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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