Congratulations to Brandy!!

An International Point of Light

Awarded HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Point of Light

3TC Director and Founder Brandy Rodriguez

Congratulations to our Founder and Director, Brandy Rodriguez on the award of the Point of Light by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth the Second. The Newly inducted High Commissioner for the United Kingdom to Trinidad and Tobago, Excellency Harriet Cross-Jeff Mayers, surprised Bandy with the good news of her nomination last week and followed up shortly after with the fantastic outcome that the Queen had selected her to be one of a short list of people around the British Commonwealth to receive the prestigious award.

It recognises the laudable efforts of people to make their communities, countries or those of others a better place. Brandy has been not just an advocate for the fundamental human rights of LGBTQ+ people but also a supporter of rights for migrants and sex workers. Her early days of advocacy and humanitarian work saw her in the trenches, holding the hands of trans-women dying from HIV, challenging the system to help them get food and access to health care and against all odds demanding that she and other trans-persons have the equal right to exist like everyone else in T&T.

“For 22 years it has been an uphill battle, especially in the Caribbean. My conviction to not be silenced and to help vulnerable people keeps me committed to my goal of a better more inclusive future for all.

This award gives further encouragement and will allow me to continue shedding light on the importance of including all people, particularly the transgender community. I will also use it to shine a spotlight on the importance of sexual and reproductive health rights.

I know that, together, we will all be able to create a TT where everyone is comfortable and free to be themselves.”

Brandy Rodriguez

3TC Director

Excellency Harriet Cross said that she was inspired by the work that Brandy has been doing to promote inclusion, while driving progress on key issues like sexual and reproductive health rights and wished her continued strength to continue with her good work.

“… I hope this award will remind us all that equality and inclusion are right and necessary and that all human beings deserve to be treated fairly.”

Excellency Harriet Cross

High Commissioner of UK to T&T

Trans-visibility Day 2021

Celebrating trans lives virtually

On Trans-visibility Day 2021, the CLO led an initiative to create a social media blast that encouraged people to submit a short message in celebration of the day proper.
Because of the limitations of movements and assembly as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, there could be no getting together to celebrate.

Short messages started coming in from diplomats, artists, performers and other people not just from TT but from regional and international spaces. The video below was streamed across our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Loop News also carried a story that featured the newest member of our team – Xoe. She spoke about her experiences and life as a transgender person – read the story

Trans-visibility day 2021 video

Reaction to the video demonstration was positive and immediate. viewers likes, reposted and shared their own comments like the one below:

“As a Transgender woman coming from Trinidad and Tobago seeing this made my heart weep off joy 10 years ago I couldn’t even think about doing my transition in T&T because off the fear of discrimination now 10 years later after leaving sweet T&T to complete my transition I feel so proud to see this step the love this really makes me feel happy on the inside “

trini-girl Chelsea

social media comment

about TDOV

International Transgender Day of Visibility (also called TDOV, Transgender Day of Visibility) is an annual event occurring on March 31[1][2] dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. The day was founded by transgender activist Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009

Welcome to our new CLO

Welcome Xoe

Xoe Sazzle

TTTC Community Liaison Officer

Xoe Sazzle, a very popular celebrity in the LGBTQIA and ally community who known by her alias or as we say in T&T ‘sobriquet’ – Mizz Jinnay. As a younger member of the entertainment industry Xoe blazed her own trail entertaining people with her creative dialogues on a range of life issues. Today she continues to reach out to her fanbase and also members of the trans community with weekly group support sessions.

We are very happy to welcome Xoe as our new CLO . She will def be an asset to our outreach and education sessions and is already sharing tons of innovative ideas about how we can improve our stakeholder engagement.

“as a member of the LGBTQIA Community I am very happy to join Brandy with her outreach and advocacy for those most vulnerable people in our community. I feel privileged to be part of a regional network of CLOs who are boosting the efficacy of NGOs like the TTTC, especially in during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

Xoe

Celebrating Deewali Covid-19 style

In observance of Deewali 2020 we hosted a celebration at the TTTC’s Centre in Curepe, on Sunday 15 November, for the benefit of the trans and non-binary community. 25 persons including some of the migrants that we support were invited to join in the national religious holiday by participating in the lighting of deyas ( clay lanterns) and dining as a family on traditional east Indian food and sweets.