ATTITUDE PRIDE AWARDS: THE MAN WHO GOT HOMOSEXUALITY DECRIMINALISED IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Jason Jones fought for the freedom to love – and won.
Jason Jones has been honoured with an Attitude Pride Award for his pivotal role in the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Trinidad and Tobago.
Growing up gay in the small Caribbean nation, 45-year-old Jason, who is now based in Lodon was verbally and physically abused on a daily basis – but he was determined to change anti-gay laws which saw gay sex between two consenting men punishable with up to 25 years in prison.
On 23 February 2017, he filed a now-historic motion to strike down colonial-era homophobic laws in the Caribbean nation – but death threats poured in and he was forced to go into hiding.
“I had 12 very serious threats and two of them had Arabic script,” Jason says. “A friend who works for a private security firm came over, looked at it and said, ‘We need to get you out of here right now’.”
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