They Called it the ‘Abominable Crime’: An Analysis of Heterosexual Support for Anti-Gay Laws in Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago

Sex Res Soc Policy, Vol. 13:130–141, 2016

12 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2016  

Mahalia Jackman

University of Manchester

Date Written: April 24, 2016

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate support for current buggery/sodomy laws in three Caribbean countries — Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. To complete this task, data from the 2013 Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) ‘Attitudes towards homosexuals’ surveys were employed. The data analysis revealed that a majority of heterosexuals in the sample generally supported the maintenance and enforcement of the anti-gay laws, and the main predictors of said support were race, country of residence, religiosity, interpersonal contact and beliefs about the origins of homosexuality.

Keywords: Homophobia, Anti-Gay Laws, Caribbean, Commonwealth, Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Buggery, Gay Rights

Suggested Citation

Jackman, Mahalia, They Called it the ‘Abominable Crime’: An Analysis of Heterosexual Support for Anti-Gay Laws in Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago (April 24, 2016). Sex Res Soc Policy, Vol. 13:130–141, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2769542

Mahalia Jackman (Contact Author)

University of Manchester ( email )

Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

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