IE SOGI refers to the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
Trinidad and Tobago has made progress on LGBTIQ issues in the past decade; however, there are still significant barriers to full LGBTIQ equality. In 2018, the High Court of Justice decriminalized same-sex relations. Trinidad and Tobago has a law banning “homosexuals” from immigrating. Although this law is not enforced, it contributes to the general antipathy towards LGBTIQ people in Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago remains conservative on LGBTIQ issues. There are no laws explicitly protecting LGBTIQ people from discrimination or hate crimes. Transgender individuals are particularly vulnerable as there are no legal gender recognition procedures. Religious leaders and politicians publicly disparage LGBTIQ people and oppose progress towards LGBTIQ equality, even as the LGBTIQ community experiences greater visibility and improving societal acceptance.