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SLF Releases School Climate Report


SLF Releases School Climate Report on Bullying and Gender Based Violence in Secondary Schools 
ST. AUGUSTINE (March 7, 2018) – The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) today released the first in a series of biennial Trinidad and Tobago School Climate Reports: “Bullying and Gender Based Violence in Secondary Schools.” SLF, with the approval of the Ministry of Education and in collaboration with the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) conducted a baseline survey in May to July 2016, assessing the prevalence of…

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Happy 6th Anniversary, Silver Linings!


On February 24th, 2012, a group of motivated young people came together to tackle bullying and suicide prevention for marginalised youth, after 16-year-old George Kazanjian tragically took his own life. George’s passing ignited a flame under these youths, a flame that burns even brighter today. We are incredibly honoured and proud to be here, six years later. From the introduction of our Safe Space sessions at the University of the West Indies in 2013, the development of parenting resources for…

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SLF Mourns Passing of Kimberly Teelucksingh


OCTOBER 26, 2017 The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) extends its deepest sympathies to the family of 24-year-old Kimberly Teelucksingh, who tragically succumbed to thoughts of suicide on October 25th, 2017. Kimberly was a bright, young woman with a promising future and we are saddened by her passing. Kimberly, a former Youth Parliamentarian, was set to graduate from the University of the West Indies today. Her passing is mourned by us at SLF, her colleagues, family and friends. SLF is founded…

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Erasing Hate, 19 Years Later


One day following the commemorations of National Coming Out Day, we pause to reflect on the tragic passing of Laramie, Wyoming teen, Matthew Shepard, who left us on this day – nineteen years ago.   (A basket of flowers hangs from the fence where Matthew Shepard was left to die. Photo: Steve Liss/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)   It is no secret that Matthew’s story could very well have been any one of ours. As LGBTQIA youths in Trinidad and…

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A Time For Change: The 4 E’s to Bullying Prevention


October is celebrated globally as Bullying Prevention Month. This month acts as a time to come together to face the threat of bullying. It is a time where we advocate for the prevention of bullying and support each other in coming up with strategies to help eradicate this social ill. Bullying Prevention Month is particularly important for us at the Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) as it serves as a reminder of the reason for our existence – to serve as…

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For George


“Everyone has their story…you can’t hear it if they’re silenced.” – Danielle (SLF 2014 Day of Silence participant)   Today, we remember the life of George Kazanjian and mourn his unfortunate and untimely passing. Six years ago, on this day, George made the decision to tragically end his life. His passing left an immense impact on many lives – people that were close to him and strangers that he would never get to meet. George’s struggle may, unfortunately, be a…

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Statement – Re: Passing of Johnathan Smith


The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Smith family on the passing of their beloved son, Johnathan Smith. There are no words or emotion that fully conveys the sadness and grief we share over the loss of someone whom we treasured as a loyal ally, fervent supporter and amazing friend.   Photo: Johnathan Smith We first met Johnathan two years ago when he approached us to contribute one of his…

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Happy PRIDE!


June is celebrated widely as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) pride month, a month dedicated to bringing the community together and celebrate their achievements, re-energising our efforts for future change. It is the act of a positive stance against discrimination and violence towards the LGBTQ community and works to promote positive self-affirmation for LGBTQ people, increase visibility and celebrate sexual diversity and gender expression. We know that when one identifies as LGBTQ, we often automatically become a target.…

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MEDIA RELEASE – A Sexual Culture of Justice Project


The UWI and Civil Society organisations build “A Sexual Culture of Justice” through transformative approaches to partner violence, homophobia, bullying and policing The University of the West indies (The UWI) and its partner organisations have been awarded a Human Rights Grant from the European Union to carry out a project entitled, “A Sexual Culture of Justice: Strengthening LGBTQI & GBV Partnerships, Capacity & Efficacy to Promote & Protect Rights in Trinidad & Tobago”. This project is a new community-university collaboration…

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Show Your Colours – Celebrating IDAHOBIT


The freedom to be yourself is a very special right that everyone – indeed, everyone – is entitled to. Today, we celebrate that freedom to be yourself, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, faith, beliefs and gender or sexual identity. Today, we give everyone a real chance to flourish. Today, we embrace difference and say NO to any and all forms of discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community. Today, we celebrate the International Day Against…

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