Gay persons not persecuted in Barbados — AGThursday, April 13, 2017
BRIDGETOWN Barbados (CMC) — Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite says persons who identify as gay are not persecuted in Barbados, based on their sexual orientation.
Brathwaite, on Wednesday, sought to dispel the notion that homosexuals and lesbians were being targeted. He made the statement during a courtesy call with Canadian High Commissioner, Marie Legault. Brathwaite maintained that although buggery was still illegal in Barbados, this did not impact two consenting adults.
Adding that Barbados remained one of the Caribbean islands where gay persons could exist without fearing for their lives, the Attorney General stressed that citizens have always been aware and very “tolerant” of same-sex relations within the society.
However, the Attorney General noted that he did not expect to see a “Caribbean consensus” on same-sex relations any time soon, given the wide-ranging viewpoints of each island nation.
While acknowledging that Canada “thrives on diversity”, Legault stated that she hoped Barbados would eventually come to a place where it was “different from the rest of the Caribbean”.
The two officials also discussed the introduction of plea bargaining to reduce the backlog of cases in Barbados’ judicial system; measures to lessen gun-related crimes; finding innovative ways to reduce the resurgence of property crime; and retrofitting the island’s schools to become multipurpose facilities.