Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Caymanian, Billie Bryan, participates in UN IDAHOBiT event

Colours Cayman founder/ President Billie Bryan recently participated in a virtual panel hosted by the United Nations LGBTI Core Group, on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQ people around the world.

Following the release of OutRight Action International's report "Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ People," the virtual panel, which took place on May 18, was entitled "The Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ People".

The panel marked this year's 2020 International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), which took place May 17.

Other panellists included UN Independent Expert on Protection Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Victor, Madrigal-Borloz, and Mawjoudin We Exist for Equality Secretary-General, Khawla Bouaziz. OutRight Action International Executive Director, Jessica Stern, was the moderator.

Bryan advised of new virtual initiative, called Social Circles, that will be offered by Colours Cayman via Zoom calls and social media platforms. Bryan indicated that online forums have provided a strong sense of community for the LGBTQ community and its supporters, especially given the anonymity offered via the internet.

Bryan also advised that Colours Cayman needs funds to help LGBTQ people in Cayman through the pandemic and going forward.

Billie Bryan, affectionately known as "Bee", was born and raised in the Cayman Islands and is working to create a safe, social environment for the local LGBTQ community in Cayman.

Colours Cayman is currently conducting a survey to gather data on how Caymanians and residents of the Cayman Islands, especially those in the LGBTQ community, have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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