Thursday 21 November, 2019

Pentecostal group condemns 'LGBT agenda' ahead of St Lucia Pride event

Wayne West and Philippa Davies

Wayne West and Philippa Davies

The Pentecostal Assembly of the West Indies (PAWI) has vehemently opposed what they term the LGBT agenda in Saint Lucia and strongly reiterated this stance at a meeting which was held last Friday in Vieux-Fort at the Victory Pentecostal Church.

Spurred by a press release in June that set the date for St Lucia's first-ever public pride event celebrating the island's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community for August 23 – 26, 2019, the PAWI scheduled their event for the weekend prior.

The guest speakers at the meeting were Wayne West, a medical doctor and professor at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and Philippa Davies, an Advocacy Officer of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, both from Jamaica. They lashed out at the judiciary and universities for "pushing the LGBT agenda."  They did so without mincing words, advising Saint Lucians not to support this agenda. During their presentations, they also made some startling claims about people they said were victimized for refusing to support the expansion of rights for the gay community. 

The meeting generated much discussion among the large gathering, who received it as educational, informative and interesting.

In addressing the gathering, Professor West said, “Some aspects of the universities have become foolish and are pushing an agenda that does not make sense. The universities are corrupt. They’re gone, they’re thinking wrong.”

He said that there are persons in the universities and judiciaries who are trying to impose their “wrong thinking” upon us and want us to be contended with it, adding that there is a lot of nonsense taking place there.

West noted that in Canada, more than half of the cases of AIDS were contracted by men who had sex with men. “You will not hear it from your Minister of Health or mainstream media because they don’t want you to hear it…You will not hear or see that published anywhere,” he lamented. He added that what we will hear, is that the reason for this is because of stigma and discrimination.

According to West, there are professors, judges and doctors, who were victimized for proffering views in opposition to the LGBT community. 

He said the increase in the number of cases being taken before the courts to give the LGBT community certain rights has nothing to do with human rights, adding that it is just a “set up.”

According to him, the United Nations (UN) does not create rights and there is no right to abnormal behavior.

Davies, in her presentation, described the LGBT advocates as pushing an agenda of “human wrong” instead of “human rights”, and spoke about the victimization meted out to persons who refused to participate in this movement. She was also critical of what she saw as wrong research methods used by scientists in support of the LGBT and detailed "propaganda" which she said is being spread in high places to further the LGBT cause.

The organizers of the Pride event, which will not include a march, described it thusly in their press release:

"The Saint Lucia pride committee has launched a logo and theme in preparation for the country’s first ever public LGBT pride celebration. This marks a historic occasion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on Saint Lucia.

The logo features a heart-shaped splash in rainbow colours and black, reflecting the diversity of our human family. A black fist emerges with the passion of ongoing activism to achieve full recognition of the human rights of LGBT people in the Caribbean.

The 2019 celebration theme “Persist with pride”, is an affirmation for the LGBT community and supporters, as we stay the path towards the goal of full recognition.

Pride is scheduled for August 23 – 26, 2019, with activities aimed at educating and sensitising the general public, as well as nurturing the dignity of non-heterosexual and gender non-conforming people on Saint Lucia. Public activities include a panel on LGBTQ in Saint Lucia – Then and Now, Youth Engagement on the Meaning of Pride Beyond Sexual Orientation and a Pride Family Day and Health Fair. A Pride Fashion Show and an Island Exploration highlighting areas of note for LGBT Saint Lucians are planned specifically for LGBT people and allies.

Several community organisations and business partners are expected to be part of the Family Day and Health Fair, which will include health talks and screenings, congratulatory speeches, performances and giveaways."

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