Trinidad and Tobago - Colin Robinson
1. Tell us about your work in the region and any organizations that you represent
Colin's response to this and other questions are in audio.
2. This project is offering a space for Caribbean activists, writers, scholars, and artists to define and redefine homophobia. We think this is necessary because so much has been discussed and defined outside of the region. How would you define homophobia(s) in your country? What social, cultural, and political factors contribute to homophobia(s)
Colin's response to this question 2 is an audio.
3. How useful is it for us to talk about different kinds of homophobia(s)? How would talking about different kinds of homophobia(s) help us to include concerns for transgendered and gender non-conforming people?
Colin's response to this question 3 is an audio.
4. What changes have you seen and experienced (in the last 5 to 10 years) with regards to LGBT or sexual minority issues in the region and in your country in particular?
Colin's response to this question 4 is an audio.
5. What are the strategies you use for organizing against homophobia and its effects (ex. ostracism, depression, violence, etc.)?
In answering this question, Colin reflects on the work being done on mental health and other well being. In addition, Colin reflects again on homophobia, colonialism and the post colonial politics.
6. What are the major challenges and successes you have faced in organizing?
Colin's response to this question 6 is an audio.
7. What kinds of regional or diaspora collaboration have been effective? What kinds of regional /diaspora collaboration have not been effective?
Colin's response to this question 7 is an audio.
8. Do you think the Caribbean as a region is shifting in terms of tolerance and acceptance of diverse genders and sexualities? If so, how?
Colin's response to this question 8 is an audio. in which he talks of the opening of political discourse, the increased visibility and looks at the example of the young people protesting at the visit of one of the ex-gay ministers
9.What are some specific changes you would like to see in your country to change or lessen homophobia(s)? In the Caribbean as a whole, how can we move towards these goals?
Colin concludes his responses with his vision