Press Room

Statement on situation at Naparima College

The Silver Lining Foundation notes with concern and shock a recording purporting to be a teacher addressing students at Naparima College, San Fernando. School should be a place where a student is free to grow and learn in a safe, caring environment. That safety should apply to all students regardless of their sexuality or religious beliefs. We are thus appalled at the blatant disregard for student welfare and disrespect for the noble profession of teaching that may have occurred in…

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SLF Condemns the Use of Homophobic Language/Bullying

SLF Condemns the Use of Homophobic Language/Bullying by Elected Representatives and Public Officials. The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) is once again calling on all elected representatives and public officials to conduct themselves in a manner that is befitting of their office, to the benefit of all citizens of our nation. The use of language that is crude, offensive and inflammatory which discriminates or persecutes persons or groups in society, has no place inside the walls of our country’s Parliament or…

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SLF seeks Ministry’s approval to conduct Survey

SLF seeks Ministry’s approval to conduct National School Climate Survey on Bullying. The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) applauds the Minister of Education’s recent comments that his ministry is committed to acting on information on bullying. This statement affirms a strong stance against violence in our nation’s schools by the Ministry of Education and certainly sends the right message that bullying should not and will not be tolerated. However the foundation holds the view that any policy that is reactive and…

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T&T’s LGBTI NGO’s Pledge to work with Government

T&T’s LGBTI NGO’s Pledge to work with Rowley Government For Justice And Diversity Non-governmental groups who took to the airwaves during the recently concluded election to raise key policy and legislative concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) members of the national community today congratulate our new Prime Minister Keith Rowley, Attorney General Faris Al Rawi and the People’s National Movement on their election victory. Allies for Justice & Diversity pledges to join the new government in resuming…

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SLF Calls on Political Parties to End Political Homophobia

PORT OF SPAIN – The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) notes the rise of homophobic slurs and innuendos which has overwhelmed the general tone of the election race amongst all parties, candidates and their supporters. The Foundation is calling all parties and candidates contesting this year’s General Election and their supporters, to refrain from using discrimination as a cheap political plot against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community to garner political support and votes. Given the “no position”…

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A Safe Space – Minister’s Speech

“A SAFE SPACE” The Honourable Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, Minister of Public Administration Everyone, regardless of race, colour, creed, gender, nationality or sexual orientation needs a safe space. The history of humanity is one of struggle and inequity brought about by the inevitability of the strong preying on the weak, the powerful oppressing the powerless, and the rich grinding the poor into the dirt. From Genesis to Revelations, from Cain to Abel, violence is endemic in this human “hit” parade. Our passage…

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A Safe Space – Chairman’s Speech

Remarks by Jeremy Steffan Edwards, Chairman of The Silver Lining Foundation at the premiere of “A Safe Space”. The Honourable Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, Minister of Public Administration and Member of Parliament for San Fernando West Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of The United States, Port-of-Spain, Ms. Margaret Diop and other members of the Diplomatic Corps. Our friends from the various supporting NGOs, Members and Friends of The Silver Lining Foundation, Members of the Media, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen Good evening. It…

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IDAHO Flag-Raising

Remarks delivered by Jeremy Steffan Edwards of The Silver Lining Foundation for The British High Commission IDAHO flag-raising – 19 May 2014 Good afternoon, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, members of the Media, fellow colleagues and advocates, ladies and gentlemen. I would like to specially thank the British and German Foreign Missions for allowing us to participate in today’s historic proceedings. The Silver Lining Foundation is proud to be associated with the members here as they seek to engage their…

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No More ‘Playing Politics’ With People’s Lives

According to Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Trinidad and Tobago is not yet ready to decriminalize homosexuality. Additionally, she states that it is not an issue for the Government to decide but one the people must decide. This statement brings to light an abdication of responsibility by the Prime Minister. Is Trinidad and Tobago willing to let the majority decide whether the minority gets fundamental rights or not? Rights are not given to citizens based on whether or not the majority…

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Activists Condemn Commonwealth

T&T activists condemn Commonwealth refusal to discuss human rights for LGBTI citizens Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bisessar should ‘lead a movement for change’. Commonwealth urged to listen to all its people. Human rights defenders in Trinidad and Tobago have called on the Prime Minister, Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, to speak out in favour of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this week. The activists, from the Silver Lining Foundation, said the…

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