Silver Lining Foundation heartened by support for LGBT rights at women's march

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 10:45

The Silver Lining Foundation says it is heartened by the response by members of the LGBT to this past weekend's Life in Leggings March.

The Foundation says the large contingent of supporters waving rainbow pride flags and hoisting pro LGBT signs and chanting the slogan, demonstrated a monumental moment for the local gay rights movement.

The following is a statement by the Silver Lining Foundation.

"The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) is heartened by the overwhelming measure of support the issue of LGBT rights received at this weekend’s “Life in Leggings Women’s Rights March” at the Queens Park Savannah, POS.

The Foundation which acts as a guardian body for marginalized youths seeking to reduce bullying, suicide and discrimination has spent the last five years advocating for the full inclusion and acceptance of LGBTQIA youths, not only in our nation’s classrooms, but in our wider society.

The large contingent of supporters witnessed at the march, proudly waving rainbow pride flags, hoisting pro LGBT signs and chanting the slogan, “gay rights are human rights,” not only demonstrated a monumental moment for the local gay rights movement but also signalled a tide of change sweeping through our nation as more citizens welcome diversity, celebrate inclusion and seek equality.

Executive Director for SLF Jeremy Edwards, stated: “Our presence at this march was intended to stand in solidarity with women across our nation on the common themes of discrimination, exclusion and inequality, which continues to form the everyday reality for LGBTQIA citizens of this nation. This Women’s March provided the often unseen LGBTQIA community a welcomed opportunity to maintain a larger presence of visibility against adversaries opposed to their human rights, of which SLF, alongside other organizations, was extremely proud to lead.”

Beginning with the work initiated by SLF over the past five years, we firmly believe all levels of discrimination and homophobia can be reduced once there is greater access to education, support and sensitization to the issues that currently plagues our society against LGBTQIA citizens.

We remind both our leaders and fellow citizens of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Therefore, SLF again calls on our leaders to do more to fully include LGBTQIA citizens into our society where respect for their rights is upheld and protection under the law is guaranteed."