Growing acceptance for gays in Trinidad & Tobago

Jan 11, 2008 | Posted by: Thomas Jackson | Full story: gay_blog.blogspot.com

Trinidad-born Jessie Hanes, a gay, HIV-positive man living in New York who was granted asylum by a US court recently, would be pleasantly surprised to learn that HIV/AIDS patients in Trinidad and Tobago today, receive free medicine and are accepted both within their families and at the workplace, Beverly King, an HIV/AIDS social worker has said.

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mitra

Port-of-spain, Trinidad and Tobago

#2 Jan 21, 2008
well done
Neil Jones

Cardiff, UK

#5 Mar 3, 2008
Beverly King, has lost the plot. Gays are not accepted by families in Trinidad! It is heart breaking to hear stories these people have to tell. All the abuse, violence and rejection by families, friends, strangers and the general public is beyond belief!
Interesting1

Trinidad and Tobago

#6 Apr 17, 2008
Long time plot gone.
LadyBird

Port-of-spain, Trinidad and Tobago

#7 Apr 23, 2008
Someone wrote:

"Beverly King, has lost the plot. Gays are not accepted by families in Trinidad! It is heart breaking to hear stories these people have to tell. All the abuse, violence and rejection by families, friends, strangers and the general public is beyond belief!"


What's heart breaking about refusing to accept homosexuality in one's family? Gays who flaunt their homosexuality like some prized possession should be tarred, feathered and run out of town.
Shyla

San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago

#10 Jul 25, 2008
LadyBird wrote:
Someone wrote:
"Beverly King, has lost the plot. Gays are not accepted by families in Trinidad! It is heart breaking to hear stories these people have to tell. All the abuse, violence and rejection by families, friends, strangers and the general public is beyond belief!"
What's heart breaking about refusing to accept homosexuality in one's family? Gays who flaunt their homosexuality like some prized possession should be tarred, feathered and run out of town.
If you feel so strongly about homosexuality why were you reading an article about the topic in the first place and futhermore spent time posting a hateful remark?
You need to get a clue.
What are you doing that's so great that you deserve the right to judge the way people choose to live their lives?
People like you is what's wrong with the world today.
Wake up and smell the coffee honey.
Average Joe

Saint Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago

#11 Jul 31, 2008
It is unfortunate when a person contracts this deadly disease. However, it is esssential to differenciate between a sick person and the life style that one has chosen.If the article is in fact the truth,Trinidadians should be applauded for their apparent care for an ill person. But it must not be construed that Trinidadians have accepted this unnatural lifestle that persons have decided to engage in.These homosexual persons are a minute part of the population and are of the few that the society as a whole should accept and affirm their lifestyle as being normal. There are persons in prominent positions in this country and the world at large promoting this agenda under the guise of discrimination and equal rights; and if one apposes their stance he or she is veiwed as a fanatic or as hateful.Trinidad and Tobago will stand out as one of the few countries in the world, that will not bow to this sinister agenda, buggery is still an offence in our law books.AND MAY GOD BLESS OR NATION.
bun dem

Trinidad and Tobago

#12 Aug 7, 2008
I believe that we in T&T tolerate homosexuals because we are afraid that one might stab one of us of infect us with an AIDS needle. Homosexuals are people who we laught at and snicker at but we are not really friends with. Other societies in the develop world may accept the "buller men" as we call them but no parent in T&T remains in the same frame of mind when their son announces that he en joys a cocoa in in cacahole. Gays are not peritted in the regiment, shunned in the police and are chased from the teaching service. There was a gay principal of a prestige school for boys who is still hiding. homsexuality is not natural and peoples of the three major religious gropus in T&T have promoted this. as for me, i dont keep gay people around me because i believe all of them have AIDS and plan to spread it, so who want to play in too too go ahead but go america and do so
Neil Jones

Upminster, UK

#13 Aug 8, 2008
Bun dem, please learn to spell and use correct grammar. I doubt any gay man would want to be around you any way, so you don't have to worry about that. Your ignorance shows that reason will not work. We are fully aware that gays are not tolerated in most aspects of Trinidad life, so what's your point in stating the obvious? By the way, for your information, more hetrosexuals have AIDS than homosexuals. Check your facts first brother.
Mark

Trinidad and Tobago

#15 Sep 11, 2008
Aren't people aware that bi-sexual tendencies are in ll of us, due to our genetic and biological make-up of having both testosterone and estrogen/ It is a matter of bringing out such tendencies in an individual. People's negative remarks are due to an inner and subconscious fear. Taking it from a religious perspective, the only reason why homosexuality is condemned in the Bible, like masturbation, is that sex was only meant for procreation, and indulging in such acts for pleasure is not allowed. Even sex for gratification is not allowed. It was only officially changed in Vatican II Council.
LadyBird

Port-of-spain, Trinidad and Tobago

#17 Sep 13, 2008
Shyla wrote:
<quoted text>
If you feel so strongly about homosexuality why were you reading an article about the topic in the first place and futhermore spent time posting a hateful remark?
You need to get a clue.
What are you doing that's so great that you deserve the right to judge the way people choose to live their lives?
People like you is what's wrong with the world today.
Wake up and smell the coffee honey.
Feel so strongly?? I have a right to oppose it and keep bullers in their place. If I had my way, I would be tarring, feathering and running bullers out of town myself as soon as they show their effeminate ways. But as long as they stay far away from me and mine, ie my two sons, I will leave them alone. But bullers feel that they have the right to tackle any good looking young boy they see and that their advances should be tolerated, if not accepted. Most of them are not prepared to be discreet and circumspect about their aberration and to stick with their kind. They are always on the prowl for "new flesh" and innocent straight ones at that. They flaunt their homosexuality and straight people are supposed to accept it. Well, not me and not with mine.

