Finally: the Gender Policy gets laid


The Gender Policy green paper was laid in Parliament today. Copies were not available for non-MPs, but Minister of Community Development, Culture & Gender Affairs Marlene McDonald solicited public comment and indicated that the paper would be available to the public through her Ministry and the government’s online portal, ttconnect.

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As soon as gspottt is able to complete our analysis of the paper, we’ll be sure to share it with you here.

Sept. 5. Newsday reports today on the green paper, noting that the document will also be published in the papers.

Sept. 14. Copies of the green paper are available from the Library at the Ministry’s Jerningham Ave. main office. They’ll look at you suspiciously, ask you why you want it and ask you for your name, contact and organization.

PDF files of the main policy document and three other June 2007 documents describing its formulation, an action plan and a situational analysis are now available for download from a specially created Ministry website. The main document remains available through ttconnect.

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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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