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Why do we need Barbados Pride? Well, walking down the street is a traumatic experience for many LGBTI Barbadians. At first glance, Barbadian LGBTI people appear to have relatively safe, full lives. People often ask us: ‘Why don’t you just live your lives and stop fighting for rights, no one is troubling you?’ But I have experienced verbal abuse ranging from threats of sexual violence to shouts of ‘death!’ and also physical assaults and fights. Truth is, physical violence against our LGBTI bodies pales in comparison to some other countries. There are many places where you could be killed just because you venture into the wrong neighbourhood.

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