Americas

Belize fundamentalists hope to appeal sodomy ruling

In the Belize court system, the last word hasn’t yet arrived regarding the Aug. 10 victory by LGBT rights activist Caleb Orozco, who, with support from his United Belize Advocacy Movement (Unibam), successfully challenged the country’s anti-sodomy law. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled that the sodomy provisions of Section 53 of the criminal code were … Continue reading

Americas

Belize activist: ‘I’ve sacrificed my life to this work’

For insight into the difficult life of an LGBTI activist in a former British colony that still suffers under a colonial-era anti-sodomy law, read The New York Times Magazine’s story about activist Caleb Orozco. It’s titled “The Lonely Fight Against Belize’s Antigay Laws: Can one challenge to a statute criminalizing sodomy create a domino effect … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

An LGBT victory in Belize

September 21, 2013 marked Belize’s 32nd independence day and, in an unprecedented move, the country’s Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, used the opportunity to support the right to equality for LGBT citizens. In his message to mark the day the PM said: “Government will therefore fully respect the right of the churches to propagate their understanding … Continue reading

Americas

Caribbean overview: LGBT rights vs. anti-gay status quo

The Trinidad newspaper Newsday provides these overviews of anti-gay protests, recent anti-gay violence, and gay-rights activism in Caribbean countries.  The overviews are part of an extensive article on the life and work of LGBT activist and Erasing 76 Crimes blogger Maurice Tomlinson. The article includes Tomlinson’s view of Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, who proposed … Continue reading