Barbados — an island of beauty that is renowned for its laid-back lifestyle, its beautiful beaches, its personality and its luxury hotels. Many gay travellers visit Barbados each year, armed with the correct destination knowledge. A destination for those looking for indulgence, it has long been a favourite with discerning travellers from across the globe looking to escape to feel the warm Bajan sand underneath their feet.
Like a flower in bloom, you have to give Barbados more than just a day before its real beauty is revealed. Even though these laws are rarely enforced, they are still bad for tourism, especially LGBTQ tourism. Barbados also hosted its first Pride march in the capital of Bridgetown in
Homosexual acts are illegal regardless of whether they were consensual and done in private in Barbados, with a life sentence; however, the law is rarely enforced. The law is currently in effect, but under review. However, unlike Belize, Barbados' Constitution contains a "savings clause", which protects laws inherited by the former British Empire from constitutional review, even if these laws run counter to fundamental human rights.
By Robert Curley. With its fun-in-the-sun destinations, carefree attitude, and myriad couples-oriented resorts, the Caribbean seems an ideal vacation spot for gay and lesbian couples. But not all Caribbean islands are created equal: some notably the French, Dutch, and U.
Section 9 criminalises the act of buggery with life imprisonment. It only applies sexual intercourse between men. The US Department of State Human Rights Country Report has consistently found that there were no reports of the law being enforced in cases involving consensual sexual activity.
I was on the island — and his show — to talk about a new Human Rights Watch report about discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people in Barbados and six other Eastern Caribbean countries. I pointed out that in Barbados, same-sex activity between consenting adults is a crime — punishable by life imprisonment. After the show the taxi-driver, who had been waiting for me in the studio, took me back into Bridgetown.
You inherit the legal system, the educational system and even the old English mannerisms and words. But you also inherit something far more sinister; a cornucopia of archaic laws and prejudices. Imagine being a young child of six who realises that he likes boys.
Barbados last week elected its first female prime minister, who is also pro-LGBT, in a landslide victory. Mia Mottley will lead the Caribbean island country, and her party, the Barbados Labour Party, took all of the seats in parliament. Barbados-born pop star Rihanna possibly gave Mottley a boost at the polls, setting Instagram on fire when she responded to her friend Leandra Goodridge's post claiming Mottley would be the next prime minister. Following her win, Mottley thanked Rihanna on Instagram for "all that love and support and blessings.