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LGBT Equality Coming to Trinidad and Tobago?

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Trinidad and Tobago, that tropical paradise where it's still considered illegal to be homosexual, looks set to finally begin discussing equal rights for the LGBT community.

Recently during a meeting regarding the country’s budget, Sports Minister Darryl Smith allegedly insinuated that opposition Member of Parliament Barry Padarath was gay with a homophobic insult. This verbal exchange caught the attention of one of Trinidad and Tobago’s top religious leaders.

Annabell Lalla-Ramkelawan, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago, has called on the government to initiate talks regarding equal rights for the LGBT community. Coming from a country where not only is it illegal to be gay, but it’s illegal for gays to travel into the country, this is a big deal.

Even though no talks have been made yet regarding LGBT equality, the fact that a prominent religious leader wants to speak up for the LGBT community marks a big moment in Trinidad and Tobago’s march towards equality, and here’s hoping they only move forward.

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