GLBTIQ Issues Make Inroads at Commonwealth Summit

For the first time at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, at CHOGM in Trinidad & Tobago, there was significant representation of GLBTQ (gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer) activists among civil society participants, and a concerted effort to highlight issues of sexual citizenship and rights. A delegation of GLBTQ activists from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean participated actively in the thematic assembly discussions and drafting process in the November 22-25, 2009 Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF), a gathering of civil society organizations that meets in advance of, and sends a statement to, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Dating site crimes against MSM in T&T raised with international human rights body

The violence many in the gay community here are aware has happened, largely unchecked, to many local users of the A4A website was raised before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, to illustrate how in Trinidad & Tobago sodomy laws prevent victims from seeking justice. On October 24 of last year, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the first time in its history, held a thematic hearing on human rights violations related to gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation. The presentation to the Commission on the Anglophone Caribbean by human rights lawyer Joel Simpson focused on the region’s sodomy laws and their impact on human rights. T&T Police and Ministry of National Security officials had no response when the pattern of A4A attacks was brought to their attention in January 2008.