Trinidad and Tobago is among the 74 countries around the world that has discriminatory laws against same-sex consensual adults. Jason Jones, who has been an activist in both Trinidad and Tobago and the U. Directly following independence, a saving clause was written in the law to preserve any pre-colonial law, making it difficult for private citizens to challenge these colonial laws in court. Any law predating independence can only be changed by the Parliament.
In every facet of life you see tolerance and understanding, however tolerance is not often manifested when it comes to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans-gendered persons in this country. This article examines some of the laws in Trinidad and Tobago as they relate to or impact on lesbian and gay people.
Many of the laws appear to be intolerant of or simply do not afford rights to the LGBT community which others have and enjoy. However, there is no law that deems homosexuality illegal. There are, however, laws that deem buggery an act often associated with homosexuality illegal.
Laws governing marriage are limited to heterosexual marriage male and female While the Marriage Act Chap. What does this mean for same-sex couples? This has an impact on the everyday lives of same-sex couples who wish to be married but are prevented from doing so by law. Unmarried same sex partners have: Immigration Gays and lesbians who are not citizens or residents of Trinidad and Tobago fall within a class of people who are prohibited from entering the country.
Section 8 1 e of the Immigration Act Chap. Although it appears that this law is rarely enforced, it remains on the law books.
The significant discrimination that would result if it were enforced is readily apparent. This means that gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals are not protected against discrimination by laws that were designed to do just that. These topics ranged from analysis of specific legislation, to general legal concepts.
The aim of this exercise was to teach the students how to write about complex legal issues, for the average newspaper reader.
This article was re-published with permission from the Human Rights Law Clinic.A Trinidad and Tobago Guardian article reports that a draft report published by the Constitution Reform Commission on 30 January fails to address "rights and legal protection" for the LGBT community (Trinidad and Tobago Guardian 12 Feb.
Local gay rights advocates have welcomed the decision of the Trinidad and Tobago Constitutional Court to strike down the decades-old buggery laws. High Court judge Devindra Rampersad handed down the ruling yesterday in the case brought by LGBT.
A high court judge has delivered a historic ruling striking down the buggery laws from the statute books in Trinidad and Tobago.
Justice Devindra Rampersad presiding in the Port of Spain Hall of Justice last week delivered the landmark ruling in favor of Trinidad-born gay rights activists.
Trinidad and Tobago could make legal history in the Caribbean this week by rolling back long-standing homophobic laws. On Thursday, a high court judge, Devindra Rampersad, will deliver his verdict.
Consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex have now been deemed as legal by the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago, however, celebrations could be short-lived with the government planning to appeal the ruling. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Trinidad and Tobago may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents.
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago.