Lecture: "A case for tolerance: Challenges to anti-gay laws in the Caribbean" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Lecture: "A case for tolerance: Challenges to anti-gay laws in the Caribbean"

November 10, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Activist Maurice Tomlinson

Sponsored by GSWS, with support from CLAS and the Year of Diversity at Pitt.

As senior policy analyst at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Mr. Tomlinson is leading work to challenge homophobia and HIV in the Caribbean.  He is both claimant and counsel in several cases seeking to strike down colonial-era anti-sodomy laws and practices across the region.  For many of these cases they rely on Canadian and American jurisprudence and pro-bono legal support as several Anglophone Caribbean jurisdictions have adopted North American constitutional law and other legal principles.  These cases are being heard by the most senior tribunals in the region, including the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  In addition to the cases, the Legal Network is also pursuing several initiatives to try and change hearts and minds across the Caribbean.  These include police LGBTI sensitivity training, documentation and capacity building exercises with local groups,  working with progressive faith leaders to amplify their voices, and supporting and championing innovative visibility campaigns such as Prides.  

Mr. Tomlinson will give a talk at 4pm about his activism titled "A case for tolerance: Challenges to anti-gay laws in the Caribbean." He will also host a Q&A/film screening of The Abominable Crime, which will begin at 8pm in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. The film explores the culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans who are forced to choose between their homeland and their lives after their sexual orientations are exposed.


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