By BBN Staff: Internationally, PRIDE is the celebration of gay rights. It is celebrated annually in different parts of the world.
On Tuesday, Jamaica celebrated PRIDE with a Pride parade. It is the third annual event of its kind in the country.
The United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) and partner organizations in Belize now plan to do the same.
UNIBAM plans to host an official PRIDE week with activities aimed at promoting awareness and acceptance. The events will be held throughout Belize.
The coordinators of the event held a press conference to explain the significance of the events.
According to Caleb Orozco, Executive Director of UNIBAM, the idea of pride week was inspired by dialogue and explained that August 10, 2016 (the day Belize’s Supreme Court overturned anti-gay laws) was a historical day “…not only for the LGBT community but also for our history as Belizeans that a marginalized group finally got their rights acknowledged in court, more precisely if our community is to ever be inspired to defend the indignities and violence that they experience as individuals and a citizen, then we need to then have something to hold on to.”
Orozco stated that PRIDE week is about building the moral of the community and building the principle or advancing the idea of inclusiveness and respecting diversity as Belizeans.