Gay friendly

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community here are not persecuted for their sexual orientation, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has said.

In seeking to dispel “the notion that homosexuals and lesbians were being targeted across the island”, Brathwaite told Canadian High Commissioner Marie Legault during a courtesy call Wednesday that although buggery was still illegal in Barbados, this did not impact consenting adults, according to a release from the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS).

The Attorney General told the Canadian diplomat that Barbados remained one of the Caribbean islands where gays could exist without fearing for their lives, while stressing that citizens have always been aware and very “tolerant” of same-sex relations within the society, BGIS said.

The Canadian government representative told Brathwaite her country “thrives on diversity”, and she hoped that Barbados would eventually come to a place where it was “different from the rest of the Caribbean”.

Members of the LGBT community have often complained of a lack of tolerance by the Barbadian public, and discrimination by the business community.

Founder of Barbados Gays, Lesbians and All-Sexuals against Discrimination (BGLAD) Donnya Piggott told a symposium on gender-based violence last November that members of the community were being denied employment because of their lifestyles.

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

Just last month the National Youth Parliament lost its prime minister after Government intervened in a debate on LGBT rights.

A resolution drafted by the young parliamentarians to reflect their concerns about discrimination – in particular that which affects members of the gay community – was altered at the last minute by officials of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, which has oversight over the youth parliament, forcing prime minister Roshanna Trim to quit.

Source: (BGIS/BT)

22 Responses to Gay friendly

  1. Jennifer April 14, 2017 at 1:34 am

    “hoped that Barbados would eventually come to a place where it was different from the rest of the Caribbean”. In other words, be a sucker for wickedness and allowing the public to become infected with your serpent infected garbage.

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    • Richard Johnston April 14, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Thank you for your reasoned analysis.

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    • Nevada April 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      I hope it never happens…if our creator intended for men to be with men or women with women he would only have created one sex, either everyone would be male or everyone would be female…two women or two men can’t create a baby.

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  2. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza April 14, 2017 at 1:39 am

    @ Adriel Brathwaite ahahaha but ordinary citizens such as myself are being DISCRIMINATED upon tho….

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  3. Christopher April 14, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Love and respect is a god given right to every being on this earth. Until the government begin to promote mutual respect for all its citizens and furthermore put proper legislation to ensure that there are penalties for acts of discrimination and marginalization of the LGBT community then the situation I fear will not get much better.

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  4. jrsmith April 14, 2017 at 5:22 am

    @, Jennifer, hail, hail, as usual on the button , I think i am decades older than you , I could remember going to Oistins as a very young man, with friends and enjoying the best fish cakes from this guy call (Henry).they were lots of men and women then indulging in they past time , as what we call now gay……………..

    This was never an issue in Barbados , this guy needs to get on with doing something more responsible , stop being stupid ,,,, bajans / black people must understand , whatever white man wants white man gets , cha , cha , cha , cha…..black people like it or lump it , black people we are always up against it , because we have no one or nothing to protect us……………………………
    What is honesty,,, what is deceit, you hate gay people , but yet still lots of trusted people in our societies , are sexually assaulting our young girls with parents hiding the fact thats is happening.. look at the religions all over the world……………………………..

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    • Jennifer April 14, 2017 at 6:57 am

      jrsmith – all praises. The other party getting into power will finish nail us down to the ground, for sure. They should cause that balloon to finally pop, from all sides, the weak will be come strong and the strong will be cast to the ground. Watch, bestiality, underage sex, gay marriage, the whole lot will be implemented on this so called godly island. Mind you that lot of overseers also known as the “sponge” has to soak up everything or else. And when you dealing with fish you must smell stink. But I tell you when that cauldron light……………………………..

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      • Jennifer April 14, 2017 at 7:25 am

        We have truly become a bunch of compartmentalized nincons. Every piece of VOMIT/spit up we have to swallow down, and we sit in the belly of the great whale like our brother Jonah, waiting for deliverance from our enemies.

