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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Finding Pride in Mental Health- Live!

In this live and interactive webcast we will be focusing on one’s mental health, the lived #LGBT​+ experience and how we are building stronger relationships between #LGBTQI​ persons and their families 🏳️‍🌈👭. Featuring guest panellist Dr Katija Khan (Clinical Psychologist),Mr Rian Merrick (MSc. Clinical Mental Health Counselor)Ms Kelly Mc Farlane (Clinical Psychologist, Organisational Psychologist) 0:00:00​ Countdown0:00:15​ Introduction0:00:35​ Topics0:00:50​ Discussion0:03:15​ Safe Spaces0:06:20​ Building Stronger Families0:16:40​ Mental Health During Pride Month0:20:05​ Adverse Experiences & Trauma0:24:55​ Conversion Therapy0:28:55​ Family Acceptance0:38:00​ Lasting Ally Support0:41:15​…

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Written by: Scott Marchack (@thepsychtivist)  “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…

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2020 Despite our current challenging circumstances, May 17th 2020 marks 30 years since the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. We at The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) are proud to stand in solidarity with other LGBTI organisations and the LGBTI community, both regionally as well as globally, to break the silence and speak out against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Today reminds us of SLF’s core…

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Free & Private Counselling for LGBT+ & Family

Sign up today for our FREE service designed uniquely for LGBTI persons or their family members to receive private counselling with trained professionals.⁣⁣Available in-person and or electronically, allow us to provide our community with a flexible environment to unburden your daily struggles.⁣⁣Enquire Today:⁣Email – hello@slftt.org or⁣Call Us – +1 (868) 470-1967*⁣⁣An initiative made possible through the financial support by the European Union and Sexual Culture of Justice project.⁣…

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A Letter of Restraint performed by Sasha Ann-Moses

Sasha Ann-Moses sings her calypso about how a restraining order being an ineffectual piece of paper and not making a difference to people facing #domesticviolence. Watch the full performance on our Facebook library or YouTube channel, search for: ‘The Silver Lining Foundation’. #IWD2020 #IWD #GenerationEquality⁣⁣‘A Letter of Restraint’ performed by Sasha-Ann Moses⁣Written and composed by Lawrence Percival⁣Produced by Junior “IBO” Joseph⁣© 2020 Hosted by: @iwdtt✍️+📹: @brandonkalyan…

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16 Days of Activism with IGDS Ignite

As a part of the 16 Days of Activism, the student group, IGDS Ignite (Institute for Gender and Development Studies, St. Augustine Unit) raised awareness of sexual street harassment by Chalking Back! The Silver Lining Foundation stands in solidarity with the CATCALLS project and their #feminist activism. Women, girls and #LGBTI persons are catcalled and harassed publicly every day. A significant part of the #activism was education around recognizing what entails consent and knowing when consent is given or not.…

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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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