CARICOM leaders are being urged to send a clear message that vibrant societies and resilient economies cannot be achieved through discrimination. This plea from the Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS), comes as leaders head to the 36th Regular Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in Barbados from July 2 to 4, 2015.
In a July 1 letter, CariFLAGS notes that a post-2015 sustainable development agenda must expand sexual and reproductive rights and health across the region. The regional umbrella of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and allied organisations, told CARICOM leaders that the ambivalence of regional political leadership has cost us important gains in a critical area of Caribbean human development. It also cautions against engaging in social violence through a rhetoric of faith and family and the damaging advocacy of organisations like the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS).