UNITED NATIONS: Gay-rights community fights to advance cause in Latin America and Caribbean – Americas – MiamiHerald.com

In the Caribbean, “the media have played a major role” in the international visibility of the struggle for gay rights in Jamaica, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. But Placide said the scrutiny in those countries has overshadowed the worsening human-rights conditions in other Caribbean nations.

At a recent meeting at the United Nations to assess progress on LGBTI rights, many people from the Caribbean said the situation remains dire. Gay sexual relations remain illegal in many countries, carrying prison sentences in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The 2010 Dominican Constitution bans same-sex marriage and even same-sex couples from cohabitating. Haiti has no legislation pertaining to gay rights. At least two countries —Belize and Trinidad and Tobago — have immigration laws that ban gay people from entering the country. via – MiamiHerald.com


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