A Step Forward: Trinidad Buggery Law Overturned

 

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Image Courtesy Maria Nunes, Design by Nikoli Attai 

As a gay Trini it’s hard to put in words my feelings after last Thursday’s High Court ruling decriminalizing the country’s archaic “buggery” law, it’s taken me a few days to process. The law, dating back to the British colonial era, prohibited anal sex between members of the same sex and fell under the country’s Sexual Offences Act carrying a maximum penalty (increased in 2000) of up to 25 years behind bars. The magnitude of the ruling alone put me on a roller-coaster of feelings delving into memories I tucked away securely since leaving Trinidad almost seven years ago. Continue reading

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Say his name: Dexter Pottinger

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Via Facebook: Dexter Pottinger

His name is Dexter Pottinger. He was a model, fashion designer, LGBT activist, photographer, makeup artist, the face of Jamaica Pride and judging from the multitude of condolences from people he’s touched, a brilliantly kind, creative and devoted human being. “Never apologize for being yourself”, he said, “they should apologize to you for asking you to be someone else”. He was murdered in his home last week in Jamaica. As a gay black man from the Caribbean, this hits uncomfortably close to home.

 

 

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