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    Weʼve raised £1,515 to fund an historic legal challenge to remove the discriminatory "buggery" law in Trinidad & Tobago that criminalize LGBTQI+ people --Part 2

    London, UK
    Funded on Sunday, 31st May 2020

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    In my home country of Trinidad and Tobago, until April 12th of this year, I could be arrested and imprisoned for up to 25 years for having consensual sex with my male partner.

    Any sexual intimacy between couples of the same sex was a crime (including sex between women). My government calls these acts “serious indecency”. They could imprison us for up to 25 years for penetrative sex and for 5 years for any other act of sexual intimacy. Gay and bi men, lesbian and bi women, trans people, all lived with the threat of this criminal law hanging over them.

    My name is Jason Jones and I am a human rights defender. I challenged my Government in the High Court to change this situation and on April 12th 2018 the Court agreed to declare these laws unconstitutional. WE WON!!!

    In his ruling on my case Justice Rampersad said:

    ...it is unfortunate when society in any way values a person or gives a person their identity based on their race,color,gender, age or sexual orientation. That is not their identity, that is not their soul. That is not the sum total of their value to society or their value to themselves. The experiences of apartheid South Africa and the USA during and after slavery, even into the mid and late 20th century, have shown the depth that human dignity has been plunged as a result of presupposed and predetermined prejudices based on factors that do not accept or recognize humanity.

    My government is challenging this verdict; defending the archaic and discriminatory laws. On September 20th 2018, my legal team and I will again go before the courts to state our case that the High Court ruling should be upheld and this unjust law struck down.

    But there's still work left to do to get us there.

    We fell short of the last goal by £5,000 and I still need to raise at least £15,000 for my upcoming September Court case: for Court fees, transport and security for my lawyers, and the cost of printing documents for Court. Litigation is not cheap, even when you have the best lawyers working for you for free!

    Your donation will ensure that 100,000 LGBTQ+ people have their day in Court, so that we can ensure the barbaric laws that criminalise us for being lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans are struck down for good.

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      Jason Jones

      5 years ago

      Hi All! Been out of action recently with some health issues & a very busy workload BUT, exciting news that legal challenges have now been launched in Dominica, St Vincent and Mauritius & soon in St Lucia! All of these cases will benefit from my landmark victory! So now I start full throttle work towards the T&T Appeal Court hearing which will happen within the next 3-6 months! Also another project connected to my court case has just received the green light & will be launched next month! Thanks again for all your continued love & support! JJ

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    25

    • Sterling

      Sterling

      Nov 10, 2019

      Hi Jason, I hope this helps. I have also spread the news. The power of viral.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 8, 2019

      £10.00

    • Rob

      Rob

      Jun 13, 2019

      Be proud and good luck although you should never need good luck to live your life to the full.

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 11, 2019

      Jason,Thank you for doing the necessary work

    • Martin Driver

      Martin Driver

      Oct 27, 2018

      £20.00

    • Lawrence Scott

      Lawrence Scott

      Oct 15, 2018

      Congratulations Jason for your magnificent win - continuing the struggle- congratulations to all the people who have supported you.Lawrence ScottTrinidad & Tobago Novelist and short story writer.

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 7, 2018

      £20.00

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    Jason  Jones

    Jason Jones

    London, UK

    Jason has worked for LGBT equality for 30 years starting by marching against Section 28 in 1988. In 2011, he founded an LGBT organisation in T&T & assisted creation of The Commonwealth Equality Network. He has now changed laws in both Britain & T&T to improve LGBT equality.

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