MiriDom demands right to sexual expression for LGBT community

Coordinator of local group, Minority Rights Dominica (MiriDom), Daryl Phillip is asserting the right of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community to exist and have sexual expression.

He spoke to Dominica News Online (DNO) in response to a  recent statement made by District Superintendent of the Christian Union Churches of Dominica, Pastor Lennox Timothy on the growing concerns of the LGBTT global movement. Pastor Timothy presented a biblical view to Dominica as a “measuring line” of this development.

“The pastor has a right to defend his belief  as he sees it and the LGBT community in Dominica has a right to ask,  to seek the right to exist, the right to sexual expression which has been made illegal,” Phillip said.

“You cannot intrude on peoples rights and tell them it is because the bible says so. The matter going to the court is a matter of human rights and human dignity; it is not a matter of biblical belief. So the pastor is free to quote his bible but quoting his bible does not make the community freer or a little more livable for the LGBT community. It actually makes it worse and impedes on people rights to expression,” Phillip insisted

In the court matter which Phillip refers to, a gay man has filed a case in the High Court of Justice in Dominica challenging the country’s laws criminalizing “buggery” and other sexual activity between consenting partners, “including and in particular, partners of the same sex, as violating numerous rights guaranteed in the Constitution of Dominica.

A press release titled “Constitutional challenge to Dominica’s laws criminalizing LGBTQ people”issued by MiriDom states that the claimant is challenging two sections of the Sexual Offences Act (SOA) of Dominica; Section 16 criminalizes “buggery” which the Act defines as anal sex between two men or between a man and a woman and Section 14, which is a sweeping law criminalizing “gross indecency,” which is defined as any act (other than penile-vaginal sex).

Phillip argues that Dominica should be guided by all biblical sayings, not one.

“There are a lot of things that the bible states that they are not talking about. There should be a law against fornication, adultery, eating pork… so it’s kind of being hypocritical… and that is the thing the minority rights Dominica is fighting for… and our society should be big enough to recognize that this is impeding on a certain set of people and they need to be given the right to exist, to express themselves like everybody else.”

MiriDom claims in its release, that these laws have caused discrimination and violence towards the LGBT community.

“For many years, evidence has been mounting of the harms caused to Dominicans by criminalizing LGBT people, including the stigma, discrimination and violence encouraged by such laws,” the release states. “The continued criminalization of consensual sex by LGBT people through the gross indecency and anti-buggery laws, and the broader abuses against LGBT Dominicans to which such criminalization contributes, have damaged too many lives — and continue to do so every day. These are the lives not only of LGBT Dominicans, but also of their family members and friends who have lost loved ones to violence or AIDS, or when those facing persecution have sought asylum elsewhere.”

It added that the goal of this legal claim is to end the criminalization of any consensual sexual activity between persons above the age of consent, in particular the criminalization of consensual sex between partners of the same sex.

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57 Comments

  1. Steve
    July 14, 2019

    Positive supportive comments on here are being deleted! They’re leaving the negative ones only. This is unacceptable!

    ADMIN: What positive comments were deleted? Also there are comments supportive of Miridom on this article.

    • Joyce
      July 15, 2019

      Steve,

      Th admin of DNO gets caught up in their feelings and delete comments ALL the time.. . Theyre unable to take criticism – something like trump . This is an open forum and people should be able to say as they please … and not have it removed by mediocre reporters.

      ADMIN: Thank you for your comment we appreciated the humour in your statement, intentional or not.

  2. CANDID
    July 14, 2019

    happiness is a gift and if each one is trying to find happiness why stand in their way. Gay,lesbians they are all there.what I dont understand I stay away from.A man should only get active for his wife and the wife should only get active for her husband. Taking all these into consideration,i would say let the Christ be the judge for only jesus has the right to punish

  3. Clemon George
    July 13, 2019

    I am with you Miridom. We are all equal and should have the same level of protection, real or perceived, under the law.

    (Now, go ahead and curse me but first, clear your closet of skeletons.)

  4. Truth
    July 13, 2019

    Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”–Lev.18:22, 20:13.

    • July 15, 2019

      Leviticus also prohibits eating shellfish and wearing fabric made of mixed fibers, where is your similar sanctimony against lobster dinners or cotton-poly blends?

