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‘More Than 50’ Transgender Individuals In The Bahamas

Alexus D’marco, director of The D’Marco Foundation, at the recent press conference held by the transgender and intersex community. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff

Alexus D’marco, director of The D’Marco Foundation, at the recent press conference held by the transgender and intersex community. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Tribune Staff Reporter

sbrown@tribunemedia.net

THERE are more than 50 transgender male, female and youth living in the Bahamas, according Bahamas Transgender Intersex United spokesperson Alexus D’Marco.

In an interview broadcast on the 96.9 FM radio show “The Revolution” with host Juan McCartney, the self-proclaimed “first lady” of the LGBT community said the purpose of Bahamas Transgender Intersex United (BTIU) speaking up now has “nothing” to do with the upcoming gender equality referendum.

In fact, Ms D’Marco said the government made it clear that the referendum has nothing to do with gay marriage and the group is not yet advocating for that right.

She said she does not believe she has hurt the referendum by advocating for equal rights for transgender Bahamians because “Bahamians are going to do what they are going to do”.

“Students are being thrown out of school because they are identifying as transgender,” she said yesterday.

“Schools are saying ‘we don’t want that in here.’ Parents are throwing children out because they are transgender. Ten-year-old children are being kicked out because they are gay, 11-year-olds are being thrown in the streets to be molested and abused. There is a problem in this country,” Ms D’Marco said.

“We just want to bring to light the issues. It has been made clear that the referendum is not for gay marriage, it is about discrimination across the board. If you are going to talk about equality, we have to deal with the whole issue of equality.

“I am glad this conversation has begun. Equality across the board means equal for all. Basic protection and rights as Bahamians we don’t have, that is what we want. We haven’t hurt it (the referendum) because Bahamians are going to do what they are going to do regardless, people’s minds are already made up. They already know if they are going to vote yes or no. I haven’t hurt the referendum and that is not our intention.”

BTIU launched its multi-level equality campaign, “Bahamian Trans Lives Matter”, which seeks to secure equal rights for transgender Bahamians on Tuesday.

During a press conference at the Hilton, BTIU representatives called on the Christie administration to ensure that the fundamental rights of all genders of Bahamians - male, female and transgender - are protected. However, the group stressed that it is not trying to shift the focus of the gender equality referendum.

The group is calling for equal access to healthcare, education and employment without discrimination.

Comments

B_I_D___ 3 years, 7 months ago

50 into 300,000 equates to LESS THAN 0.02% of the population. Now, obviously that number is bigger if you lump in the full LGBT community, but still, the numbers in the bigger picture are so minuscule, we shouldn't even be arguing the fact and should get on with making everyone equal.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 3 years, 7 months ago

Don't be so easily fooled. The 50 will quickly turn into a much much greater number and we will have thousands of foreigners coming to our shores unless Bahamians vote a resounding "NO!" on June 7th to all four of the proposed amendments.

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themessenger 3 years, 7 months ago

Any foreigner would have to be deranged to want to immigrate to this benighted country. Why on earth would they want to live in a place full of homophobic and xenophobic bigots.

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SP 3 years, 7 months ago

Sir Lynden Pinding International Airport is open. They can leave or not come!

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 7 months ago

That less than 1% of people are what the PLP are fighting for to get their "equal rights" ......

POINTS TO PONDER

How many so-called deprived persons born overseas REALLY want Bahamian citizenship???? ........ how many Bahamian women who marry foreigners REALLY want their husbands to get Bahamian citizenship????? ...... how many Bahamian men who have outside children are even REALLY checking for these children to give them their names/titles/citizenship????? .......... how many people will REALLY and TRULY benefit from this "waste of time" hullaballo Referendum ?????? ........ 5,000, 10,000????? ...... and at what cost (to the vast majority of bona fide Bahamians) to the future national security and cultural integrity of our country?????? ................... why has Pindling not been condemned for giving us this Taliban-like law in 1973????? ....... I await a response from Ruby & Co.

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SP 3 years, 7 months ago

............................ Questions of equal importance .........................

Why should the vast majority be legally subjected to what is mainstream considered as immoral, deviant, lifestyle behaviors?

Why is government wasting the peoples time, money and energy on a referendum nobody called for, while ignoring the electorates decades old call for a referendum on Article 7, which is the biggest elephant in the room and very real threat to national security?

WHY?

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