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PM of Trinidad and Tobago Promises End to Anti-LGBT Bias in Private Letter to UK Activist

In a private letter to Lance Price, executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, an NGO based in the UK which campaigns globally for gay/LGBT rights and diversity, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar promised to end discrimination against LGBT people in national policy, the Guardian reports:

KamlaThe PM’s letter to Price was in response to one he wrote to her complaining about T&T’s immigration law and the Sexual Offences Act, which he said discriminated against homosexuals.
 
Price met Persad-Bissessar when he visited T&T for an International Press Institute (IPI) conference in June, at which the PM spoke. He wrote to her in July expressing concern about the stigmatisation of homosexuality in T&T.
 
Section 8 of the Immigration Act bars entry to homosexuals, describing them as a “prohibited class.”
 
Earlier this month, Aids-Free World, an advocacy NGO, challenged the controversial immigration law in court.

Colin Robinson, head of Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation, said the promises made by the PM in her letter are unprecedented:

Robinson added that the PM’s words in her letter to Price showed brave leadership. He said: “The kind of leadership we have been yearning for from Caribbean politicians... this is the kind of leadership that would make her a legacy.”
 
Robinson said he did not think a male politician could have done that because of masculinity and other issues. “It’s something about a woman that makes it possible, her maternal instinct, her style of leadership,”
 
Told bringing gay-rights legislation might cause opposition to Persad-Bissessar, Robinson said: “I don’t know when advocating human rights has marred the leadership of historic leaders. I hope she will be remembered as a brave Caribbean prime minister who acted for justice.”


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EltonjohnReligious leaders in Trinidad and Tobago are reportedly trying to stop Elton John from entering their country for the Plymouth Jazz Festival next month because they are worried the singer might tempt locals to turn gay:

"Philip Isaac, Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago, said Elton's lifestyle failed to conform to Biblical teaching. He added: 'The artist is one of God's children and while his lifestyle is questionable he needs to be ministered unto. His visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle.' Homosexuals can be barred from entering the country, but it is thought no-one has ever actually been turned away at immigration because of their sexuality."

Promoters say the show will go on: "Elton John is coming as what he is, one of the world greatest performers. He has performed in every country around the world. In Christian countries there has never been an objection. He is not coming here to preach about what lifestyle people should have. This country should be honoured to have Sir Elton John perform in Tobago."

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