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Worry Not, Qiliho Tells LGBTIs

Our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community will be provided the same protection like any other Fijian citizen. This is the assurance given by the Acting Police Commissioner,
07 Jan 2016 08:01
Worry Not, Qiliho Tells LGBTIs
Acting Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho .

Our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community will be provided the same protection like any other Fijian citizen.

This is the assurance given by the Acting Police Commissioner, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho who was responding to a statement released by the Haus of Khameleon about Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s statement on the Fiji Sun’s front page yesterday.

The group said such the statement by the PM on same sex marriage would create anti-LGBTI backlash.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said: “I don’t think that the statement made by the PM will result in a backlash. They should not worry about their safety and if they do not feel safe, they can always lodge a complaint with the Police.

“The Police is here for everybody and minor communities such as LGBTI will not be left out.”

Mr Bainimarama was responding to an FBC TV programme For The Record where the guest speaker, Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali, made reference to the Constitution, equality and same sex marriage.

The PM made it clear that there would be no same sex marriages here.

The statement from The Haus of Khameleon said: “…our position has been clear from the beginning and that same sex marriage is not our priority right now. Trans people are more vulnerable to this kind of backlash because of the visibility of our lifestyle and the constant interrogation, stigma and violence experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming people every day. Right now, someone out there in Fiji is getting harassed and victimised because of this statement.”

The Haus of Khameleon is a youth and trans-led feminist movement which says it is working to create a safe space for trans people in Fiji.

It was formerly known as the ‘Fiji Transgender Empowerment Project’.

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