For over two decades, brave and pioneering groups and individuals have celebrated LGBTI+ Pride in Trinidad & Tobago by hosting a series of related community events and productions. In 2018, once again a diverse cross-section of interested persons, NGOs, CBOs and other parties unified, only this time under the banner of “The Trinidad & Tobago Pride Arts Festival“.
From June 22nd to July 29th 2018, engaging, entertaining and enlightening activities were hosted aiming to:
- Facilitate a genuine, mutually-beneficial unification of diverse sectors of the LGBT+ community
- Provide a forum for the positive representation of the LGBT+ community
- Expand and build alliances with non-LGBT+ persons
- Offer safe spaces for LGBT+ to support one another
- Generate revenues to be re-invested in the LGBT+ community
The First Parade
After a month of diverse events, organized by community leaders and PrideTT affiliates, Trinidad and Tobago’s first pride culminated in a Pride Parade alongside a Pride Fair at Queen’s Park Savannah on July 28th, 2018. Hundreds paraded through the streets of Port-of-Spain to celebrate love and acceptance. TT Pride 2018 was an opportunity for the LGBT+ community and all its allies to “unite for love”, to celebrate the successes and recommit for the struggle that lies ahead.
The Chairman's Words
While members of the LGBT+ community still face discrimination, lack of access to fundamental rights, and hate, there is still much for them to be proud of. They continue to contribute to national development of our ‘rainbow nation’, as they have always done, not only in stereotypical roles as stylists, artisans, decorators and performers but indeed in all areas of society. Many have been awarded and recognized for their efforts at national and international levels.
TT Pride 2018 is an opportunity for the LGBT+ community and all our allies to “unite for love” – which is needed ever more in our nation today – to celebrate the successes and recommit for the struggle that lies ahead. The Festival Committee and the wider LGBT+ community must be commended for demonstrating the benefits that can redound from working together for positive change!
We call upon all of T&T to ‘stand with us’ side by side as we move Iere (land of the hummingbird) forward.
Media & Reports
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Pride 2018 Gallery
Credits: Gabrielle Punch