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Talk Yuh Talk: LGBTI Policy Agenda 2.0


The Alliance for Justice and Diversity is a social justice coalition of organisations led by Trinidad and Tobago’s LGBTI+ civil society organisations (CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice, Friends for Life, I Am One, The Silver Lining Foundation, Transgender Coalition of T&T, Women’s Caucus of T&T, and WOMANTRA). In addition to issues related to sexuality and gender identity, these organisations work together to prevent gender-based violence, strengthen school safety, improve policing, and champion protection against discrimination based on age, health conditions,…

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GrenCHAP Diversity & Togetherness Panel


Join us and a few of our friends over at GrenCHAP tomorrow for an insightful and important virtual discussion on mobilising our collective efforts to achieve the rights we deserve across the Caribbean. Our very own Earl Edmund will sit on this panel and give our thoughts on why we must work together to achieve this goal. 🗓️: Thursday October 29th, 2020 🕖: 6:30 pm 📍: GrenCHAP‘s Facebook page Tune in!…

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Your New Normal, Our New Normal


With the reopening of schools, albeit in a different mode of learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) takes this opportunity to extend best wishes to all students, parents, educators and education stakeholders for a successful new academic year. Life during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a challenge for a lot of educators, parents and children. Given the difficulties of the situation across the globe, authorities should definitely assess the educational, public health and socio-economic factors, in…

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#RaiseTheFlag


“To the world – you were cruel to a great extent, but I forgive.”  These were the last words written by Sarah Hegazi before taking her own life.   Middle Eastern laws that criminalise “sexual deviance” and “debauchery” together with Egyptian president Abdel Fatah Al-Sissi’s clampdown on free expression have been used to target and arrest queer persons. After her arrest for raising a pride flag at a concert in Cairo, Hegazi was allegedly tortured and sexually assaulted. She sought asylum in Canada, where her trauma reached its peak.  And across space and…

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SLF Commemorates #BlueShirtDay with Launch of Anti-Bullying School Survey


MEDIA RELEASE 06.10.19 Monday October 7, 2019 is designated as World Day of Bullying Prevention or #BlueShirtDay. On this day, students, teachers, staff and all other allies are encouraged to wear blue to raise awareness of the need for action to end bullying in our schools. In 2018, The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) launched the 2016 Trinidad and Tobago School Climate Survey Report on Bullying and Gender-Based Violence in secondary schools across Trinidad and Tobago. This study was the first…

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A Smile and a Safe Space For George


George Kazanjian was a bright, wonderful soul. Kind and caring, he had a smile that warmed the hearts of many. George, unfortunately, took his life eight years ago on this day. We take this opportunity to remember and celebrate George, also reflecting on how this bright and wonderful soul’s light was tragically an unfortunately snuffed out due to societal pressures and occurrences of the plague of bullying. George’s passing ignited a spark in us, a spark that has now become…

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What Pride Means to Me


A loyal supporter wrote and submitted this piece to us. With his permission, we share the story of what Pride means to him, in his words. If you would like your story to be featured, please contact us via email. **************************** WHAT PRIDE MEANS TO ME Written by: Scott Marchack Photos by: Cathy Bain     When I came out as gay, I’ll admit – it was difficult for me. My family, my school and my religion did not accept…

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#StandWithUs – Silent No More


On this day, one year ago, history was made when members of the LGBTQIA community bravely fought fear and persecution to assemble with our allies on the steps of the Hall of Justice for the High Court’s ruling of the nation’s antiquated buggery laws.   A year has passed and while challenges still present themselves, the spark that was ignited on April 12th, 2018 in Justice Devindra Rampersad’s words about the buggery laws being “unconstitutional, illegal, null, void, invalid…”  has…

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Lucky #7


Today marks our 7th Anniversary since we came together to fight against inequality and injustice towards LGBTQ+ youth. From the early beginnings of the Foundation, we have been driven to do what is necessary, as opposed to what is popular, to encourage healthy dialogue of LGBTQ+ issues and to develop safer spaces for youth that are free from bullying, violence, and discrimination. We have always believed our three-pronged framework of support, education, and advocacy can truly influence a culture shift…

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Know Your Status and Rock the Ribbon


There are between 31 million and 43.9 million people globally who are living with HIV today, according to recent figures by UNAIDS. December 1st, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of #WorldAIDSDay which is dedicated to raising awareness and strengthening support for those are who living with HIV, while honouring the memory of the 25 million to 49.9 million people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the epidemic started. While there has been significant progress made by way of the…

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