Didi Winston recognized as 'icon' in LGBT community
Prominent figure within the local LGBT community, Didi Winston was honoured with the 2019 LGBTQ+ Visibility Award over the weekend at the Pride Parade.
The Parade was staged in Bridgetown for the second consecutive year and was supported by approximately 200 members of the community and allies.
The award was presented to Winston by the Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination (BGLAD) “for being an icon in the community” and inspiring LGBT persons to be true to themselves.
In accepting the award, Winston credited her mentors such as Darcy Dear - founder of the United Gays and Lesbians Association of Barbados - and her “trans mother” for guiding her along the journey.
“There are so many other people who I channel from to keep myself grounded … you need someone to tell you - ‘this is right and that is wrong, this is what you should do, this is what you shouldn’t do’.”
Winston, who is a well-known dancer, choreographer and award-winning Flag Person, admitted it was not always sunshine and roses living life as a trans-person and working as an LGBT activist.
“To all of my LGBT people, I know everyone is not as strong as I am, some days I don’t want to be seen and there are some days when you just have to give love. When they say they hate you, smile and say ‘I love you’. Even though we are strong there are some people who are going to be weak and it is up to us to tell them ‘one day at a time’.”
Winston said it was critical to “give love and love yourself” and to her detractors she gave this message: “I want to thank the haters because without the haters I would not do me flawlessly!”