REGIONAL: Antiguan PM criticised for using the word “anti-man” in social media exchange

REGIONAL: Antiguan PM criticised for using the word “anti-man” in social media exchange
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne

A government senator says she cannot approve of Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s public use of the phrase “anti-man”.

Senator Aziza Lake says the phrase is a culturally derogatory one, used to demean members of Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, and to demean others in general.

Browne made the public comment on his Facebook page last night while communicating with Attorney Charlesworth Tabor about the lawsuit Browne filed against his son United Progressive Party (UPP) Senator Damani Tabor.

In response to comments from Tabor, Browne replied “Sir, you are behaving like an anti-man”.

“The Hon. Gaston Browne is my prime minister and he is someone [who] I respect but in this regard, I will have to respectfully disagree with him using that phrase,” Lake said.

“It doesn’t appreciate the fact there are people in our communities are gay and that’s just who they are and for young people to see that, who may be gay they could internalise something like that coming from the man who holds the highest position in office,” she said.

Lake says too often, because they are not in others’ shoes, people do not know the power behind their speech.

“Gaston Browne is a married straight man, mind you, he may not understand the power of his words and it is for us to realize that certain things are not okay. I am not trying to disparage the good prime minister as I said he is someone I respect,” she said.

Lake was speaking to OBSERVER media this morning. We asked her if the Gaston Browne led administration was progressive on the issue of LGBT rights and freedoms.

“I think in terms of LGBT rights I can’t say we are progressive or regressive in that stance, it is what is in Antigua and Barbuda, we do have some latent homophobia and we saw that recently with the backlash over the carnival decorations.”


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  1. Woman shut ur anti-whatever..that's where u guys belong in a carnival to parade y'all Sodom and Gomorrah..we do not want it upon our society especially amongst our kids....the things babylon make legal is lethal and the GANJA with all the blood clothe phuceree.


  2. He should have called him an "anti-animal" instead. I guess we can now all stop casting disparaging remarks at gays for their behavior and lets now focus on those whose pleasure is bestiality, because its only a matter of time before they too get rights.


  3. Wait is anti-man? All my life I thought it was aunty man. You live and you learn I suppose.


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