LGBTQI+ Activist Jason Jones believes it’s high time for sodomy laws to be struck off the books in Trinidad and Tobago.
He said that since 1962 when T&T became independent from Britain the British colonial buggery laws remained on the books.
He said while the laws are not used punitively where gay men are arrested and tried for buggery, he believes having laws like that on the books encourages homophobia by the general population against the LGBT community.
However he said that the concern is not only with the old British colonial laws but also what he refers to as evidence of homophobia within the walls of the Parliament in Trinidad and Tobago.
On April 12, 2018, he won a landmark legal challenge at the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago which decriminalised adult same sex intimacy.
It was also cited in a recent case that led to a decriminalisation victory in India.
The case has been appealed and is waiting to be heard.
Meanwhile Jones says what he’s seeking to do with the case is help each member of the population of Trinidad and Tobago not just members of the LGBTQI+ Community.