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SLF Condemns “Real Woman” Remark


The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) is, once again, calling on all political candidates, party representatives and public officials to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, befitting to all our citizens. SLF makes this call in reference to the recent statement made on a political platform, calling on constituents to vote for a “real woman”, which we strongly condemn.  While SLF understands that our political landscape often lends itself to “picong” and colourful vocabulary by our politicians, we call on the…

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Vision 2020 – A New Pride


Pride month is a time for queer celebration and visibility. Though it may have become synonymous with parades and festivals, we must not forget the origin of Pride: resistance. Pride is, at its core, an opportunity to remember the LGBTQ+ pioneers who came before us, and to continue their work fighting all forms of oppression. Pride was born out of a need to resist the oppression that LGBTQ+ people faced. It was common for the New York Police Department (NYPD)…

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Statement – Re: Passing of Barry Ragoo


The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Barry Ragoo of Chagauans, who is being laid to rest today, December 12th, after tragically taking his own life. Barry, a devout Hindu, was full of life. His friends describe him as “always smiling”. He had a bright future ahead of him; now, we grieve the loss of this gifted young man with his peers, friends and family. There is no single cause for suicide; persons who…

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MEDIA RELEASE: SLF REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY FOR ALL ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY


DEC 8TH, 2019 | CHARLIEVILLE – #HumanRightsDay is observed annually on December 10th to commemorate the adoption of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. Human rights gain new meaning every day when injustice and inequality defines a person’s reality. The simple freedoms and privileges that many people take for granted, such as the right to an education free from discrimination and access to medical resources are not always equally available to all Trinbagonians.…

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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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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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Stand With Us – IDAHOBiT 2018


The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT) is observed annually on May 17th and aims to coordinate international efforts to end the continued discrimination of global LGBTQI communities and raise awareness of LGBTQI rights violations. IDAHOBiT coincides with the decision by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder, removing it from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990. SLF’s work is grounded in the belief that young people can mobilise each other to…

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SLF Mourns Passing of Wesley Kanhai


The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) joins our local community in mourning the passing of Wesley Kanhai, who passed away on March 30th, 2018. Wesley was an intelligent, creative young man with a promising future and we are saddened by his passing. His untimely passing has rocked the community and we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. No amount of words can sufficiently convey the sadness and grief that we share over the loss of someone…

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