By Gay Supporter
On the one hand, I was elated to see an openly married gay man share the national stage with other Vincentian elites, giving commentary on election night as the results came in.
He must have been invited, presumably by the powers that be, sanctioned by my party; or the party whose executive still functioned, as well as those who sponsored the broadcast. Interestingly, it was also simulcast on the NBC Radio. We were also told of the polls that were conducted.
On the other hand, we in the local gay Vincentian community who are members and supporters of the party have to wonder where our next public harassment or beating is going to come from. Those of us in high positions may escape public ridicule, but why the hypocrisy?
On the day of the march, when the churches and other Vincentians took to the streets against the buggery case that is currently before the courts, the impression given was that the church was sanctioned and sponsored by the government to take that role — the supporting role against the case in the court. I listened that day to my party radio station, and the only thing left for the host and the callers to do, was to go and lead the march.
They cheered on the march from the airwaves, which led me, and other listeners in our circle, to believe that the government and the party were in support of the march.
Yet, what we saw on election night was the welcoming of an openly married gay man comfortably sharing the national stage here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Are my government and my party now openly accepting of gay rights in the country? Are those who comfortably shared the national stage that night, now in support of gay marriage? Why the hypocrisy?
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