Belize is a neighborly country, and tolerant of difference
by: Mrs. Laura Tucker-LongsworthSpokesperson, Live and Let Live It will be no surprise to my fellow Belizeans to hear that…
Too often, members of our community – women and girls, people living with disabilities and gay and transgender people – fear that they will be treated differently in the workplace and in public spaces because of who they are. That’s not who we are as Belizeans. Everyone should be able to get a job, find a place to live or walk down the street knowing that they will be treated with respect like everyone else – and not be discriminated against.
My gay son, who is grown up now, very productive and extremely intelligent, always reminds me of our first real talk about his sexual orientation. My initial reaction was to tell him that he needed to get married to a woman, and hide his sexuality because he will never be accepted in our society today. I was afraid for him. He told me that he cannot do that. Now, I look at him and think how brave he is and I am very proud of him for his courage to be himself and to not be afraid.
I love all my children. Each one of them is very special to me because they are made in their own unique way. I love Kennedy because she is caring, compassionate, intelligent and loving not because she is my gay daughter. The fact that my daughter is gay and is so actively committed to her work in what matters to her most, LGBTQI activism, is just icing on the cake.