Monday 25 March, 2019

LGBT community celebrating Pride Month "unapologetically"

Roann Mohammed, Pride Committee Member

Roann Mohammed, Pride Committee Member

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community will not be shamed or bullied into living their lives in a corner in an effort to make others in society feel comfortable. 

This message rang loud during an address from Pride Committee member, Roann Mohammed at the launch of the Barbados Pride 2018 on Tuesday evening at United Nations House.  

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For the first time Barbados will be officially recognizing Pride Month with a number of activities including a Pride walk and Mohammed told attendees at the launch, Pride is about "pushing back and daring to be different".  

In recent times, she noted, the LGBT community has become more aware and active in the fight for discrimination as they aim to live their lives "unapologetically". 

"In our region we are not progressive … in the face of homophobia, the fact that we can't access housing, healthcare without discrimination, the LGBT community is able to thrive and contribute to society that tells us 'we don’t want you to be a part of us'. 

Mohammed further explained the celebration of Pride month and its activities will give the LGBT community the opportunity to openly celebrate diversity and inclusivity.  

"A lot of people say 'if you are gay or if you are trans just be gay but why do you need to show it off, why do you need to broadcast it to the world'. As marginalized people, why not show it off?" 

She added those in the community will not be shamed into living their lives in secret.  

"It is not possible to mute a part of who I am and I think everybody deserves the space to celebrate who they are." 

 

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