Journalism workshop on LGBTI issues

Saint Lucia has played host to a journalism workshop to exchange information regarding best practices on reporting on LGBTI issues.

The event was held yesterday  from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Bay Gardens Resort & Spa, Rodney Bay, with award-winning journalist Mark Stern of Slate as the facilitator.

Stern has written widely  on LGBTI issues, especially as they relate to the law.

The workshop here  came against the backdrop of  recent events relating to LBGTI issues in the region and internationally, specifically the recent ruling from the Belize Supreme Court which removed the offense of buggery off the statute books.

Jeff  Barrus,  Deputy Public Affairs Officer at US Embassy in Barbados which organized the workshop, said that  all over the world LGBTI issues are becoming more and more prominent.

Barrus asserted that as a result,  journalists  are faced  with new challenges in reporting on those issues.

“What we are really trying to do is give people a set of new tools or new ways of covering these issues and facilitate dialogue with the reporter as to how these issues are covered,” he explained.

Barrus said the expectation is that there will be a broad exchange of knowledge  with someone to whom journalists here can reach out in the person of Mark Stern.