We Stand with You: A benefit for Friends for Life in Trinidad and Tobago
On April 12, 2018, in a landmark verdict in the case of Jones v. T&T, high court judge, Devindra Rampersad ruled that Sections 13 and 16 of Trinidad and Tobago’s Sexual Offences Act, which criminalizes same-sex intimacy was unconstitutional. Immediately following the historic judgment, members of the LGBTQ community and allies were kicked out of their parent's homes, evicted by their landlords, lost their jobs, received death threats, and experienced cyber-bullying, harassment, and verbal and physical anti-LGBTQ hate violence.
The Caribbean Equality Project has been in communication with activists and organizers on the ground in Trinidad and Tobago to lend solidarity diasporic love and to support those who recently became homeless. In commemoration of the 2018 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, we are relaunching our solidarity campaign "We Stand with You," reimagined as an online fundraising benefit for Friends for Life , a grassroots non-profit organization founded in 1997 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago focusing on the working-class LGBTQ+ community. Year round, Friends for Life provides HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support services, which include developing healthy relationships with clients and families of persons affected by and infected with HIV/AIDS; as well as, advocating for the acknowledgement of the Rights for its primary target group of PLWA from among the vulnerable and marginal sectors of the population deemed as ‘High Risk’ to HIV infection –namely Men who have Sex with other Men (MSM); Lesbians, Gay, Bisexuals & Transgender (LGBT) communities, and Commercial Sex Workers(CSW).
Friends for Life is currently coordinating temporary housing for those who became victims of hate, family rejection, and abandonment. The funds raised by this fundraiser will directly support the immediate needs of the vulnerable LGBTQ community in Trinidad and Tobago with counseling services, food stipend, transportation, storage space for their belongings, and job search related expenses.
To gain support or learn more about Friends for Life, email [email protected] or call 868.379.1952.
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