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        July 15, 2019

        Steve people quotes the Bible; nevertheless, not everyone who quotes the Bible know what they are quoting, one cannot quote one verse of scripture without knowledge of what led to that single quote.

        You see, one have to know where something pertained to Israel; the Jews, and not Gentiles.

        You see the Israelite’s  are God chosen; he had a reason for instructing them not to eat certain kind of animals, ect, ect!

        Nevertheless, while he instructed them not to eat these things, he instructed them to “give it to the strangers at thy gate!”

        Anyway eating something; defiles not the body; it’s a far cry from people indulging in homosexuality; from my view it’s a curse, it is the same as one who indulges in bestiality!

        Such persons in ancient days were put to death, by people stoning them to death!

        Every human have a right to life; until God deem it is time to take them out; however, nobody should ask people to respect the behavior of homosexuality!

    • Pipo
      July 15, 2019

      And Genesis clearly says that human beings are created in the likeness of God. That would include your deviants, and all people in prison not so, or did the Creator make a mistake then?

  5. Lisad
    July 13, 2019

    The end is here

  6. Ninja
    July 13, 2019

    Daryl Philip go and roll your rosary and stop your folishness!!!!!

  7. Dominican
    July 13, 2019

    Our legislation should not be based on religious doctrine if we are not to end up with dictates like sharia, although sometimes they intertwine. But even here there are contradictions. Killing a fellow human being is both a sin and a criminal offence….except, of course if during armed conflict you kill an enemy solider, whom you never knew and had no personal issue with. In that case you may end up as a national hero. Would God, Jahweh, Allah approve?
    With regard to sexual behaviour, are onanism, fellatio, cunnlingus, dildo’s illegal? I understand bestiality is but should we also include the sale of condoms? After all, they do prevent pregnancies, seen by some religions as the only justification,for sexual intercourse. Offending public decency I do understand, as something that affects most of us but then we should also include those who expose themselves in public to urinate or defaecate. Let people be human beings as long as they harm no one, commit a crime or a public offence.

  8. Bwa-Banday
    July 13, 2019

    Woyee ebbed Woezoe chaud papa!

    Daryl my friend you need to find a woman and try to multiply the world. That BUGGAR business is not going to work in Dca. According to Mystelics ; STOP all you dorty ways! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  9. big
    July 13, 2019

    it not only a sin it an abomination. do you all know what that word means? that how the great book describe this act, because of this two city’s were destroyed, up to this day no one knows where they stood.
    but as i see it all prophesy of the good book are coming to pass and some have already pass but we humans do not take notice of the warnings.

  10. Kalinago Justice
    July 13, 2019

    One may argue that all sin is sin, but according to the Bible homosexuality is an abomination and those involved should be put to death; (Leviticus 20:13). A man shall not lie with a man as he does with a woman; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22). Therefore there’s are sins that are abominable! Matthew 24:15-16 says,”When ye shall see the abomination of desolation,flee to the mountains.”

  11. CREED
    July 13, 2019

    Oh my God where do I start . I really don’t understand what this world and our Dominica has come too . I do not hate any gay , Lesbian , homosexuals or transgender person , I have all as my friends , But I know and I believe in God and the Bible and creation, so that life style cannot be not right . I mean we don’t even have to go to the courts or parliament to know , Just take one look at how man was created and how are woman was created and just for the life of me know that man and man is wrong and woman and woman is wrong. How would life continue ??????? I mean I really cant say more .

  12. Kalinago Justice
    July 13, 2019

    :?: miri-damned or minority-damned; If you have recognized that you’re in the minority,why do you want to impose yourself on the Majority :?: In every society, organisation Country and Democracy, it’s the majority who governs and rule, therefore and whatever they say rules! This is one thing I love about certain States and Leaders in Africa; like Uganda for example,you would not be able to even talk about your abomination! Can you imagine your Dad was with a man and your Mother was with a woman :?: This means that you would not even be here existing or living,far less having such conversation! :?: This is why I think the Kalinago People deserve to be given their land back so that they can continue with their original way of life and Culture!

  13. TJ
    July 13, 2019

    LGBT Is not responsible for raping our children, they are not responsible for adulterous acts in our community, fortification, and the like. I remember clearly, my nephew. Was upset with his wife for having a coworker who is gay collect his daughter after after School.. I told him I prefer to let the gay guy to collect her. She will come to me untouched. After much thought, he saw my point. We have enough problems in our community than to tackle on tat does not exit.

