LGBT Contingent Joins West Indian Celebration

By Trudy Ring

Originally published on September 14 2013 7:09 PM ET

This year, for the first time, the West Indian American Day Carnival celebration in Brooklyn, N.Y., welcomed an LGBT contingent.

Members of Caribbean LGBT marched a procession for the event, held earlier this month, with a banner identifying their organization, and they chanted, “End Homophobia Now.” They sought to draw attention to anti-LGBT hate crimes in Caribbean nations, including the recent murder of Jamaican Dwayne Jones. Caribbean LGBT also works for marriage equality and other LGBT civil rights.

Learn more about the organization here.