My interview with Colin Robinson of the Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation. Aired March 14, 2013 on ieTV, Trinidad.
Spirit Day 2012 and the spirit of support expands around the world showing bullied kids and bullied LGBT kids in particular that they have allies everywhere. Wear purple…such an easy way to make a difference and if a kid comes up to you as a result thank your lucky stars that you have been privileged to offer support and safe harbor.
Too cute. Not exactly my idea of a flash mob when you have track cameras but still.
From the UN:
The United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has released a 60-page booklet on sexual orientation and gender identity in international human rights law. The publication, “Born Free and Equal,” sets out the source and scope of State obligations to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people under international human rights law. Drawing on almost two decades’ worth of UN research, guidance and jurisprudence, the booklet focuses on five core areas where State action is urgently required: protecting people from homophobic violence; preventing torture; decriminalizing homosexuality; prohibiting discrimination; and safeguarding freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.“The case for extending the same rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) persons as those enjoyed by everyone else is neither radical nor complicated. It rests on two fundamental principles that underpin international human rights law: equality and non-discrimination. The opening words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are unequivocal: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”Nevertheless, deeply embedded homophobic attitudes, often combined with alack of adequate legal protection against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, expose many LGBT people of all ages and in all regions of the world to egregious violations of their human rights. They are discriminated against in the labour market, in schools and in hospitals, andmistreated and disowned by their own families. On the streets of towns and citiesaround the world, they are singled out for physical attack – beaten, sexuallyassaulted, tortured and killed. And in some 76 countries, discriminatory lawscriminalize private, consensual same-sex relationships – exposing individualsto the risk of arrest, prosecution and imprisonment.”
Very interesting discussion sponsored by HRC and Google.
T&T has many problems but one good thing was that it had the most incredible Minister of Gender, Youth and Child development. Verna St. Rose Greaves is a social activist and a fighter of much ferocity who amazingly ended up as that Minister. Suddenly the talk became about human rights for all people and she was the champion of that fight. Last Friday she was removed from Cabinet for political reasons and my heart broke. She is the most wonderful compassionate person I know and she is a friend. If the world were ending I would want to call Auntie Verna.
Here is Part one of my interview with her today.
The Trinidad & Tobago Humanist Association weighs in on the current move to have equal rights for LGBT people in the T&T Equal Opportunity Act ( for protection from various forms of discrimination).
One in four LGBT kids are kicked out after coming out.