  14. July 13, 2019

    Page two:
    We all know our sins against God’s Laws and I am sure that most of us are ashamed of our ways but when our carnal mind accepts the feeding, of our human senses, we fail to fight against the temptation, that is how we fall; that is the reason for the blood of Jesus Christ, when we decide to turn to Him for redemption

    The problem is that the rest of us, sinners, are not out there calling for rights to perform our sins publicly, that is the reason it is so hard to find a murderer, a thief, and even an adulterer, they do their things in the dark

    The Law against adultery, fornication, etcetera, is the Law of the Bible, according to God’s Word, so those who commit those sins are left to be judged by God Himself, no man can judge his fellow man, but that doesn’t mean we must keep company with immoral behavior

    Neither do you have the right to force our society to blend with the conducts of gays and lesbians, is that not what you are asking for?

  15. July 13, 2019

    Page one
    “The pastor has a right to defend his belief” Daryl, right here, you have the first error of your petition. The pastor spoke about the Laws of God, who created you; it is not his belief it is what he must adhere to and that goes for all of the World,

    The Bible is the Book of Law for all mankind, the Constitution is the Book of Law for its Nation. So both laws in Dominica prohibits the conduct of those who call themselves “gays” and “lesbians”. Yes, it is the conduct that is unaccepted; Dominicans do not want “gays” and “lesbians” shoving their gross action in our faces, there is nothing healthy for the minds of our youth and young adults in that scenery

    You speak about the transgressions that societies commit; however God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sinful ways –especially their conducts of homosexuality; so why only those two cities, why not the whole World, for there are sinful habits everywhere.

  16. Anonymous
    July 13, 2019

    To them Bible quoters, read another book, open all you mind and educate yourself

  17. Tiggi
    July 13, 2019

    We backing you up Mr Phillip! I cannot believe this is still illegal in Dominica, that is embarrassing for the island. What consenting adults do in their bedroom is their business, and LGBT people should feel free and safe to express themself and hold hands with their partner on the road without worrying.
    Those who talking about Bible, God loves all right? You should too.

    • Toto
      July 15, 2019

      Now , I feel uncomfortable seeing two people of the same sex kissing, holding hands and so on but that is me and does not make it illegal. Only, dont force that behaviour down my throat and say that If I dont like it something must be wrong with me. There is live and let live for both sides.

  18. DAPossieMasse
    July 12, 2019

    I have always wondered why is it necessary for people to come out? I mean, Black men in particular just show the world they are Gay by swinging the engine too much. So tell me, should I come out as being straight? What are the specific discriminatory practices against gay people?

    Come on now, I mean some of our people maybe a little politically daft, but to make these claims and present no evidence is unacceptable.

    The buggery laws are more to protect young kids than adults. Straight people get AIDS, and face violence too. The disease does not discriminate, a criminal is a criminal.

    Why not do your stuff behind close doors? No one will care no one will be concerned whether you go to Heaven or not, at least not me because it is your decision. Oh yes, gay people can go to heaven, you just have to abstain like straight people, because they too will not go to Heaven if they do not obey God’s commands. So Genesis 19:1-29 is not only about gay people, it is about everyone.

  19. Made in China
    July 12, 2019

    “The matter going to the court is a matter of human rights and human dignity”

    There is no “dignity” in homosexuality. It is a form of sexual deviance that results from psychological and physical abuse including sexual abuse and exposure to sexual content at a young age, lack of proper parenting etc. Instead of encouraging this lifestyle what we should be doing is looking at ways of solving this problem which is essentially an issue of mental health.

    Also there are no provisions in the law that allows for abuse against people because of their lifestyle. If you have been a victim of abuse or violence you are free to report it to the police.

    Legislative restructuring also will not stop the spread of STDs because you cannot legislate away bad habits. If you engage in sexual deviancy you are also very unlikely to practice safe sex. That’s just the way it is.

  20. Channel 1
    July 12, 2019

    Since when sexual expression is a right? Where they get these people there nuh boy. By the way, what exactly is ‘sexual expression’? These groups are famous for coming up with vacuous nonsensical phrases.

