Progress for LGBTI people and rights in the Caribbean

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The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network reports:

Maurice Tomlinson and Tom Decker (Photo courtesy of Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network) Maurice Tomlinson and Tom Decker (Photo courtesy of Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network)

Increasing the visibility of LGBTI people and their rights in the Caribbean

Two separate, but related events supported by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network took place in the Caribbean last week:

  • Police LGBTI Sensitization Training in Antigua and Barbuda from November 24–27 and
  • The launch of the Barbados Pride Committee in Barbados on November 28 and 29.

The police training in Antigua was facilitated by Legal Network Senior Policy Analyst Maurice Tomlinson and former Toronto police officer, now Anglican-ordained priest Tom Decker. The two-day training for two groups of police officers reinforced the principles of community policing, human rights, and professionalism and ethics, which were then applied to the LGBTI community. Since many of the local police officers are also lay pastors, the training has the potential for a much broader…

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