LBGT movement seeks talks with new government

The LBGT movement in Saint Lucia is seeking to have discussions with the new government on issues of concern to the movement.

The LGBT advocacy group, United and Strong, is requesting a meeting with the new Allen Chastanet led administration.

Advocacy and Communications Officer, Benet Charles, told the Times that United and Strong wants especially to discuss the current buggery and gross indecency laws.

Charles recalled that his organization has spoken about repealing the laws.

He told the Times that in the recent talks about constitutional reform, it was evident that Saint Lucians were not ready to have such a discussion.

Charles said United and Strong really wants to know where the new administration stands on the issue of the buggery and gross indecency laws.

He disclosed that the organization wants to know what the new government will do about the legislation.

He noted that in the past United and Strong has had good relations with government ministers.

However he observed that when it came to the issue of the government’s stand on LGBT issues, successive administrations have remained quiet.

“We really hope that we can get some support from this new administration in public from the cabinet – from the ministers as opposed to individual ministers,” Charles told the Times.

He said the LGBT advocacy group looks forward to fruitful discussions with the new government.

Charles was asked about a referendum on gay rights and the repeal of the buggery and indecency laws.

He said:

“I certainly think that the time is correct to have open discussion in public. I think for too long politicians themselves have decided on what people want without actually getting the people involved in the discussion.”

Charles asserted that with a new administration in place, Saint Lucia is well placed to have a discussion on the possibility of a referendum.





  1. Anonymous
    June 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    All of you, give the people a chance to settle.

    You in particular, LGBT, still doing what you, law or not. You can wait 100 days. Woy!!!

  2. Sad-But-True
    June 30, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Hahahaha..what’s new under the sun, eh, Allen “boy?” Lol. You know why they voted you into office, right? Now a promise is a promise. I know, i know, you cannot make decisions on your own. You gotta consult the other Two Prime Ministers. Lol. Shared Psychological Collateral Damage. Lol

  3. Anonymous
    June 30, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    sad but true I like you but u take ur jokes to far now

  4. Anonymous
    June 30, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I’m certain this new administration will be good to them and want to have a cordial discussion with them cause king must be present. Yes Stevenson Queen. Sorry king

  5. saying it as it is
    July 1, 2016 at 5:57 am

    here we go again with sad but true……… anonymous I kind a like that person but he/ she is too too upset…. hmm

    1. Sad-But-True
      July 1, 2016 at 8:51 am

      I am a guy. And furthermore, i don’t understand what makes you believe I am upset. My comments are just that. Nothing more, Nothing less. And you or anyone else do not need to like or read it. Practice the “Art of scrolling” certain comments on here and you will be ok. There is no need for all this Emotional tirade I see here.

  6. Anonymous
    July 1, 2016 at 6:39 am

    We are a Christian society and would not accept this kind of unacceptable disrespectable and crazy act. What the hell is lgbt ? A man should have a woman as his companion and a woman should have a man as her companion

    1. ex bigot
      July 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Neither is unfaithful marriage partners, but you all turn a blind eye there.
      If you need life saving operation, do you ask your surgeon for his/her sexual orientation first, or do you let the one that is most capable of saving your life perform the operation?
      When government does new projects paid by tax payers, do you say, I am not riding on this road, because some LGBT person paid taxes?

  7. Ras
    July 2, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Contrary to what the media shove down our throats, people are not born gay.

    Science has proved that.

    If one identical twin is gay, there is 50% chance of his twin being gay. This means that your DNA does not make you gay. It may be able to push you in that direction, but the ultimate choice is yours. In addition, these twins were raised together, going through a similar environment, which means genetics is likely to account for even less than 50% on the choice of being gay.