Since 2018, the Pride TT committee has taken up the task of coordinating and hosting Trinidad and Tobago’s Pride celebrations with a number of partners, sponsors and allies. Every year, a central theme is chosen for our Pride celebrations, culminating with a parade meant to draw attention to our cause. The theme for 2019 is equALL.
Following the success of Jason Jones in his case against the state, with love now decriminalized, there was a call for Pride celebrations. A group of activists from different backgrounds came together and began planning. The theme of Unite4Love was chosen due to an unprecedented show of community togetherness during the year of 2018. Trinidad’s first Pride Parade was a testament to this as hundreds of people from everywhere in the nation paraded through the streets of Port-of-Spain to celebrate love and acceptance.
In 2018, we “united for love” to make history and create our new future! Thousands came together across many divides and placed a positive spotlight on the LGBTQIA community in T&T and its contribution to national development. Pride TT set a new standard for pride celebrations globally! While this achievement is one to be proud of, for our more vulnerable community members like our Trans-family and others, it is still ‘pride and hide’ as they struggle with inequitable protection for and access to human rights – suffering daily abuse and violence. Yet, we must never forget that they were the originators of LGBTQIA pride. We must love, protect and give back to them. Therefore, for Pride TT 2019, we have joined with the world in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots – which sparked the first “Gay Pride” celebrations – led bravely by Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera. Our 2019 theme #equALL reminds us that there can be no true pride until ALL can celebrate their truth EQUITABLY! Let us focus on that which unites us and continue to build a new paradigm of #equALL freedoms! Celebrate your PRIDE TT 2019!