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All gorgeous genders.. Caribbean IRN Update April, May, June 2024

CENESEX Cuba image from Struggle La Lucha blog


 Our thoughts are with all citizens affected by Hurricane Beryl. 

 All gorgeous gender

The Dominica High Court has decriminalized consensual same-sex relations as the Government says the ban on buggery has not been lifted if the act is without consent. Daryll Phillip shares about the rest of the fight for liberation.

Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago are the former British colonies who have since decriminalised consensual same-sex relations.

The Barbados LGBTQ+ Coalition writes about the concerns for legal protections as Barbados engages in the constitutional reform process.  

CAISO publishes its report Insights 2023 speaking about the experiences of discrimination and violence in Trinidad & Tobago. 



Gabriele Hosein writes on Discrimination against Transgender citizens in her Newsday column and Newsday editorialises about hate crimes , after an attack on a man.

In Aruba, the majority reject a bill for same-sex marriage in Parliament.

SAFE SXM in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin calls attention to rising number of reports of harassment, while trans citizen Kristen Moore shares about changing attitudes.

Sekiya Dorsett shares her story of leaving Bahamas as the Tribune reports on a US report on homophobic violence.

In Martinique,  Chloé Socias shares about being Catholic and lesbian.

 ECADE participates as part of the LGBTTTI Coalition in the 54th OAS General Assembly.

In Jamaica, MP Lisa Hanna moves a motion in parliament to expaned the definition of rape and to abolish the buggery law. 

In Belize, the US Embassy joins with UNIBAM to host an inaugural LGBTQI+ Economic Roundtable

"Hey Gorgeous" is the heading of an ad from  telephone company GTT in Guyana , inviting '..all genders.. all pronouns.." to participate in a talent show. The company has not included these sentiments so far  in its vacancy advertisements. Do they think all genders only good for entertainment and not employment?


Pride in the Caribbean

The Cuban Conga Against Homophobia and Transphobia included calls to free Palestine and protests against the Israeli genocide.

Equal Rights, Access and Opportunities SVG held a Pride Conference at the beginning of June in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

SASOD in Guyana held its Pride march and Stabroek News reports that a Minister joined the walk . There are no reports that the Minister intends to lead any Pride march into Parliament though, maybe next year.  

Safe SXM also held its Pride parade in Sint Maarten. 

Equals Barbados had to postpone its parade to July 14th. Cayman Pride Parade will be on 6th July.

 Equality Jamaica will be holding its 10th Pride in August 2024, as will Pride Bermuda



In Guadelope, photographer  Maurice-Alain Lima will be holding an exhibition of his latest photo series, “The Beauty of Innocence"

In Haiti, Carelle and Garal write about turning to the healing of Vodoun in helping LGBT patients. 

Rosamond S. King was the Guest Editor of the June 2024 Poem A Day shared by the Academy of American Poets. Please browse through the archives for the diverse collection.

Lexxicon publishes Batty Man Party 


 "Wild Natures" A Trio of Written works will be held on July 17th 2024.

Don't forget to check our collections linked at Caribbean Sexualities – Love | Hope | Community – Sexualities & Social Justice in the Caribbean and share it with others. 

The collection also includes selected pieces from the Sargasso Print Edition, as well as special online features, including "Write It In Fire - Tributes to Michelle Cliff" (prose, poetry, visual and performance art)


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