Gay culture in Belize

Posted 13th, 2013

We don't share much about how culture contribute to the advancement of L.G.B.T human rights, but with the advancement of of section 53, the debate of extending legislation to L.G.B.T citizens have had unexpected senefits. Artist Briheda Haylock and Ruhel Trejo show at the Image Factory, Society Killed the Teenage showed just how accidental, but effective art can be. During an interview on channel 5 Jose Sanchez on March 15th, 2012 in the following way. This was said

Jose Sanchez
“But you think Martin Luther King have a dream for people to be equally sexual all depending on their sexuality. Do you think he would agree with what you are doing?’

Ruhiel Trejo
“Actually I think he would agree because at that time when he was fighting for equality, there were a lot of mixed couples in the U.S. that couldn’t get married because the church or religious people did not believe that white and black should mix. So in that sense I think that he was fighting for human rights on a whole; so he would understand homosexuality.”

Jose Sanchez
“As you are well aware, there is a big battle with UNIBAM. And you have Mahatma Gandhi as your message for respecting lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals. Do you think Gandhi would go for that; do you think the public in general would go for that or is this just you?”

Ruhiel Trejo
“It’s just me. I am the artist; I just create the art. It is them who interpret the art. I don’t really care how they interpret it—that’s their business. I just create the art.”
Trejo’s art has visions of Andy Worhol, but like a shadow of society, Haylock’s most provocative pieces are small boxes.

In San Pedro this weekend gone, they had something called a comparsas. Its history goes back for years in its traditions. One could be forgiven to see gay men, transgender outfits and lesbian women who participate on the island  gaying-up Carnaval.Though men in dresses are only acceptable in groups and at Carnaval, its interesting to see how they interact in the wide community on the island. What it points out though, is that we have a long history of contributing to the country's culture in a way that goes unnoticed in our history as Belizeans. Here is a few persons in the carnaval gaying-up the tradition on the island.



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