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Jamaican gay activist turns down T&T invite, plans to sue

A Jamaican gay activist and attorney has turned down an invitation to travel to Trinidad today, for a United Nations Family planning workshop and will instead be pursuing legal action against the twin-island republic.

Maurice Tomlinson has decided to appeal Section 8 of Trinidad and Tobago's Immigration Act.

According to Article 8 of that act, homosexuals are banned from entering Trinidad and Tobago.

It also categorises gay relationships as immoral.

A column appearing in yesterday’s Express said Tomlinson will be pursing legal action on behalf of the non-governmental organisation, AIDS-Free World.

It also said that for Tomlinson, a gay man, to be allowed to enter Trinidad, he would have to pretend to be heterosexual.

Last year, Tomlinson got married in Canada to male police-officer and pastor.

The Trinidad column said the Jamaican activist has chosen not to lie, spurning the invitation and exercising his right to challenge a law that Trinidad and Tobago itself has been too coward to change.

Reports are that Tomilson had been invited to give two presentations during this month in the sister Caribbean country.

One invitation was to attend the UN conference and the other CARICOM conference on human rights.

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