Saturday 20 July, 2019

Archbishop hails T&T's first ever Pride Parade

Archbishop Jason Gordon says the Catholic Church views Saturday’s Pride Parade as a demonstration of Trinidad and Tobago’s democracy at play.

Hundreds of people, decked in rainbow coloured clothing, marched along Tragarete Road, Port-of-Spain calling for equality and love over hate.

The parade ended at Nelson Mandela Park in honour of murdered transgender woman 'Sasha Fierce' who was gunned down at the location in December 2017.

Fierce, real name Keon Allister Patterson, was found on a pile of garbage near the park.

Speaking in a recorded statement which was released on Monday, Archbishop Gordon said the event was necessary as all members of the public deserve a fair chance to live among each other equally.

“We are a democracy and one of the things of a democracy is that people have a right to protest whenever they believe that their rights are not being upheld or violated. The fact of a pride parade in Trinidad and Tobago is a testimony that the democracy of Trinidad and Tobago is alive and well. The LGBT+ community has several areas where they have, I think, legitimate concerns for their rights and that has to be taken seriously by the country and by the government and by the people of Trinidad and Tobago.”

 

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