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LGBT facing job discrimination – Piggott

Corporate Barbados is being accused of shutting its doors to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The founder of Barbados Gays, Lesbians and All-Sexuals against Discrimination (BGLAD) Donnya Piggott told a symposium on gender-based violence that transgender individuals and cross-dressers were being denied employment because of their lifestyles.

“People who don’t generally conform like myself may have a hard time finding employment because they are not presented in the traditional ways that people accept or want for a man or woman to present themselves,” Piggott said.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY following the presentation, the leading LGBT advocate stressed that the primary victims were members of the transgender community.

“Especially in the case of transgender people finding jobs, it’s very, very difficult; or people who just don’t generally conform, like tomboys,” Piggott said.

The BGLAD president charged that members of the LGBT community were already facing domestic challenges, with some of them being kicked out of their homes and ostracized in their neighbourhood.

By refusing to hire them the business sector was placing them at further disadvantaged, she said.

“LGBT people need employment; they are in vulnerable positions at home. Sometimes you don’t have a support system in your house and your parents are putting you out . . . and you have that issue supporting yourself and on top of that can’t find a job.

“The kind of avenues that you find yourself in as a young gay person, people are preying on young people and that kind of thing and they might not have the support system that heterosexual or most heterosexual young people have,” she said.

Piggott argued for tolerance and for a more educated society so business leaders would be more understanding of the LGBT community.

14 Responses to LGBT facing job discrimination – Piggott

  1. Veronica Straker
    Veronica Straker November 26, 2016 at 5:55 am

    I’ve seen many in jobs all over Barbados. Granted many don’t or refuse to behave to behave in the work place when other people call them out could be a reason. How about creating your own businesses thereby employment for many.
    You can’t ask people to change who they are and how they feel just like people can’t ask you to change who you are or feel.

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  2. Veronica Straker
    Veronica Straker November 26, 2016 at 5:55 am

    I’ve seen many in jobs all over Barbados. Granted many don’t or refuse to behave in the work place when other people call them out could be a reason. How about creating your own businesses thereby employment for many.
    You can’t ask people to change who they are and how they feel just like people can’t ask you to change who you are or feel.

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    • Kerri Katrina Codrington
      Kerri Katrina Codrington November 26, 2016 at 6:35 am

      Thing is, many times I”ve seen members of the lgbt behave poorly because someone they don’t like comes into the business. Cursing out everyone and everything that moves or looks at them. Who wants to employ someone gay or not who behaves like them.

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  3. AniRo Burke
    AniRo Burke November 26, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I never knew this was going on. I see many different persons employed all over. I wonder if you happen not to land a job if the first thing you will say is discrimination.
    Brien do you call yourself a follower of Christ and His standards? If you say yes, well surely you have just written the opposite of what he would show all humanity. One Apple does indeed spoil the whole bunch.

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    • Brien King
      Brien King November 26, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Thanks, now go and read who the real JESUS is like.

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  4. N Day November 26, 2016 at 11:46 am

    @Aniro. A true follower of Christ does not and will never accept the llifestyles of The BGLAD community. Too often we like to use that line about acceptance and tolerance to make lifestyles contractidctory to the teachings of the Scriptures seem ok. That is why Satan has infiltrated society so much. A true follower of Christ lives by his word and does not bend his teachings to suit them. Christians should try to show members of the BGLAD community how their lifestyles are against God’s teachings and try to lead them to salvation. Not accept who they are. You really think that God is pleased about this? This is an abomination to God! One of the things he hates the most.

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  5. Alex Alleyne November 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    COME OFF IT YOU GUYS….(LGBT)
    In Bim as long as you can do your job we don’t care of your sexual preference.

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  6. jrsmith November 26, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Black people always backing the wrong horse because the bible says so, only being so godly when it suits them for decades upon decades priest in the catholic religion molested young boys ,which has caused the religion hundred of millions of dollars in reparation strange none of you Christian people made any noises ….

    Lot of you so call Christians are the ones who adds to the baby factories in barbados and around the black world…lots of you have affairs with each others husbands and wife in all your churches ,, lots of you is secretly gay, their are gay pastors in the (US) but the trouble with Christians is being Christians always on the the wrong end of the bull…
    Its time that our black people grow up because the white gay world which is in control is not going anywhere so blacks like it or lump it .. they dont beg from the black world the black world begs from them…

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  7. Jennifer November 26, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    The catholic church is responsible for all christian religions. Christianity even endorsed and supported the slave trade. The reasons why Christians are so two headed and deceptive in thought, word and deed is because they are all blind. The blind leading the blind. This infection in society by lgbt etc will go on till it infect every aspect of our society. from day nurseries to school children will all suffer. Time is quickly approaching for the return of Yeshuah the black messiah. We will all see what his standards are in person soon enough. Someone needs to take a stance in society for this infection. we no longer have true prophets and priest of god we have prosperity pimps among us, this is why society is like this and getting worst.

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    • Sherlock Holmes. November 27, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      A bunch of drivel you have written here.

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  8. Smiley November 26, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    GOD CANNOT BE MOCKED AND HE IS NO COWARD HE SAID SUCH BEHAVIOUR IS AN ABOMINATION SO ASK FOR HELP FROM THE GOD OF LOVE AND RESPECT YOURSELF.IN RELATION TO THE WORKPLACE YOU HAVE TO CONDUCT YOURSELF APPROPRIATELY AND DON’T EXPECT EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS TO BOW DOWN TO YOU THE HETEROSEXUAL PEOPLE HAVE TO CONFORM TO THE NORMAL WAY OF LIFE AND SO SHOULD YOU.NO SPECIAL TREATMENT.LET YOUR BUSINESS AND PERSONAL SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS BE PRIVATE.DON’T DRESS LIKE MARY AND NAME JOHN…..YOU CONFUSING PEOPLE.DO IT OUT OF THE WORKPLACE IF YOU CAN’T HELP IT.YOU NEED THE JOB RIGHT??? In the meantime I pray for you.

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    • Sherlock Holmes. November 27, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Well said Smiley, i wonder why these people believe that they are such a special bunch and that everyone should just accept their way of life and just conform to it’s abominable nature? Mr. piggott we won’t,and just as you believe you need to speak out or should i say bully people into accepting your lifestyle let me make it absolutely clear to you we will resist you bullying tactics we are the resistance and we will make sure our views are also heard.

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  9. Haskell Murray November 26, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Never have I read such nonsense regarding the responses to LGBT members being discriminated with regard to being employed in Barbados . Let me say this , members of the LGBT community are Bajans just like all of us and if they are qualified for the job they are applying for and they are the best candidate they should be given the job . If they can prove that they were denied the job because of their sexual orientation they should bring a lawsuit against that company and expose the issue. I know that some people in Barbados will use the bible to justify discrimination against the LGBT people but I say that the church was use historically to brain wash and colonized we the black people of the world after we were stolen from Africa and whose original religion was not Christianity , but Islam.
    A law suit will hit them in the pocket book and they will change very quickly.

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  10. miche November 26, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    If you know something to be wrong,,, and you stay mum about it,,, or support the individuals in their wrongness,,, then you are equally as guilty as the perpetrators.

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