Open Letter to the Grenada Constitution Reform Advisory Committee

Dear Chairman Dr Alexis:

We, the Caribbean Alliance for Equality, are writing to applaud your commitment to including all Grenadians in the constitutional reform process. However, we have serious concerns about efforts to encourage the participation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. In fact, Grenada’s harsh laws make any open participation of this segment of the population nearly impossible.

As such, we call upon you to ensure that the fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed in the new constitution include sexual orientation and gender identity. The explicit inclusion of these terms is necessary to protect the inalienable rights of LGBT Grenadians to life, liberty, security of the person and equal protection under the law.

Now is the time to enshrine equality and justice for all in the constitution. Doing so is a necessary step for Grenada to modernize its legal system. Since the promulgation of the last constitution, the understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity has evolved tremendously. In fact, Grenada is unusual in that it is among a small number of ostensibly free, secular societies that disregards the rights of its LGBT citizens. Including protections in the constitution would help rectify this injustice.

Thank you for your careful consideration of this issue. We looking to working with you as Grenada undertakes this important step. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Caribbean Alliance for Equality.

Jason Latty-Travis
Caribbean Alliance For Equality

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