First LGBT pride celebration comes to Saint Lucia

First LGBT pride celebration comes to Saint Lucia
A gay pride march/celebration in Argentina
A gay pride march/celebration in Argentina

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia pride committee has launched a logo and theme in preparation for the country’s first ever public LGBT pride celebration. This marks a historic occasion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on Saint Lucia.

The logo features a heart-shaped splash in rainbow colours and black, reflecting the diversity of our human family. A black fist emerges with the passion of ongoing activism to achieve full recognition of the human rights of LGBT people in the Caribbean.


The 2019 celebration theme “Persist with pride”, is an affirmation for the LGBT community and supporters, as we stay the path towards the goal of full recognition.

Pride is scheduled for August 23 – 26, 2019, with activities aimed at educating and sensitising the general public, as well as nurturing the dignity of non-heterosexual and gender non-conforming people on Saint Lucia. Public activities include a panel on LGBTQ in Saint Lucia – Then and Now, Youth Engagement on the Meaning of Pride Beyond Sexual Orientation and a Pride Family Day and Health Fair. A Pride Fashion Show and an Island Exploration highlighting areas of note for LGBT Saint Lucians are planned specifically for LGBT people and allies.

Several community organisations and business partners are expected to be part of the Family Day and Health Fair, which will include health talks and screenings, congratulatory speeches, performances and giveaways.

Background
Since June 1970, LGBT Pride Celebrations has grown to become an internationally recognised movement of claiming time and space for the unapologetic celebration and affirmation of gender and sexual minorities in all of their
diversity and multi-dimensional realities, denouncing violence and hate.

Over the past two decades, we have witnessed the growth of the OECS LGBT community mobilisation and visibility.
Advocacy surrounding the advancement of the human rights of all gender and sexual minorities has been increasing. PRIDE in the OECS is an acknowledgment of freedom of association and assembly which aims to create a
space addition to reducing stigma and discrimination often faced by the LGBT community around the OECS.

In 2018 Caribbean pride celebrations were successfully and peacefully staged in Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana, St
Croix, Belize, and Jamaica, where two celebrations are held annually. The longest-running Caribbean pride celebration is held in Curacao.

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  1. Exactly...We have our future generations to worry about. In today's world being gay has been made into such an "in thing" that kids practice in school like it is part of the curriculum. & No they are not gay. Just getting in on the trend, ever since this lgbtq madness has been circulating the globe. Stop trying to push this on everyone. You live your life the way you see fit but don't come rubbing it up in everyone's noses. Kids follow by example and this is the wrong example to lead them by. There are too many other issues in society that deserve awareness and lgbtq ain't one of them. Let's rally around those who are so lost that they feel the only way out is to commit suicide. Don't come parading your madness in the faces of our innocent little ones brainwashing them. You wanna be gay, be gay, we all have to face our own judgement. Stop with the follow fashion, we don't need gay parade in SLU...No to BRAINWASHING PARADE...No to Soddom & Gomorrah...Fire burn ?? ?

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  2. St Lucia is becoming increasingly worst just adopting every abomination from around the world soon atlucia will be worst than Sodom and Gomorrah and I'm afraid of what is to come remember how it ended for them God have mercy on us for the atrocities that are about to be committed

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  3. We will ALL feel the consequences .When Judgement comes on the country ALL will feel it...not excluding all the people justifying this behavior!....Yet some will say St.Lucia is Gods favorite place as prayer to Him has spared us from imminent hurricanes , thus far also Tsunamis.
    Remember Trinidad and how they are suffering now and have in the major flood.Remember the land of rivers and how they were battered by the hurricane.Remember our pride is in iconic pitons which are the crater of an active volcano...Let us not provoke God.but repent.

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  4. This was once how white men spoke about blacks.
    You lot are a bunch of FOLLOWERS.

    HATE is easier to spread than LOVE, its a disease.

    For my Christians that say it's wrong
    If I am a spirit and my body is a vessel, what does gender have to do with sin? NOT A DAMN THING!

    LOVE IS LOVE!