Nuff said.
LadyBird

Port-of-spain, Trinidad and Tobago

#18 Sep 13, 2008
Mark wrote:
People's negative remarks are due to an inner and subconscious fear.
Bull shit! I simply disapprove of what is an unnatural, aberrant and perverted lifestyle that the livers are intent on foisting on Society.
LadyBird

Port-of-spain, Trinidad and Tobago

#19 Sep 13, 2008
bun dem wrote:
Gays are not peritted in the regiment, shunned in the police and are chased from the teaching service.
Me ent know about the regiment but it have endless bullers in the poleece. Tunupuna Police Station have quite ah few. Everybody kno dem cause dem kyant hide dey bulling ways. One ah dem is a P.C who does tell people dat he is ah W.P.C and de Poolece Admin wudn't kick he out, so dat mek me wunder bout de Poleece Admin themselves.
Neil Jones

Leicester, UK

#22 Sep 13, 2008
Haha. You all are so funny. De vagrant I think you will find out that "dis bullerman ting" going on a very very long time. If the "bullers" were all lawyers and doctors, probably shows they are smarter than you! You are right, you probably would need long pants - scaring people all over the place aint a good thing! lol
Neil Jones

Huntingdon, UK

#24 Sep 14, 2008
We'll only do it on the edge of a cliff if you join us! LOL
Shyla

Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago

#25 Sep 16, 2008
LadyBird wrote:
<quoted text>
Feel so strongly?? I have a right to oppose it and keep bullers in their place. If I had my way, I would be tarring, feathering and running bullers out of town myself as soon as they show their effeminate ways. But as long as they stay far away from me and mine, ie my two sons, I will leave them alone. But bullers feel that they have the right to tackle any good looking young boy they see and that their advances should be tolerated, if not accepted. Most of them are not prepared to be discreet and circumspect about their aberration and to stick with their kind. They are always on the prowl for "new flesh" and innocent straight ones at that. They flaunt their homosexuality and straight people are supposed to accept it. Well, not me and not with mine.
Nuff said.
Gay men react the same as straight men when they see a "hot chick" walking down the street.
If it's okay for a straight man to holla at every hot woman they see what makes it wrong for a gay man to do?
If it's okay for people to discriminate against the gay lifestyle then should it be okay to discriminate against Black, Indian, Muslim, Jewish, disabled, poor and every other type of people in the world?
The answer is NO.
What is going to happen if one of your sons come home one day and announces he is gay?
Are you going to disown him, tar, feather and run him out of town?
Why should homosexuals be discreet and circumspect when there are men and even some women who are cheating on their spouses and bringing all kinds of STI's (sexually transmitted infections) into the home with blatant disregard for their family.
Zara

Trinidad and Tobago

#27 Sep 17, 2008
i just think that they should keep it to themselves. your lifestyle is exactly that.. your lifestyle.they trying to shove this thing in our faces and its ridiculous. i have a gay best friend, so i'm not one to want shoot them down and all that that. but i still think its wrong.
LadyBird

Port-of-spain, Trinidad and Tobago

#28 Sep 17, 2008
Shyla wrote:
<quoted text>
Gay men react the same as straight men when they see a "hot chick" walking down the street.
If it's okay for a straight man to holla at every hot woman they see what makes it wrong for a gay man to do?
If it's okay for people to discriminate against the gay lifestyle then should it be okay to discriminate against Black, Indian, Muslim, Jewish, disabled, poor and every other type of people in the world?
The answer is NO.
What is going to happen if one of your sons come home one day and announces he is gay?
Are you going to disown him, tar, feather and run him out of town?
Why should homosexuals be discreet and circumspect when there are men and even some women who are cheating on their spouses and bringing all kinds of STI's (sexually transmitted infections) into the home with blatant disregard for their family.
Shyla,

Your logic is twisted, perverted and most of all shallow and illogical. A straight man calling out to a hot looking chick may be indiscreet or distasteful to the prudish, but it is natural for a man to be attracted to the opposite sex. But a hard stones, hard back buller man calling out (and most times they do more than just call out) to a young boy/man is unnatural and nauseating. Do you want a man to make advances to your son although straight might be vulnerable and fall for it?

Woman, go get your thought processes sanitized.
LadyBird

Port-of-spain, Trinidad and Tobago

#29 Sep 17, 2008
That last sentence should read:

"Do you want a man to make advances to your son WHO although straight might be vulnerable and fall for it?"
Sagaboy

Edmonton, Canada

#30 Sep 21, 2008
No one seems to touch on the point that homosexuality (though disputed as to whether it is morally right or wrong) is BIOLOGICALLY UNNATURAL!!! Anyone who claims otherwise is obviously blind! It is a physical abomination for 2 homosexual men to engage in anal intercourse - and if you dont think so try conceiving a child that way...just try. As the old saying goes "the truth is an offense" in these end times. And while gays seem to think their situation is comparible to the hardships endured by Blacks throughout history - remember there is nothing morally, biologically or physically wrong with being born Black (or any other colour for that matter) but engaging in dangerous, immoral or unnatural sexual activities IS WRONG & should not be tolerated. Nuff Said!
Neil Jones

Leicester, UK

#31 Oct 3, 2008
Sagaboy hetrosexuals have anal sex too.
All I can say is don't know till you try it!
As for being tolerated, we don't ask for permission, we'll do as we like.
Why do people run their lives based on a book called the Bible? It was written by man to control man.

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