On October 23rd, Trinidad & Tobago may have seen what has been described as "the largest—and perhaps the first—GLBT protest" in the Caribbean nation's history. More than 35 students and youth activists dressed in t-shirts that read "The homosexual agenda" attended and protested a seminar sponsored by Trinidad's Hospital Christian Fellowship that featured Bakersfield, California-based "ex-gay" Pastor Phillip Lee. Local evangelicals "have declared war on same sex attractions" and invited Lee to T&T to share his ex-gay message.
Brendon J. OBrien of CAISO (Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation) was one of the organizers and discussed the event on Channel 1's One on One. "It was supposed to be a seminar on ow to change same sex attraction. But it was attended by many young people who were anxious for a different message to come out, one of love and inclusion."
O'Brien says T&T's youth do not need to hear Lee's "discredited" message. "These messages are stigmatizing and alienating young people ... not just in the United States but worldwide. ... And the message is also contributing to the number of suicides among LGBT young people. We don't need that in Trinidad & Tobago."
Trini-based blogger Globewriter: "After [the protest] the group went to a local mall for dinner still wearing their t-shirts. In many other parts of the world this would be no big deal but here it was a pretty radical act."
Bravo to Brendon O'Brien and his fellow youth activists. It's fantastic they are were able to protest. Obviously they do not want to witness a repeat of the extreme damage caused by American ex-gays and evangelical activists in Uganda.
BTW. "Crix" is a popular and delicious local biscuit made in T & T. Watch the interview—you may need to increase the volume—WHEN YOU JUMP ...