TASHEKA LA­VANN,

SHE Carribean Magazine - - REPORTAGE -

pan, un­til just one more sar­dine tips the bal­ance.

Dolor's anal­ogy of­fered a note of cau­tious op­ti­mism on be­half of the straight com­mu­nity, and en­cap­su­lated the greater strug­gle for LGBTI equal­ity be­ing led by de­voted ac­tivists like Mau­rice Tomlinson and An­ge­line Jack­son, Don­nya D. Pig­gott from Bar­ba­dos, Kenita Placide from Saint Lu­cia and Tasheka La­vann from An­tigua, who con­tinue to spread the mes­sage of equal­ity to open minds in the Caribbean— at least to those who will lis­ten.

AN­TIGUA & BAR­BUDA

The former An­tigua Car­ni­val Queen and erst­while na­tional broad­caster came out “gay and proud” on her first video blog this sum­mer and hosts ‘Is­land Lez Talk' weekly on YouTube. Now liv­ing in Toronto, La­vann has spo­ken openly about en­ter­ing straight re­la­tion­ships to cover up her sex­u­al­ity, and learn­ing to de­flect ru­mours that cir­cu­lated about her in the com­mu­nity. She ad­mits “I'm ab­so­lutely proud to be who I am,” and her rev­e­la­tions via video blog have led to an out­pour­ing of sup­port from friends and sup­port­ers of the LGBTI com­mu­nity.

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