A society that accepts people with different sexual orientations is among dreams that the outgoing head of the Dominica Planned Parenthood Association (DPPA) wants to see become a reality in the future.
Willie Fevrier, who served as the Executive Director of the DPPA, is retiring after over two decades of service.
His stint ended on June 30th, two months short of 25 years.
He said at a press conference on Wednesday that he hopes to see homosexuality decriminalized in Dominica pointing out that it should not be a crime if two consenting adults, in the privacy of their homes, carry on sexual activity.
“I don’t see why that should be a crime. It may be immoral for those of us who are Christians but we cannot equate the two,” he said.
He said he is retiring at a time when society is discriminating against people with different sexual orientations, a situation which he said must be addressed.
“People tend to discriminate against people of a different sexual orientation and that is of a major concern to me. I think the human species is very diverse, we have different kinds of people and as a society I think we should be more caring, more tolerant to the people different from us…” he said.
Fevrier said instead of a being homophobic, he wants to see Dominica transformed into a more “understanding and tolerant” society.
“That is a big concern for me. We should be more understanding to the nature of the human being and I don’t think people are getting this message,” he said.
The outgoing Executive Director said will continue to work behind the scenes to address the situation.
“Even if I am on my way out, I will still be an advocate for the rights of people to exercise their sexuality without fear. No two people are the same. This is no reason to discriminate against them even if they are of a different sexual orientation,” Fevrier said further.
He said too much emphasis is being placed on male homosexuals in Dominica.
“There are females as well and no one is talking about that,” he said.