The first ever gay Pride organized in St. Lucia is scheduled for August 23–26, 2019, 50 years after the Stonewall riots in New York City. St. Lucia Pride will be the country’s first ever public LGBTQ pride celebration and it will mark a historic occasion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) people of Saint Lucia, where gay males still face up to 10 years imprisonment for same-sex intimacy.
St. Lucia is a sovereign island country in the West Indies in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. It is south of French overseas territory Martinique, and east of Bardados.
There’s not much information yet about this first gay pride event organized in St. Lucia. Still, the Saint Lucia Pride committee has launched a logo and theme in preparation for the country’s first ever public LGBTQ pride celebration. The logo features a heart-shaped splash in rainbow colors and black, reflecting the diversity of the human family. A black fist emerges with the passion of ongoing activism to achieve full recognition of the human rights of LGBTQ people in the Caribbean.
The 2019 celebration theme “Persist with Pride”, is an affirmation for the LGBTQ community and supporters, as they stay on the path towards the goal of full recognition.
St. Lucia Pride is scheduled for August 23 – 26, 2019, with activities aimed towards educating and sensitizing the general public, as well as nurturing the dignity of non-heterosexual and gender non-conforming people in Saint Lucia.
Public activities include a panel on LGBTQ in Saint Lucia – Then and Now, Youth Engagement on the Meaning of Pride Beyond Sexual Orientation, and a Pride Family Day and Health Fair.
A Pride Fashion Show and an Island Exploration highlighting areas of note for LGBTQ Saint Lucians are planned specifically for LGBTQ people and allies.
Several community organizations and business partners are expected to be part of the Family Day and Health Fair, which will include health talks and screenings, congratulatory speeches, performances and giveaways.