The goal of Equals is to educate and empower the LGBTQI+ community to foster unity by providing a safe, discrimination free environment. In this environment, Equals encourages safe sexual practices and access to services in areas such as sexual health, general health and mental health. Equals also serves as an educational outlet by providing general information that is catered to our community. In addition, we work to improve the quality of everyday life for the LGBTQI+ community by tackling stigma and discrimination through sensitization training and human rights violations case recording. We strive to achieve our goals through community empowerment, education, networking and rights-based advocacy.
Welcome To Equals Barbados
Projects & Activities
Through the support of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC), Equals is looking to improved access to healthcare by LGBTQ+ persons in Barbados. To accomplish this, Equals will carrying our various activities: 1) Research into the barriers that LGBTQ+ people face when accessing healthcare at public facilities, with recommendations that will be shared with the Ministry of Health and Wellness. 2) Sensitisation Trainings for staff of the various Polyclinics across the island. 3) Training of volunteers and members of Equals in Phlebotomy, HIV Rapid Testing, and STI Counselling to widen the pool of volunteers who can provide these services at the community site. 4) Providing some support to the overheads of the clinic. This project will be conducted between April and December 2022. Testing for this project is carried out at The Safe Space.
Equals uses the Shared Incident Database (SID) to record cases of human rights violations. SID is a regional tool used all over the Caribbean and has been used to collect information on cases of Stigma and Discrimination against marginalised groups. If you have faced a violation to your human rights, e.g. verbally or physically harassed, kicked out of your place of residence without good reason, faced discrimination at your place of employment, been ignored or harassed by the police, etc., you can document the incident with us. The database is fully secure and only the specific Board Member assigned to oversee the database can view the content after your case is documented. You can utilise this mechanism as a source of evidence, and there have been cases across the region where the tool has been key in providing evidence in court. If you this you have a case that needs reporting, please get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to submit a report.
Though a small grant from the UNDP project Being LGBTI in the Caribbean, Equals will be conducting a series of sensitisation trainings in order to educate mental health professionals on the LGBTQ+ community and their mental health needs and concerns. The goal of the project is to improve the treatment and care of LGBTQ+ persons who access mental health services in Barbados, and for Equals to have an extensive list of mental health professionals that we can refer our community too.
Monetary: You can make monetary donations in two ways: MMoney and Wire transfer. If you are local and have MMoney, then you can donate by either adding our MMoney number: 230-2064 our by scanning one of the QR below. When sending a donation through MMoney, please feel free to leave a message if you would like your donation to go to a specific activity.
If you are not local, or would like to send a wire transfer, please contact us for our bank details.
Items: There are a variety of items that you can donate to us for our community. These items can include clothes, food items and office stationary. If you have something you would like to donate but you are not sure if we can utilise the item, please message us. We can collect items if you are unable to get to us.
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