New ‘gay friendly’ laws coming – warns activist

A Barbadian civil liberties activist and Canadian university professor is suggesting that “gay-friendly” legislation will soon have to be added to the statute books in Barbados and other Caribbean countries.

Delivering the annual Dame Nita Barrow Memorial Lecture at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination last night, University of Toronto Associate Professor Dr Rinaldo Walcott acknowledged that “tension” currently exists between Christians and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community on the island.

However, he suggested that due to economic considerations and the growing assertiveness of sexual minorities in Barbados, the domestic laws would soon be changed with a view to safeguarding gay rights.

Just last month, the Christian youth groups Hannah’s Mission and Youth For Christ Barbados staged a march through the capital, Bridgetown, sporting rainbows in a protest to what they deemed declining morals and values on the island.

At the same time LGBTs staged a counter-march on October 28 in Independence Square to lay claim to the rainbow as an international gay symbol.

A standoff resulted. However, the protests ended peacefully with two sides sharing the same platform.

Reacting to this development, Walcott said “the assertion by the Barbadian LGBT community, and its claim to the rainbow follows a very particular global gay identity.

“Their insistence on offering a response by showing up in Independence Square points to the contested nature of what citizenship should and could mean,” said Walcott, who teaches at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and is also the 2002 to 2007 holder of Canada Research Chair of Social Justice and Cultural Studies.

While describing the local reaction to gays as varied, he pointed out that “questions of class, perceptions of belonging and a range of social factors indicators, all condition how some queens [members of the LGBT community] might be acknowledged in Barbados, making the experience not a singular one for all of them”.

Walcott also suggested that the experience was similar across the Caribbean while projecting that all of the region’s tourism dependent territories were likely to adopt more gay-friendly legislation in the near future “as [members of the LGBT community] begin to think about making visits to the region as their status is normalized in Canada and elsewhere.

“The question of citizenship will increasingly bear down heavily on the nature of the rainbow wars making the stakes of governmental action, or inaction, necessary,” he said, adding that “one will argue that Caribbean governments will soon have no choice but to embed in legislation the necessary rights for trans, gender non-conforming people and queer people”.

18 Responses to New ‘gay friendly’ laws coming – warns activist

  1. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose November 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Sit yo arse down stuupes

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    • viterose Elaine Van Huis November 11, 2017 at 9:38 am

      you are the one that needs to be inform. Ignorance has always been man’s greatest enemy

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      • Milli Watt November 11, 2017 at 10:03 am

        wuh he goin sit on

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  2. Greg Clarke
    Greg Clarke November 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Why is it described advices a ‘warning’, instead of just heads-up?

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  3. Milli Watt November 11, 2017 at 10:04 am

    gay friendly …………..what are gay friendly laws what about poor friendly laws hmmmmm

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  4. Milli Watt November 11, 2017 at 10:05 am

    this crowd is something else

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  5. Anthony Dowe November 11, 2017 at 10:26 am

    What would Jesus do? Christian = Christlike?

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  6. luther thorne November 11, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I do not really see why there is any need for legislation to protect Gays( LGBTQ )
    LGBTQ are people, they are human beings and there are laws already on the books to protect people – Human beings – What we need to do is to educate ignorant people as to people’ s rights and let them understand that we should not be discriminating against others just because they are different. That is what is needed moreso than Laws

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  7. luther thorne November 11, 2017 at 11:39 am

    What we need to do is to educate ignorant people as to people’ s rights and let them understand that we should not be discriminating against others just because they are different. That is what is needed moreso than Laws

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  8. N Day November 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I would have to ask myself who I serve and who I fear, man or God? That ain’t no rocket science to me. Gay rights??? The scriptures speaks in no uncertain terms about lovers of their own flesh… but tell me something though, who give gay, transgender, bisexual, and so on the right to shove their agenda down other people’s throats? In Brooklyn and Boston they have drag queens reading story time at Public libraries, asking children who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up and indoctrinating children already with their agenda…what next? Take prayers out of schools and you can’t mention the word God, Bible, Jesus because it will offend atheists? No wonder the world in the decadent state that it’s in.. Let that stay up there in USA, Canada, Britain and Europe…we don’t need that in our part of the world.

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  9. Neil Edwards November 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Barbados Today seems to have an ignorant pack of followers, shaking my head at these comments.

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  10. Beige Jann November 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    ‘Buggery’ is against the law in Barbados

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  11. Beige Jann November 11, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    But nOT enforced Gays as they are called HOMOSEXUALS is the correct term! Have been all bout Bimshire for centuries and they are well treated and respected so why the need for Laws !? So heterosexuals can be called HOMOPHOBIC AND BIGGOTS AND FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES THAT IS WHY!

    GET REAL and moe onto more necessary things like Stopping Murderous gangs! Economy and fixing de roads! SERIOUSLY!

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  12. Watchman November 11, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I don’t see it as discrimination. I think people work hard to promote a gay agenda……which most people are just not into. You know how hard it is to take something serious when it is made to be a spectacle? Like a man in a clown costume running for the Prime Minister office. Everyone knows that a man is a man, and a woman is a woman. When the lines get blurred…. confusion begins. Now people coming from Canada to reenforce the gay agenda. They have an issue with wholesomeness, now desire to corrupt the Caribbean (last antigay stronghold) with all this Pretty talk. Canada needs you back.

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  13. Watchman November 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Who is actually being discriminated against? This gay agenda seems to be discriminating against everyone and everything that is not in compliance with their way. Not everyone is open to seducing spirits. Nor the seducing doctrines. You can’t force people to accept what they know to be wrong.

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  14. luther thorne November 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    What Buggery got to do with the discussion?

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  15. Joe in California November 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    LGBT rights are Human rights.

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  16. Cherise November 12, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I totally agree with you N Day. The thing is that the System is breeding all types of criminals..no wonder the jails are over crowded. You can’t say the name Jesus or have worship but you can allow the Film Makers to film evil and satanic cartoons for our children to watch and after getting bored of watching them go..buy a gun and shoot innocent people. Now tell me who has the problems here.

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