Baby Steps: Barbados’ First Gay Community Poster on Same Sex Abuse

BARBADOS’ FIRST GAY COMMUNITY POSTER on same sex abuse is finally here.

Devoid of acts of violence, which is not initially noticeable according to some health care providers, this is the FIRST positive step in terms of recognition… survivors of same sex abuse have some where to turn to.

The research demonstrated that health care providers need to exercise more empathy as well as ensuring that survivors report abuse.

BABY STEPS… It is indeed subtle. Hopefully, the next step would be to build positive dialogue on the issues which can facilitate more projects locally on recognising the gay community. The research was conducted at the St. Philip Clinic. Posters are to be placed in clinics island wide. Do send your questions or comments.

Creative Direction – solo+studio (Shelly Mayers)

Photography – Andrew Hulsmeier

Makeup – Colour Coded

An initiative by UNFPA and the Ministry of Health.

Gay Community - Size 18" x 24"

Women with Children - 18" x 24"

Teenage Boy - 18" x 24"

Fathers and Their Children - 18" x 24". Fathers need more intimate relationships with their children. Tell them what is right and what is wrong.


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6 responses to “Baby Steps: Barbados’ First Gay Community Poster on Same Sex Abuse

  • marlo

    Thought provoking. I’m just waiting to see the reaction from the public. I personally find the posters very tasteful.

  • nubienne

    Fabulous! I am thrilled to see this. Baby steps yes, but forward momentum.


  • Carlyon Blackman

    Provocative yes, but would have loved to see older same sex models with bodies that have been lived in, i.e. fatter, more wrinkles, ya know, ordinary, everydayish.

    • s o l o s t u d i o

      That would also be nice. Some challenging factors also include who would be interested in ‘acting’ Gay. The younger generation seem more open to represent the diversity. Also, not to necessarily reveal all the technical details, the age group ranged from the 20s to mid 30s. On the printed posters you can see more imperfections in the skin etc. Thanks for the insight.

  • Robert Edison Sandiford

    It seems to me the two most positive and progressive aspects of the campaign are the recognition of gays and lesbians in our society as people with problems the rest of us can relate to, and the understanding that these are problems we all should be concerned about because they affect the stability of our society.

    That’s no mean feat in a Caribbean context, or perhaps any.

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