Barbados invites same-sex couples to live on the island for a year as it begins unpicking colonial-era homophobia

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TRAVELBarbados invites same-sex couples to live on the island for a year as it begins unpicking colonial-era homophobia
REISS SMITH JULY 22, 2020
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Bridgetown, Barbados could soon be filled with remote workers. (Getty)

Barbadosโ€™ prime minister has said same-sex couples are welcome on the island as it works to free itself from its colonial-era stance on LGBT+ rights.
Barbados, one of the smallest but most-visited Caribbean islands, recently announced it would allow foreigners to live and work remotely on its shores for 12 months in an attempt to kickstart its tourism economy, hampered by the pandemic and a lack of rapid testing throughout the nation.


Though the announcement made for enthusiastic headlines around the world, there was less excitement among the queer community, owing to Barbadosโ€™ archaic laws on homosexuality and a note on the application.
The online form for the Welcome Stamp visa defined a spouse to be a mixed-sex partner, appearing to exclude same-sex couples.
With the situation unclear, prime minister Mia Mottley sought to make clear that Barbados โ€œwelcomes allโ€.

โ€œThere is an issue as to who Barbados will welcome and who it will not welcome,โ€ she said in parliament.
โ€œI want to say as long as I am prime minister of this nation we welcome all, every one.
Currently, same-sex male relations are punishable by up to 16 years in prison in Barbados, a law stretching back to its colonial occupation. According to Equaldex the ban is not enforced, and new legislation to end this discrimination is pending, though some homophobic attitudes remain. There is currently no legal recognition for trans people.

Mottley alluded to the islandโ€™s anti-LGBT+ laws, adding: โ€œThis country, that has been forged regrettably in the bowels of discrimination, cannot want to discriminate against anybody for any reason. All must breathe in this country.โ€
She confirmed that a bill is to be debated imminently with a view to outlawing discrimination on the age of race, age, colour, gender and sexual orientation.
 

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Barbadosโ€™ prime minister has said same-sex couples are welcome on the island as it works to free itself from its colonial-era stance on LGBT+ rights.
Yippee. This is an important development for the fall of 2020. ๐Ÿ˜’
 

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It's awful how colonial europeans invented the hatred of gays
 

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Intersectionality theory is going nuts here...
 

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Oh, c'mon. Nobody thinks Barbados, of all places, cares about being "welcoming" to a bunch of foreign faggots. What they very likely care quite a lot about is the fact that faggots have a lot of disposable income (no kids, no future, and high paying Diversity jobs), and have no reason not to spend every cent of it in the local economy.
 
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