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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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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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#RaiseTheFlag


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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Diversity and Inclusion, empowering youth to create cultural change


We were happy to work with The Cotton Tree Foundation (@thecottontreefoundation) on their youth empowerment project. The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) was asked to facilitate their last session on diversity and inclusion, to better equip young students with the necessary tools and education to foster respect, empathy and inclusivity among their peers. ⁣⁣The British High Commission, Port of Spain (@ukincaribbean) continued its commitment to supporting the Anti-Bullying work that SLF had undertaken in 2019. These students were asked to produce…

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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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IDAHOBIT 2020


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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4th Annual Women’s Rights Rally & March


Today different people from diverse communities came together to march and rally for gender justice, women’s rights and against patriarchal ideals that oppress and limit women’s and other vulnerablised groups freedoms. #IWD2020 it’s 4th-year inaction continued to make visibility and intersectionality important. The mass gathering was a living embodiment of theme #GenerationEquality. #LGBTI organisations and activists walked in solidarity with Caribbean feminist and women’s movement, claiming space in our nation. We continue to band together to break down the chains…

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Rights Deconstructed: National Policy on Gender and Development


Womantra hosted a public sensitization installation entitled ‘Rights Deconstructed’. The project offered an interactive and educational breakdown of the national policy on gender and development. It is important to note that this policy has been shelved for the past 18 years.We at SLF supports WOMANTRA in recognizing the gaps and flaws in the policy and the recommendations made to ensure inclusivity and respect for #humanRights. The six themes highlighted were: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Status, Immigration Status, Employment Status,…

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Celebrating 8 Years Together


Today marks the 8th Anniversary since a group of motivated young people came together to tackle bullying and suicide prevention for marginalised youth, fighting against discrimination, inequality and injustice towards #LGBTQ+ youth. We are incredibly humbled and prouder than ever to be here and flourishing – visibly so – eight years later. [Image description: A group shot of the team at SLF pose in pride colours at the 2019 pride parade and fair, text is super imposed onto the artwork…

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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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