Progress in Barbados despite harsh anti-gay laws

TORMENTING OTHERS IS NOT A GOOD LOOK

76 CRIMES

LGBT 101 session in Barbados, presented by the Rev. Tom Decker of Rochester, N.Y. (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson) LGBT 101 session in Barbados, presented by the Rev. Tom Decker of Rochester, N.Y. (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson)

Barbados has the harshest penalty for homosexual activity in the Western hemisphere on its books, but overall enjoys a culture of tolerance.

Section 9 of the country’s Sexual Offences Act of 2002 provides a sentence of up to life imprisonment for anal intercourse (termed buggery).  Section 12 of the Act also includes a law against “serious indecency,” which appears to criminalize all forms of same-gender intimacy including lesbian love.

These laws were originally imposed during the period of British colonial rule.  Even though Barbados gained independence in 1966, like many Anglo-phone Caribbean territories, these colonial-era laws appear to be constitutionally entrenched and cannot be challenged in any local court in Barbados, despite their clear violation of the right to privacy.

It is important to note that Barbados is the only Commonwealth…

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