    So do family members who want to marry each other also have the right to demand their rights for ‘their sexual expression’?

    What about the adult who is in love with a teenager or even child? There’s a movement (inclusive of some psychologists) in certain parts of Europe pushing the notion that pedophilia ought not be viewed as an abnormal thing but just another sexual orientation?

    What about polygamy, bestiality, necrophilia and the rest of the other perversions?

    Do the practitioners of these things also deserve their rights for sexual expression? After all, they can also all claim they were born with their sexual preference and deserve their rights also.

    With the legalization of homosexuality, every other sexual perversion will also have to be legalized.

  21. the book.
    July 12, 2019

    Mr Daryl, has anyone prevented you from engaging in any sexual acts with a consenting adult? or are you advocating for the lgbt community to engage in sexual acts in public? If so keep it illegal. All sexual acts should be done in private.

    • Braindamage
      July 14, 2019

      Sexual act? No. This is called buggery act!
      Sex is between a male and a female, one with a vagina and the other with a penis. Gay? This is called Homobuggery.
      Buggery is illegal in Dominica.
      Fornication and Adultery is illegal in God sight.

  22. the book.
    July 12, 2019

    From a biblical stand point, any sexually act between two unmarried people is sinful, however it is not illegal for two people of opposite sex to engage in sexual acts. It should not be illegal for two consenting adults of the same sex to engage in sexual acts, as sinful as it is.

  23. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 12, 2019

    Daryl, the Bible teaches that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

    All humans are born of a sinful nature; left to ourselves the entire human population would burn in the lake of hell fire if Jesus did not come to earth and sacrifice his life by shedding his blood on the cross for the sins of all humans.

    However, before we as individuals can benefit from his sacrifice, we first have to repent of our sins (change or way from sin).

    I am telling you right now whereas you condone  the filth, and sin of homosexuality, and the conduct of lesbianism; God have a special place for you in hell whether you believe in God or not!

    When you talking about minority, there is no minority in homosexuality, there billions of you all; it is not the will of God for men to crave another man rectum!

    God created women in a very special way; shaped with breast, Gluteus  Maximums and vagina to attract men!

    • Dominican West Indian
      July 14, 2019

      First time I agree with Fransisco

  24. Life
    July 12, 2019

    Go to hell with this foolishness. Wanna be homosexual, go somewhere else, here dont need you all nastiness.

  25. Facts
    July 12, 2019

    Homosexuality is not illegal here. It is anal sex that is illegal. The buggery laws are not anti-gay.

    • Made in China
      July 12, 2019

      Yes they are and that is a good thing. Obviously if you are in a relationship with a man and have homosexual tendencies the obvious conclusion is that you will engage in anal sex. On a side note straight people also engage in anal sex which you don’t hear people talking about as much.

      We should be trying to get rid of all these forms of sexual deviance and immorality including fornication and adultery.

    • KaliNeg
      July 13, 2019

      There’s no homosexuality without man and man anal penetration! :?:

      • not quite
        July 14, 2019

        1. There are female homosexuals who are not affected by this law. 8)
        2. This law also seeks to punish men who like anal sex with girls.
        Therefore, the law is not anti-gay. It’s anti-anal sex.

    • More facts
      July 13, 2019

      Heterosexual men who prefer anal sex with wife/ girlfriend, please take note. It is an illegal act which can land you in prison for many years.

  26. Always on the ball
    July 12, 2019

    Hello, I want to talk to Daryl. You think he is reading those comments?
    Daryl, are you saying that with the laws on the books you cannot walk with your partner on the streets? If someone decides to beat you up because they notice you gay it is because of the laws on the books? What if the act is decriminalized and then a man has reason to accuse another man of buggering him how will that man be charged? The devil really is a liar. Hope the good Lord has mercy on people like you.

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2019

      Of course any type of sexual assault should be criminalised and the attacker prosecuted by law no matter the gender, but this is a very different topic from what we are discussing here. Here we are talking about consenting adults, not about somebody being assaulted or ‘buggered’.

    • Humble
      July 13, 2019

      Going to assume that you mean if a man force me himself on another man. Then the charge will be rape.

