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Gay pride festival, parade in Haiti cancelled, citing threats

Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – Organizers for an LGBT festival called MassiMadi, that would have begun on Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, announced its indefinite postponement in the midst of substantial backlash from government officials against the event.

The head of the Haitian LGBT organization, Kouraj, did not state the reason for cancelling the event in a message to members. Charlot Jeudy, the Kouraj leader, faced immense opposition primarily from Senator Jean-Renel Senatus, who made his career as the government prosecutor in Port-au-Prince and his fight against sexual deviance and child delinquency. Senatus and other parliamentarians had called for Masisi Madivin (Gay Lesbian) festival’s cancellation.

The Fondasyon Kilti ak Libète (Foundation of Culture and Freedom, FOKAL) said it would still try to organize certain festival activities but said it was waiving the possibility of a festival, citing serious threats, said the press release signed by program director, Elizabeth Pierre-Louis.

Jean-Renel Senatus has him, denouncing tendencies to attack the Haitian family unit, pointing to the organizations that support openly and financially the festival was planned from 27 to 30 September. He even invoked maneuvers to derail the présidenielle and legistives provided for 9 October.

The Canadian Embassy and the French Institute of Haiti, are the main partners of the event. I think they should have more to offer us, said the parliamentarian who denounced the illegality of such a festival.

Besides FOKAL, other places should accommodate festival activities. Among others, the French Institute of Haiti and the film library of Petionville.

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Post source : Agence Haitienne de Presse

About The Author

Valéry Bennett is a graduate student of Digital Publishing at ESCP, Paris. He is of Haitian descent and participates in the biennial mission trip with his church.