Commonwealth

Opening remarks by Sir Shridath Ramphal at the showing of the film ‘Call Me Kuchu’

My first words must be of thanks to Tim Otty for the generosity of his words of introduction. I have been fortunate to have lived a life in which I was privileged to pursue noble causes like the one that brings us here tonight and in doing so to work with dedicated men and women like Tim. I learnt that together, against the odds, we could prevail. If there is one message I could leave tonight, it is to counsel you that in this matter, too, we shall prevail.

British High Commissioner, His Excellency Simon Bond's Remarks at IDAHO Event

I’m very pleased to be here on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) and for the launch of the video “My Wardrobe, My Right” by SASOD and partners. The first question some of you might be asking yourselves is what is a diplomat doing at an event like this? The short answer is “why not?”. There is a school of thought – with perhaps some adherents in Guyana – which seems to liken diplomats to children in the Victorian era, that is, that they “should be seen and not heard”.

GLBTIQ Issues Make Inroads at Commonwealth Summit

For the first time at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, at CHOGM in Trinidad & Tobago, there was significant representation of GLBTQ (gay/lesbian/ bisexual/ transgender/queer) activists among civil society participants, and a concerted effort to highlight issues of sexual citizenship and rights.