Great generosity aids Caribbean fight vs. anti-gay hatred

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On April 25, Canadian philanthropist and businessman Salah Bachir received this year’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art award, worth $25,000.  He immediately donated it to lawyer/activist Maurice Tomlinson to support his LGBTI rights work in the Caribbean.

Salah Bachir (left) and Maurice Tomlinson at the MOCCA Award ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson) Salah Bachir (left) and Maurice Tomlinson at the MOCCA Award ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson)

THANKING SALAH

By Maurice Tomlinson

Last Saturday night Salah Bachir silenced me with his generosity, and I think that I have finally found my voice to tell him thanks.

For years I have been trying to identify sustainable funding to restore my country’s “One Love” culture. Our society has largely been coarsened and corrupted by imported homophobia, which was produced by global north Christian fundamentalists, and their local clones. The results of this anti-gay animus have been devastating. One palpable example is the fact that Jamaican men who have sex with men (MSM) have been driven into…

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