Following comments made by Bishop Charles-worth Browne which called for the Buggery law to remain in effect, Local Activist and member of the LGBT community Tashika Lavan is calling for a greater level of respect for the Gay community.
In a statement released on Thursday by the Antiguan born media personality, it was indicated that individuals within the LGBT community have been harassed and discriminated against on more than one occasion.
“Are they not deserving of a little respect or is it okay to attack others as long as they are LGBT?”Was a question posed by Lavan in her statement.
She said Instead of focusing on the “stories of Sodom and Gomorrah” more focus should be placed on issues such as bulling which occurs in schools, gunmen who have many persons living in fear and the abuse of power by high ranking officials in Antigua and Barbuda.
The controversy surrounding the Buggery Law arose after the UN Human Rights Council called on Antigua and Barbuda to repeal the Buggery law as it essentially criminalizes homosexuality in the country.
In response to the recommendation Minister of Social Transformation, Samantha Marshall said she would take the suggestion to Cabinet which sparked outrage among members of the public.
Since then a number residents have flooded the air waves opposing to the recommendation and called for the law to remain on the books, including Bishop Charles-worth Browne.