Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 5th 2015 Contents Local non-profit group Caiso
is the focus of an article by
Trinidadian Andil Gosine in the
forthcoming issue of the schol-
arly journal Sexualities.
Gosine s article, titled Caiso,
Caiso: Negotiating sex rights and
nationalism in T&T, is an effort
"to share (all too rare) empirical
data and to highlight the expe-
riences of some of the people
engaged in grassroots political
A Caiso release said Gosine
traced the group s history back
to 2007, when gay man Kennty
Mitchell won a case against the
T&T Police Service and was
awarded damages for being
ridiculed by Princes Town Police
Station officers. Gosine docu-
ments the early beginnings of the
T&T-based sexual rights organ-
The work s key thrust is to note
how Caiso s commitment to
nation-building contrasts with
the negative force nationalism is
often seen by scholars and
activists to represent in sexuality
work. Sharing examples from the
group s work, writing and inter-
views, Gosine concludes that the
local NGO has "staked out com-
plex and interesting political
space" where it puts "local first"
and "weighs and works through
difficult and competing tensions."
Sexualities is a peer-reviewed,
publication ranked among the top
100 sociologically-focused jour-
nals. Gosine s article, which will
appear in the journal s print issue
Vol 18(1), was published in
advance on the journal s Web site
Gosine was born and grew up
in George Village, Tableland, and
attended Presentation College,
San Fernando. He has lived and
taught in France, the United King-
dom, United States and Canada,
where he has been tenured for
the past ten years at York Uni-
versity. He has worked in inter-
national development; and his
artistic work has explored cut-
lasses, ohrnis, rum and roti.
"I m happy to assist in a still
too rare telling of struggles by
Caribbean people in North Amer-
ican and European scholarship,"
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Caiso's work featured in Sexualities
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