Mother’s Day 2024

Today, we celebrate the incredible love, support, and acceptance that mothers give, especially those who embrace and uplift their LGBTQIA+ children.  At The Silver Lining Foundation, we honour and cherish all forms of motherhood—biological, chosen, and everything in between because love knows no bounds. Whether you’re a biological mother, a chosen mother, or a mother by proxy, your love and support is powerful and invaluable. Every mother deserves to be celebrated for the unconditional love they provide, regardless of gender…

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Transgender Day of Visibility and Beyond

Commemorating Transgender Day of Visibility 2024: Ways to Support Transgender and Non-Binary People Transgender Day of Visibility is celebrated annually on March 31st to honor and celebrate transgender and non-binary individuals and raise awareness about the issues they face, providing support and promoting visibility, inclusivity, and equality. Transgender and non-binary individuals face unique challenges, exacerbated by discrimination, marginalization, and violence. At SLF, we strongly believe in creating a safe and inclusive space for everyone, irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender…

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IWD 2024 – #InspireInclusion

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8th. This special day is dedicated to honouring the achievements of women throughout history and advocating for gender equality. This year’s theme is “Inspire Inclusion,” which is a call to action for people from all over the world to work towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society. International Women’s Day has a long and rich history that dates back to the early 1900s when women in the United States and Europe…

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12th Anniversary Message by Executive Director

Full transcript of video by Executive Director & Founder, Jeremy Steffan Edwards, commemorating the 12th Anniversary of The Silver Lining Foundation. Twelve years ago, we embarked on a remarkable journey with a singular mission: to create a safe and empowering space for LGBTQ+ youths to learn, thrive, and succeed in their own country.  As we celebrate another anniversary, I am proud to say that we have made significant strides in advancing the rights and well-being of LGBTQ+ people in Trinidad…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Coming Out: A Guide to Sharing Your Truth

Coming out refers to the process that people who are LGBTQ+ go through as they work to accept their sexual orientation or gender identity and share that identity openly with other people. It is a very courageous thing to do, and it is extremely personal and different for everyone.  Coming out is a personal decision that has no guidebook. There’s no one right way to come out. Your emotions when coming out may range from scared and anxious to elated…

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The Power of Allyship: Tips & Strategies for How to Be an Ally for the LGBTQ+ Community

As society moves towards full acceptance of LGBTQ+ people, it has become increasingly important for individuals to become allies in the fight for equality. Allyship is not just a buzzword, but rather an act of support, empowerment, and solidarity. It involves standing up for people and supporting them in their pursuit of inclusion and equality, while providing them with a safe and supportive space. Allyship requires constant learning and is an ongoing process. It involves showing open support for fair…

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Speaking Up Against Bullying: Tips for Being an Upstander and Not a Bystander

Bullying definitions are diverse but often share similar traits. An act of bullying involves aggressive behaviour over a period of time that is unwanted on the part of the victim, has a negative impact on an individual(s) and involves an uneven balance of power. It is not a one-off incident but rather persistent and repetitive acts of aggression. The effects of bullying can be devastating, leaving one feeling weak, oppressed, threatened and vulnerable. Bullying includes actions such as making threats,…

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#TBT – Pride 2023

“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” — Jason Collins On this very special #TBT, we throw it back to this past Sunday, where LGBTQIA+ people and allies gathered in love, joy and harmony to march for the right to love and be unequivocally loved and to celebrate our existence and the progress that’s been made in the fight for equal rights. SLF holds values of unity, togetherness and community close to our hearts,…

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Pride…Inside & Out!

Pride Month is a celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of our community. It is a time of remembrance, reflection and togetherness to fight intolerance, violence and discrimination. Pride Month reminds us to build the strength to continue breaking barriers to equality and confronting all forms of discrimination year-round, not just during one month.  Though Pride Month is celebrated globally in June to commemorate the 1969 New York Stonewall Rights and celebrate the progress toward LGBTQIA+ equality, TT Pride Month…

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Father’s Day 2023

Father’s Day may not be easy for many LGBTQIA+ people. Some may be experiencing emotional pain as a result of family rejection or the loss of a loved one who was supportive and affirming. Some parents may also be experiencing negative feelings as a result of the unique societal obstacles of having an LGBTQIA+ child or identifying as LGBTQIA+ themselves. We hold space for all those who may be experiencing some tough emotions today. Today and every day, we celebrate…

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