Know Your Country


A maxi driver made history: Kennty Mitchell sued the State for harassment, and won
A maxi driver made history: Kennty Mitchell sued the State for harassment, and won—twice

Do we know more about the history and struggles of gay, lesbian and transgender people in New York City or Jamaica, South Africa or Cuba, than we do about our own community right here in Trinidad and Tobago?

Do you think there’s anything to know? Would you like to learn?

Do you want to share with other people those sweet stories about back in the day that you laugh or tear up at with those three good friends who are still alive or haven’t migrated? The story your godfather told you about that bar he used to go to, the characters who were the regulars, the people you wouldn’t imagine used to go there, and the time the police raided it?

Jowelle deSouza has been living her life as a Trans woman for decades
Jowelle deSouza has been living as a Trans woman since age 19

Do you know your country? Do you know that there’ve been Pride celebrations in Trinidad & Tobago for 15 years? That a host of colourful and unsung characters have made unrecognized contributions to GLBT community in Trinbago.

CAISO wants to hear these stories; and to share these stories with you!

Stay tuned for our post-Pride history event. And e-mail us if you have history stories you want to share.

Author: CAISO Sex and Gender Justice

In late June 2009, on the eve of the fifteenth anuual celebration of Pride in Trinidad & Tobago, the Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs gave our community a big fat slap: We are not dealing with any issues relating to same-sex unions, homosexuality or sexual orientation in the National Gender Policy and Action Plan, she told the media. Two days later, a range of groups and leaders in Trinidad & Tobago had come together to form the Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation, to foster a forward-thinking, visionary and humane approach to sexual orientation and gender identity and full citizenship in our proud nation, one consistent with the title of our national development plan, "Vision 20/20".

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  1. I had no idea there were Pride celebrations in Trinidad ! I would love to hear about them.
    Btw, I think this is a very important and profound exercise you have started. I look forward to learning and helping.

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