United and Strong meets Sarah Flood-Beaubrun

Press Release:-On the heels of the 47th regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) taking place on June 19-21 in the city of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, United and Strong’s request to meet with Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun was accepted.

The meeting sought to provide the Minister with information on the work of United and Strong Inc, discrimination issues faced my LGBT persons and the government’s position on recommendations made at the 2011 and 2015 UPR cycles.

Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun, Minister with responsibility for External Affairs and accompanied by Permanent Secretary Dr. Alison Gadjahdar, hosted the United and Strong’s delegation of the Communications and Advocacy Officer – Bennet Charles and Board Secretary Jessica St. Rose.

United and Strong provided the Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun and her team with our Annual Summary 2016 and a briefing on current projects in 2017.

Both parties agreed  on the unacceptable nature of discrimination targeting women and members of the LGBT community.

Conversation related to recommendations made in the 1st and 2nd Cycles of St. Lucia’s Universal Periodic Review saw both parties agreeing to have follow up meetings to discuss these recommendations.

The Minister and her staff made a commitment to extend an invitation to United and Strong Inc to be part of a national UPR consultation.

The various atrocities experienced by key populations in St. Lucia clearly highlighted the need for advocacy.

There was consensus that major changes in the attitudes of certain sectors of society need to happen, however the  question still remains, whether such advocacy should be the role of the Government, or whether it should be carried out by organisations like United and Strong Inc?

United and Strong Inc will look to continue it’s consultative process and courtesy visits to other key Ministers within this new administration.

We remain adamant in our call to have government state a clear position on the LGBT community, while at the same time recognizing our work and it’s positive impact.

11 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    “discrimination targeting women “? 80% of the public service is woman., 80% of employees of bank, in practically all industries in St Lucia is made up highly of women and yet they are still complaining

    1. LucianGemini
      June 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      How many Ministers are women, hotel and bank managers? Homeowners? Women still make up less than half of the work population according to the Statistics Dept. How many people killed, raped, robbed, or face sexual harassment at work are women? Please!!

    2. Anonymous
      June 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      United and strong????….more like bullas in thong!

  2. Anonymous
    June 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    CHOOPS all talk no action. I am highly disappointed in Sarah Flood as a minister.

    1. Anonymous
      June 17, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      So quick? Why Idiot?

      1. Anonymous
        June 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm

        Oh smartie I am to dumb to read your highly intelligent comment . Thank you

  3. .....
    June 17, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I don’t understand being gay?

    It is wrong!

    Just as a pedophile who commits the act is wrong.

    He too should argue that he was born that way.

    Just as a pedophile needs to control himself, so should people who are sexually attracted to persons of the same sex.

    I’m female, I admire a sharply well dressed woman. Am I gay? No!
    I’m aware it goes beyond this but this is how it starts and persons just give in.

    Just like a serial killer who may have fantasies of committing murder then one day goes out and do the act. He may feel horrible but then has the same fantasies and commits the act. The more he does it the less he feels guilty and to him it becomes natural.

    Same goes for public speaking. Your first time you fear having to speak in front of many people, you’re nervous, palms sweating. You do it, not your best but its not what you expected. The floor didn’t open up and swallow you. You are nervous the next time around but you go through with it. The more you do it the more comfortable you become.

    To be gay to me means… you’re weak. You give in quickly. Youre no better than a person who gave up on life. You gave up on yourself.

    I dont want the intelligence of this world. It’s quite foolish.

    To those who boast of their intellect and the abundance of commonsense.. You can have it.

    This world is too corrupt. Not interested in that which is common in this world.

    1. Anonymous
      June 17, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Your last paragraph is an acknowledgement of the widespread nature of this phenomenon. Would you like to live on the planet Mars instead? One last question. If you believe that being gay is wrong or sinful, and if indeed a gay man or woman goes to HELL after he or she has died, would you care about that ? Would you even know,given the fact that the dead cannot talk? So I suggest that you keep your pressure down and take care of the salvation of your soul, since even without being gay, you have sinned,will continue to sin, and will continue to fall short of God’s glory. To go back to the reference to your last paragraph : that’s just the way life is, even in countries where people are being executed for being gay. Imagine that !

      1. ...
        June 18, 2017 at 7:37 am

        Oh yes i do care but my word I cannot force you to change, can I?!

        If you see nothing wrong with being gay, there’s absolutely nothing i can do.

        I sin everyday but not deliberately. I’m not living in sin.

        Are you making an effort to change your ways? Do you acknowledge that sexual act with the same sex is wrong?

  4. Febert
    June 17, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Homosexuality is a sin. No matter what VMD says on fb, homosexuality/bulling is wrong.

  5. 758
    June 18, 2017 at 5:29 am

    That self same Minister say soooo much about family values. Now she posing wif dem. Politicians… SMH.

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