Central America and Caribbean

LGBTI Rights in Central America and Caribbean


ADDED ON: 09/08/2022

How Targeting LGBTQ+ Rights Are Part of the Authoritarian Playbook

In the last three decades, protections for LGBT people’s rights have advanced rapidly in many countries and regions. However, rising populist authoritarianism poses a significant threat to this progress because abolishing sexual…

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ADDED ON: 09/01/2022

Saint Kitts ban on gay sex struck down by Caribbean regional court

MIAMI, Aug 30 (Reuters) - A Caribbean regional court has ruled that a Saint Kitts and Nevis prohibition on gay sex is unconstitutional because it violates the right to privacy, striking down…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2022

‘Null and void’: Judge strikes down Saint Kitts anti-gay law

A top court for nine eastern Caribbean nations and territories has ruled that sexual orientation and homosexual activity are protected under the right to privacy, invalidating colonial-era laws that criminalised homosexual behaviour…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2022

Jamaica: Lesbian minister in training reaches out to anti-LGBTQ Christians

I pursued ordained ministry for many reasons. By my presence, I want to say “yes, I am a person of faith, I am a lesbian, and I am a minister.” I want…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2022

Cuba Assembly Opens Door to Gay Marriage, Other Family Rights

The new family code to be voted on in September would legalize same-sex marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt. Cuba’s National Assembly on Friday approved a sweeping update of its family…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2022

Dominican Anglican church goes rogue on gay rights

The current Lambeth conference of global Anglican bishops has been rocked with divisions over the issue of same-sex marriage.  In contrast, the primates (heads) of the global Anglican Communion declared in 2016…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2022

Costa Rica family court validated adoption for a same-sex couple

Same-sex couples will be able to adopt from now on without any prejudice since a family court and the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) – which is in charge of the…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2022

UK Same Sex Bill sparks contention -‘Equality is possible without gay marriage’ – Premier

A controversial bill tabled in the UK to legalise same-sex marriage in overseas territories including TCI has evoked a mixed response across the region. Insiders say the private members’ bill – laid…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2022

Michael Cashman introduces bill to legalise same-sex marriage in British Overseas Territories

A bill has been introduced in the House of Lords to legalise same-sex marriages in British Overseas Territories where they’re currently banned. Gay rights pioneer Lord Michael Cashman put the private members’…

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ADDED ON: 07/08/2022

Gov’t will not ‘actively’ implement LGBT-focused legislation

By Kadeem Joseph - Kadeem.joseph@antiguaobserver.com. With debate continuing on a recent ruling by the courts that deemed Antigua and Barbuda’s decades-old anti-buggery laws unconstitutional, the government said the country will not be “actively” reshaping…

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ADDED ON: 07/08/2022

UNAIDS welcomes the repeal of laws that criminalise and discriminate against LGBT people in Antigua and Barbuda

Geneva, July 7, 2022— UNAIDS applauds the ruling of the Antigua and Barbuda High Court of Justice that effectively decriminalises consensual same-sex sexual activity by holding that sections 12 and 15 of the Caribbean country’s 1995 Sexual Offences…

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ADDED ON: 07/07/2022

Antigua and Barbuda overturn colonial-era law criminalising gay sex

A Caribbean court has ruled a colonial-era law in Antigua and Barbuda that criminalizes gay sex is unconstitutional in a landmark win for campaigners. The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court found that ‘the…

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