The petition to demand the Trinidad Express apologize for running an offensive advert that, among other things, described LGBT people as ‘broken’ has been slowly picking up speed thanks to social networking and ActUp.org which posted an article but the pace was infuriating. Yes, the signatures tripled in two days but to have a mere 600 signatures for a subject that affects the lives of so many people was disturbing to me. I am not broken and I will scream it out to the world
Read the ActUp article here.
This evening the wonderful Anya Ayoung-Chee ( winner of Project Runway season 9 in case you haven’t been following this blog) came on board this evening via Twitter and Facebook. It was interesting that I was being treated to an early birthday dinner this evening and my friend Peter asked why I hadn’t encouraged Anya to join the fight. I didn’t have an answer- it was such an obvious thing – and then – as if to admonish my sorry ass – she tweeted the ActUp post on Twitter followed by a post on Facebook to sign the petition – synchronicity.
The results have been extraordinary and the petition signatures have accelerated. Poor Anya, who is such a sweet person, has had to endure a fair number of hater comments on FB and even personal attacks for her posts but she stands up for what is right and we all need to be proud of her. This might be the pivotal moment in this campaign. A small battle but a significant one for the LGBT community in T&T.
On another front, a newspaper response is being arranged for the ignorant and cowardly bullies. Copy is being done by a Trinidadian living in the US with great credentials and the funding is being arranged as we speak. The bigots may have achieved exactly the opposite of what they planned.
So on behalf of all the young lives that have been insulted by this ad – a giant video bitchslap to the evil people who posted it – from just a few of the wonderful and most definitely not broken people out there like me.
And finally, as posted before – for all the LGBT kids who were driven to suicide because of the hate of people like the ones who posted that advertisement. Never forget!