It is not very often that I feel compelled to defend the UWI but on this occasion the removal of Prof Brendan Bain, I feel compelled to support The University of the West Indies (UWI). Prof Bain was hired to head the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Programme which is located at the UWI in St Augustine and report to the Vice Chancellor.
CHART’s programme involves among other things, the removal of stigma and discrimination based on sexual orientation. Prof Bain was being paid for implementing this programme. It is against this background that the issues concerning the removal of Prof Bain must be viewed.
Prof Bain submitted an affidavit in support of the retention on the law that criminalises homosexual activity. This is in direct conflict with the tenets of the UWI programme and it is for this reason that he was removed.
Prof Bain as advocate for persons with HIV and AIDs, a significant number of whom are members of the gay community must lose the trust of that community. He has acted in conflict with the agenda for which he was being paid. Can anyone say what Prof Bain’s beliefs truly are or was he only carrying out the CHART agenda for the money?
Persons with HIV and AIDs cannot be comfortable with Prof Bain advocating on their behalf when he has submitted an affidavit on behalf of persons asking for the criminalisation of homosexuals.
I also disagree with the letter written by Dr Austin Trinidade who has written on behalf of the Medical Association of Trinidad and Tobago, (“Backward step in fight against HIV/AIDS, Express, May 26), in support of Prof Bain.
Did Dr Trinidade consult with members of his organisation before sending out this letter? Dr Trinidade states, “The Medical Association in no way supports discrimination of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and strongly advocates that all persons regardless of their sexual orientation be afforded the same respect, dignity and medical care.’’
Does he not see the relationship between the criminalisation of homosexuals and discrimination.