‘PM’ resigns

Youth parliament leader steps down over gay position

The National Youth Parliament Friday lost its prime minister after Government intervened in a debate on LGBT rights.

The resolution was drafted by the young parliamentarians to reflect their concerns about discrimination – in particular that which affects members of the gay community.

However, an 11th hour change was made to the draft measure by officials of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, which has oversight over the youth parliament, forcing a 15-minute delay to this morning’s 10:45 a.m. debate in the Senate.

Calling it the final straw, prime minister Roshanna Trim announced her resignation at the conclusion of the over two-hour long sitting.

“When you decide to ask the young people to have a say and believe that it is okay to disregard what they have put forward and disrespect their ideas and disrespect their hard work [to the point] where persons couldn’t give their contributions today, I have a fundamental problem as the prime minister of the youth parliament with that,” she said in a delivering a parting jab at the authorities.

Trim, whose comments were met with strong expressions of support from her colleagues, said while she enjoyed serving in the leadership role, she felt it was important for her as a young Barbadian to take a stand.

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything as a result,” she said to loud thumping of the desks in the Upper Chamber.

Barbados TODAY obtained a copy of the original resolution, as well as the amended draft that was eventually debated and was able to confirm that all references to “LGBT” were omitted.

The developments drew an immediate response from President of Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination Donnya Piggott who told Barbados TODAY it was unfortunate that LGBT references were taken out of the youth parliament bill.

President of the Barbados Gays Lesbians Against Discrimination Donnya Piggott & Youth Prime Minister Roshanna Trim walking out of Parliament after resigning today.

She also applauded Trim for her stance on the matter, while stating that today’s failed attempt to debate LBGT rights was another example of “how people in power tend to cover up and throw a blanket over issues that need specific attention”.

The omitted section of the resolution referred to members of the LGBT community as a vulnerable demographic who face  “extreme risk of gender based violence”, particularly rape, sexual violence and harassment. It also made reference to materials used to teach sexual education in schools, saying they ignored the emergence of LGBT relationships and corresponding sexual activities.

The young parliamentarians had also raised concern under the resolution that numerous human rights violations were committed against members of the LGBT community with a view to suppressing or even silencing their voice.

During today’s debate, one young parliamentarian also took issue with recent comments made by Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley against gay marriage.

“I do not think that our law should be changed to accommodate immoral behaviour or tell our young people a story that is not based on how they should behave.

“How do we tell our young people that it is OK to be gay and to aspire to be in a [gay] marriage?” Lashley had asked.

In a strongly worded response, Independent Youth Senator Ade’ O’neal accused Lashley of perpetuating “bigotry, malice and hate”.

Speaking in the Upper Chamber, O’neal also suggested that Lashley’s statements not only went against the Constitution of Barbados, which safeguards the rights of all citizens, but also ran contrary to the National Strategic Plan of the Democratic Labour Party administration.

“I am sure the minister is aware of this strategic plan because he sits in the Cabinet of this country. So I am almost certain that the minister would not make such utterances public again in the future because he will be breaking from the policy of his own administration, and should therefore resign,” the outspoken youth said.

When contacted this evening, Lashley said he was unaware of Friday’s developments with the youth parliament and declined comment on the matter.

53 Responses to ‘PM’ resigns

  1. Hamza Azul
    Hamza Azul March 4, 2017 at 6:22 am

    We don’t have time for all this gay stuff we got foreign reserves to deal with

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    • Kevin March 4, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Lol @ Azul.

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    • Peter March 5, 2017 at 8:36 am

      He is Mr. and Mrs. Bulling from Sweet Bottom.

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  2. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 4, 2017 at 6:41 am

    PM Stuart should do the same.

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  3. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome March 4, 2017 at 6:47 am

    WOW

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  4. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore March 4, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Girl bye

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  5. Kevin Cave
    Kevin Cave March 4, 2017 at 6:51 am

    No one gives a flying Fcuk about LGBTs and thier lifestyle, just don’t force others to support it.

    Bajans generally keep out of gays way, they live thier lives we live ours, stop making this foolishness an issue before it really becomes one.

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    • Ronelle King
      Ronelle King March 4, 2017 at 8:03 am

      Um… No they don’t. They ostracize them, discriminate against them, taunt them, harass them, etc.

      We treat them horribly here. It’s not the worse when you compare to other countries but to treat someone less than equal is already horrible.

