United and Strong celebrates 15 years by framing the past
United and Strong Inc. has a rich history of volunteerism by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) identified persons as well as allies. While the organisation cannot name and recognise the many that have contributed during its 15 years of existence, it has begun by framing the past to guide the future.
A display of persons key in the formation of the organisation and those who served on the first Board of Directors has been erected. President and Vice President of the Board of Directors (BoD) - Marcellus M. Miller and Janice Stephens - unveiled the display. The exhibit pays homage to the visionaries and the volunteers who started a revolution in LGBTQI human rights organisation in our small island and gave their time and passion to keep the LGBTQI community united and strong.
Founded in 2000 and registered in November 2005, United and Strong Inc is a human rights NGO that seeks to achieve recognition of the rights of marginalised groups in Saint Lucia with a focus on LGBTQI people. In a country that still criminalises same-sex intimacy and where discrimination against LGBTQI persons remains high, the organisation has struggled to thrive. This is why it’s 15th year of existence is particularly significant.
Activities are also being staged to include discussions among community members, staff and BoD on matters related to advancing the goals of the organisation and other issues of mutual interest.
The celebrations have been launched on social media and the public is encouraged to send congratulations using #15Yrs4US!”. The year’s overall theme, #EducationAcceptanceLove, is a further rallying call online.
The organisation’s flagship Red Ribbon public HIV AIDS outreach also continues throughout November into December. A voluntary testing and counselling session will be held in Soufriere on 27th November.
The unveiling of a display of persons key in the
formation of the organisation.