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But in both 20, Trinidad and Tobago signed Organization of American States (OAS) resolutions calling for the prohibition of violence motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.Then, the following year, the Trinidadian cabinet approved a National Policy on Gender and Development, which reaffirmed the government’s opposition to same-sex relationships and its refusal to consider same-sex marriage.“Two years ago, she said the country wasn’t ready for same sex marriage.” Pointing to the importance of taking a stand, Jones said that after launching his case he had been contacted by three young men who had been considering suicide but regained hope for their future after seeing him in court.

In December 2008, the government was not among the 66 countries that signed a UN statement calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality.But her public life illustrates the contradictions over LGTBI rights in Trinidad and Tobago, one of seven Caribbean nations that criminalises same-sex relationships.She had gender reassignment surgery in 1993 at the age of 19, the first citizen to undergo the procedure in her country’s history.There is currently no legal procedure pending against a gay person for having consensual and private sex,” he said, adding, “[Jones’] lawsuit is a good strategy, but it’s just one of many options.The sodomy law isn’t necessarily what most affects LGTBI people in their daily lives.” However, Jones argued that the LGTBI community needed to take a more proactive, campaigning stance.

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