Saint Lucia, Caribbean

Saint Lucia is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Great Britain took control of the island from 1663 to 1667 then went to war with France over it fourteen times and finally took complete control in 1814. On February 22, 1979, Saint Lucia became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations. The population is of mostly African descent. Not surprising, tourism is vital to the economy. In St Lucia, homosexuality is a crime penalized by imprisonment: The laws state that “a person who commits buggery is guilty of an offense and liable on conviction to imprisonment for (a) life, if committed by an adult on a minor; (b) twenty-five years if committed by an adult on another adult; (c) in this section buggery means sexual intercourse per anus by a male person with a male or by a male person with a female.”
LGBT Travelers can check out our new Saint Lucia Gay Lodging Directory. GlobalGayz does not recommend this destination because of its laws against homosexuality.

 

 

Growing up gay in the Caribbean, I was in constant survival mode

On an island where everything from pop music to the church demonises your sexuality, you police your every move It is a strange thing growing up in an island called “Little England”. You inherit the legal system, the educational system and even the old English mannerisms and words. But you also inherit something far more… Read more »

Saint Lucia’s LGBT Community Seeks Acceptance

Advocates say 2015’s goal is to increase public acceptance for minorities under the theme “education, tolerance and love.” One of the Eastern Caribbean’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups is seeking greater respect for sexual diversity in Saint Lucia. The group United and Strong, representing the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans citizens, has… Read more »

Gay-rights community fights to advance cause in Latin America and Caribbean

United Nations – Two years ago, a gay couple and their friend vacationing in St. Lucia were tied up, beaten, threatened with knives and guns, and told that they would be killed if they tried to escape. The men later freed themselves, climbed out a window and hiked down the mountain to a friend’s house.… Read more »

How gay group United and Strong is changing the island of Saint Lucia

The traditional, religious society of Saint Lucia is gradually starting to listen to United and Strong which promises to make life better for all; LGBT and straight With 90% of its population religious, and a strong loyalty to British laws that have helped shape its democracy, Saint Lucia is not always kind to the LGBT… Read more »

St Lucia braces for gay attack

Castries, St Lucia (CMC) – As St Lucia braces for the possible fallout from an attack on three gay men from the United States as they showered together in a cottage in the west coast town of Soufriere, tourism officials are this week arranging meetings with the visitors to do some damage control. “One of… Read more »

Being gay in St Lucia

Castries, St Lucia – Joan Didier is considered a foremost expert on marginalized populations. She works extensively with groups such as men who have sex with men (MSMs) in St. Lucia, advocating on their behalf and fighting to get what she says is their basic human right to “live and love as they want” without… Read more »

Stand Up For Human Rights

The United Nations General Assembly voted on December 22 to restore the reference to sexual orientation in a resolution condemning extra-judicial, summary and arbitrary executions. As Caricom citizens, we are proud that a majority of Caribbean nations stood up in the United Nations General Assembly on December 22 and voted together, in the words of… Read more »

Gay St. Lucia Island, West Indies, News & Reports

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project 1 Gays outlawed in St Lucia: A change is coming? 8/03 2 Reply to St.Lucia Radio’s Andre Paul (News Report #1 above) 4/05 3 St Lucian law may permit same-sex marriage, says local hotelier 7/05 4 Why Gay Men Live a Lie! 7/10 5 Being gay 3/11 6 St… Read more »