Caribbean could see reduced UK aid over anti-gay laws

(Jamaica Gleaner) Jamaica and several other Commonwealth nations that maintain anti-gay legislation could be affected by reduced financial support from Britain. British prime minister, David Cameron has threatened to withhold British aid from governments that do not reform legislation banning homosexuality. The BBC reports that the British prime minister raised the issue with some of… Read more »

Antigua & Barbuda: UN Representatives Urge End To Anti-buggery Law

St John’s, Antigua(Antigua Observer) – A number of representatives at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday recommended that Antigua & Barbuda do away with its anti-buggery law. The recommendations came following Attorney General Justin Simon’s presentation of the country’s human rights policies. As expected, there were several questions and recommendations raised with… Read more »

Today’s Opinion: “Gay marketing”

St. Maarten hangs on to the idea that its economy will grow by 1.3 percent this year, while a solid projection by the respected Central Bank does not get past 0.3 percent. That explains the hole in the budget. Yesterday the parliamentary committee for tourism gave an audience to the United Ministerial Foundation. The church… Read more »

Friends Say Photographer’s Murder Was a Hate Crime

The gay community has sent condolences to the family of Shavado Simmons (left) who was murdered execution-style on July 17, 2011 in what his friends say was a hate crime. Police are also looking at the possibility that the slaying of the 20-year-old photographer and model was a hate crime after receiving several tips. But… Read more »

Gay Dominica News & Reports

1 Gay in Dominica willing to go public if proper policies are in place 7/11 2 Homosexuality laws in Dominica impractical 7/11 3 A 30 minute Documentary on MSM 10/11 July 6th, 2011 – Dominica News Online 1 Gay in Dominica willing to go public if proper policies are in place Timothy Jack (not his… Read more »

In Grenada, arrests for homosexuality – and public denials of homosexuality

Police on the Caribbean island of Grenada have arrested a man for gay sex in the same week that a group of men are front-page news denying they’re gay. A 41-year-old man was charged with having sex with an unidentified 17-year-old man, Grenada’s director of public prosecution, Christopher Nelson, said 25 May. 21 May three… Read more »

I was Gay and Closeted in Martinique in 1970; Now, in 2011 on a Caribbean cruise, I’m openly gay in St Lucia and I’m meeting “my counterpart.”

Part I – Some of the highlights of our nine-day vacation to the Caribbean Last week, Jose and I returned from a nine day vacation in the Caribbean. For six days and seven nights we sailed the Caribbean Sea, visiting islands, on board Carnival Victory. We had a stateroom with a balcony. Our trip originated… Read more »

Antiguan dignitary criticises government’s LGBT rights stand

Source: Antigua Observer – Human Rights Activist Sir Clare Roberts has told [the Antigua & Barbuda] government it should have taken the lead in the local fight to reduce stigma and discrimination against persons of a different sexual orientation by signing a recent United Nations statement on Gay Rights. “Government has to set the trend.… Read more »

Gay Trinidad & Tobago News & Reports 2011

1 Trini gays call for equal rights 2/11 2 Local gays cry discrimination 3/11 3 Cenac: Separate morality from public duty 3/11 4 Homophobia, society effects and way forward 6/11 5 Homophobia ‘rife in T&T’…but local gays press for equal rights 6/11 6 Privacy rights for sexual orientation calmly take a small step forward 6/11… 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 »

Gay Haiti News & Reports 2011

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project 1 Organizaciones LGBT brindan su ayuda a las víctimas del terremoto de Haití 1/11 2 The Rainbow World Fund Continues Its Work in Haiti 1/11 3 Needs of LGBT Haitians Largely Ignored in Post-quake Recovery Efforts 3/11 4 Update: UN Official Pledges Support to LGBT & HIV-Positive People 9/11… 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 »

Stirrings of a new LGBT movement

Anthony Morris and Judea Beatrice, study abroad students in Trinidad and Tobago, report on two LGBT rights protests and the potential beginnings of a new movement. When We got to Trinidad and Tobago, we immediately noticed the ubiquitous culture of homophobia. Hanging out with about 10 students, nobody questions the student who conversationally remarks, “I… Read more »

CAISO’s first Advocate Award

Something happened in July 2007 that sowed the seeds of an exciting new advocacy movement by gay and lesbian, bi and Trans people in Trinidad and Tobago – a movement that we have seen flourish over the past year. CAISO wants to recognise the person who sowed those seeds, and to acknowledge his role in… Read more »

Gay centre opens on Curaçao

Curaçao, which is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, has opened its first gay centre. With its activities Casa Rosada (pink house), located in the neighbourhood of Otrabanda, hopes to break the taboo on homosexuality. Education and information are badly needed, says FOKO (Fundashon Orugyo Korsou), the Caribbean island’s gay group. Founder Thirza Stewart… Read more »

