The Do’s and Don’ts of Coming Out: A Guide to Sharing Your Truth

Coming out refers to the process that people who are LGBTQ+ go through as they work to accept their sexual orientation or gender identity and share that identity openly with other people. It is a very courageous thing to do, and it is extremely personal and different for everyone.  Coming out is a personal decision that has no guidebook. There’s no one right way to come out. Your emotions when coming out may range from scared and anxious to elated…

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The Power of Allyship: Tips & Strategies for How to Be an Ally for the LGBTQ+ Community

As society moves towards full acceptance of LGBTQ+ people, it has become increasingly important for individuals to become allies in the fight for equality. Allyship is not just a buzzword, but rather an act of support, empowerment, and solidarity. It involves standing up for people and supporting them in their pursuit of inclusion and equality, while providing them with a safe and supportive space. Allyship requires constant learning and is an ongoing process. It involves showing open support for fair…

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Speaking Up Against Bullying: Tips for Being an Upstander and Not a Bystander

Bullying definitions are diverse but often share similar traits. An act of bullying involves aggressive behaviour over a period of time that is unwanted on the part of the victim, has a negative impact on an individual(s) and involves an uneven balance of power. It is not a one-off incident but rather persistent and repetitive acts of aggression. The effects of bullying can be devastating, leaving one feeling weak, oppressed, threatened and vulnerable. Bullying includes actions such as making threats,…

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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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Free & Private Counselling for LGBT+ & Family

Sign up today for our FREE service designed uniquely for LGBTI persons or their family members to receive private counselling with trained professionals.⁣⁣Available in-person and or electronically, allow us to provide our community with a flexible environment to unburden your daily struggles.⁣⁣Enquire Today:⁣Email – hello@slftt.org or⁣Call Us – +1 (868) 470-1967*⁣⁣An initiative made possible through the financial support by the European Union and Sexual Culture of Justice project.⁣…

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2016 National School Climate Survey Report

2016 Trinidad and Tobago School Climate Report The Trinidad and Tobago School Climate Report: “Bullying and Gender Based Violence in Secondary Schools represents a three-year long project, from conceptual phase to implementation, for the Silver Lining Foundation (SLF). According to the United Nations World Report on Violence against Children (2006), most bullying is sexual or gender-based – both in terms of the selection of victims (i.e. largely affecting girls and those students perceived as not conforming to prevailing sexual and…

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Parent’s Guide to Understanding & Acceptance

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding & Acceptance. How do you think you would react if your child came to you and said, “Mom, Dad, I think I’m gay”? Most parents would be horrified. They assume that their children are heterosexual. In Trinidad and Tobago, there are many young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) and there are those who question whether they are or not. No matter what their age, many people are afraid their parents…

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