Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Friday, July 25, 2003  

Via Ryan Naraine over at the new-look West Indies Cricket blog, a non-cricket post today, on the debate over the sexual orientation bill in Guyana. (Link to the CNN news story here.) Ryan is sickened by the religious bigotry and homophobia fueling the opposition to the bill - and rightly so - but what I find remarkable is that the bill, which would make it illegal to discriminate against a person on the basis of his or her sexuality, exists at all. In fact, the bill was previously tabled and passed by the Guyanese legislature, but President Bharrat Jagdeo vetoed it, under pressure from religious groups - but not, amazingly, the Roman Catholic Church, which supports the bill.

I have no doubt that soon enough the bill will be passed, and that it will signal a start to tolerance and acceptance of the gay community in Guyana. Unfortunately I don't believe it will have much resonance in the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean; at least, not in Trinidad, where the current prime minister is a fundamentalist born-again Christian.

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