Trinidad and Tobago PM says she will end gay hate

Central AmericaOn Dec 18, 2012 Gay Star News reported: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar promises to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister has promised to put an end to gay hate in the country’s proposed national gender policy.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar revealed her plan to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination in a private letter to gay rights campaigner Lance Price, obtained by the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.

Price, who is the executive director of UK-based LGBT group Kaleidoscope Trust, confirmed he received the letter but refused to comment on its contents.

According to the newspaper, the letter was written in response to Price’s protest against the country’s homophobic Sexual Offences Act and immigration law which bans gay people.

In the letter, Persad-Bissessar wrote: ‘With respect to the concerns raised in your letter regarding aspects of T&T’s Sexual Offences Act and the Immigration Act which may target persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), I wish to assure you that due consideration is being given to these issues by my Government.

‘I do not support discrimination in any form against any individual, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.  Continued