St. Lucia plans its first Pride celebration

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06/18/2019

The Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia is gearing up for its first Pride celebration, although it still clings to anti-gay laws. On paper, St. Lucia’s laws provide for up to 10 years in prison for same-sex intimacy., but the nation also hopes to expand its tourist industry, including LGBT tourism. ILGA’s “State-Sponsored Homophobia” reported about St. Lucia: In 2017, the External Minister, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, reiterated her position against the decriminalisation of buggery, and stated that the country will remain “resolute” against international pressure: “Even if it’s a long struggle in some countries, this is one country that we will continue struggling”. She has also claimed that same-sex parenting can “set children up for failure” because it was against the “natural order”.

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