Taking a stand
Marissa Griffith openly admits to her sexual orientation, while Alexa Hoffman acknowledges she is transgender.
They are among several Barbadians, who identify themselves as being part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in a just-released video documentary VOICES – Speaking Out.
Griffith said taking this step was not easy.
“This is important, very, very important. It is very scary, extremely, extremely scary but it’s important and I feel like it’s going to get very, very difficult but it’s going to be worth it,” she said last evening at the screening of the documentary at the Courtyard by Marriott.
“I think for the next couple of months the more people see this, the more difficult life is going to be for the persons who participated in the video but if nobody ever gets on TV and says ‘I am gay’, well, nobody is ever going to be able to walk the streets comfortably and be gay. It is going to be hard. It is very difficult and it’s going to get more difficult but it is very important.”
The video project was funded by the British High Commission.
The Barbados – Gays, Lesbians, and All-Sexual against Discrimination (B-GLAD) said it highlights injustices by gender and sexual minorities throughout the country.
“Some of the issues included in the documentary are abandonment from parents, trouble with self-acceptance, job discrimination and homeless,” B-GLAD stated.
It explained that the project seeks to sensitize and educate residents “one the social ills the LGBT community faces in the hope [of achieving] behavior change towards the LGBT community.
A country report on Barbados was also presented last evening.