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