Cry for help from LGBT community in Caribbean country

An LGBT organization from the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines warns for an increase in violence against LGBT people. The violence was said to have begun after it was announced that LGBT organizations were going to challenge an old British colonial law banning homosexuality.
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The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) organization reports an increase in both verbal and physical violence against LGBT people, particularly in the capital Kingstown. “Since the challenge to Sections 146 and 148 of the Criminal Code [in which homosexuality is banned] was announced, we have seen an uprising in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines that we have not seen even after horrendous assaults on innocent children and women or unprovoked attacks on citizens because of their sexuality. These are crimes against which there should be constant and loud outcry.” says Kenita Placide, ECADE's Managing Director.

Placide emphasizes that it is the task of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ government to protect every resident, but that there is a law in force which, according to her, goes against the constitution. "How is it possible that there is an objection to a request that the state protect those affected by discrimination and violence against a dated law?"

Homosexuality is punishable in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Those found guilty can receive a prison sentence up to ten years. The islands were a colony of Great Britain and became independent in 1979. Many former British colonies still have laws that explicitly prohibit homosexuality.


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