By BBN Staff: Following the rejection of the proposed Equal Opportunities Bill in southern Belize, the LGBT activist group Our Circle has come out to support the Bill and emphasize it’s importance to the community.
The group noted that even four years after the landmark Supreme Court Ruling on the Constitutional Challenge of Section 53 of the Criminal Code, which decriminalized homosexual acts among consenting adults, LGBT families in Belize are still lacking explicit protections in Belizean policies and laws.
“The reality is, we could have invested years in our relationships and within the blink of an eye, we can be fired from our jobs, evicted from our homes denied service in a restaurant, or our children can still be bullied in school simply because of who we are who we love, how are families are formed, and what our parents look like,” Our Circle said.
The group said that now, more than ever, national protections need to be clear and consistent and that it gives its full support to the enactment and enforcement of the Equal Opportunities Bill.
The National AIDS Commission and its partners have been holding public consultations regarding the Equal Opportunities Bill, the lastest of which was held in Toledo last night. The gathering crowd sent a resounding message that it did not support the Bill and UNIBAM’s Executive Director, Caleb Orozco had to be escorted out of the venue under police guard.
Тhе соnѕultаtіоns continue tonight in Belize City at the Ѕаіnt Јоhn’ѕ Ніgh Ѕсhооl аudіtоrіum then will move on tо Оrаngе Wаlk tоmоrrоw nіght аnd Соrоzаl оn Ѕаturdау nіght.