December 11, 2017

Colours Cayman Petition to the European Parliament declared Admissible

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GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS, 8 November 2017: We refer to our press release dated 15 May 2017 regarding the petition submitted to the European Parliament. We are delighted to announce a very important and positive development for the LGBTI people of the Cayman Islands: the petition has been declared admissible by the Committee on Petitions of […]

How LGBTI exclusion is hindering development in Latin America and the Caribbean

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From The World Bank LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) persons face ongoing exclusion, discrimination and violence in every part of the world, and Latin America and the Caribbean is no exception. Although reliable data of population size of LGBTI individuals is scarce, a 2008 study by the University of Sao Paulo found that […]

After landmark ruling in Belize, Human Rights Groups hope the Caribbean tide is turning towards LGBT equality

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From Global Voices Belize City Court House. Photo by Janine Mendes-Franco, used with permission. Following in the wake of Hurricane Earl, a wind of change blew through Belize last week in the form of a widely anticipated oral court decision. On August 10, 2016, Honorable Chief Justice of Belize Kenneth Benjamin struck down Section 53 of […]

LGBTI rights in the Caribbean: Losing to win

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By Maurice Tomlinson From 76Crimes June 10, 2016 — Today the Caribbean Court of Justice denied my application for a declaration that the laws of Belize and Trinidad & Tobago, which ban the entry of homosexuals, violate my right to free movement in CARICOM [the 15-nation Caribbean Community]. However, the court made it clear that as […]

May 17th was International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Joint United Nations Latin America and Caribbean Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, observed each year on May 17, aims to draw attention to the violence and discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people experience globally. Never before have the concerns of LGBTI […]

Lawyers, activists target anti-LGBT bias in Caribbean

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By Maurice Tomlinson From Erasing 76 crimes Attorneys and activists met this week in Grenada to discuss strategy for litigation and advocacy seeking an end to anti-LGBT discrimination in countries in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). This is a press release from United and Strong Inc., Saint Lucia, and GrenCHAP, Grenada, describing the […]

Discrimination, homophobia, privilege and hate speech in Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly

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By James Austen- Smith From Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission Like many others in Cayman, and elsewhere, the members of the Human Rights Commission were shocked to read reports of a ‘debate’ which took place in the Legislative Assembly on 13 August 2015 during which MLAs purported to discuss the definition of marriage. The Commission […]