Caribbean Equality Project (CEP) is a Queens, New York-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that empowers the marginalized voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people of Caribbean origin and descent through advocacy, community organizing, education, cultural, and social programming. All donations are tax deductible.
To date, CEP is the only educational-based agency serving the Caribbean-American LGBTQ community in New York City and is dedicated to cultivating a supportive and progressive Caribbean community free of violence, oppression, and discrimination. CEP’s advocacy efforts are directed towards fostering community partnerships and greater family acceptance. Additionally, the organization acts as a liaison to government agencies and elected officials with the collective vision of a society based on respect, inclusion, and equality, regardless of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity within the Caribbean diaspora.
The first of its kind in New York City, Caribbean Equality Project offers a peer culture-specific monthly support group, providing a safe space to affirm the unique experience and identities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Caribbean descent and allies to combat discrimination and hate violence.
The purpose of “UNCHAINED” is to create a healing space for intergenerational dialogue with topics aimed at educating to end stigma, build healthier relationships, celebrate diversity, promote empowerment, and foster family acceptance. Through this distinctive exploration of the LGBTQ+ experience, while highlighting the unique cultural needs of Caribbean individuals, for the past two years, CEP have created a greater awareness of not only the group’s individual differences but also their shared experiences.
Members gain support and guidance through discussion on various topics such as coming out, family, LGBTQIA-related phobias, social norms, relationships and dating, sexual fluidity, and health/wellness. By promoting education, acceptance, and the importance of healthy relationships, Unchained is providing a support system to participants that are coping with rejection, depression, and isolation.
The support group is facilitated by Julius Owens, an NYS Independently Licensed Psychotherapist.