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      • Y BARROW March 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm

        you don’t have to hate them because they are God’s creation but you don’t have to join them , let them know it is wrong in the eyes of god

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    • V Elaine Van Huis March 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

      It is time for so religious Barbadians to stop being so homophobic. They would not be fighting for a voice if they felt love and compassion from a so religious bajan people. They get the greatest gift every day, life who are we to discriminate.

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      • Caroline March 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm

        If we are to move forward at all we need to stop placing blame at each others feet. I find that people like to blame religion alot. I know some non-religious people who have no tolerance for LGBT and some religious persons who have no problem with it. People need to wake up and realize that as humans there will be biases. No matter who you are people will be bias against you just for breathing. No laws will change that…or the existence or non-existence of religion. People on a whole need to change.

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    • Bajan March 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      To think that black people were once held in vicious slavery because of the colour of their skin, the same skin colour that endured centuries of discrimination, injustice and hatred by other races. Now we, who were once oppressed have become the oppressors and haters of other human beings because of their sexual orientation.

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    • ch March 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Kevin Cave is right though- LGBT is nothing new here and persons have lived and let live throughout the generations.
      I don’t see LGBT or straight- I see human.
      But the article is really about the youth having a right to express their views and I agree that they must be given that respect.

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  6. hcalndre March 4, 2017 at 7:32 am

    @Hamaza Azul, That`s the problem with barbadians, they don`t want to accept reality, but who is Lashley to tell people how to live their lives, it`s true he and DEM should be dealing with the reserves. Seeing the the head line I though it was PM Stewart that had resigned, lol.

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  7. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward March 4, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Great job in resigning you all need Christ stpzzz do.

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    • Y BARROW March 5, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      agree

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  8. Dorry Pi
    Dorry Pi March 4, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Well done young lady.

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  9. Ronelle King
    Ronelle King March 4, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Roshanna, you’re a badass. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Stand up for what you believe in even if it means standing alone. 😉

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  10. gsmiley March 4, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I Thought when I saw PM it was Pm Stuart. I started jumping but then realized it was the wrong PM. Stupse

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    • harry turnover March 4, 2017 at 8:46 am

      I got JUMPED there too….thought it was fumble,but then again he like Shiv…he en gine resign ya got to resign he..

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  11. Marlissa Matthias
    Marlissa Matthias March 4, 2017 at 8:51 am

    You my dear did an awesome job, fools are going to talk about what is sin and what the bible say yet still the divorce rate and everything else that is considered a sin is higher than the LGBT situation. I love you for holding your head high, a lot of them still trying to achieve what u have in their old age….

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    • Y BARROW March 5, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Divorce or no divorce, God made Adam and Eve , he said man should not be alone and made a woman for his partner. stop and think about it , man with man, woman with woman, no children, no teaches, no school, what the world will be like,

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  12. Watchful Warrior March 4, 2017 at 9:17 am

    The gay agenda is here on earth to displace the power of a woman…to render men incapable and children confused on their roles as they grown up.whether you want to believe it or not creation does not have homosexuality as a sexual mating behaviour… The agenda will come and those who continue to advocate for its legitimacy as equal to male and female will see the demise of morals…Do not do this Barbados we have enough problems as it is..Do not divide society based on this

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  13. Matthew Nibroc
    Matthew Nibroc March 4, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I want a bill passed so that when I walk down the street I’m free from being harassed by gay, straight or any other person level the playing field stop trying to be treated special and more equal think about it if they tell me what to do today they can tell you what to do tomrrow

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  14. Lester March 4, 2017 at 10:07 am

    A precursor to things to come, the LGBT community amazes me, they accuse people of hate and bigotry whenever they lifestyle are opposed, meaning don’t tell us we are wrong, it reminded me of the LGBT community in Sodom and Gomorrah when they utteered these words 9And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge:
    The LGBT community do not want anyone to oppose their sordid lifestyle but God will again punish anyone that do it or supports it Romans 1 READ IT

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    • Bajan March 4, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Lester, who are you to judge a person? Who are you to determine a person’s lifestyle? Look in the mirror and examine your life and your present and past relationships. Put your ethics and morals on the scale and weigh them. Are you balanced? What do you do in the darkness? How just and universal is your life? Do you really understand God and has he taught you to hate and discriminate against his creation?

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  15. Ernesta Catlyn March 4, 2017 at 10:50 am

    You are assuming a lot by suggesting that because he sits in Cabinet he knows what is in the strategic plan.

