Homophobic group slammed, LGBT+ advocate calls for unity
The LGBT+ community is calling for unity in the face of recent critical statements made by religious group, RebuildTT.
Chief coordinator of Pride TT, Rudy Hanamji, said the group’s hate toward the community will be met with unity.
The group recently met with Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith to address safety issues ahead of the annual Pride Parade scheduled for July 28, 2019.
Persons within the LGBT+ community have raised questions as to whether violence was being meted out to LGBT+ members after the recent violent death of theatre icon Raymond Choo Kong.
Investigations into his death are ongoing.
President of Rebuild TT, Lal Beharry, called the issue an ‘abhorrent’ ‘promotion of the LGBT agenda’.
“This tactic to include sexual orientation in the EOA is a back door attempt to legalize homosexuality in Trinidad and Tobago. The people of this country are resolute in being against “same-sex” unions which is one of the goals of the LBGT+ movement,” Beharry said.
However Hanamji said that the LGBT+ community will no longer be silenced.
“Given the loss of a number of persons who belonged to the LGBTQ+ community in violent ways over the years, Pride TT denounces any attempts made by self-righteous hypocrites to distract attention from real issues in society, namely the prevalence of abuse, hate and prejudice levelled against the LGBTQ+ community and in particular the more vulnerable members thereof. They would seek to 'rebuild T&T' after they have destroyed it in the name of bigotry.”
“We remind them of 1 John 4:20 which states that: “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
“We call upon the nation to unite, and love and protect all persons as this will truly help in building T&T into a great nation,” Hanamji said.
The group said it remains resolute in highlighting the positive contributions of the community.
“Pride TT remains resolute in highlighting the positive contribution go the LGBTQ+ community to T&T’s development and will not allow others to ‘invisibilise’ our legacy anymore. We must be allowed to mourn our lost loved ones and celebrate their lives as we need to,” he said.
The group also called on NGOs, state agencies and other organisations to address the amendment of the Equal Opportunity Act to include age, HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ protections and for the removal of laws that deny equity and equality for all.
“Without the above, predators will continue to target and take advantage of children, women and members of the LGBTQ+ community – who are made vulnerable by the very toxic masculine paradigms that result in division, harm and the lack of justice for those injured, lost or killed. After all, every citizen is legally recognised and protected under the constitution – even if some believe they should not,” he said.