Why do modern independent Caribbean states, where people have fought for centuries to free our bodies from enslavement, exploitation of our labour and the right to dance still defend laws that say adults cannot use our bodies in mutually consenting ways with each other sexually?
Earlier today, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) mounted a “Stand Up…
CAISO joined the Family Planning Association of Trinidad & Tobago (FPATT) in helping launch a powerful new international human rights document developed by the International Planned Parenthood Federation: “Sexual Rights: an IPPF declaration”.
Historically Trinidad and Tobago has probably always had an active gay community. Governor Sir Ralph Woodford reputedly surrounded himself with “pretty young men”. In the late 1920s, a group calling itself the Society of Trinidad Independents that promoted Trinidad and Tobago’s art and published “The Beacon” magazine, was noted for its tolerance toward the gay and lesbian community, their leading members being homosexual.
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.
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