Anti-LGBT Marches Continue in Caribbean
September 2, 2014 by HRC staff
An anti-LGBT march took place last week in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. One Voice Virgin Islands (OVVI), a church and community group that claims "exposing the LGBT agenda" as one of its main objectives, organized the event.
The demonstration comes on the heels of Senator Judi Buckley's introduction of a marriage equality bill draft.
OVVI hoped to replicate Jamaica's Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation (CAUSE)'s June anti-LGBT event, where approximately 25,000 Jamaicans turned out.
These marches are just a few of the many anti-LGBT expressions and violence seen throughout the Caribbean. This past weekend, an LGBT pride event held in Freeport, Bahama was cut short after members of the LGBT community did not attend “out of fear” of the repercussions from the public. Victor Rollins, one of the organizers of the event, told The Nassau Guardian that he received death threats on his Facebook page after posting pictures of event attendees holding LGBT pride flags along with Bahamian flags during the first day of events.
“Everyone is scared,” Rollins said. “No Bahamian from the LGBT community showed up.” The fear was so severe, that the people who were to be honored at the event did not attend.
Similarly, Javed Jaghai, a Jamaican LGBT rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to Jamaica's anti-sodomy law, withdrew the claim after growing fearful about violent threats. Jaghai made headlines after initiating the challenge, arguing that “the anti-sodomy law fuels homophobia and violates a charter of human rights adopted in 2011 that guarantees people the right to privacy.”
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