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What religious community says impact on us

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Paula Lindo

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community are again appealing to the religious community to understand how what they say impacts how people react to the group. This in the face of hate mail and evictions of people associated with the group.

Cherisse Berkeley was shoved, spat on and cursed last week Thursday following Justice Devindra Rampersad’s ruling.

After the court’s ruling some members of the community said they have lost their jobs and have been evicted from their homes.

Those affected are receiving counselling and have been relocated to temporary shelter..

Berkely said one young man, who was put out of his home, was allowed to go back following the public pronouncements of Roman Catholic Archbishop Jason Gordon on the issue.

This, she said, was an indication of the power of the word of religious leaders, “for the Archbishop to say two lines and for parents to be totally different to how they were before that should show religious leaders how much weight what they say carry.”

Berkely said it was work which her mother did with her “on anger management and stress management,” that worked in her favour when the incident happened outside the Hall of Justice. “I will call it divine intervention and I must thank my mom,” she said.

Paula Lindo, another LGBT activist, said many members of the community get familial support, but there are instances where families don’t support people who are of a different sexual orientation.

She was concerned that a “lot of rancour had been created because of what the evangelical preachers did, but because of what the Archbishop said people have a more reasonable view.”

The Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO) is now compiling data and will be taking their complaints to the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) for the protection of the members of the community.



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