Dominica LGBT activist says queer people still aren’t free


Dominica’s High Court has struck down the nation’s anti-sodomy law, but homophobia remains pervasive. “The law has changed in Dominica, but it will still take time to change people’s attitudes,” says Daryl Phillip, head of Minority Rights Dominica (MiRiDom). “Before and even now, people allow themselves to treat LGBT people as second-class citizens.” On April 22, the High Court of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States ruled that sections 14 and 16 of the Dominica Sexual Offences Act, which sentenced people in same-sex relationships to 10 years’ imprisonment, were unconstitutional and void. In particular, the judges found that these laws clearly infringed the rights to privacy, liberty, and security, as well as protection against discrimination.


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