But seven islands have a more sinister hangover from colonial days — laws against buggery and gross indecency making same-sex conduct between consenting adults illegal. While no island actively pursues criminal investigations for breaking these laws, their mere existence intensifies a toxic homophobic culture that allows lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people to be bullied at school, that fuels their mistrust of police, and allows them to be alienated from — or even abused by — their families. Despite this, each island has a core group of LGBT activists leading the fight for equality. Here are some of their stories, as well as quotes from other LGBT people we met. Known for black-sand beaches and rainforest-covered mountains, St.
Same-sex sexual activity is illegal, however the law is not enforced. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal for males in Saint Lucia. Multiple sources state that these laws are not enforced. In November , while speaking at the Caribbean Center for Family and Human Rights CARIFAM meeting External Affairs Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun has reiterated her position that government "will stick to its decision to refrain from decriminalising buggery and prostitution despite mounting pressure from international countries and organisations. He told reporters "If Saint Lucians want that to be revisited I have no problems with that. But I think the time has come when we really have to look at it.
Richard Ammon. Being gay in Saint Lucia is walking a fine line between expressing desire and love mixed with fear of being caught, convicted or bashed. Here is an online-researched report that summarizes various findings about homosexuality in this beautiful, scenic, appealing tourist-friendly island nation where same-sex behavior is criminalized and HIV is highly stigmatized. Any thoughtful research or understanding of LGBT life in Saint Lucia is clouded over by the May beating and robbery of three gay men by five armed homophobic and violent local thugs. News of the attack went viral and countless gay and straight people were outraged and vented their anger and disbelief on the Net and in print.
Saint Lucia was described as a "heteronormative and patriarchal" society that is "deeply rooted in conservative cultural and religious values" by a senior policy consultant with over seven years' experience in conducting legal and policy research and in writing on human rights issues in the Caribbean and Canada 6 Oct. Lucia acknowledges that "deeply rooted religious, cultural and moral values and practices on the island create a formidable challenge towards mobilization and general acceptance of ' gay rights '" St. Lucia 12 Nov. The policy consultant also indicated in his telephone interview with the Research Directorate that there are "elements of homophobia" among elected officials and within the police force and government bureaucracy 6 Oct.