    FIRE PON ALL DAH HATE!

    PRIDE MI SAY!

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      • Seem like something one would say to continuebcompromising the word of God to fit their fleshly corrupted cravings.Also not because one is saying the right thing to do from their perspective means they’re portraying hatred toward those who take part in such forbidden acts... At the end of the day you choose your way , I choose mine and i love you none the less ... however am i really showing love if I watch my brother or sister go down the “wrong” path ? Hmm

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        • Exactly...We have our future generations to worry about. In today's world being gay has been made into such an "in thing" that kids practice in school like it is part of the curriculum. & No they are not gay. Just getting in on the trend, ever since this lgbtq madness has been circulating the globe. Stop trying to push this on everyone. You live your life the way you see fit but don't come rubbing it up in everyone's noses. Kids follow by example and this is the wrong example to lead them by. There are too many other issues in society that deserve awareness and lgbtq ain't one of them. Let's rally around those who are so lost that they feel the only way out is to commit suicide. Don't come parading your madness in the faces of our innocent little ones brainwashing them. You wanna be gay, be gay, we all have to face our own judgement. Stop with the follow fashion, we don't need gay parade in SLU...No to BRAINWASHING PARADE...No to Soddom & Gomorrah...Fire burn ?? ?

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  5. ETHIOPIA HAS RIGHTS TO BAN HOMOSEXUALS FROM HOLY SITES.

    SEE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/TxLw_OvrXXU

    Now I know some of you will say that’s holy sites, point is they don’t want them there.

    That’s why I tell you, we the people must ban and fight against this gay parade and the push to try to normalize the behavior they doing it all over. And they have the backing of these white western nations.

    Now I know our government are huge sellouts these western nations will offer them a few negro trinkets (Aid) and they will sell out the laws to accommodate them. But we the people must fight against it for the future of our children.

    And some of these weak Christians instead of taking a stand like the brothers and sisters in Ethiopia, they there playing best lover talking about god say to lover everybody...#pathetic

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  6. There are sins that are forgiven, and there are sins that are not forgiven. Not only Sodom and the
    Cities around it were bombed out of existence, so was Pompii in Italy. Sins may be forgiven after
    repentance, confessing it, asking God to cleanse you by the Blood shed on the Cross, if you believe in it
    and turn away from your wicked ways. Failing this - I will stop here - it's up to you. I pray that you don't
    succeed in turning this poor Island into another Sodom. We are allowing this so called freedom of ours
    to go too far - STOP NOW - or face the consequences. God is watching you, and there is a judgement day.
    This is not the only danger facing St.Lucia, the authorities MUST get tough with the crime rate, or perish.

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  7. There are many causes that deserve attention and righteous anger such as eliminating poverty, despair and isolation. Homosexuality is not one of them. .Our communities have many broken down houses, some are of historical value why not direct intellect and energy to conservation: environmental and architectural, and help beautify the country, uplift the community and the nation. Or better still, engage in community development and mediation to heal and repair fractured lives. This would yield a higher dividend: give people hope for a better and brighter future. LGBTQ will rise, shine and overcome as in the case of oppression such as slavery and racism. This is one of many humanizing milestones a society must achieve if it is to wear the badge of being civilized, democratic and equal.

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  8. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    But i cant help it, i like the same sex, i tried to deny it and did the opposite sex with different ppl, different types, styles and lifestyles of the different sex and i could not stomach it. Once i literally throw up. Am I sick? Am a a victim of my parents sins? I Can't change even if i tried too. I don't think u control who you love or who you are attracted too. This is beyond our control. Lucky for some of us we fall under the "right" path. the path were we fall in love with the opposite sex, where we can reproduce. because there's no way i can reproduce with having sex with the persons i am attracted too. there's no way. Is something wrong with me? or am i the problem? counselling isnt helping. ive been to more than one therapist. Are they not doing their jobs right? Tell me. Tell me that what i am feeling naturally is a mistake on God's Part. In no way am i purposely trying to be attracted to my same sex. So tell me,,,, Am i a glitch?