BGLAD welcomes UWI backing

The recent declaration by the principal of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus that her institution will not tolerate discrimination of students who are regarded as “different”, has been welcomed by Barbados Gay & Lesbians Against Discrimination (BGLAD).

“We welcome all students and we respect your sexual orientation or if you view your gender identity as existing outside of the male/female binary. The University of the West Indies respects differences, and we reinforce to all within our academic community that being different must not be read as an invitation for any form of abuse.  It will not be tolerated,” Professor Eudine Barriteau said during the campus’ matriculation ceremony last Friday.

Head of BGLAD Donnya Piggott told Barbados TODAY Barriteau’s public statement is indicative of a shift in attitudes towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

“It means that thoughts are changing and ideals around sexuality and sexual diversity are changing definitely.  Because you wouldn’t hear a principal of the [University of the West Indies], with all the laws that we have, saying something so openly.

“I’m sure about ten, 15, 20 years ago it would have been unheard of.  So it is something that speaks to the shift of mindsets. And it speaks to people understanding that regardless of who you are and regardless of where you come from, that an education is an education and that people should be accepted across the board,” Piggott said.

She also drew comparisons between the LGBT community and the women’s rights movement.

“Professor Barriteau has her roots in gender and in women’s studies . . .  We know the intersectionality between women’s rights and how education has uplifted women from a point of submission. Years ago women would have a hard time elevating in life and in social circles, and the same goes for the LGBT community and people who have different sexual orientations or gender identity.

“We knew that education presents itself as a ladder to get out of the social situations that many LGBT people find themselves in because of their sexual orientation.  And those LGBT people who are doing well are those who have the finances to have a better education, a better life for themselves; so we encourage LGBT people to push and try to better themselves,” Piggott said.

2 Responses to BGLAD welcomes UWI backing

  1. Kurt Mayers
    Kurt Mayers September 9, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Wow some things in Barbados are changing for the better

  2. Brien King
    Brien King September 9, 2016 at 7:21 am

    The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus is about making money and teaching whoever want to be reached as long as they are paying, so that is no surprise, especially in these hard economic times. Any business place will do business with anyone as long as they are paying for what they want, regardless of what they do behind or in front close doors.

    But to those that practice that which is right before GOD, these nasty people must know their place and go elsewhere. Like a church or a group of people that truly complies with GOD’s instructions for they lives.

    Most churches and church leaders are only in such for the money, and to be respected in society as serving GOD and whatever ever else it brings to the table for them to enjoy but as the LORD GOD states, they have their reward, these people follow and practice men’s doctrine rather than that which is of GOD and causes many to go to hell thinking that they going to heaven.

    Behold, if you can’t read the bible as is and you allow others to guide you down the wrong road, you only have yourself to blame. People calling themselves Christians, yet they are partaking in things that GOD states don’t do but expect to be with HIM when they pass from this life to the next, who are you fooling but yourself, but don’t take my word for it, either go back and read that bible again or wait until such time and see first hand what will occur to you.

    Any change of this nature from that which is right, is not for the better but for the worst, UWI trying to make some money from the abominable folks here to stay open by teaching them, I guess they will do what they have to do to keep the money coming.


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