July 17, 2018

CCJ reserves ruling in Guyanese transgender appeal

From newsday tt FOUR transgender Guyanese women have asked that country’s final appellate court, the Caribbean Court of Justice, to strike down an 1893 post-slavery vagrancy provision which led to their convictions in 2009. Arguing the case for the four at the Port of Spain-based court was Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes, who held that the […]

Couple to challenge gay marriage ban in Cayman Islands

By CMC From St Lucia News Online (CMC) – A Caymanian attorney and her partner, a nurse from the United Kingdom, are challenging the government’s decision to refuse their application to get married. In the writ, filed Wednesday, lawyers representing the couple — Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush, argued that the section of territory’s […]

Hennessy Carolina on coming out to her Caribbean Family: ‘My Mom she did not play with that…I opened up her heart’

By Maya J. Boddie From Blavity Cardi B’s little sister is carving her own path while representing for the queer community. Not only is 2018 Cardi B’s year, it’s also a win for her younger sister, Hennessy Carolina. Like her big sister, the 22-year-old up-and-coming actress is a Love and Hip Hop: New York alum and social media star. She’s […]

Go beyond gay cruises in two LGBTQ-friendly Caribbean cultural hotspots—the island of Curacao and the Mexican Caribbean coast

BY : HOLLY V. KAPHERR From Watermark Online You might think the Caribbean is all Irie Times and liquid sunshine, but for LGBTQ travelers, the landscape can be surprisingly unwelcoming. Because the Caribbean culture is super relaxed about other cultural mores like marijuana use, many might also assume they feel the same about sexual orientation. […]

Caribbean groups hail sexual rights ruling in T&T, call for leadership and legal services

By CariFLAGS (PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – CariFLAGS (Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities), the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) regional network celebrates with its member organisations and regional partners the Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) High Court decision in Jason Jones vs Attorney General delivered last Thursday, April 12. […]

What Trinidad and Tobago’s historic gay sex ruling means for LGBT+ rights worldwide

From Indy100 In a landmark ruling, Trinidad and Tobago’s High Court has ruled that the country’s ban on same-sex intimacy is unconstitutional. Judge Devindra Rampersad ruled that the colonial-era “buggery” law, as well as laws banning “serious indecency”, infringed on the constitutional rights of Trinidad and Tobago’s LGBT+ citizens. Judge Rampersad said: The court declares […]

Homophobic laws in Caribbean could roll back in landmark case

By Joshua Surtees in Port of Spain From The Guardian UK Trinidad and Tobago could make legal history in the Caribbean this week by rolling back long-standing homophobic laws. On Thursday, a high court judge, Devindra Rampersad, will deliver his verdict in a landmark case brought by a private citizen which, if successful, would set […]

Eastern Caribbean: LGBT people face bias, violence

Repeal Colonial-Era Laws (Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018) – Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 107-page report “‘I Have to Leave to Be Me’: Discriminatory Laws against LGBT People in the […]

UK’s flagrant disregard for the rule of law and complicity in segregation of LGBTI people in its Overseas Territories

In May 2017, the Supreme Court of Bermuda established marriage equality for same-sex couples in the case of Godwin-DeRoche v The Registrar General(“Godwin-DeRoche“). The Bermudian court did not use international law but relied on local Bermudian law to hold that the Human Rights Act of Bermuda (which “affirms and protects” the rights and freedoms of […]

Love and obsession are two different things — here’s how to tell them apart

By Lindsay Dodgson From Business Insider If you’re falling in love, prepare for butterflies and excitement. However, if you’re still distracted and completely wrapped up in someone after months have passed, it could be a sign of obsession. Obsessive passion isn’t a healthy basis for a relationship. Here’s how you can tell the difference. Love […]