Let’s accept gays

Minister of Education Ronald Jones believes the time has come for Barbadians to stop turning a blind eye and accept the fact that gay relationships were now part of our culture.

Speaking today during debate on the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill 2016, Jones said the country must also accept that domestic did not only relate to heterosexual relationships.

The minister insisted that just as people continually turned a blind eye to domestic violence among hetrosexuals, they were doing the same as it related to relationships between people of the same sex.

“I want persons in this country to understand that it is no longer a situation of domestic abuse of male on female, or female on male or where children are caught up . . . but today, with contemporary lifestyles it might very well be female on female and male on male,” the minister stated.

“This country lives with a certain level of hypocrisy. So now that we are pulling out of the shadows the violence within heterosexual relationships, we need to pull out of the shadows as well, the violence, domestic as it is, [in gay relationships].

“We’ve heard too many stories and seen some evidence, some persons ‘catspraddled’ by 2×3’s across their shoulders and ending up in the casualty of our hospital. We have seen men chopped by other men . . .  .The shadows must disappear with these relationships that exist,” he argued.

Jones said that failure to do so could result in an upsurge of domestic violence in gay relationships.

“When a society hides itself and says, ‘no these things don’t exist in it’ we are opening another door for domestic violence. We know in our country there are persons who now live together, who share resources, who have sexual intercourse or outer course, or whatever course, we know that.

“I’m asking the question, ‘will we have the same response and would they enjoy the coverage in what we call the historical heterosexual kinds of relationships out of which domestic violence can be generated if that same coverage would exist?’ … because we cannot hide from contemporary reality,” he insisted. (RB)

20 Responses to Let’s accept gays

  1. Tha Prototype
    Tha Prototype February 3, 2016 at 5:52 am

    *grabs tea and sits in wait of the -ve comments*

  2. Tyrone Richards
    Tyrone Richards February 3, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Giselle L. Edwards Don RIchards Splif Philip please call me next year……what is this?

  3. Fay Ann
    Fay Ann February 3, 2016 at 6:13 am

    ….and so it begins….

  4. Walter Prescod February 3, 2016 at 6:40 am

    We are always talking about equal rights, who is in a position to explain to me what this means? Most of us are looking for someone to love and be loved, some of us find it in heterosexual relationships, and some find it in a same sex relationships. So lets cut the bs and get to know people in a same sex relationship. One love!

  5. Sonia Shepherd
    Sonia Shepherd February 3, 2016 at 7:09 am


  6. Dave February 3, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I don’t have to accept Gays. Wrong caption!!! I can accept the fact that there are among us and that they should not be ill-treated or molested, and that social justice should also apply to them.

  7. Tristan John
    Tristan John February 3, 2016 at 8:20 am

    you mad lol

  8. Bobo February 3, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Why would a minister of education occupy his focus with –Let’s accept Gay–Is this the reason why his government are castrating young boys to prison, when they do leave prison they call themselves ”Gay”growing up in Barbados we never had problems with Gays, they were love and respected, they have rights –and all laws should apply to them—except Marriage –Period

  9. Clint February 3, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Before he study his main job an get education on track

  10. Retribution February 3, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Why should we accept “gays” when we claim to be a Christian Nation? Are we not a Christian Nation no more? Are you trying to tell us something Mr Minister?

    Your concern should be dealing with all the “aledge” cases on molestation on boys in schools by teachers.

    The practice is against God’s Law.

  11. LucianGemini February 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Minister Jones will soin discover “Where ignorance is bliss ’tis folly to be wise.” Caribbean people are too lazy to open their minds, red, think and draw their own conclusions. Let’s just do what the church says and abuse those who are different in the name if a “loving” god.

  12. christie February 3, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    i agree with Bobo. as far as i know and was taught, marriage is a religious thing, so if they are religious they shouldnt be gay so they dont need to get married.

  13. jrsmith February 3, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Who cares , It doesn’t matter to the gay world , what anybody in Barbados think or do, they have to like it or lump it..it’s as simple as that…

  14. Marcia Clarke February 3, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    God loves them just the same, but we don’t have to!!

  15. Tony Brannon February 3, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Bermuda created a petition to legalize Same Sex Marriage….
    But we are also challenging this in the courts based on the HUMAN RIGHTS act.

    Same Love, One love!


  16. Tony Brannon February 3, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    We created a website in Bermuda http://www.samelovebermuda.com

    I have visited Barbados for the past 35 years, and have also been shocked at how homophobic the island is. It really seems to be throughout the Caribbean……

    Time for folks to embrace all Human Beings.

    We all have a sexual orientation and a gender identity. Sexual orientation covers sexual desires, feelings, practices and identification and can be towards people of the same or different sexes. Gender identity refers to how individuals perceive and call themselves.

    Therefore any form of discrimination against members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity, is an issue that transcends religious beliefs and political views and affects all of us simply as part of being HUMAN.

    We believe that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be able to enjoy their human rights.

    We believe that morality and integrity cannot exist without embracing an idea of Love that is inclusive and not selective.

    We believe that Love should be shared and enjoyed by all.

    We believe that Love is an empty word if it is deprived of acceptance, empathy and inclusion.


  17. Paul Massiah February 4, 2016 at 3:56 am

    When are we as intelligent people going to accept the Godly logical lifestyle? We are trying our utmost best to prove God wrong. Like forces are supposed to repel. Man with man and woman with woman can never be the same sex. Call it what it truly is and change will come .It is an abomination against God and nature. We accept things that kill us to change and then try to fight for its acceptance. I attended a health fair recently and am amazed at the double standards pertaining to mental health. One of the 10 warning signs of Mental Illness mentioned is “Marked personality change”. Aren’t the very GLADS showing these signs? Another interesting sign of Mental Illness of the 10 is “Strange or overly grand ideas”. I put it to you , that the requested grand idea to want straight people to accept “the time has come for Barbadians to stop turning a blind eye and accept the fact that gay relationships were now part of our culture”….. is a sure sign of Mental Illness and according to the leaflet, “Any persons showing one or more of these warning signs should see a health professional as soon as possible.

  18. Realist February 4, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Yea, let’s accept Jones.

  19. O S February 4, 2016 at 6:07 am

    And we’re turning further and further away from God, doing what we think and not what he commands.You leaders going to have a lot to answer for.

  20. Ras Vibe February 9, 2016 at 11:01 am

    He got to tell Minister Lowe so first, as he has said some thing different.


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