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LGBT groups call on community members to “Vote with Pride”

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Posted: Friday, October 23, 2020. 4:58 am CST.

By BBN Staff: A group of seven community activist groups representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is calling on all community members to exercise their right to vote and do so with pride.

Yesterday, the group, which is comprised of Belize Trans Colors (BTC), Belize Youth Empowerment for Change (BYEC), Empower Yourself Belize Movement (EYBM), Promoting Empowerment Through Awareness for Les/Bi Women (PETAL), Our Circle (OC), Trans In Action Belize (TIABelize), United Belize Advocacy Movement (UniBAM), launched the “Vote with Pride” campaign as a means of educating LGBT community members and their families on pertinent issues related to voting and mobilizing them to cast a vote in the scheduled November 11 general elections.

“No matter how we feel about politics and politicians, the fact is they’re the ones making profound decisions affecting each of us,” the group said in a joint statement. “They decide economic policies that determine how much money we have left each month for education, rent, groceries, and medications. They play a massive role in the lives of LGBT people and whether our families are recognized and treated fairly.”

They also stressed to community members that, despite the importance of politicians, it is ultimately the people that decide who will form the next government, placing the power to effect the continued progress for the community in Belize in the hands of community members.

Those wanting to know more about the campaign can contact Derricia Castillo, Managing Director of Our Circle at 615-3765 or Kevin Mendez, President of Belize Youth Empowerment for Change at 615-9782.

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