Tag: trinidad and tobago gay rights

‘My sister outed me as gay to my homophobic dad’

His sister repeatedly outed him, during a time when gay sex was illegal in Trinidad and Tobago and he could’ve been put in jail for life Andrew Joseph (not his real name), 26, is originally from a small island in the Caribbean known as Trinidad and Tobago. Growing up, he confided in his sister about… Read more »

High Court in Trinidad and Tobago decriminalizes gay sex

The court upheld an April ruling and dismantled parts of the Sexual Offenses Act, but the Trinidad and Tobago government vowed to challenge the ruling A Trinidad and Tobago High Court judge ruled on Thursday (20 September) that sexual activity between consenting adults of the same sex is legal. In a High Court challenge launched… Read more »

Trinidad and Tobago government challenges decriminalization of gay sex

High Court gave a huge win to LGBTI people, but will it last? In April, the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago made a historic decision — decriminalizing gay sex. Their ruling overturned colonial-era Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act. Despite this win, the battle is not over yet. Trinidad and Tobago’s… Read more »

Men ‘hounded out of their homes’ after celebrating repeal of Trinidad and Tobago’s anti-gay law

Three separate participants in a rally celebrating the repeal of Trinidad and Tobago’s buggery law have been hounded out of their homes. A court ruling in Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month struck down a British Colonial-era law that criminalised gay sex in the islands, finding it a violation of gay people’s human rights. ?… Read more »

Trinidad and Tobago court says laws barring gay sex are unconstitutional

Gay sex between consenting men in Trinidad and Tobago could soon be decriminalised following a court judgment that campaigners said might spark similar decisions elsewhere in the Caribbean. In his ruling on Thursday, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act, which prohibit “buggery” and “serious indecency” between two men, criminalised consensual same-sex… Read more »

Trinidad and Tobago judge rules homophobic laws unconstitutional

The ruling, which declared sections of the Sexual Offences Act unconstitutional, may soon lead to decriminalising gay sex Gay sex between consenting men in Trinidad and Tobago could soon be decriminalised following a court judgment that campaigners said might spark similar decisions elsewhere in the Caribbean. In a ruling on Thursday, judge Devindra Rampersad said… Read more »

Trinidad and Tobago president-elect shoots down rumours about her sexuality with the perfect response

The president-elect of Trinidad and Tobago has perfectly shot down rumours about her sexuality. Paula-Mae Weekes is set to be the sixth president of the country, but since the election, her private life has been pulled into question. Many have accused Weekes of being a lesbian because she is neither married nor has children. Weekes… Read more »

Exile challenges Trinidad and Tobago over its life-in-jail gay sex ban

Both male and female gay sex is punishable by up to 25 years in prison The gay sex ban in Trinidad and Tobago is facing a legal challenge. Jason Jones, from Trinidad, is challenging Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act. Under the T&T law, gay sex is punishable with up to 25… Read more »

Ajamu challenges homophobia

A few days after our interview at Alice Yard, where he has just appeared as the first Caiso-endorsed artist-in-residence, Ajamu e-mails some images of his work. They are black and white photographs with a sense of poignancy—perhaps the first time the word “poignant” has been used to describe a self-portrait of an artist dressed in… Read more »

Man survives hate crime

“Do you believe in God?” one of Akil Thomas’ attackers asked him. Thomas replied: “Yes.” His attacker continued: “…because you are going to die here tonight.” Thomas was then stabbed 13 times—six stabs to the back, two to the chest, two in the arms, two in the neck and one on the right side of… Read more »

Trinidad: Caribbean LGBT youth unite to push for repeal of anti-gay laws

LGBT youth leaders from across the Caribbean have united to push for lingering anti-gay laws to be repealed. At a ‘Generation Change’ event in Trinidad yesterday, youth leaders representing Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago came together to discuss the problems they face on a day-to-day basis as a result of… Read more »