Putting that aside, we still will provide you with an overview of some of the topics discussed at the round table discussion this morning. At the forefront of it all is the widely discussed topic of LGBT rights in Belize. On Thursday, during the discussion, we posed the question to the Ambassador and asked him to clarify his role as it pertains to UNIBAM and the LGBT community.
Ambassador Carlos Moreno ascertained that his role in that regard is to advocate for LGBT rights but maintained that there is no LGBT agenda. The Embassy also made a declaration saying that quote “The U.S. Government supports holding perpetrators of violence against LGBT individuals accountable, decriminalizing same-sex activity/relationships, and promoting public acceptance of LGBT.’’ [ The Ambassador also made mention of grants being awarded to UNIBAM for three LGBT programs: Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour Small Grant Program; Ambassador’s HIV Prevention Program; and Global Equality Fund- The Caribbean Sexual and Gender Rights Litigation Program. We didn’t get an answer of how much monies these grants entailed, but were told they would get back to us with the figures. Under one of the programs, specifically the Ambassador’s HIV Prevention Program, it states that “In 2011, U.S. Embassy Belmopan gave UNIBAM a grant to support their program focused on raising awareness about reducing homophobia among the general population and conducting prevention education with men who have sex with men.” It does not state the targeted age group for this educational forum. When questioned about his position on same sex marriage Ambassador Moreno told us that we live in an evolving world.