United and Strong is also trying to reach out to rural communities, where many LGBT people do not have access to the necessary information or support. Seeing that he had applied for refugee status as a gay man, she outed him to his homophobic family in Antigua. And you could hear homophobic statements. I just want to keep going. She likes to laugh and smile, showing off a gap between her front teeth. Share via Email 'Vote with your passport when it comes to spending your holiday money, go to a country that actually wants you. It was a long time coming for St. About a week later, Carson was getting ready for work on a Friday morning when agents from the CBSA arrived at his door saying he needed to sign some papers. Despite this, each island has a core group of LGBT activists leading the fight for equality. Once he got in their car, David alleges, Carson was driven to a detention centre, where he was held for two days before being put on a plane back to Antigua on Sunday morning. Equal marriage is transforming lives from New Zealand to Uruguay. While no island actively pursues criminal investigations for breaking these laws, their mere existence intensifies a toxic homophobic culture that allows lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people to be bullied at school, that fuels their mistrust of police, and allows them to be alienated from — or even abused by — their families. Read a report by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada on the treatment of sexual minorities in Antigua and Barbuda. We handed over our passports and waited. Carson was deported in November and has been in Antigua ever since. Say that I should be shot, [that] people from my community should be shot.