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T&T will have to make decisions
about homosexuality and its place in
the Constitution in the future, and
the St Andrew s Theological College
intends to educate the public more
about the issue in preparation for
when that time comes.
This was the word from Rev Elvis
Elahie, principal of the college, during
a seminar titled "The Homosexual: A
Member of Society" at the Naparima
College auditorium, San Fernando, on
Saturday. Presenters at the event looked
at the issue in terms of biology, history,
anthropology, religion and sociology.
Elahie said the college wants society
to think and consider all aspects before
making a decision about homosexual-
"We want to educate and bring as
much information as possible to the
public, so that when the time comes
to make decisions on the issue people
would be more informed...Informed
people always make better decisions,"
he told the gathering.
Colin Robinson, of Coalition Advo-
cating for Inclusion of Sexual Orien-
tation (CAISO), spoke about the laws
in T&T that criminalised homosexual
acts and how they affected people who
Tackling homosexuality in T&T...
were lesbian, homosexual or transgender. He said
there was no legal framework regarding transgender
people in T&T Constitution.
In an interview with the T&T Guardian after the
seminar, Robinson said people do not even know
about a piece of law that criminalises all forms of
same-sex activity, including arousal and sexual grat-
"It s considered serious indecency."
He said the Government does not enforce these
Church scholars plan education drive
Dr Dylan Kerrigan address patrons on
What is Anthropology, at St Andrew's
Theological College seminar, "The
Homosexual: A Member of Society",
laws, and CAISO was not advocating for those laws
to be changed.
"We want protection against discrimination. That s
what we re focusing on," he said.
The Theological College is owned by the Presby-
terian Church, and Robinson praised it for being
"forward thinking" and looking at homosexuality
Elahie said the college was simply encouraging
open dialogue for people s edification, but was not
taking a stance on the issue.
"The Theological College will not take a position,
that is for the Church to do," he said, adding the
Church would eventually have to make a decision
on how it treats with homosexuality independent of
the state s law.
Another speaker, Dr Dylan Kerrigan, anthropologist
at the University of the West Indies (UWI), said he
wanted to provide people with information that
described the diversity of human culture and expe-
"What we have in common is that we are different,"
Kerrigan said the argument that homosexuality
was based on a battle between nature versus nurture
was incorrect, and it was more complicated than
that. He said what society had to realise was that
homosexuality was nothing to be afraid of, as someone
was not merely defined by their sexual orientation.
"It s a small part of who a person is."
He said he believed T&T was an inclusive society
in spite of its criminalisation of same-sex activity,
and that progress was understandably slow. He said
if you pushed back aggressively at the laws, you
risked polarising the society.
"It has to be slow."
Overall, Kerrigan said he was optimistic that there
would be more conversations like the seminar in the
Elahie hoped for this as well, as he said people
who left the seminar were asking themselves "Should
I allow myself to be affected by somebody else s ori-
entation to the point where I want to judge and say
You are wrong? "
"People were reconsidering their thoughts. It s
about respecting how people live, once it does not
impact negatively on you."
When asked how religious doctrine would instruct
how homosexuality was received, Elahie said, "Every
scripture is written in a particular context. If scripture
has to be used then it must be intelligently used."
A cross-section of the crowd in attendance during the seminar "The Homosexual: A Member of Society" put
on by the St Andrew's Theological College on Saturday at the Naparima College auditorium.
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