL - Remove antiquated,homophobic law and this The creaking hinges of closets and cabinets . Sir Ronald Sanders clarifies the issue of British Aid and other matters in this commentary Gays have rights too: The Caribbean dilemma


How are Caribbean young people dealing with homophobia? In Guyana we read about Korey Chisolm : Youth rises above rape, HIV+ status to become rights advocate and in Dominica, We deserve respect and to be treated on equal terms – Gay DSC student calls for change , while in Cuba: Juventud universitaria se une a la lucha contra la homofobia.

The history of diverse sexuality is dealt with in this COMMENTARY: Roots behind Vodou’s acceptance of gays.

In Trinidad & Tobago, the Minister responsible for Gender Affairs, Ms Verna: says that Government will defend right to sexual preference while Attorneys launch project to highlight discrimination against gays.

In Belize, the religious opposition to the case before the Supreme Court intensifies with questions such as Can you Pray Away Gay? and First Family Focus Forum in Belize a success . In Antigua, we hare that the Antiguan MSM community watching buggery law test case.

In Cuba, Partido Comunista contra discriminación por orientación sexual en Cuba and the implications for Cuba LGBT citizens discussed here Cuban communists to oppose LGBT discrimination.


Suriname, LGBT activists and supporters including two Members of Parliament call for Acceptatie homoseksualiteit moet prioriteit worden (Acceptance of Homosexuality should be a priority). In Curacao, for the first time, we read in Primeur Caribisch gebied: minister bezoekt Pink House that a Caribbean Minister visited Pink House, an important site of Caribbean LGBT Activism.

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