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Nine Years Ago

Nine Years Ago


Nine years ago, The Silver Lining Foundation (SLFTT) staked a claim to protect the lives of young LGBTQI+ people, to empower them and shield them from navigating the world feeling afraid or alone. We committed ourselves to triangulate support, education and advocacy to protect young, queer people. Our mandate to support young people struggling with mental health issues, to educate and sensitise people to the myths and misconceptions of queer existence and to advocate for the development and upkeep of…

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Happy New Year from SLF!


As we approach the dawn of a new year, we take a moment to pause and reflect on the past year even as we weigh the joy of expectations for what is to come. Traditionally, during this time our hearts are filled with joy and anticipation looking towards the future. Often this is done with renewed strength, hope and optimism. As the final curtain falls on 2020, we understand that many are left with uprooted plans, unfulfilled dreams and unpleasant…

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Talk Yuh Talk: LGBTI Policy Agenda 2.0


The Alliance for Justice and Diversity is a social justice coalition of organisations led by Trinidad and Tobago’s LGBTI+ civil society organisations (CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice, Friends for Life, I Am One, The Silver Lining Foundation, Transgender Coalition of T&T, Women’s Caucus of T&T, and WOMANTRA). In addition to issues related to sexuality and gender identity, these organisations work together to prevent gender-based violence, strengthen school safety, improve policing, and champion protection against discrimination based on age, health conditions,…

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GrenCHAP Diversity & Togetherness Panel


Join us and a few of our friends over at GrenCHAP tomorrow for an insightful and important virtual discussion on mobilising our collective efforts to achieve the rights we deserve across the Caribbean. Our very own Earl Edmund will sit on this panel and give our thoughts on why we must work together to achieve this goal. Thursday, October 29th, 2020 / 6:30 pm via GrenCHAP‘s Facebook page Tune in!…

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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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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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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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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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16 Days of Activism with IGDS Ignite


As a part of the 16 Days of Activism, the student group, IGDS Ignite (Institute for Gender and Development Studies, St. Augustine Unit) raised awareness of sexual street harassment by Chalking Back! The Silver Lining Foundation stands in solidarity with the CATCALLS project and their #feminist activism. Women, girls and #LGBTI persons are catcalled and harassed publicly every day. A significant part of the #activism was education around recognizing what entails consent and knowing when consent is given or not.…

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SLF Commemorates #BlueShirtDay with Launch of Anti-Bullying School Survey


MEDIA RELEASE 06.10.19 Monday October 7, 2019 is designated as World Day of Bullying Prevention or #BlueShirtDay. On this day, students, teachers, staff and all other allies are encouraged to wear blue to raise awareness of the need for action to end bullying in our schools. In 2018, The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) launched the 2016 Trinidad and Tobago School Climate Survey Report on Bullying and Gender-Based Violence in secondary schools across Trinidad and Tobago. This study was the first…

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