Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Barbados Welcome Stamp accused of not being welcoming to gay couples

Barbados Welcome Stamp gets some criticism from overseas blogger

Barbados Welcome Stamp gets some criticism from overseas blogger

A popular American blogger and Talk Show host has cast light on the Barbados Welcome Stamp Visa initiative for discriminating against the LGBTQ community.

Crissle West, an American writer and comedian, is best known as the co-host of the popular American Podcast "The Read".

West's tweet quickly pointed out that the Barbados Welcome Stamp did not apply to those within gay marriages.

The post drew some ire from Bajans who saw it as an outlandish claim.

Promoting the country's highly talked about initiative to gain longstay visitors by way of tweeting to her 213K followers, West wrote:

"If you work remotely, make at least $50K, and aren’t in a gay marriage Barbados will allow you & your family to flee this place and live there."

West was highlighting the fact that under the process for the Welcome Stamp application spouse was defined as to the relationship that subsists between a man and a woman who are legally married or who are married under common law terms.

Despite making her point, West went to state that gay couples could still apply to work remotely in Barbados through the Welcome Stamp Visa using a loop hole. She said they could apply separately and pay US $1,000 more.

The post quickly has garnered some negative feedback with some Barbadians very upset at the country being represented as homophobic or discriminating against members of the LGBTQ community.

Applications for the Barbados Welcome Stamp were allowed online from this morning (July 20).

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