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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.