Statement – Re: Passing of Barry Ragoo

Statement – Re: Passing of Barry Ragoo


The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Barry Ragoo of Chagauans, who is being laid to rest today, December 12th, after tragically taking his own life. Barry, a devout Hindu, was full of life. His friends describe him as “always smiling”. He had a bright future ahead of him; now, we grieve the loss of this gifted young man with his peers, friends and family. There is no single cause for suicide; persons who…

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MEDIA RELEASE: SLF REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY FOR ALL ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY


DEC 8TH, 2019 | CHARLIEVILLE – #HumanRightsDay is observed annually on December 10th to commemorate the adoption of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. Human rights gain new meaning every day when injustice and inequality defines a person’s reality. The simple freedoms and privileges that many people take for granted, such as the right to an education free from discrimination and access to medical resources are not always equally available to all Trinbagonians.…

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SLF Commemorates #BlueShirtDay with Launch of Anti-Bullying School Survey


MEDIA RELEASE 06.10.19 Monday October 7, 2019 is designated as World Day of Bullying Prevention or #BlueShirtDay. On this day, students, teachers, staff and all other allies are encouraged to wear blue to raise awareness of the need for action to end bullying in our schools. In 2018, The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) launched the 2016 Trinidad and Tobago School Climate Survey Report on Bullying and Gender-Based Violence in secondary schools across Trinidad and Tobago. This study was the first…

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A Smile and a Safe Space For George


George Kazanjian was a bright, wonderful soul. Kind and caring, he had a smile that warmed the hearts of many. George, unfortunately, took his life eight years ago on this day. We take this opportunity to remember and celebrate George, also reflecting on how this bright and wonderful soul’s light was tragically an unfortunately snuffed out due to societal pressures and occurrences of the plague of bullying. George’s passing ignited a spark in us, a spark that has now become…

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What Pride Means to Me


A loyal supporter wrote and submitted this piece to us. With his permission, we share the story of what Pride means to him, in his words. If you would like your story to be featured, please contact us via email. **************************** WHAT PRIDE MEANS TO ME Written by: Scott Marchack Photos by: Cathy Bain     When I came out as gay, I’ll admit – it was difficult for me. My family, my school and my religion did not accept…

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#StandWithUs – Silent No More


On this day, one year ago, history was made when members of the LGBTQIA community bravely fought fear and persecution to assemble with our allies on the steps of the Hall of Justice for the High Court’s ruling of the nation’s antiquated buggery laws.   A year has passed and while challenges still present themselves, the spark that was ignited on April 12th, 2018 in Justice Devindra Rampersad’s words about the buggery laws being “unconstitutional, illegal, null, void, invalid…”  has…

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Lucky #7


Today marks our 7th Anniversary since we came together to fight against inequality and injustice towards LGBTQ+ youth. From the early beginnings of the Foundation, we have been driven to do what is necessary, as opposed to what is popular, to encourage healthy dialogue of LGBTQ+ issues and to develop safer spaces for youth that are free from bullying, violence, and discrimination. We have always believed our three-pronged framework of support, education, and advocacy can truly influence a culture shift…

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Know Your Status and Rock the Ribbon


There are between 31 million and 43.9 million people globally who are living with HIV today, according to recent figures by UNAIDS. December 1st, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of #WorldAIDSDay which is dedicated to raising awareness and strengthening support for those are who living with HIV, while honouring the memory of the 25 million to 49.9 million people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the epidemic started. While there has been significant progress made by way of the…

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LBT Women Also Suffer Violence


One in three, or 35% of women, around the world have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime, and as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner, according to recent global estimates published by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Evidence also shows that women who have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence report higher rates of depression, having an abortion and acquiring HIV, compared…

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Happy International Men’s Day!


The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) joins the world in celebrating International Men’s Day. International Men’s Day is an event that is celebrated annually on November 19 in over 70 nations. This day encourages people to celebrate the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. First conceived in 1992 by Thomas Oaster, the day was re-initialised and reinvigorated in 1999 here, on the shores of Trinidad & Tobago by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a History lecturer at the…

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