Saint Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean

The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis (also known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis) is a federal two-island nation in the West Indies. It is the smallest nation in the Americas, in both area and population. Information on the situation of homosexuals in Saints Kitts and Nevis reveals "homophobia is rampant".

Certain homosexual acts are illegal: "the abominable crime of buggery" can receive up to 10 years imprisonment, with or without hard labor. Consequently, the stigma associated with male-to-male sex leads some homosexuals to have a female partner as an alibi as well as impeding access to health education and STD/HIV treatment; societal discrimination persists against homosexuals and persons with HIV/AIDS. 



Caribbean court strikes down Saint Kitts and Nevis’ colonial-era gay sex ban in ‘transformative’ move

Saint Kitts and Nevis’ colonial-era law banning same-sex relations has been struck down in a “historic moment” for the Caribbean country. On Monday (29 August), the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court struck down sections 56 and 57 of the Offences Against The Person Act which banned the “abominable crime” of “buggery”. The law carried a maximum… Read more »

St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister calls for gay tolerance

The Prime Minister of the Caribbean nation that turned a gay cruise away in 2005 has called for greater tolerance for homosexuals in order to combat the spread of HIV St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas has called for people to ‘be light’ when dealing with LGBT people because they have a right… Read more »

Drive to rid Nevis health facilities of HIV stigma and discrimination continues

Nia Charlestown Nevis – The Nevis Island Administration’s (NIA) Ministry of Health on Monday July 22, 2013, completed the second phase of a project which is expected to help create stigma and discrimination-free health facilities on the island. According to the Health Promotion Unit’s Education and Prevention Officer Nurse Eldina Farrell, the project aims to… 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 »