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        • Bajan April 14, 2017 at 9:27 am

          @Jennifer. Where did you get the idea that there is a right or wrong sexuality? Please don’t tell me the same place that the white slave owners and Hitler got the idea that there is a right and wrong race and ethnicity. Or that you must worship a cross and only engage in sexual intercourse with the one person you are permitted to marry.

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          • Jennifer April 14, 2017 at 9:34 am

            @Bajan – Sweet – Well I certainly will not tell you anything about that HITler, white slave owners, or cross worshipers because they are all responsible for the same bulling conundrum. We can thank them for all of that.

  5. Bobo April 14, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I grew up In Barbados with all types of gay friendly people, they were respected and love, men were address as Miss Bossie, Miss Calvin etc etc a class of their own, this type of class don’t exist anymore.

    The new Gay world–the problem is not sexual preference, the problem is they don’t have respect for themselves, unprotected sex with any tom dick and harry is their goal.

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    • Richard Johnston April 14, 2017 at 7:33 am

      You must know from personal experience.

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  6. hcalndre April 14, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Barbados is known for that life style, as the saying goes, “for donkey years” but as barbados is a one deceitful place, they don`t even know which side of the fence they are or want to be. They`re many storeys of wives that though that their husbands were men until they were caught red handed, ask Naked Departure. As the minister is trying to say that barbados is tolerent, why then so many are closeted and would be quick to take a person to court for saying it like it is.

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  7. Richard Johnston April 14, 2017 at 7:30 am

    “… although buggery was still illegal in Barbados, this did not impact consenting adults.” Can you say “hypocrisy”?

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  8. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus April 14, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Complete opposite of what you & your cabinet colleges were saying last year…..but bajans memory short is the popular saying…..smdh

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  9. Bajan April 14, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Look at these black people spewing hate at their brothers and sisters because they are gay. We don’t have short memories, we have selected memories. Pretend that we don’t remember the days when the white people considered themselves the superior race and decided to enslave, brutalized and kill black people simply because we are different. And they used the bible to justify and make righteous their actions. They even condemned sexual intercourse between blacks and whites as an abomination. Up to this day the whites continue to treat black people as inferior and deserving of a servitude position in the human family. More recent history in the 70s and 80s when black society, descendants of slaves, decided that Rastafarian was evil. The Caribbean countries, including Barbados, heavily discriminated against Rastas because they were different and did not interpret the bible as society did. Rastas were hunted and murdered at will in some Caribbean countries. Now we, the black race, are accepting that we are morally superior tp others because of sexual preference and we demand that those others be subjected to our way or become victims of our hostility.

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    • Jennifer April 14, 2017 at 10:51 am

      @Bajan – I sense your frustration and the need to defend. Is is selected memory or willful blindness, or dear I say a LACK of that good ole edication. All of what you are saying STILL currently exist. Mind you, white people are a recessive people. If you EXAMINE things with a MORAL CONSCIENCE. white people are the direct cause of all the wickedness, tyranny, oppression and moral decay in the world. Did you know that the white man was buggering the black man on the plantations??? giving them regularly to drop over friends for overnight pleasure too. hence……………….
      Check the Vatican/church lot…………………………
      And whites were correct to condemn copulation between whites and blacks, mind you the white men had had their FULL share of the black kitties already. White will CONTINUE to treat blacks in that manner because blacks keep SEEKING the love and approval of such people. Giving all of their love and heart and soul to them which they are flourishing and basking in under their supremacy network. The day we stop supporting THEIR MOVEMENTS, SPORTING ACTIVITIES, STORES, HOLIDAYS, CHRISTIANITY etc we will come out in glory and GIANTS in the earth.

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      • Bajan April 14, 2017 at 10:59 am

        @Jennifer. Good commentary. Food for thought.

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        • Richard Johnston April 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

          Maybe you can explain it.

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          • Bajan April 14, 2017 at 2:02 pm

            @Johnston. Somethings cannot be explained, only experienced. This experience causes an awakening which leads to knowledge and understanding.

          • Richard Johnston April 15, 2017 at 9:04 am

            I think I’m about to be sick.

  10. Kevin April 14, 2017 at 11:58 am

    LGBT’s are not really ‘attacked’ physically in Barbados but they can be attacked verbally.

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