CAISO taking LGBTQI firings, evictions to EOC

The numbers of gays who have been thrown out of their parents’ homes and evicted from apartments have increased to eight in the last week. Two LGBTQI members were also reportedly fired in the wake of last Thursday’s major victory in the High Court after Justice Devindra Rampersad declared two clauses of the buggery legislation unconstitutional.

CariFLAGS celebrates T&T ruling in favour of LGBTI community

CariFLAGS (Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities), the LGBTI regional network is celebrating with its member organizations and regional partners, the Trinidad and Tobago High Court decision in Jason Jones vs Attorney General delivered last Thursday, April 12.

CariFLAGS says it joins voices with T&T groups in calling on the country’s political and religious leaders, including Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, to speak out to prevent violence and discrimination in the wake of the ruling.

President calls for proper reporting on recent court ruling involving LGBTQI issues

President Paula-Mae Weekes is calling on proper reporting and dissemination of information on the recent court ruling on the Sexual Offences Act.

The president issued a statement today, in which she pointed to the laws, in a bid to encourage proper discord.

She says it is important that the national psyche is not damaged by inadvertently inciting victimisation, bigotry and violence.

The following is the president's statement.

Manager on leaked photos: 'Ahye has never hid anything'

One week after sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye captured this country’s first ever gold medal by a female athlete at the Commonwealth Games, a photograph of her and her partner in a compromising position has been leaked online as part of an apparent smear campaign.

The photograph was taken from the private Instagram account of Chelsea Renee Ahye. The username on that account is mrskinglee10.6.

Ahye goes by the username kinglee10.6 and her Instagram account is also set to private.

Family wants justice for Snoogy’s killing

The body of a man found at Fort George in St James has been identified as Mark “Snoogy” Singh, 22.

The body was identified by relatives yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre. Singh lived at Ross Lands in St James.

Singh’s body was found along a track at Fort George at about 6.30 pm on Sunday. His body was clad in a blue jersey and a pair of side-striped sweat pants.

Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, a close male relative of Singh, who wished for his name to be withheld, described Singh’s killer or killers as cowards.

Archbishop: Buggery should not be criminalised

The Archbishop of Port-of-Spain Jason Gordon says the Roman Catholic Church does not support homosexuality but “does not believe that buggery should be criminalised at this time.”

On Thursday, the local lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community won a “victory” when in a landmark ruling Justice Devindra Rampersad deemed this country’s sodomy law unconstitutional.

Diego residents beg for walkover

Over the past four years, seven people have been killed and many more injured while crossing the Morne Coco Road and Four Roads intersection of the Diego Martin Highway.

Residents, most of them elderly, say they are fearful of being killed or injured while crossing the road and are calling for construction to begin on the promised walkover.

The walkover, a project of the National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco), was scheduled to start from April 2017 to December 2017. However, there are no signs that construction will be commencing any time soon.