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Aug 11, 2016

Is Gay Rights Activist Concerned About Personal Safety After Landmark Ruling?

Caleb Orozco

Is gay rights activist Caleb Orozco any safer after Wednesday’s breakthrough decision?  The question of his personal safety has always been an issue ever since choosing the pioneering role of challenging the legality of Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code.  At a press conference following the Supreme Court decision, we asked Orozco if he feels that his life would be in danger now that the high court has ruled in his favor on such a divisive issue.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Speaking of your right to personal security, I know that this entire issue has been rather controversial from the beginning in the sense that it divides the society—those who are pro LGBTIQ community and those who are against what the community stands for. From a personal perspective, do you feel that you will be targeted more so now that the ruling is in your favor, as the claimant? Where do you stand on that?”

 

Caleb Orozco, Executive Director, UNIBAM

“My security issues will never go away because I am the facey, for the lack of a better word—this will never make it to news—I am the facey bitch that challenged the status quo in this society and managed to get a response that was meaningful. Nobody likes somebody to challenge the status quo. In fact, it makes them insecure and brings fears and misunderstanding. And in their society violence is used as a social mechanism to put yo in yo place. There will always be one crazy cow, one vindictive person who will use me as a scapegoat and take whatever issues they have out of me. So I will have to continue to be conscious of where I walk, where I drive, who I hang out with, where I go to get entertainment. And for now, I don’t go out in Belize City; if I walk it’s in my car, which I hope continues to work to the bank and back. I don’t walk very far late at night. If I walk it is to buy chicken. My point is that I and I only have the personal burden of my security as I cannot count on the system to provide that security for me.  That is the challenge when it comes to this kind of judgment.”

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