Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2020. 10:27 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The group of activism organizations representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community hosting the “Vote With Pride” campaign, shared their experiences reaching out to political leaders regarding community and human rights issues.
The group, which 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), explained that their efforts were geared towards educating community members on how the various political parties view human rights and LGBT issues.
Media contact for the group, Derricia Castillo (Managing Director of Our Circle), explained that the group managed to hold virtual meetings with the People’s United Party (PUP) Leader John Briceno, and Belize People’s Front Leader (BPF) Nancy Marin. Castillo said that the group only engaged Belize Progressive Party (BPP) Leader Patrick Rogers by phone, and did not get any engagement, or even acknowledgment despite exhaustive efforts, from United Democratic Party (UDP) Leader Patrick Faber.
She noted that they received correspondence from the wife of the Prime Minister Kim Simnplis Barrow opting to speak on behalf of Faber and noting that he plans to continue pushing the proposed Equal Opportunities Bill if the UDP forms the next government.
“We are voting citizens, we are taxpayers and our issues extend beyond the Equal Opportunities Bill,” Castillo said.
She noted that the other political leaders said that they were allies to the community and pledged to champion human rights issues for all Belizeans. She noted that there was a notable lack of concrete commitment, but the fact that they were given an audience at some level did give a semblance of where the parties stood on the issues. The group is calling on all its community members to come out and vote in today’s election and to be aware of the facts when casting their votes.
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