KENITA PLACIDE,

SHE Carribean Magazine - - REPORTAGE -

SAINT LU­CIA

Kenita is well-known in the in­ter­na­tional halls of LGBTI ad­vo­cacy, and a re­spected speaker at gay rights con­fer­ences around the world. For­merly the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of United and Strong Inc—Saint Lu­cia's only LGBTI ad­vo­cacy group—she is now East­ern Caribbean Co­or­di­na­tor for the Caribbean Fo­rum for Lib­er­a­tion and Ac­cep­tance of Gen­ders and Sex­u­al­i­ties (CARIFLAGS), and serves on the sec­re­tar­iat of ILGA, the In­ter­na­tional Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual and In­ter­sex As­so­ci­a­tion. In a 2013 on­line vote, Kenita was The St. Lu­cia STAR News­pa­per Read­ers' choice for Per­son Of The Year, the first openly gay per­son to win the award. This year she spoke at TheDai­ly­Beast.Com ‘Quo­rum,' a live jour­nal­ism fo­rum fo­cused on LGBTI is­sues, at which she de­scribed her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences as an ac­tivist in the face of mur­der, ar­son and vi­o­lence.

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