IWD 2023 – #EmbraceEquity

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a celebration of womanhood, acknowledging and concentrating efforts on educating society on how we can break glass ceilings and bridge the gender gap. Celebrated annually on March 8th, IWD is a day to celebrate and reflect on societal advancements towards gender equality and mobilize efforts to create a diverse and inclusive, gender-equal world.  SLF’s foundational pillars of support, education and advocacy all lend to the ideals of building stronger families, creating safer classrooms and fostering…

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Celebrating 11 Years

Today, we celebrate our continued drive to empower youth, build stronger families and create safer classrooms. Today, we celebrate 11 years of support, education and advocacy.  What started as a dream, a hope in the minds of a group of committed young people, motivated to build a better, safer society for LGBTQIA+ people stands today, 11 years later, as a recognised, respectable and dynamic organisation, tasked with a continued push for safe spaces where LGBTQIA+ people feel seen, heard, valued,…

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Holiday Message 2022

A new year brings new signs of hope. The holidays can be tough for LGBTQI+ people, especially those who may be challenged in living their truth and their authentic lives in environments that may potentially be harmful. Today, and every day, we hold space for you. We continue to fight for you and champion your cause to make Trinidad & Tobago a better, safer and more equitable place.  We have been blessed to have your unending and unwavering support for…

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SLF x TTFF: “My Maxi”

Official Synopsis: “Marcus is inspired to seek a closer relationship with his outspoken mother and oblivious father. He makes several attempts to reach them during their daily routine, looking for the right opportunity to have a needed but casual chat about his sexual orientation and journey of self-identity. Eventually, he musters the courage and has a breakthrough. However, things take a turn when his over-enthusiastic father takes his new relationship with his son to a whole other level.” Starring:Deborah MaillardSean…

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SLF x TTFF2022

📣 SOMETHING EXCITING IS COMING! 📣 Commissioned as part of our “CSE? Say Less!” campaign, championing comprehensive sex education, “My Maxi” is up for consideration by the 2022 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in not just one but TWO categories:  🏆 Best Film as Decided by a Youth Jury 🏆 Best Trinidad & Tobago Film Directed by Andrei Pierre, this short film tells the story of Marcus, who becomes inspired to #ConvertHurt and build #StrongerFamilies by talking about his sexual…

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Join our Peer Support Network!

Are you or anyone you know an LGBTQI+ person between the age of 15 and 21 and would like to become a peer mentor? This Pride, The Silver Lining Foundation is pleased to launch our newest project: the Peer Support Network, a programme seeking to empower young LGBTQIA+ people through a series of workshops to bring resolution to their own issues in a safe space with their peers by removing the stigma and isolation that young people may feel. The…

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Father’s Day 2022

June can be a celebratory month for LGBTQIA+ parents. On top of Pride, which reminds us of our community history and acts as a renewed call for continued support, Father’s Day is also a time to call for greater inclusion and awareness of diverse families. It is a time for us to acknowledge the father figures in our lives and the evolving role of fathers everywhere. Parenthood is something that may feel like a foreign concept to some LGBTQIA+ people,…

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Happy Pride 2022!

June is celebrated globally as Pride Month, a month dedicated to togetherness, reflection and a celebration of achievements in the fight for LGBTQIA+ equality and inclusion. Birthed as a response to years of discrimination, inequality and injustice, Pride is, by virtue, an act of resistance against discrimination and violence towards LGBTQIA+ people by way of celebrating our existence. Globally, the past few decades have ushered in some progress in the pursuit of equality and recognition of LGBTQIA+ rights, thanks largely…

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IDAHOBIT 2022: “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights”

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), observed annually on May 17th, is a day that raises awareness of the continued discrimination of LGTBQIA+ communities across the globe and calls for acceptance, inclusion and protection. IDAHOBIT coincides with the World Health Organisation’s removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990 and is commemorated to raise awareness of the violations of human rights and to advocate for equitable, sustainable and inclusive policy-making…

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MEDIA RELEASE – SLF Advocates for School Climate Reform, Restorative Justice and Stronger Support Systems Amidst Increased Incidents of School Violence

For Immediate Release April 26th, 2022 CONTACT – Jeremy Steffan Edwards, Executive Director | 1-868-470-1967 CHAGUANAS (April 26th, 2022) – The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) notes, with concern, growing incidents of school violence. Sadly, these incidents are not new. Young people have always reached out to us, recounting incidents of daily taunts, derogatory name-calling, cyberbullying and even physical attacks from their peers and, in some cases, from their own parents and loved ones. Our schools, once a place that celebrated…

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