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imagesQueen Elizabeth II honoured Donnya Piggot, a 24 year-old woman from Barbados as one of the 60 inspiring people in the annual Queen’s Young Leaders Programme.   Donnya’s story is remarkable. In Barbados, homosexuality is illegal and punishable with life imprisonment. While it is rarely enforced, there is still a high rate of violence and threats made against the LGBTI community.

An Inspiring Leader

Donnya is the founder of Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination (BGLAD).  She flew in June 2015 and received a medal from the Queen who is had of the Commonwealth. 

‘I’m elated and happy for this award,’ Piggott told a Barbados newspaper.

What it does is it recognises the cause. Many Barbadians, especially older people, have great respect for the Queen, and these are the same people who are opposed to progression of sexuality and how it is seen in the modern world. ‘Hopefully, it will help people to open their eyes and see something honorable.’

In Barbados, homosexuality is illegal and punishable with life imprisonment. While it is rarely enforced, there is still a high rate of violence and threats made against the LGBTI community.  Being illegal can only lead to bullying in schools, in churches and on the streets.  Although the law against homosexuality may be rarely enforced, it still is a stigma and a threat or a force for blackmail.

Who Are These Inspiring Young People?

Donnya Piggott

All 60 award winners, aged between 18 and 29 and who come from all over Commonwealth, are working to ‘support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.’

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, chief executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: ‘The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is poised to unlock the potential of this diverse and talented group of young people and we are delighted to be supporting them to go further and achieve more.’


Barbados Gays & Lesbians Against Discrimination 

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Welcome to the website of Barbados Gays & Lesbians Against Discrimination(BGLAD). As promised we have started to update the website. Included in the recent update are articles and letters published in the daily newspapers in Barbados and others relating to the various developments internationally. This update is not a full representation of everything that has occurred and hopefully we will be able to provide you with more material in the coming weeks. These articles can be viewed on our news page. Also, please check the website for the opinion section. Some topics cover the areas of gay unions and homosexuality.We are also seeking ways to enhance the website. We hope this site will be useful and informative and welcome your suggestions to help us improve and deliver the information and services you want to see.We at BGLAD will continue to push for a society that does not tolerate discrimination in any form and in particular discrimination against gays and lesbians. Please encourage your friends to visit our site and offer their support via our message board.

It is currently the annual Crop-Over Festival in Barbados. For those of you who don’t know, this is our annual carnival. We at BGLAD want to wish everyone the very best for the season. It seems like it will be another wonderful year. We however ask that you remember to be careful at all times. Remember not to drink and drive and also remember to protect yourself by using condoms….your life is in your hands. Thanks for joining BGLAD online and have a great day.




Barbados Gays & Lesbians Against Discrimination (BGLAD) is dedicated to the promotion of human rights for all persons within the Barbadian society and in particular lesbians, gays and bi-sexuals. BGLAD, through education on issues of human sexuality and individual differences, will promote the acceptance of all persons and develop a positive agenda for change within Barbados and the Caribbean region.

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