We are LBTQIA and we are the women of the Caribbean and the diaspora!
The first gathering of it’s kind in the region, the Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference continues to be at the vanguard of building advocacy and uniting lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LBTQI) people. Celebrating the diversity of the Caribbean Woman – every shade of personality, every shape of intelligence, every style of wit, it is space for female-born or identified people in the Caribbean. The CWSDC annually invites activists, both LBTQI and allies, advocating for communities of diverse sexual and gender identities and expressions and sex characteristics.
Since 2013, the annual women’s conference has been staged successfully in a different Caribbean country each year. The CWSDC is organised by the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc (ECADE). Launched as an initiative of United and Strong Inc, it is still led by the two main organisers Kenita Placide and Maria Fontenelle.
With the aim of increasing Caribbean women’s visibility in the movement to recognise the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people, the focus of the CWSDC is primarily capacity building. Just as important to our activism is the sense sisterhood, of common purpose and support that emerges a unique expression of camaraderie and commitment at every single gathering.