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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Black Queer World Building

Artivist @jacobvjoyce left an open invitation to members of the Black queer diaspora to predict a new version of the future, one that is in alignment to their queer joy, freedom, rest and healing. The project titled Black Queer World Building aims to include the Caribbean in outlining and celebrating the interconnected struggle against colonial legacies of homophobia in Africa and its diaspora. Through the power of speculative fictions and afro-futurist writers like Octavia Butler who forecasts her own future…

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BHC Sponsors 3rd Safer Classrooms Workshop

The third cycle of our Teacher Training Workshop sponsored by the British High Commission, Port of Spain (@ukincaribbean) aims to foster safer classrooms. The main intent is to build capacity for teachers on mitigating enabling conditions for bullying and classroom-based indiscipline. SLF sought to address bullying and violence within the framework of sexual diversity, as a result from the findings discovered through the Ministry-approved climate survey report of Secondary Schools in 2016-2017, that centered on bullying, attitudes toward LGBT persons,…

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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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LBT Women Also Suffer Violence

One in three, or 35% of women, around the world have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime, and as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner, according to recent global estimates published by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Evidence also shows that women who have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence report higher rates of depression, having an abortion and acquiring HIV, compared…

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Happy International Men’s Day!

The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) joins the world in celebrating International Men’s Day. International Men’s Day is an event that is celebrated annually on November 19 in over 70 nations. This day encourages people to celebrate the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. First conceived in 1992 by Thomas Oaster, the day was re-initialised and reinvigorated in 1999 here, on the shores of Trinidad & Tobago by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a History lecturer at the…

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Community Cleans Up with Compassion

Members of the LGBT+ Community of Trinidad & Tobago and their friends came out on Sunday to clean Woodford Square, Port of Spain, at the same time that members of T&T Cause were assembling to begin their rally against decriminalization of the buggery law. This latest public mobilization activity of the LGBT+ Community aimed to place a spotlight on real issues facing our nation – such as rampant littering and its impact on the environment – which is a clear…

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K(no)W HIV

On #WorldAIDSDay we stand in solidarity with persons who are living with HIV/AIDS in our nation, and around the world. The HIV/AIDS epidemic hit the Caribbean in the late ‘70s, and according to a UNAIDS/WHO report, the Caribbean was registered as the second-most affected region in the world by 2001, with an estimated 420,000 people – more than two percent of the adult population – living with HIV. While ambitious efforts have been launched to achieve the end of AIDS…

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Proud to “B” in the LGBT

Today, we celebrate Bisexual Visibility Day. First observed in 1999, September 23rd has since been marked around the world as a day of celebration for bisexual visibility and pride. It was the brainchild of Wendy Curry, Michael Page, and Gigi Raven Wilbur, three United States bisexual rights activists. People individually and collectively celebrate bisexual pride and awareness in many ways, including parties, flag-flying, workshops, film screenings and social cyber events. Bisexual men and women still continue to face stigmatization, prejudice…

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