Barbados: Regional approach to decriminalising homosexuality


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) advocates in Barbados are working closely with their counterparts in Trinidad and Tobago to prove that changes to the country’s “discriminatory” laws could result in real and tangible benefits for members of the community. Jason Jones, whose landmark 2018 court victory successfully decriminalised homosexuality in the twin-island republic has launched an LGBTQ+ National Survey to determine whether homophobia and discrimination have abated since his legal victory. Here in Barbados, recently appointed Chairman of the United Caribbean Transnetwork (UCTRANS), Alexa Hoffmann is hoping that the ongoing research will validate a similar legal challenge against Barbadian laws and gain the attention of policymakers, religious groups and other dissenting voices.

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