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Cancel your visa if you're against gay pride

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2016 | 8:00 AMTHE EDITOR, Sir:

I was moved immensely with the symbolic gestures of solidarity shown recently by the US Embassy and the Canadian High Commission, as the LGBT community in Jamaica celebrated pride for the second successive year on the rock.

The US Embassy lit up its building with pride rainbow colours one night, while the Canadian High Commission hosted an opening reception which, I understood, was attended by a few politicians and other established academics. The University of the West Indies, as Jamaica's foremost academic institution, and a shaper of some of the greatest minds in the Caribbean, also showed support. Well done!

It is time for our people to learn and understand that we can live our lives, while allowing other to live theirs. It is called tolerance and respect. Those offended by these recent gestures of support do have a choice. They can stop lining up at the embassy and high commission for long hours waiting for visas to visit and to migrate to these countries!

Those already holding valid visas and felt offended can cancel these visas and boycott future visits to these and other countries where tolerance is reinforced culturally and by law.

PETE DELISSER

pdelisser1988@yahoo.com