Colours Cayman addresses concerns surrounding sexuality workshop
Non-profit, Colours Cayman, has been addressing some of the increasingly prevalent misconceptions and hateful rhetoric directed at the LGBTQIA+ community. Many groups and individuals have articulated a fear of "recruitment" into a "homosexual lifestyle," particularly among children.
The most recent attacks emerged in response a recent Colours Cayman Gender & Sexuality Workshop designed to educate teens, adolescents, teachers, parents and guardians on the sensitive subjects of gender identity, sexual orientation and mental health.
As part of Colour's Cayman's "Colour Me Loved" workshop series, the workshop was created to encourage a sense of inclusivity and sensitivity among young people, regardless of sexual orientation, addressing the fact that "a lack of knowledge on these subjects and awareness of their importance has statistically been shown to contribute to the prevalence of mental illness, bullying, abuse and suicide internationally, particularly among LGBTQIA+ youth."
Billie "Bee" Bryan, Founder of Colours Cayman released a statement, stressing that "our organisation’s mission is to foster safe and comfortable social and professional environments for everyone in the Cayman Islands, with our primary focus being on the LGBTQIA+ community. We advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights as human rights and promote the inclusion and equality of LGBTQIA+ people in the Cayman Islands."
Bryan explained that Colours Cayman has been hosting educational workshops for years, "that are designed to educate our youth, teachers, parents and guardians on the sensitive subjects of gender identity, sexual orientation and mental health. Open and honest discussion surrounding these subjects is woefully lacking across the region, even throughout our educational system and as such, we endeavour to provide our youth and those working directly with our youth the opportunity to attend our workshops or to bring them into the classroom."
"False accusations of LGBTQIA+ communities championing anything that clearly violates human rights are commonplace worldwide and members of our organisation have been met with them numerous times in the past. While we will always deny these false allegations and resist attempts to liken education surrounding gender and sexuality to child abuse or worse, likewise, we will always defend the inalienable right of children to be properly educated. Any comments made about our members or our organisation that have been misconstrued or are wholly false are not representative of how we operate or what we stand for. Of course, to the extent that any statement made by our members or our organisation has been misinterpreted, we unreservedly apologise for any lack of clarity on our behalf."