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  16. Maureen Fields March 4, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Lester, not supporting it means that you should behave callous minded toward them and stone them? Lord, have mercy.

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    • Jennifer March 4, 2017 at 11:22 am

      @Lester – True – a precursor of things to come indeed.

      @Maureen – Don’t bother with the lord have mercy thing cause he burned them and put them to death.

      SIN IS SIN. For all the god and lord ideology heathen twisters that think he is mock and sleeping – LEV: 20:13.

      Young lady this only one issue, there is many more to come. You should have stayed to fight these issues if you are so good. In life not all battles you will win. What will you do then, let that female hormonal thing get the better of you.

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      • John Greaves March 4, 2017 at 1:34 pm

        @Jennifer

        “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” – 1 TIMOTHY 2:12

        You need to know your place as stated by God and shut up.

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  17. J. Payne March 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    The minister is using colonialism tactics.

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  18. Sheron Inniss March 4, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I can only speak for me. I do not discriminate against LGBT persons. If yuh vex me and I do not have on my God/Jesus shield you might see my bad side. All have sinned and come short and those are the ones Jesus came to save. That includes me and everyone else in this world. However, their agenda is wrong in my opinion. Everything for a season; the final judgement will come. I looking for the pearly gates. We all choose our lifestyles and we have to live with the consequences. Someone once said to me that these people want the Lord but she does not dis them. In fact, a gay who is no longer alive made her clothes and choose the accessories. If you saw the pictures you would go wow. I happen to believe in God and I never saw any words about marrying Tom and Dick(no pun intended) or Mary and Sue.

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  19. John Greaves March 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    It’s so saddening what has happened to many blacks. You have a large segment of people who were taken from their homes and psychologically broken down to bare minimums in order to accept the societal norms of their oppressors.

    Accept their morals, their names, their traditions, and their gods.
    Norms that justified their enslavement and the discrimination of others. An injury so substantial that to present day their descendants are still affected.

    Most are familiar with the vicious cycle of a child from an abusive home grows up to meet out the same abuse they hated upon their own children.

    There is no real difference here, blacks stolen from Africa were abused to such a degree that the same hate they received they will meet out others perpetuating the cycle.

    “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”

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  20. L King March 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    The gay agenda is the most evil that I’ve known of since the time of Adolf Hitler and his mass murders.

    Have you lot not recently read that Walt Disney has now introduced a gay character in the childrens famous story of Beauty and the Beast and there’s another children’s story that have two lesbians in it. And in the UK children are being mentally molested by being taught that this vestering evil is ‘normal’.

    Tears and woes all with the aim of perverting young minds and having those that object to it thrown into prison by the power of thr law that accepts their life style as normal.

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    • Jennifer March 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Well this is one time i have to agree with you. Many people remain asleep as to the dangers lurking round the corner. This agenda is a part of the depopulation criteria. This agenda is not as cut and dry as it looks and it will engulf the entire earth until a normal relationship between a husband and wife will be seen as abnormal and frowned upon. The UK just announced that all children from the age of 4 will be taught sex and different relationships. NOW IF THIS IS NOT MIND RAPING AND TERRORISM IN ANOTHER FORM I DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS. Destruction of a people is not only by bombs. Now you see why god disliked ESAU.

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  21. Jennifer March 4, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    You are either FOR or AGAINST, there is NO in between nonsense.

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    • Y BARROW March 5, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Love that Jen

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  22. L King March 4, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    @Bajan

    Don’t you bring the sufferings of my ancestors into this: my people were enslaved not because of the colour of their skin but because our African chiefs sold them as slaves for material gain that continued with a black skin being akin to a slave.

    People are born with different skin colours but NO ONE is born gay but sadly some people were molested as children causing them to be emotionally and mentally confused causing them to be attracted to the same sex and you get others who love perv thought’s and actions

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    • Y BARROW March 5, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      Good example

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  23. L King March 4, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    @Bajan

    Don’t you bring the sufferings of my ancestors into this: my people were enslaved not because of the colour of their skin but because our African chiefs sold them as slaves for material gain that continued with a black skin being akin to a slave.

