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She’s Famous, From Barbados, and an LGBT Ally

Expand Rihanna Drive, Barbados.  © Boris Dittrich/Human Rights Watch “Why are we homophobic in Barbados and other countries in the Eastern Caribbean?” a popular host of a morning television show in Barbados asked me. I was on the island – and his show – to talk about a new Human Rights Watch report about discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Barbados and six other Eastern Caribbean countries. I pointed out that in Barbados, same-sex activity between consenting adults is a crime – punishable by life imprisonment. The mere existence of the law emboldens…

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