Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Pride TT: Upcoming Pride Parade activities will be safe and secure

Local LGBTQ organisation, Pride TT, says it feels assured that the Police Service will protect participants of the upcoming Pride TT Fair, Mini-Concert, Fun Day and Parade carded for Sunday at Nelson Mandel Park.

This follows a meeting with Police Commissioner Gary Griffith at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain, last Friday. They discussed the safety and security needs for the upcoming annual event.

In a statement on Thursday, the association said it appreciated the dialogue which sought to address the concerns of those in the community.

"Pride TT is convinced that the T&T Police Service is committed to protecting all. Not only did the Commissioner and his team allay all concerns raised by Pride TT but, he preempted others we wished to raise, such as ‘hate crimes’ and targeted violence against members of the LGBTQ+ community in general, by sharing initiatives that can only be described as forward-thinking, first-world and all-inclusive. He advised that “my commitment is to ensure that every single law-abiding citizen will find protection from the TTPS in a free and equal manner, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. We are aware of the specific needs of the LGBTQ+ Community and will address these”.

Pride TT said the talks created history as this was the first time a sitting Police Commissioner met with representatives of the LGBTQ+ Community. The NGO added that it also fostered a legitimate expectation of a desired future state where members of the LGBTQ+ Community in Trinidad and Tobago can feel confident and trust that their concerns and needs will be equally and equitably addressed by T&T’s police officers, some of whom also belong to this segment of society and put their lives on the line daily to serve all citizens.  

"Pride TT stands in solidarity with the Commissioner and the TTPS and offered any assistance that may be needed to assist them in bringing an end to crime, violence and abuse. All persons wishing to attend this year’s Pride events can be assured that their safety and security will be well taken care of," the activist group ended.

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