CHANGE IS HAPPENING.
A Trinidad and Tobago court has ruled that prohibiting gay sex between consenting men is unconstitutional.
In a ruling, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act, which prohibit “buggery” and “serious indecency” between two men, criminalized consensual same-sex activity between adults, and were unconstitutional.
With this, the judge thereby struck down down the antiquated “anti-buggery law”.
This decision followed a similar ruling in Belize in 2016.
A final judgment on how to deal with the sections of the act is expected in July.
The case was brought in 2017 by Jason Jones, an LGBT activist for who lives in Britain but was born in Trinidad and Tobago. In an online campaign,Jones said he wanted to challenge laws inherited while the country was under British rule.
Trinidad and Tobago became a republic in 1976.
The country still has no laws protecting the human rights of LGBT people. In the (old) law, being convicted of buggery carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.
Trinidad and Tobago is one of the islands which makes up the Caribbean. It is a country which has a wide range of culture, some amazing food and great hotels like Courtyard Port of Spain to stay and enjoy the summer. Here are some of the reasons why you might want to pack up and head off for Trinidad and Tobago this summer.
WHAT TO DO IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Trinidad is a great place for gay men to go on vacation! Especially if you’re into gifted men! Here are some things you can do there!
WATCH STEEL PAN BANDS
Some of the most iconic cultural music comes from the steel pan or drum, and this country is one of the central hubs for music of this type In the world. If you want to enjoy listening to music by passionate individuals while enjoying the sunshine, then this is definitely the place to be.
The weather can be pretty unforgiving in countries such as this, so to cool yourself down what better than a hike around to Argyle Falls? This waterfall has three different levels and also pools to let you cool off during the hot summer days. You can take a hike throughout the rainforest, bring a picnic with you and get loads of photo opportunities while you are there.
This might not be a term you are familiar with, and it is nothing to do with picking the fruits. Liking is a word which simply describes the act of socializing with your friends and family, drinking and dining. Think of it as a tropical version of what you would do on a bank holiday. It is a huge part of the carefree culture of the Caribbean, so it would be rude not to.
A CHOCOLATE TOUR
When we say chocolate tour we don’t mean a tour around a Cadbury factory, we are talking about a tour of the cocoa plantations in this tropical climate. If you are curious as to how your favorite sweet treat is really made, you can visit a plantation such as Tobago Cocoa which will allow you to explore the farming process as well as take a walk in the wild.
FIND TIME TO REFRESH
The beauty of countries like this is the fact that you are so far away from the stresses of your daily life, and you are able to truly enjoy things naturally. If you have been stressed for a long time in your everyday life it could be worth visiting one of the many temples in the country. The Dattatreya Temple is a particularly popular place to spend time and reflect on your life.
A FRESH SUNSET
Whenever you visit a country such as this you are guaranteed to have an amazing sunset experience. Trinidad and Tobago is fairly free from pollution and it has many stunning beaches, meaning you can enjoy an unhindered view of the sun setting each night and exploding color into the sky.