Taking a stand

Marissa Griffith speaking following the screening, while Alexa Hoffman listens.

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.

42 Responses to Taking a stand

  1. Huasani Manard
    Huasani Manard December 7, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Mark 10:6-9

    But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.

    • Devaron Bruce
      Devaron Bruce December 7, 2014 at 11:50 am

      ‘To violate the rights of the individual is to violate the rights of all, freedom for one person at the expense of another is not freedom at all.’ Something much more meaningful to live by :).

    • Steve L Murray
      Steve L Murray December 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm


    • Miguelito De Los Esquimales
      Miguelito De Los Esquimales December 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      2 Samuel 1:26 ESV / 95

      I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women.

    • Eustace Trocard
      Eustace Trocard December 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      so what’s your interpretation of this scripture,that the man was in love with the other man?if so you are a nasty human being,i would not want you near my sons,i would eliminate you my ownself miguelito, sick form of creation you people are.

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria December 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Eustace Trocard….Shame on you talking about how you would kill someone, simply because their belief in the meaning of a scripture is different from yours! Shame also on you for threatening people on FB, because you ASSume that they are gay based on nothing but a quote they have made!

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria December 7, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Eustace Trocard
      Exodus 20:13: Thou shalt not kill.

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria December 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Eustace Trocard
      Romans 14:1–4
      The Law of Liberty
      14 Receive aone who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. 2 For one believes he bmay eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. 3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and clet not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. 4 dWho are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

  2. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor December 7, 2014 at 11:37 am

    just do your thing but keep your business to urself …once ya ain’t bothering or interfering with any body …if u was a woman turn man or visa versa … ya ain’t got ta tell de world only your partner i should hope… the thing with people is that they look for too much acceptance … ya dun know already people will not approve … what it seems like is that people do some abnormal things .. feel guilty then look to the public to disaaprove and make them feel guilty .. i keep friends with some and any body once they don’t ask me to convert or do whatthem doing .. i am fine … i love every one gays … ..trans people every one … the good book says to love every one.. i do what the hell i want .. i don’t care what any one thinks because they don’t feed me but people who wants to make a sexs change n did it should never put their problems on anyone .Afterall they choose that path.

    • Sean Drakes
      Sean Drakes December 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      you’re missing the point: by telling the world they empower others who endure being marginalized members of society and wrestle with living in the shadows. You don’t feel you should be oppressed by anyone, so why think they ought to oppress their feelings about their lifestyle.

    • Michael Ess
      Michael Ess December 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Agreed. Wish they’d just shut the hell up and do their nasty shit in private. Literally.

    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith December 7, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Yeah! Nobody cares to know. Keep that nasty sh..t under wraps to yourselves. Quit bothering people with your loathesome desires andvwsy of life

    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith December 7, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Yeah! Nobody cares to know. Gays must quit bothering peope with this their loathesome sexual desires and filthy way of life. The Holy Bible does not excuse biologics reasonings as an excuse for this aberrant lifestyle. God cannot be blamed for this. The Holy Bible issues strong warnings against perverted sexual behaviour. In the Old Testament such sexual behaviour resulted in having the Canaanites expelled out of the land. In addition to the spiritual and social ramifications associated with this sin, the entire land is contaminated by this debauchery. Homosexuality is iniquity – moral crookedness. Please gays, give us a bligh – you’re on the nations’ backs!

    • Candice Elenor
      Candice Elenor December 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      i am just saying personally they are ok people… i just think they should keep their business to themselves…Sean Drakes I am not missing the point … you can’t just infringe on their beliefs … homoseexuality is not only a way … to them it is a religion… once they keep themselves to themselves … they can do what ever they want … just quit asking people to accept what they doing … in their minds it is already justified so it must be right to them… not saying we the public has to accept it … people gine do what ever they want any way … but personally i feel they should keep their business and actions to themselves … Sean what u trying to say is that i saying they should keep their feelings to themselves … if u want me to make it clear as daylight for you … i am not saying that .. they can be gay as they want just do not ask the public for acceptance because some people just do not believe in their stuff… they choose this way so live it … look i don’t want to get graphic but if a man want to screw another man or be another man… go ahead do it … thats them thing but do not come n tell the world about it .. do u screw your woman at night n de next day run bout and tell people o i had she last night… now u c where i am coming from … that is wrong n it sounds bad so therefore why should any one wants to then if u just had a surgery and cut off ur birth rights or u did some one of ur same sexs … again thats wrong … both situations are wrong… keep ur bedroom business to yourself … don’t tell me if ya had group sexs two weeks ago… i do not need to know that … too much info lollll .. just let de gay people fope who they want cos i am sure Sean u is no virgin … u had sexs already n u know what it is n nobody didn’t tell u if it right or wrong … so what is so different about them screwing each other … let them do it .. just keep their behavoirs to themselves no body can’t crucify them fa that .

  3. Fa December 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Extremely brave women! Especially in Barbados’ current climate. I commend them and B-GLAD 100% for this.

  4. Janelle yarde December 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Not to rude But who cares if u all are gay, bisexual or whateva if u all are Gay do what u all have 2 do and move on WHY u all bringin this 2 d public all the time does it make sense if people don’t respect u all so what I ain’t Gay and everybody don’t respect me either and I still living…..U all need 2 stop this nonsense and stop lookin for the public to be pitying u all…

  5. Sam Odle December 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I’m surprised at some of the comments, particularly those filled with hatred. The reality is that the LBGT community should be free to live without discrimination or judgement and the internal turmoil associated with being shunned by some/most in Barbadian society.

  6. Mark December 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Why is it that Animals don’t change the course of the natural order of life.But humans trying to change the natural order of life and creating all problems and issues for others.something to think about..

    • Vanessa December 7, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      I think you’re wrong there…the course of nature does include a healthy dose of homosexuality. Here is a list of over 100 documented species:


    • Ali December 8, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Actually Mark it is true animals dont change their natural order of life because since the beginning of time animals have always displayed homosexual behaviour(mammals, birds, fish etc) look it up. It never caused problems in the animal kingdom since I guess that logic ALWAYS applied to the animals as opposed to humans who are offended by EVERYTHING these days. Even by something as simple as sexual orientation.

      By the way, how is this even creating an issue for others?? How is someone’s gender or sexual orientation a problem? That sounds as silly as saying we should take out all ethnicities in the world in order to keep the natural order of life. Dumb, dumb, dumb….

    • winston ifill December 9, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Mark, its simple as ABC, animals and better at identifying their selves and their surroundings. What needs pondering here, is, the hypocrisy of our heterosexual beliefs. We need to stop thinking we are the bible of the sexual world and let people make their own decisions on their lives.

      Not one to be wrap up in this gay thing, but, in some agreement with the lady, we make this thing too much of a media circus.

      • winston ifill December 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

        Forgive me public for my misspell, should be ARE not the word AND.

  7. Bajan in NY December 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    After reading these comments , it’s shameful and ignorance that Bajans are still so damn far behind accepting people for who they are .Look around your family and believe me there are many gay and Lesbians in your circle hiding because they’re scared to live their life .There are many married men and women on the island with children who are secretly having gay sex and this been going on for years now . Stop being gay people judge and live your life and mind your own business .

  8. Prinnce December 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    this is it…..up and down right and wrong black and white. Who you have sex with at night or day does not change who you are as a person reguradless of your sexual preference it doesn’t make you mean or kind it basically changes nothing. However it is still cause for concern when you walk around and see kids both boys and girls not knowing who they are talking about they gay. Taking These antics to school, its almost like we are accepting it from any and everyone. An adult can make their own decisions and I could care less who u want to or have slept with but children should not be given the choice to be gay or not, we shouldn’t accept it from them, I say wait until you are an adult. What if a boy at 13 thinks he’s gay comes out to the world and then at 17 realizes he liked girls all along?

  9. DAP December 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Ppl this can be solve easy as abc so do not let us make a big fuss about it,those who i favour say I,does who against say nah,-nah nah nah ,the nah have it problem solve.One love ppl

  10. VII VII VII December 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Rather than looking at your fellow humans with contempt and judgement, look within yourselves; what you find may shock you.

  11. frog December 7, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    To all the lgbt movement I have a question. Let’s say for argument sake that the lifestyle you have chosen is right before God and man. So all women liking women and all the men liking men now because everyone accept your way of living and we all convert to the lifestyle you all have chosen. Tell me how the human race will survive? No artificial (not natural) ways of conceiving is allowed. seems to me that there is something fundamentally incorrect with the choice you have made lgbts’. So before we get to all the demands for equal rights etc. Think you all better see if it right to even make the choice you have made to be gay (not happy)in the first place.

