August 14, 2018

US: California adds Oklahoma to State Travel Ban List

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By Sandy Fitzgerald From Newsmax California is continuing to ban state-funded travel to places with laws perceived to discriminate against gay or transgender people, adding Oklahoma as the ban’s ninth state, Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced in a press release on Friday.The restrictions on Oklahoma were added after the state adopted  a new law in […]

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

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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. […]

Jamaican reaction to Trinidad buggery law ruling is predictably mixed

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Written by Emma Lewis From Global Voices Jamaicans reacted in fairly predictable fashion to the news of the April 12 court ruling in Trinidad that found the “buggery law” unconstitutional and illegal. Local LGBT lobby groups and individual campaigners expressed their delight, while those representing fundamentalist Christian groups voiced disapproval. The matter has been relatively […]

How the Olympics can embrace non-binary athletes for the future

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BY HEATHER DOCKRAY From Mashable It’s hard to remember a time before the Olympics had very open, very gayathletes like we do now, but the first openly gay Olympian didn’t appear until 1988 in Seoul. Thirty years later, there’s still residual public outcry. Even Vice President Mike Pence had a low-key Twitter meltdown about openly […]

The queer Caribbean women fighting a vital, dangerous culture war

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Text Louis Staples From Dazed We speak to activists from Barbados, St Lucia and Trinidad about their continued resistance in places where it’s unsafe to be LGBT Former British colonies such as Uganda and Kenya, as well as Pakistan and Bangladesh, are among the world’s worst places to be gay. Britain has played a major role […]

The Editor Speaks: Human rights

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Human Rights Day passed with hardly a whimper last Sunday (10). There were no Ministerial messages to remind us how important the day is here in the Cayman Islands. This is probably because we live in a country where human rights are generally observed, and if they’re not and you belong to the LGBTQ community, […]

TRT Exclusive: Queer and Caribbean: LGBTQ+ Culture & The Island Identity

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By: Mike Givens/TRT Assistant Editor From The Rainbow Times In part one of a two-part series, The Rainbow Times examines the LGBTQ culture through the lens of Caribbean lifestyle. Not too long ago, Erick Diaz and a few of his friends visited a Latin nightclub in Providence, Rhode Island. While socializing together, Diaz overheard a comment […]

The Editor Speaks: The other side of the story

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I have been discussing with a lady from Cayman Brac (who does not want her name disclosed) re artist “Foots” Kynes activities on the Brac that has incited the many locals to act aggressively against him. I have promised to make public “the other side of the story” – her title. The lady sent me […]

The Editor Speaks: Senseless charge that will do much damage

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I had hoped and thought positively there would be no charges made against Cayman Brac artist Ronald “Foots” Kynes over the nude sculptures that were displayed on his property and visible to the general public. I was wrong. Common sense goes out of the window and Kynes has been charged with displaying an obscene object […]

US Rejects UN Resolution Condemning Death Penalty For LGBTQ People, Other Groups

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By Chris D’Angelo HuffPost From Yahoo News US Rejects UN Resolution Condemning Death Penalty For LGBTQ People, Other Groups The United States joined countries like Iraq and Botswana in voting against a United Nations resolution that, among other things, condemns the use of the death penalty against LGBTQ people. The U.N. Human Rights Council passed […]