News and Events

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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MEDIA RELEASE – A Sexual Culture of Justice Project


The UWI and Civil Society organisations build “A Sexual Culture of Justice” through transformative approaches to partner violence, homophobia, bullying and policing The University of the West indies (The UWI) and its partner organisations have been awarded a Human Rights Grant from the European Union to carry out a project entitled, “A Sexual Culture of Justice: Strengthening LGBTQI & GBV Partnerships, Capacity & Efficacy to Promote & Protect Rights in Trinidad & Tobago”. This project is a new community-university collaboration…

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Show Your Colours – Celebrating IDAHOBIT


The freedom to be yourself is a very special right that everyone – indeed, everyone – is entitled to. Today, we celebrate that freedom to be yourself, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, faith, beliefs and gender or sexual identity. Today, we give everyone a real chance to flourish. Today, we embrace difference and say NO to any and all forms of discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community. Today, we celebrate the International Day Against…

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Finding an Equal Place – Model United Nations 2017


One of the flagship projects of the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain (RCCPOS) is the annual hosting of the Model United Nations (MUN). This year, the 20th installment of the MUN was held on March 18-19 2017 at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and was attended by 120 students from  Trinidad, Tobago, Suriname, St Lucia, Guyana and Barbados. The mission of the MUN is to foster a constructive forum for young people to have open dialogue on complex global…

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Celebrating The Silver Lining Foundation’s 5th Anniversary


5 Years of Support, Education and Advocacy   Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Silver Lining Foundation (SLF). It’s hard for any of us to imagine that five years later we would be sitting here on this milestone that is our fifth year anniversary. But deeply motivated by a burning desire to seek social justice and impact change in the lives of kids who continue to be bullied by their peers on the sole basis off their sexuality, and…

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Statement: Re- Zidane Malone & Mazza Baptiste


The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) extends its deepest sympathies to the families of 14-year-old Zidane Malone, who sadly took his life on October 28th, 2016, and 13-year-old Mazza Baptiste, who tragically ended her life on October 30th, 2016. Zidane was a student of the Five Rivers Secondary School while Mazza was a student of the Cowen Hamilton Secondary School. They both had bright futures ahead of them and we now grieve the loss of these young, gifted souls with their…

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Statement – Faith Gajadhar’s Passing


LA BREA – The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) extends its deepest condolences to the family of 16-year-old Faith Gajadhar, who tragically ended her life on September 7th, 2016. Faith, a student of St Francois Girl’s College, had a bright and promising future ahead of her. This light has now been snuffed out and we grieve this loss with her peers, friends and her family.   The SLF is founded on the principle that young people can mobilize other youths to…

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Karaoke Live IV: SING OUT PROUD


The Silver Lining Foundation is back at it again with our annual Karaoke fundraiser! It’s time to SING OUT PROUD! Donations to this event go towards SLF’s future endeavors; to help make Trinidad and Tobago a safer and better place, to create an environment conducive to respect and self acceptance and to provide a support system for marginalized youth, conducive to a sustainable and healthy life. All karaoke participants after 9pm will be eligible to WIN PRIZES, including first preference…

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