    People are born with different skin colours but NO ONE is born gay but sadly some people were molested as children causing them to be emotionally and mentally confused causing them to be attracted to the same sex and you get others who love perv thought’s and actions

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    • Jennifer March 4, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      @L King – This thing goes deeper than the rabbit hole. Our people were not sold by the same people aka chiefs. Many black tribes live in Africa up to this day. This is just another one of the many lies that was and is taught by the same people to steer my people away from the truth of who they are. The books from Babylon to timbuktu and into Egypt again with ships (AmaZON) shows much more details. Because we use THEIR books is why we remain in this current state and of self hate too. If you read about the Kingdom of JUDAH or Ouidah you will see the destruction from other blacks/tribes who were not the same people. What they did is to lump all blacks into the same basket calling them African. The CURSES OF Deut 28 that no one reads will point you to our people. Read carefully and see who it is referring to. I would not be boastful if my ancestors were terrorist and still are, unless you don’t have any inclination of what shame is.

      However, I see what you mean with your statements.

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    • Bajan March 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      @ L King. Since, according to you, no one is born gay, one must assume no one is born heterosexual either. Combining that with your theory on how people ‘become’ gay one can assume that if you are heterosexual it must mean that you were molested as a child by a heterosexual person, causing you to be ’emotionally and mentally confused’ which led to your attraction to persons of the opposite sex. Similarly, does it also mean that if one is robbed they become robbers or if one is raped they become rapists?

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  24. Sam Smith March 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I am fed up with this nonsense about gay rights. Where ever you turn these days people engaging in a lot of nastiness and trying to get the rest of the world to support them in it. It is frightening the growing rate at which young men and women are turning to this despicable lifestyle.

    There is no medical explanation for the escalating rate at which persons born straight were turning gay. God help us if Barbados were to ever find itself with a prime minister that is gay.

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  25. Greengiant March 4, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    While I support the right of all persons to live their lives how they wish, they must respect the legal frame work regarding behavior in public. I find many people talk about the rights of LGBT persons, but we need to also address the behavior of some LGBT who harass, hassle and intimidate their peers to change their lifestyle.

    I’m gay friendly, with several of my peers since school and even now who are gay. We have maintained the highest respect for one another over the years. Unfortunately the younger generation of gay persons are very aggressive and intimidating towards their peer group. So my suggestion to you is ” if you want the society to accept and respect your lifestyle, this will only happen when you too respect the rights of those who are straight “. Do this and you will see a marked change in the way barbadians react to you.

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  26. Greengiant March 4, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I wonder what is the position of the other members of the youth parliament? What’s their position on the amendment to the document? How come it’s only the leader who has resigned and spoken out against the amendment. What’s her lifestyle. What’s the lifestyle of the others. Did the leader have a personal agenda regarding this particular issue?

    Leaders in democracies must be guided by the rights of all, the opinion of the parliamentary vote and can’t force their personal opinion on others. I may be incorrect and I honestly hope I am but I smell a strong public stench here and I would wish the other members to speak publicly on this issue. All members who support or voted for the part of the removed or amended document should follow their leader. Not to do so makes her a stand alone generator with no back up power. Or was her resignation due to this lack of support?

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  27. Greengiant March 4, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Oh on another note, those of you who thought it was PM Stuart who resigned, wishful thinking, he is not a quitter, so expect him to take his full term and maybe even the grace period permitted under the constitution.

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  28. Adrian March 4, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Is this bad treatment of gays a new thing? There were always gay persons in our society and they were accepted by the Barbadian community. Everyone knew who the gays in their community and everyone just got on with their lives (to each his own). Have this now changed in Barbados?

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  29. Sherlock Holmes. March 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    It boggles the mind why these people think that their life style really matter. When the appropriate time comes all will answer to God for their actions. It is of note though that God refers to this life style as detestable and abominable.

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  30. Greengiant March 5, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Anything, or anyone that’s an alternative will see themselves as different or special and will want special treatment. This is a reality.

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  31. Wade March 6, 2017 at 7:36 am

    “@Jennifer

    “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” – 1 TIMOTHY 2:12

    You need to know your place as stated by God and shut up.”

    I am dying

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  32. Wade March 6, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Y’all are a bunch of scared, intolerant, small minded people hiding behind pseudo-historic beliefs and biblical dogma. If I was gay, I would skin my ass at the lot of you and leave emigrate. I wouldn’t want to live in a backwards ass place like this.

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  33. Tom March 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Well done Ms. Trim to stand up for your principles! We Bajans get so caught up and richeous about the lifestyle of others, whether LGBT, hair, dress, religion or what school they attended, that we miss the bigger picture.

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  34. Colin March 6, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Wink wink, giggle giggle but we will look the other way. The LGBT community has been a fundamental of our island for years. DISCRIMINATION IN ANY FORM IS WRONG.

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