Sunday 15 December, 2019

Barbados ranked as one of the worst countries for LGBT travelers

In a study of the world’s most dangerous countries for LBGT travelers to visit, Barbados ranked at number 8 out of 150 and is the only Caribbean country to make the top 10.

The study titled ‘The Worst & Safest Countries for LGBTQ+ Travel in 2019 was published on a travel blog, Asher & Lyric earlier this week.

“Instead of relying on hearsay and anecdotes from other travelers, we took a deep look at LGBTQ+ rights, country by country. We’ve gathered data from a variety of trusted international sources to create a LGBTQ+ Danger Index…”

 

The article noted the Danger Index was created using eight factors which were: whether a country has legalized same-sex marriages, workers protections and protection against discrimination for LGBT persons, criminalization of violence, adoption policies for LGBT persons, level of living comfort, criminalization of same-sex relationships and propaganda or morality laws.

A point-system was used to demerit countries which have not implemented LGBT-friendly policies.

Coming in at number eight was Barbados with a score of -118 and a grade of F on the Danger Index. The study noted that the legislation in Barbados criminalizes same sex acts.

“Buggery earns life in prison. Serious indecency, defined as any homosexual act, results in 10 years in prison.”

Other Caribbean territories were also included in the poll - St Lucia was ranked at number 12 and Jamaica at number 18.

For both of these countries, it was noted that buggery results in prison time of up to ten years.

In a statement, the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) recently announced plans to launch legal challenges to “draconian laws” related to buggery and indecency laws in five Caribbean countries: Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and St Lucia.

ECADE said the premise of the legal challenge was due to the fact that legislation unfairly targets LGBT people in the Caribbean.

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