AAF laments LGBT stigma, discrimination

AAF laments LGBT stigma, discrimination

Director of the Aids Action Foundation (AAF), Joan Didier, has lamented that generally attitudes in the Islands of the OECS towards LBGT persons have not changed.

“Across the board attitudes remain the same,” Didier told the Times.

She was among participants at a conference on security training for LGBT persons that opened in Saint Lucia yesterday.

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Didier observed that people in same sex relations who perceive themselves to be different and know they are different in the way they want to love and live, are subject to a lot of stigma and discrimination.

She asserted that this hinders their desire to seek sexual and reproductive health support.

The AAF Director was of the opinion that the issues of stigma and discrimination need to be addressed before the sub-region can even think of same sex marriages.

She noted that an election process is now in place here, but felt that none of the candidates would address those issues since the majority of the population are Catholic or Christian and would be offended.

Didier said that buggery still remains an offence on the statute books, which is another issue that needs to be addressed.

She declared:

“I think we across the board we need to start speaking the language of human rights, so that people are entitled to be different to you, to love differently and have sex differently in their private space. You need to recognize that they do have those rights and let them be.”

The representative of the British High Commission told the conference that the British government was proud to stand up for the rights of LGBT people everywhere, by promoting tolerance and non-discrimination and addressing discriminatory laws – especially those that criminalize homosexuality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Rev Donald Spitz
    March 2, 2016 at 6:19 pm Reply

    Contrary to what you write, Homosexuality should be criminalized. Homosexuality is a crime against God and against the Holy Bible. After reading this story I know why God wrote:
    Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
    Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: :26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: :27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    1. Up yourse
      March 2, 2016 at 7:47 pm Reply

      Oh the Bible punchers!!! Love them, they are so short sighted!
      Before you bring out you “knowledge” of the bible and go for the most soft target in the community, tell me how many fornicating men are in you congregation. Tell me how you tell them if they do not stop their unfaithfulness to their wives, they may not come to your church? Tell me how you control the abusive men and woman that come to your church? Tell me how you protect the children from predators? Tell me how you stand up and fight for the widows and orphans?
      Because from you reference points, all these people should receive the death penalty, but you only focus on the one topic.
      Thank God, my God and your “GOD” is not the same God.
      Mine is a loving and forgiving God, and He does not condemn!

      1. LucianM
        May 9, 2016 at 1:53 pm Reply

        Excellent response.

    2. LucianM
      May 9, 2016 at 1:54 pm Reply

      So shortsighted and erroneous, as the comment below recognises.

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