Judge: Killing was justified to avoid a homosexual act

The Court of Appeal ruled that the court made the right decision when it sentenced Latherio Jones to three years probation for the 2004 killing of Trevor Wilson after Wilson made sexual advances towards him. Dame Joan Sawyer, President of the Court of Appeal, said the sentence should remain because the convict had already spent… Read more »

Gay Jamaica News & Reports 2010-11

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project SoulRebels against Chi-Chi Music 1 "Native Son" Challenges Notions of Race and Sexuality 2/10 1a Police Hide Male Lovers At Station 3/10 2 Jamaica’s Gay Underground Christians 3/10 2a Mental Health Needs of Sexual Minorities in Jamaica 4/10 3 "Walk for Tolerance" Calls for End to Bigotry in Jamaica… Read more »

Gay Jamaica News & Reports 2009

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project SoulRebels against Chi-Chi Music 1 Fear and Loathing in Jamaica 1/09 2 Gay Jamaican Cop 2/09 3 Prime Minister orders forum on X-rated songs 2/09 4 Buggery laws firm 3/09 5 Gay men ‘face higher levels of HIV due to discrimination’ 3/09 6 ‘Homosexual has right to life’ 3/09… Read more »

Gay Caribbean News & Reports 2010-11

Summary-Regional Consultation on Health Promotion and the Provision of Care to MSM in Latin America and the Caribbean 1 Universal access in the Caribbean must include men who have sex with men 3/10 2 Why Gay Men Live A Lie! 7/10 3 Commentary: Stop discrimination against Blacks and gays 11/10 4 1-in-5 unaware that HIV… Read more »

Gay Jamaica News & Reports 2007-08

    Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project SoulRebels against Chi-Chi Music   1 Cops save three alleged homosexuals from angry crowd 2/07 2 Jamaica: Gay Leader Escapes Homophobic Lynch Mob 2/07 3 Large number of gay cops 3/07 4 Area church helps Jamaica’s lesbian, gay community 3/07 5 Homophobic violence at Jamaica funeral 4/07… Read more »

Gay Jamaica News & Reports 2005-06

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project 1 New Gay Caribbean Organization: Outreach Caribbean Spring 2005 2 Lesbian Activists in Jamaica Tell Horror Stories 3/05 3 New co-chair of Jamaica’s gay rights group not deterred 3/05 4 The Cries of Men– Voices of Raped and Sexually Abused Jamaican Men 3/05 5 New push for gay rights… Read more »

Gay Jamaica News & Reports 2003-04

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project 1 Jamaican Bays, Beaches Offer No Safe Harbor for People with HIV/AIDS 1/03 2 Storytelling: Phillip Pike documents homophobia 4/03 3 A Victory and a Reminder 7/03 4 Gays gain ground in Anglican Church (but Jamaica protests) 8/03 5 Gay rights in UK activists seek arrest of Jamaica reggae… Read more »

Gay Cuba News & Reports 2010-11

1 Statement On Despathologization Of Transsexualism 1/10 2 Cuba Performing State-Sponsored Sex Change Surgery 1/10 3 Cuba pays for gender reassignment surgery 3/10 4 Cubans Hold First March Against Homophobia 5/10 5 Cuban drag queens take to the stage 5/10 6 Castro takes responsibility for Cuba persecuting gays 9/10 7 Ten Years Fighting HIV/AIDS and… Read more »

Gay Cuba News & Reports 2008-09

also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project 1 Cuban law may recognise same-sex partners, say officials 1/08 2 Gay marriage? Unrestricted travel? 2/08 3 Castro’s departure brings hope for gay Cubans 2/08 4 Castro champions gay rights in Cuba 3/08 5 It begins Saturday the 17th with a broad public program: Cenesex 5/08 6 Raul Castro’s… Read more »

Gay Cuba News & Reports 2003-07

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project Travel Special for Dec-Jan 2007-08: Queers to Cuba Tour (non-profit educational agency) Click here 1 Cuba Libre? Guess Again! (A Criticism of Travel to Cuba) 1/03 2 Sleeping With the Enemy? Tourism and Gay Cuba’s Changing Face 2/03 3 Gays struggling to find a place in macho Cuba 8/02… Read more »

Being Gay in Antigua and Barbuda

Letter to Editor – It is a well noted fact that Antiguans and Barbudans are very divided on the issue of homosexuality, however the exact ratio is still yet to be determined. The point that I am trying to raise is that just like any other hot issue, it is placed on the back burner,… Read more »

Gay Aruba News & Reports

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project 1 Lesbian couple caught in Aruba-Netherlands rift 8/05 2 Court rules Aruba must register marriage of lesbian couple 8/05 3 Court: Aruba must recognize Dutch same-sex marriages 4/07 4 Aruba has to recognise gay marriage, says Dutch supreme court 4/07 Associated Press 1 Lesbian couple caught in Aruba-Netherlands rift… Read more »

