July 6, 2007
‘That’s hypocritical, silly in this day’

Local closet homosexual responds to political heads

A gay professional has labeled St Vincent and the Grenadines, a society which is teeming with hypocrisy.

Tim (not his real name) was reacting to recent statements made in parliament by Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves and Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace. The political adversaries both agreed that homosexuality should remain a criminal offence.{{more}}

According to the laws of St Vincent and the Grenadines a person found guilty of buggery can be jailed for up to 10 years.

“That is so hypocritical and silly in this day and age,” Tim said, adding however, that he understood the political pressure that both men are under in a society that refuses to accept its gay citizens.

Tim told SEARCHLIGHT that it was laughable to think that there are many people who feel that the gay population is an insignificant number of persons.

“People will be shocked if they knew, if they knew who is gay, they will be shocked,” he said.

He suggested that the intolerance of society is doing more harm than good.

“Gay persons are forced to get married, live in marriages that are dead and lifeless and live lies, clandestinely having gay relationships,” Tim said, his disgust obvious in his voice.

He said that this decision usually ends badly, destroying many women and children and the sanctity of marriage on a whole.

Tim is not married, but very much closeted.

Why not come out of the closet, fight for the rights they feel they deserve, well maybe one day, Tim suggested to SEARCHLIGHT, but certainly not now.

Continuing on his theme of society’s hypocrisy, Tim said that although there are many things taking place which contravene the Bible that is thumped as the source of direction, homosexuality and drug dealing seem to be singled out for special holy ridicule.

“What about the many husbands who are unfaithful to

their wives, continuously,’ he asked, “Isn’t that a sin also,” he continued.

Tim, who has risen to the upper echelons of his field, said that because of the negative stigma associated with being gay, gay men and women are forced to work even harder, do better academically and make themselves virtually impossible to be overlooked.

“Gay people have to work twice as hard to get ahead,” he said.

As for the rumours of a gay club in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tim says there isn’t. He however said that there are many “gay gatherings” that could even look heterosexual.

“You may see a group of people going to a party, men and women together, but they are gay,” he said.

Tim also shared a few things that drive gay people crazy.

One such thing is the belief that they can be made “ungay”, and the question asked at every wedding “So when is your turn?”

Then there is the perception that male gays are all pedophiles.

“Listen, there are heterosexual pedophiles and there are gay pedophiles but not all gay men are like that,” Tim said.

He also added that not all gays are promiscuous, stating that many fall in love and commit to long term relationships.

As for Tim, when did he know he was gay?

“As a young man you realise you develop different feelings than your peers and find persons of the same sex attractive and them you,” he said.

Tim said that as far he knows, gay persons in St Vincent and the Grenadines don’t want gay marriages or anything like that, but just a chance to be true to themselves and work to build their country as they have been doing.

With distinction, Tim would add.