Letter to the editor


nd_logoWednesday 30 September 2009; p. 9

Deny it all you like, the Trinbagonian gay community exists. We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.

Despite all efforts to achieve the goals of Vision 2020 which states ‘Every citizen has equal opportunities to achieve his fullest potential’ and ‘The diversity and creativity of all its people are valued and nurtured’, gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered individuals continue to be ignored and subsequently persecuted in the eyes of the law of our land.

It is quite unfortunate also to note that owing to this ignorant mindset and, might I add, the archaic laws which allow for it, many of our gay, lesbian and transgendered brothers and sisters fall victims to heinous hate crimes that go unreported.

Unsigned

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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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