  27. AA
    July 12, 2019

    The bible says love one another as i have loves you and love your neighbour as yourself

  28. PENNY
    July 12, 2019

    Is a life style i don’t believe in but if people choose to live this life that’s their business, Just don’t push your LGBTQ beliefs down my throat. I respect every human being. Wrong is becoming the right now.

  29. FLORA
    July 12, 2019

    Is there an LGBT community in Dominica? Whereas I do not support any type of discrimination against the LGBTs, I am confused to understand who has been persecuted in Dominica for their sexual orientation. Homosexuals, both male and female, have coexisted within the Dominican society for a very long time, and though they are referred to in derogatory terms, yet I have not seen any evidence of persecution. In fact, some prominent gays and lesbians have held positions of authority on the island without any difficulty.
    MIRIDOM should present evidence of persecution and I would be the first to render my support otherwise it appears that they are following the bandwagon of the international LGBT movement.

    • Tiggi
      July 13, 2019

      But it’s not OK to be referred to in derogatory terms. There are alot of gay people persecuted and this would not go to the court for their attackers to be prosecuted simply because they won’t currently be protected by the courts as it’s still illegal here. The gay people have every right to feel safe and supported in society as anyone else, and this is why the law needs to change.

    • Dixie Normas
      July 13, 2019

      there was a guy that was killed on a bridge in Portsmouth and the defense of the accused wast that he (the dead guy) looked at him in a sexual manner.

  30. christine luke
    July 12, 2019

    a very good move, yes the time has come to join the rest of the world really in recognizing the rights of the LGBT community.

    • Steve
      July 14, 2019

      I agree, yes it’s finally time for LGBT rights! (well ideally homosexuality should not even be an issue in the world but people made it an issue). I’ve written supporting comments for Daryl and Miridom on here, but they’ve all been deleted.

      ADMIN: We only see the one other comment you made claiming your comment was deleted. If you submitted a comment that you don’t see you can always try resubmitting the comment.

  31. Chakademus
    July 12, 2019

    Never Hemmeh Jemmeh! not in Dominica allyou legalizing allyou abomination.

  32. look joke
    July 12, 2019

    Free up de bull, long i saying dat

  33. ??????????????????????
    July 12, 2019

    But Where I be there? Really it is end times!

  34. Gouvelma
    July 12, 2019

    Would the head of MiriDom just sat that he is ready to break the closet door open. In my world and my Dominica the only rights that one should have with no objection is a right hand, foot, eye, ear and other body parts. Although that’s the way I see it no one has injected to those sick people engaging in their activity in private. Go to your home, play in the septic tank as much as you want. Just do not attempt it bring your nastiness in public and give the youth the impression that it is the right and natural way to go. I will say so without reservation that EVERY gay person, man and woman, is mentally sick. Dominica is a Christian society. The Christians need to stand up. Even when Pilate found Jesus not guilty the community said crucify him. So to are we saying to hell with the courts and their version of rights. We will not accept this as a norm in our society. Let us run them out of town. The courts should be more concerned about the leakage of divorce petions than gay rights

  35. James
    July 12, 2019

    Daryl should hold a protest. gather members and protest. In so doing we will see how serious you guys are and who are on cover and under cover

    • ME
      July 12, 2019

      yah i agree. tell them to demnonstrate for it. lat’s see if the police will tear gas them :mrgreen: :-o :mrgreen:

      if not tell go and get a cool out and shut up !

    • Plato
      July 12, 2019

      This is the most crass comment I have read on DNO in a very long time. It brings absolutely nothing to the table. I agree with Mr Phillip that we are being hypocritical as a number of us have anal sex with our girlfriends and wives.
      It really does not matter to me what 2 consenting adults choose to do with their bodies.

    • Steve
      July 13, 2019

      In a country that criminalizes freedom of LGBT expression, it’s very understandable if people are scared to express themselves or be ‘undercover’. It’s not something they should be shamed for. Change the laws, educate society and the majority of people will feel safer to express themselves.

    • Gary
      July 13, 2019

      Wow, is this your response. Why does it matter to you who are on cover and under cover, is it relevant. Why don’t you look at the big picture and see how a segment of people are persecuted, discriminated and scorned at simply because of their sexual orientation, all they are asking for is to be treated with respect and dignity repealing laws that discriminate against them.

  36. Unknown
    July 12, 2019

    Legalize Marijuana first and then we can talk about LGBT

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