Threats, arson can’t stop Caribbean LGBTI activist (video)

Many thanks to Erasing76Crimes and The Daily Beast for giving LGBTI Saint Lucians a voice through Kenita Placide.

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Kenita Placide (Click image for link to video. Photo courtesy of YouTube) Kenita Placide (Click image for link to video. Photo courtesy of YouTube)

“I felt like someone had just cut off my feet off from my knees down,” LGBTI rights activist Kenita Placide says about the day when an arsonist destroyed the headquarters of her LGBTI rights group, United and Strong, on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

Violent attacks like that are part of her personal story of becoming an LGBTI activist in the Caribbean, where barriers against women’s and LGBTI leadership are challenging.

Placide, who now is Eastern Caribbean Coordinator at CariFLAGS (the Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities), describes her personal story of becoming an LGBTI activist in the latest video in the “Quorum: Global LGBTI Voices” series about international LGBTI issues.

In her video, she tells how, despite turmoil in her personal life, she became “the voice and the face of…

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