Photographs from Trinidad and Tobago's first IDAHO


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Photographs from Trinidad and Tobago's first IDAHO
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From the Report by CAISO "Yesterday’s simple, rapidly planned first commemoration of IDAHO in Trinidad & Tobago by walking around downtown Port of Spain in a group to 16 ministries far exceeded expectations. Thanks to the Guardian article “Gays to take to PoS streets today”, read by several announcers on air, the morning drive radio shows were abuzz with not always healthy expectation of something like a rainbow flag parade that and one Minister’s secretary said she anticipated going out on her balcony to see. Our crowd was bonsai: small but beautiful. It included people who learned of the activity the same morning, ones who had no previous connection to us but had long been eager to, and heterosexuals; and the last two were among the folks who stayed with us all day long. Kennty Mitchell, the gay man to sue the State twice and win, came with copies of paperwork he waved for the cameras regarding a taxi application which was denied recently. We annoyed the chief security officer in the lobby at the Waterfront Tower as the group kept growing and we went up and down to seven different ministries. The exercise we estimated to take no more than two hours lasted all day, even after we split into two teams. We spent over two hours doing media interviews and shooting b-roll at the Waterfront Centre for all three major television stations and the three daily newspapers, and were live on radio on BoomChampions, for a significant period on Power 102 which has been covering GLBT issues with surprising frequency of late, and one on the government station Talk City that ventured into such topics as gays discriminating against heterosexuals in arts industries, bestiality, polygamy, child sexual abuse and jumping to the front of the rights line. With five exceptions, we met and spoke with Ministers’ secretaries in their lobbies or offices. Finance and the Attorney General’s were too busy, but both spoke with us by phone; and no one was available at Sport & Youth Affairs. At the Ministry of Planning…and Gender Affairs, we were greeted by the public relations officer, offered refreshments and ushered into a meeting with the permanent secretary and planning director. At the Ministry of the People and Social Development, the Minister’s Special Adviser interrupted his lobby conversation with us, cleared his conference room and sat down with us, ending the session with a photo. What we left behind were: our “homosexual agenda” t-shirt, a fact sheet on IDAHO and how homophobia hurts young people especially in Trinidad & Tobago, including selective enforcement of the loitering laws; and our pre-election six-point platform of “politically feasible” steps the Government can take to address homophobia. A few of us exhausted ended up at the Senate sitting later for an hour or so and we think our T-shirt made one Senator laugh out loud."
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