LGBTQI coalition gears up in eastern Caribbean

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A report by Colin Stewart for 76 Crimes.

A new coalition of LGBTQI organizations in the eastern Caribbean is setting its sights on improving the lives of the region’s sexual minorities. The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE), which was launched late last year, issued this update:

Board selected to guide new eastern Caribbean Alliance

Another step has been taken toward a more united Caribbean with the election of a new board to head the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE).

The eleven-member board was drawn from representatives of eighteen regional organisations at the Alliance’s Feb. 6 general meeting.

Board Chair René Holder-McClean-Ramirez notes, “The new board fully recognises the wide scope of work ahead of us. We are committed to fostering a space that will complement the development and strengthen the communities, territories and by extension the region of which we are all a part.”

‘Now is the time’

The new board comprises members from St Croix, Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, Antigua, Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. In addition to Holder-McClean-Ramirez, the Board executive comprises Richie Maitland – Vice-Chair, Arlene Gregoire – Secretary and Joan Didier – Treasurer.

In welcoming the board, Executive Director Kenita Placide also expressed hope for the work ahead.

The general meeting held discussions on the status and development of ECADE as the new regional hub for advocacy in eastern Caribbean countries and resulted in agreements on its governance structure. In addition the meeting explored the needs of member organisations, including institutional strengthening of the national organisations and a clear delineation of roles between the regional hub and the local organisations. These will be among the core undertakings for the board going forward.

ECADE is an independent umbrella organisation, inclusive of all small island territories in the eastern Caribbean. Geographically, from the Virgin Islands to Grenada. ECADE will work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex groups and other rights organisations within these countries to strengthen their institutional capacity and provide a platform to strategize and work towards equality within the eastern Caribbean.

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