  12. Ezra Parris December 8, 2014 at 12:28 am

    “The video project was funded by the British High Commission.” So much for independence. The British can still unashamedly seek to engineer our society.

  13. DENNIS December 8, 2014 at 3:14 am

    There is no point to prove here, these people know what they are doing is not normal, but want the rest of us to accept their life style as normal. I say to hell with that. Human rights seems to have more value than the laws of god.

  14. crystal December 8, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Personally I don’t think discrimination is needed homosexual people gun do what they want regardles of how much we hate on them I am sorry that you feel like outcasts but …. In all honesty you are …noone is ever going to accept you for who you are so accept yourselfs and stop trying to convert ppl to gay and lesbianism if you are so comfortable being same sex partners then be comfortable enough to face the low talk the harrasment violent comments an discrimination that comes with it you cant expect a whole society to jus drop there morals and become what you want them to be cause thats fictional jus be strong I know your humans to

  15. seagul December 8, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Tolerance is the consequence of humanity not animals. Hatred in B’dos is self-destruction.

  16. seagul December 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Tolerance is the consequence of humanity—progress.

  17. seagul December 8, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Barbados liberal democracy—may be ?

  18. seagul December 8, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Why do people fear other people being free ?

  19. Edward Okey December 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I must commend those three individuals who participated in the video. It truly was a brave initiative and I hope that there will come a time in this world where everyone can co-exist with a level of acceptance towards that which is different as well as kind consideration for an essential facet of our being; emotions.If it does not disparage, injure or kill anyone, by all means be who you choose to be and follow what your heart desires without any second thoughts.

  20. Ronelle King December 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I am proud of everyone who spoke out for their rights.

    You don’t have to be gay to understand and sympathize with the struggles of being gay. You just have to be human.

    What’s immoral is not two people of the same sex loving each other but casting judgement on persons you do not know simply because a book which no one has proof was written by an actual God allegedly says homosexuality is a sin.

    Homosexuality is proven to exist in the Animal Kingdom as well. Humans are not the only species in which homosexuality exists. However, humans are the only species where homophobia exists.

    Sexuality is not black and white. People need to educate themselves about that. There are asexual organisms! A male and female is not always needed to reproduce.

    That being said… Miss me with your ‘God made Adam & Eve not Adam and Steve’ bullshit.

  21. Nikkie December 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    God loves the sinner not the sin. Jesus is coming soon.

  22. Kim December 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Why are gays , bisexual transgenders forcing themselves on society. A person with asthma, diabeties pressure doesn’t wlk about saying I can’t work because I have these things or life should be easier on me and they develop You made the choice it’s a choice live with your decisions. Stop confusing the placewith nonsensical babblings on how society does not accept. Its not normal.
    It’s not normal and I am tired swwing you prance about. It’s not like you are attractive.
    In many cases. Face power based on outrageous lip stick and terrible hair. If its hormones then the face hair and rugged features would change.

    Put up or shut up. This goes to those low Down down low men too.

  23. Harry Roberts December 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Homosexuality among animals is well documented, so your argument fails there. However I think in a small closed minded society like yours these no ladies are very brave.

  24. Tony Waterman December 8, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I am amazed that after all this FREE EDUCATION (Happy it’s OVER) Bajans (NOT ALL) are still so BACKWARD. If that is what they Want, so be, it is their lives to live. the way they see fit, and if as was in the past, if we possess what we profess we would let them be, it is them who have to answer at Judgement Day, if we really believe that there will be such a day.
    The problem i have with homophobics, is that they are really hiding their own shortcomings, by professing to be something they are not, they are in facy living a lie, which will catch up with them sooner or later.
    I KNOW some People IN BARBADOS who are Batting Right and Bowling Left, i would fear them more than i would the ones that came out.
    In My present Jurisdiction, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. our PRESENT PREMIER is KNOW to be “GAY”, they are FEDERAL MINISTERS in the RULING Government Who are Knowingly :GAY”. There are MUNICIPAL POLITICIANS at least ONE known who is Gay, But ONLY IN OUR BELOVED BARBADOS does this become a BIG issue

    • Michelle Husbands December 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      Totally in agreement with you 101%. YESSSSS

  25. Michelle Husbands December 8, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Kudos to these brave women. Your voices are loud. I hear you. Thanks to GLAAD highlighting this. So PROUD. 🙂


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