K(no)W HIV

K(no)W HIV


On #WorldAIDSDay we stand in solidarity with persons who are living with HIV/AIDS in our nation, and around the world. The HIV/AIDS epidemic hit the Caribbean in the late ‘70s, and according to a UNAIDS/WHO report, the Caribbean was registered as the second-most affected region in the world by 2001, with an estimated 420,000 people – more than two percent of the adult population – living with HIV. While ambitious efforts have been launched to achieve the end of AIDS…

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SLF Mourns Passing of Kimberly Teelucksingh


OCTOBER 26, 2017 The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) extends its deepest sympathies to the family of 24-year-old Kimberly Teelucksingh, who tragically succumbed to thoughts of suicide on October 25th, 2017. Kimberly was a bright, young woman with a promising future and we are saddened by her passing. Kimberly, a former Youth Parliamentarian, was set to graduate from the University of the West Indies today. Her passing is mourned by us at SLF, her colleagues, family and friends. SLF is founded…

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Erasing Hate, 19 Years Later


One day following the commemorations of National Coming Out Day, we pause to reflect on the tragic passing of Laramie, Wyoming teen, Matthew Shepard, who left us on this day – nineteen years ago.   (A basket of flowers hangs from the fence where Matthew Shepard was left to die. Photo: Steve Liss/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)   It is no secret that Matthew’s story could very well have been any one of ours. As LGBTQIA youths in Trinidad and…

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A Time For Change: The 4 E’s to Bullying Prevention


October is celebrated globally as Bullying Prevention Month. This month acts as a time to come together to face the threat of bullying. It is a time where we advocate for the prevention of bullying and support each other in coming up with strategies to help eradicate this social ill. Bullying Prevention Month is particularly important for us at the Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) as it serves as a reminder of the reason for our existence – to serve as…

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Proud to “B” in the LGBT


Today, we celebrate Bisexual Visibility Day. First observed in 1999, September 23rd has since been marked around the world as a day of celebration for bisexual visibility and pride. It was the brainchild of Wendy Curry, Michael Page, and Gigi Raven Wilbur, three United States bisexual rights activists. People individually and collectively celebrate bisexual pride and awareness in many ways, including parties, flag-flying, workshops, film screenings and social cyber events. Bisexual men and women still continue to face stigmatization, prejudice…

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For George


“Everyone has their story…you can’t hear it if they’re silenced.” – Danielle (SLF 2014 Day of Silence participant)   Today, we remember the life of George Kazanjian and mourn his unfortunate and untimely passing. Six years ago, on this day, George made the decision to tragically end his life. His passing left an immense impact on many lives – people that were close to him and strangers that he would never get to meet. George’s struggle may, unfortunately, be a…

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Statement – Re: Passing of Johnathan Smith


The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Smith family on the passing of their beloved son, Johnathan Smith. There are no words or emotion that fully conveys the sadness and grief we share over the loss of someone whom we treasured as a loyal ally, fervent supporter and amazing friend.   Photo: Johnathan Smith We first met Johnathan two years ago when he approached us to contribute one of his…

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Happy PRIDE!


June is celebrated widely as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) pride month, a month dedicated to bringing the community together and celebrate their achievements, re-energising our efforts for future change. It is the act of a positive stance against discrimination and violence towards the LGBTQ community and works to promote positive self-affirmation for LGBTQ people, increase visibility and celebrate sexual diversity and gender expression. We know that when one identifies as LGBTQ, we often automatically become a target.…

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