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Bajan gays are MAD as hell / Gay backlash worry in Barbados

Barbadian gay refugees who have sought asylum in Canada say they had to flee Barbados because they were being persecuted for their lifestyle.

And they are angry that entertainer/promoter Dwayne Grazette has labelled attempts by members of the gay community to seek asylum in Canada as a “scam”.

They say Grazette is only upset because his gay friend had left him to go to Canada on the refugee programme without telling him.

But Grazette, who has written to both Canadian and local Government officials claiming that his name was fraudulently used by one of the applicants, while admitting that his former gay friend was one of the refugees now resident in Canada, insisted he had not done anything out of spite.

In a lengthy email sent to the SUNDAY SUN by one of the Canadian gay refugees, who is spokesman for the group, they argue that the article appearing in last week’s SUNDAY SUN would hurt the chances of other homosexuals seeking refugee status in Canada.

“The Bajan Canadians are most upset about the article posted in the SUNDAY SUN. There are more than nine refugees up here, who are now permanent residents and citizens in Canada. This has been going on for years; but it has only come to light now and it has caused a big disturbance up here.”

The spokesman, who did not want to give his name, said a number of the gay men now living in Canada were dealing with personal issues that forced them to leave Barbados.

“Gay is not legal in Barbados; neither is the public gay-friendly. Barbados is small, and when your life is in danger because of lovers who don’t want out, you have to flee the country because there is nowhere to hide.”

The spokesman asked: “Can two men walk holding hands in Swan Street without being bashed, or sit in a park and kiss? Can we go into Bongo Lights, Club 360, Sheriff’s Place, Liberty, or a dub with our boyfriends and dance or kiss and enjoy ourselves like everyone else?”

He further charged that even homosexuals living in Barbados were upset about the article because “Dwayne is only making things hard for people that normally go on vacation in Canada”.

He said the gay community was making a contribution to the Canadian community, were accepted in Canada despite their sexual orientation, and were representing Barbados in a positive way.

He also stated that gay men in Barbados were forced to live double lives.

“In Barbados the men are two per cent straight, 80 per cent bisexual and 18 per cent openly gay. Most men have to hide and do gay things and live double lives, having their wives, girlfriends and kids . . . .

“We gays are humans too, and instead of gay-bashing each other, we should try to live good and help one another.”


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Barbados is on the list of countries whose nationals are seeking asylum in the United States, claiming they are being persecuted because of their sexual orientation.

And while Barbados’ Ambassador to the United States, John Beale, said the State Department had not raised the issue with him officially, he is concerned about it because of the damage which the claims can cause to the country’s image. 

“We certainly haven’t had any discussion on this with the State Department,” Beale told the SATURDAY SUN. “We haven’t been approached by any Barbadian on this matter.” 

Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Dominica, the Bahamas and St Lucia are among the countries whose nationals consider the atmosphere at home so hostile to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans-gender (LGBT) people that they are seeking asylum in the United States.

Progressive

“The atmosphere in many English-speaking Caribbean nations is absolutely oppressive,” said Victoria Neilson, legal director of Washington-based gay rights organization Immigration Equality.

“Especially in the case of Jamaica, the hatred of gay people is beyond comprehension to me.” 

Of the 101 asylum cases handled successfully by Immigration Equality last year, 39 involved Caribbean nationals. 

Twenty-nine gays and lesbians who were from Jamaica won the right to stay in the United States.

Other success cases were: Grenada, four; Trinidad and Tobago, two; and one each from Dominica, Guyana, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent & the Grenadians. 

In addition, there were seven from Russia; four each from Peru and Uzbekistan; and three each from Venezuela, Ghana, Mexico and El Salvador.

“The Caribbean is part of the world where we see the highest number of cases,” Nelson said. 

“. . . In many Caribbean countries there are laws on the books that criminalize consensual sodomy, which makes it difficult for people to report violence to the police. 

Most violent

“[Jamaica] is one of the most violent, homophobic countries that exist in the Western hemisphere,” she added.

Barbados is among the island-nations with anti-sodomy laws on its statute books.

Neilson warned that the existence of anti-sodomy laws could create a climate of fear and anger that would adversely affect gays and lesbians.

