Don’t be startled!

Did your week begin on Wednesday?

Does anyone still read The Bomb? Either way, you know you’ve made some kind of news if you make the front page of The Bomb. While the reporting uses the paper’s classic all-but-name-dropping and scandal-mongering approach, and the facts are, well, creative, what the piece essentially says is that there are lots of us, that discrimination and abuse exist, that they hurt, and that we’re pressing for rights (they added the marriage part). What the paper never says is that gays should not have equal rights. And the lead ends with the words: “Don’t be startled.”

What do you think of the piece? Leave a comment.


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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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