Then dry, dry so, sociologist Linden Lewis, president of the Caribbean Studies Association and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bucknell University in the US, start talking about homophobia. And talking about homophobia. And talking about homophobia.
“a matter of domestic policy…individual countries, people have their own positions on these matters”. “It really forms no part of the agenda of the Commonwealth…it need not detain us.” Patrick Manning
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.
CAISO stands with human rights advocates of all stripes across the Commonwealth and the world in issuing a call to Commonwealth Chairs Ugandan President Museveni and our own Prime Minister Patrick Manning to use Trinidad & Tobago’s shores to speak out forcefully against legislation introduced by a member of the Ugandan Parliament that would deprive all gays and lesbians and people with HIV of the core benefits of citizenship.
In what some participants described in eager anticipation with terms like “This is our Stonewall”…
The upcoming Commonwealth Summit promises to pose a fascinating opportunity for GLBT Trinbagonians to take advantage of the country’s concern with its international reputation. We’ll keep you posted on plans and actions for you to take part in related to the Summit.