Archive for October 26th, 2010

October 26, 2010

Putting a face to the issue

Brendon O'Brien of CAISO

I conducted an interview today with Brendon O’Brien of the group CAISO ( Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation) . This is the group that conducted a t-shirt protest of a visiting ‘ex-gay’ minister visiting from the US. They attended one of his seminars , making up about half of those present , and asked questions. Afterwards the group went to a local mall for dinner still wearing their t-shirts. In many other parts of the world this would be no big deal but here it was a pretty radical act.

Brendon is only 20 and , being a spoken word poet, very charismatic and a good communicator. His passion for fighting for equal rights was palpable and I think it made for an interesting interview. Heck, just having someone young talking about the subject in these parts is interesting enough. We discussed why there is suddenly a voice on the subject now and how social networking is a powerful tool for organizing young people. He seems very confident that the movement for changing  the society here will grow from strength to strength as he noted that people of all orientations are joining in. We shall see. One thing is for certain the fact the group escaped any violence or verbal taunting puts T&T miles ahead of Jamaica in that regard.

As usual the best part of the chat was with him and the other members of CAISO after the cameras stopped rolling – but what happens after the interview stays after the interview.

The interview will air tomorrow on ieTV at 7pm ( streaming  on Ustream live) and will be on YouTube at the same time. It will be linked here tomorrow.

Addendum – The video has now been uploaded and you can click here to see it.

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October 26, 2010

Facebook staff for It Gets Better Project

October 26, 2010

Promised I would lighten up a bit…

This was highlighted on Towleroad and it is, quite literally, too cute for words. Enjoy.

October 26, 2010

Bishop Tutu speaks out – again

I really don’t see how people fail to see that discrimination based on gender identity is just as wrong as discrimination based on race . Bishop Tutu , who has considerable experience in the latter,  understands. He speaks out in an open letter to Essence magazine. Thanks to CAISO and my friend Alvin for the link.

Today I pray for people in Africa and throughout the world who long for freedom because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. It grieves me to be retiring at this crucial moment in history, so I write to you in this open letter, to invite you to pick up the work that remains to be done. More than 70 countries still imprison or execute gay and transgender people, and bullying and murders are all too common. This must change.

Read more here.

October 26, 2010

I am pissed off about the fools in Uganda

Okay… I am very tired but watching this video pissed me off. Royally. Uganda was already in first place as my most f$%ked up country in the world.  And then I saw this..

Can’t embed so read  here.