Gay Haiti News & Reports

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project 1 Haitian Coalition Expresses Grave Concern over Violence and Growing Chaos in Haiti 12/03 2 Haitian Pragmatics: Social Customs 3 Ban on Demonstration Defied in Cap Hatien 12/02 4 Trees in Haiti Fall Victim to Poverty of the People 3/03 (none gay story) 5 In the Vanguard Fighting AIDS,… Read more »

Gay Bahamas News & Reports

1 Gay love: Two Bahamian men talk about their lives 7/03 2 When is gay, gay? 8/03 3 Gay lifestyle is top challenge for teens–claims anti-gay cleric 3/04 4 Anti gay cruise rally set for Sunday 7/04 5 Gay cruise visitors to take in local tours7/04 6 Welcome to the Bahamas from The Rainbow Alliance… Read more »

Gay Montserrat News & Reports

1 Britain to Scrap Anti-Gay Laws 3/01 2 Montserrat volcano erupts, fires in former capital 12/08 (non gay story) 3 Montserrat: An Island Under Siege 12/08 (non gay story) From Associated Press March 4, 2001 1 Britain to Scrap Anti-Gay Laws by Marcelo Ballve San Juan, Puerto Rico — Britain’s plan to scrap anti-gay laws… Read more »

Gay Bermuda News & Reports

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project LGBT Bermuda links and information: The Bermuda Human Rights Alliance Gay Travel in Bermuda (disabled at this time) From Think twice before planning a holiday on Bermuda. Although many gays live in and visit Bermuda, the island is rather repressive to homosexuals. Displays of affection by same-sex… Read more »

Gay U.S. Virgin Islands News & Reports

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project 1 Community leaders talk about legalizing same-sex marriage 7/04 2 The Caribbean: U. S. Virgin Islands Check Travel Info 1/08 Associated Press, July 22, 2004 1 Community leaders talk about legalizing same-sex marriage as way of boosting tourism in U.S. Virgin Islands by Mat Probasco, Associated Press & Charlotte… Read more »

Gay St. Kitts & Nevis News & Reports

1 A Welcome Mat for Gays in the Caribbean? 6/05 2 Saint Kitts and Nevis: The situation of homosexuals 6/08 3 St Kitts and Nevis: Execution is a shameless act 12/08 4 St. Kitts-Nevis Universal Periodic Review 2/11 5 Statement at UPR on Saint Kitts and Nevis 6/11 June 1, 2005 – Time Magazine 1… 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 »

Gay Antigua and Barbuda News & Reports

1 Antigua and Barbuda 6/07 2 West Indies: Anglican Church maintains stance on homosexuality 12/07 3 Homophobia regarded as a major setback to the HIV fight 9/09 4 Local MSM Community Watching Buggery Law Test Case in Belize 9/11 5 UNAIDS director says buggery law debate is good 10/11 June 2007 – 1 Antigua… Read more »

Gay Netherlands Antilles News & Reports

1 Religious groups call rally to oppose same-sex marriage 6/04 2 In St. Maarten Two Men Attacked Because They’re Gay 4/06 3 Caribbean can be chilly when it comes to welcoming gays 11/07 4 Gay Marriage Coming To The Netherlands Antilles 9/10 5 The Netherlands: Transgender Law Violates Rights 9/11 June 3, 2004 –… Read more »

Gay Caribbean News & Reports 2001-2009

Summary-Regional Consultation on Health Promotion and the Provision of Care to MSM in Latin America and the Caribbean 1 Britain repeals laws banning homosexuality in Caribbean territories 1/01 2 Caribbean Governments in Denial as AIDS Ravages Caribbean 5/03 3 The Caribbean’s Best Gay Beaches 4/05 4 Gayness in the Caribbean 1/06 5 Caribbean Anti Violence… Read more »

Gay Barbados News & Reports

Caribbean Anti Violence Project   1 Time to get rid of bigotry in our country 1/03 2 People & Things: Who is chi chi (gay) man? (Homophobic pop music) 3/03 3 Gay rights debate continues 6/03 4 Gay rights and legal questions (anti-gay commentary) 7/03 5 Life in Prison for Gay Sex vs Change the… Read more »

Gay Puerto Rico News & Reports

Also see: Caribbean Anti Violence Project 1 Puerto Rico’s Sodomy Law Just "Tip of the Iceberg" 3/03 2 Puerto Rico’s Law 103: A Colonial Imposition 3/03 3 Gay-rights issues bring protesters to streets 4/03 4 Government appeals Supreme court ruling 4/03 5 Local Supreme Court insists on excluding gays from Law 54 5/03 6 Gays… Read more »