Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017. 11:49 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) held a two day conference in Belize City focused on legalization and the effects on marginalized groups.
The conference’s main focus is to raise awareness of the application of international law on sexual orientation and gender identity and to educate Belizeans on the domestic law.
UNIBAM’s Executive Director, Caleb Orozco told the media yesterday that there is systematic marginalization which occurs because citizens are silent.
Orozco mentioned that often times, young students are expelled for wrong reasons.
According to Orozco, they are also looking at benefits. He stated that Social Security forces gay and lesbian people to pay into the system, but it does not afford the same equal application of benefits to those in common-law union. He also pointed out the issue of pensions which does not afford the same treatment of couples in terms of the transfer of benefits.
Orozco said that if we are asking for equity for citizens, “then fair is fair across this country,” and that this conference is only one part of the awareness process.
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