Willemstad, Curacao, 28 January 2011 — CARIFLAGS, the Caribbean Forum for Liberation of Genders and Sexualities expresses its solidarity with the Ugandan LGBTI community with the loss of the father of the Ugandan LGBTI Rights Movement David Kato, and expresses its condolences to his family and friends in particular, and to the LGBTI community in general. Though that sadly doesn’t bring him back, David Kato is now considered a hero by LGBTI activists all over the world, also in the Caribbean.
The wave of fundamentalist driven homophobia seen in certain African nations is also present in the Caribbean and both in Africa as in the Caribbean it presents a daunting challenge for the fight against the criminalization of our communities and our right to be ourselves, live and love. In the Caribbean LGBTI Activists like Steve Harvey in Jamaica have also paid for their courage with their lives, just like David Kato in Uganda. Their lives now stand out as beacons in the struggle for reinclusion of sexual diversity in African, Afro-American and Afro-European Culture.part of our common fight in the Caribbean as well as in Africa is to open the eyes of our people to the fact that LGBTI people have always been part of our culture, our history and our communities, and that there should be no place for homophobia and religious fundamentalism in our societies.
Although from afar CARIFLAGS pledges its support to David Kato’s organization SMUG (Sexuals Minorities Uganda) and to all LGBTI activists facing violent opposition in Africa. Although we all know that it will get better one day in each of our lands, we also know that it will take perseverance and courage from people like David Kato to change the world. Therefore CARIFLAG wants to launch a cry of support for our Ugandan and African Sisters and brothers from LGBTI activists all over the world. “A Luta Continua, the Struggle goes on!”
Kenita Placide: Co-Secretary General
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Mario Kleinmoedig: Secretary International Affairs
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