B-GLAD: Don’t discriminate against homosexuals

Due to the rising cases of abandonment, rejection and ostracism against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Barbados, Barbados — Gays, Lesbians and All-Sexuals against Discrimination is urging Barbadians to reassess their attitudes and behaviours towards gays and lesbians.

In particular, parents and families of lesbians and gays are also urged not to abandon or reject their children but instead, to continue to show them love and support. Homophobia does not only manifest itself in the form violence and that is what many Barbadians fail to understand.

Often times, young men and women are thrown out from their homes by their parents, guardians and protectors with nowhere to go and nobody to turn to for solace, all because others have chosen to disagree with who they love.

Negative attitudes towards gay and lesbian people result in various societal problems including social deviance, depression and the “down-low” phenomenon. National problems such as brain drain come to the fore when talented, intelligent and creative LGBT persons are forced to leave these shores because of the treatment they face by family and by society at large.

B-GLAD reiterates that our aim is not to change the personal beliefs of Barbadians but to reinforce equality and love towards LGBT people in Barbados so that Barbados becomes a safe and healthy place for everyone to live and love.

Lastly, on a global scale laws prohibiting same sex marriages are being revoked and while we applaud their progress, we in Barbados have a long way to go as it relates to same-sex marriage.

Same sex marriage is not on our mandate as we still have to encourage love, acceptance, equality and the eradication of discrimination against LGBT persons in many other areas.

— Donnya Piggott

B-GLAD Founder

2 Responses to B-GLAD: Don’t discriminate against homosexuals

  1. Derek Gale July 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I assume Donna Piggott, B-GLAD Founder is referring to negative attitudes towards gay and lesbian people result in various societal problems including social deviance, depression as well as the down-low phenomenon in Barbados. Not to mention, as she refers national problems such as brain drain which come to the fore when talented, intelligent and creative LGBT persons are forced to leave these shores because of the treatment they face by family and by society at large. She is absolutely correct about in this comments she has made. However not all LGBT people leave their families because of the negative treatment from the homophobic society in Barbados. Some of the Barbadian LGBT society do get moral support from their families for being gay. I can state with her comments about homophobia in Barbados, I was a victim homophobic in Barbados around 2000 before I came to the UK in 20003 to study drama and theatre studies, and fine art at three UK Universities.

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  2. Derek Gale July 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I meant to say a victim of homophobic attack in Barbados around 2000 and moved to the UK in2003.

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