“Even if it’s not common in countries with sodomy laws to bring criminal prosecutions based on those, the fact that the laws exist helps to reinforce a climate of violence or intolerance towards gays and lesbians,” she asserted. 

“It makes it much more difficult for LGBT people to seek protection from the state if they are experiencing private violence or private threats because there is always a fear that they could be arrested, or what happens more often is that the police simply laugh at them or say it’s your own fault.” 

Anti-gay atmosphere

The issue of an anti-gay atmosphere in Barbados was used by a few Barbadians to seek asylum in Canada, according to a story reported by the SUNDAY SUN earlier this week.

Beale told the SATURDAY SUN that “from an image point of view” the reports of problems faced by gays and lesbians in Barbados could present some problems for the country.

“The issue of whether gays and lesbians have rights in Barbados or they are being threatened, that doesn’t put us in a good position,” Beale admitted.

“I haven’t myself come across any of that in Barbados. We have gays, just like any other country, but in this day and age I haven’t heard about gays being persecuted. 

“They don’t have that animosity in Barbados. I wouldn’t want to see this publicity going out there in a negative sense.

”The Ambassador questioned the legitimacy of some of the claims of abuse in the case of Barbados.

“This seems to be something that some people are trying to use and it does not seem to be a bona fide case,” he declared.

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Comment by JamRockLady on March 4, 2011 at 12:02am
@S!.....Boom bye bye....yes, that's a great song...LMAO!!!!
Comment by mr fix on March 3, 2011 at 11:55pm
Excuse me I'm Late for the discussion but correct me if I'm wrong when did baJan people care about homosexuaL in their country they have always have this problem and did nothing aBout it. Even have gay parade Openly men dress up in make up and women clothing.
Comment by Kiana on March 2, 2011 at 5:01pm

:-(

Comment by S! on March 2, 2011 at 11:40am
Boom Bye Bye in a batty boii head! Bun dem gay stinkers!
Comment by Bombahdrop on March 1, 2011 at 6:24pm

I agree Baku but lets not forget  men also sleep with animals so add that to the equation and much more than Hiv/Aids is going around have you seen the other blog about having sex with ur animal causes a plague its such a shame thats all i have to say god made man for woman and vice versa why did it turn out like this in this world why couldnt man jus not sin in so many ways that they do dam dam dam smh

Comment by Lemara Tone on March 1, 2011 at 5:45pm
@Baku I understand wat ur sayin. whether givin or receiving that man is still  parting  with the same sex so therefore dat man is still h*** in my opinion.
Comment by Baku on March 1, 2011 at 5:32pm

I'm not gay nor a supporter of the lifestyle, but I did find the assertions n the article about West Indian men being 80% bi-sexual to be in accord with my observations.  In the Caribbean, most men will admit to enjoying sodomizing "anti-men" or "Battymen." As long as they claim to be the one DOING the sodomizing then they do not consider themselves to be homosexual. This is why HIV infection rates are so high in the region. This also explains why WI men also seem to really enjoy sodomizing WOMEN. I suspect that many of the tough guys who claim to be the ‘bugger men’ are actually the ‘receivers.’

Comment by Bombahdrop on March 1, 2011 at 3:16pm
To be honest i dont give a rassclott what dem a go do, why, cause we are not the ones in office who decide what dem a go do, dem a go do what dem want to do, no matter if we tink it wrong. sad but true same way the majority in the united states im so sure voted no to gays and gay mariiages and rights and what did they doo they votes a yes to gays and their rights same ting here we say no they say yes we have to live with it but we dont have to accept it. I accept it respectfully, because i know we are all humans, but as a human, gay or not, you try come test, u will suffer the consequences. love and let live so long they dont try test me now
Comment by Kiana on February 28, 2011 at 8:20pm

@ Mayers - I appreciate that :-)  I dont like to make assumptions and I DEF enjoy what you, JRL and few others have to say.  Lets continue to share ideas.  We cool?

Comment by Kiana on February 28, 2011 at 8:17pm
@ Islandgirl - Thanks boo!  Steel sharpens steel....game recognize game...Let's keep sharing and using the power of the pen/keyboard to share ideas.  I'm enjoying what you have to say as well :-)

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