Due to the rising cases of abandonment, rejection and ostracism against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Barbados, Barbados — Gays, Lesbians and All-Sexuals against Discrimination is urging Barbadians to reassess their attitudes and behaviours towards gays and lesbians.
In particular, parents and families of lesbians and gays are also urged not to abandon or reject their children but instead, to continue to show them love and support. Homophobia does not only manifest itself in the form violence and that is what many Barbadians fail to understand.
Often times, young men and women are thrown out from their homes by their parents, guardians and protectors with nowhere to go and nobody to turn to for solace, all because others have chosen to disagree with who they love.
Negative attitudes towards gay and lesbian people result in various societal problems including social deviance, depression and the “down-low” phenomenon. National problems such as brain drain come to the fore when talented, intelligent and creative LGBT persons are forced to leave these shores because of the treatment they face by family and by society at large.
B-GLAD reiterates that our aim is not to change the personal beliefs of Barbadians but to reinforce equality and love towards LGBT people in Barbados so that Barbados becomes a safe and healthy place for everyone to live and love.
Lastly, on a global scale laws prohibiting same sex marriages are being revoked and while we applaud their progress, we in Barbados have a long way to go as it relates to same-sex marriage.
Same sex marriage is not on our mandate as we still have to encourage love, acceptance, equality and the eradication of discrimination against LGBT persons in many other areas.
— Donnya Piggott
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