Senator’s comments on LGBTQ ‘uncalled for’

LGBTQ activist Alexus D’Marco yesterday denounced comments recently made by Senator Jasmin Turner-Dareus as “absolutely inappropriate,” accusing her of a dereliction of duty as a senator.

On Sunday, Turner-Dareus said she “vigorously” opposed and will not support any measure of “the immorality that will come in accommodating any proposed event or agenda from the local LGBT community”.

Responding in a statement yesterday, D’Marco said, “On behalf of all trans people and LGBTI community members in The Bahamas, I wish to denounce Senator Jasmin Turner-Dareus’ remarks and her general position as earlier articulated, and state that they are absolutely inappropriate and have no place in any setting where the people of this country are to be accounted for.”

She added, “This is not what it means to be unbiased. To be unbiased means that you give all matters and all people equal consideration and her statements have shown that she has no interest in giving me, as a trans woman, or any other LGBTI Bahamian any consideration other than to oppose our efforts to live alongside everyone else in this country.”

In her statement, the senator said she would be “horrified” as a mother by “the thought of one of my daughters going into a ladies bathroom, only to find a full-grown man who feels on that day he is a woman”.

“This is madness of epic proportions and if you don’t think that it’s possible that it could get to that point just look at our great friend, the United States of America, and the internal turmoil they are experiencing-today,” Turner-Dareus said on Sunday.

“I will not demonize but I take my stand and will battle this with every bit of strength that God supplies to not allow the fox to enter the hen house regardless what he says his intentions are. These are treacherous waters that our nation should never enter.”

Yesterday, D’Marco described the comments as “uncalled for”.

She accused the senator of stooping “low” in her “attack” of the LGBTQ community.

“Furthermore, transgender people’s identities and experiences are not volatile – trans one day, not trans another day – and so the analogy of a man who feels on a particular day that he is a woman and therefore should be allowed to use the women’s restroom is downright ludicrous and insulting to the intelligence of any individual who is familiar with the LGBTI community and our experience,” D’Marco said.

Turner-Dareus’ comments come weeks after it was revealed that the LGBTQ community in The Bahamas is planning a series of pride events — mostly private — for next year.

The Bahamas Christian Council has said it will host events in protest of events.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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