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Bodden Town MLA Anthony Eden is urging the Christian community to oppose an LGBT conference coming to Cayman in June.

He said Cayman’s way of life is at risk.

Organisers of the event say the “Queering Paradigms” conference is not pushing any agenda, and is not meant to be divisive.

“Cayman to host an LGBT conference. I think they’re doing this to get at me and the rest of us Caymanians that are trying to stand up,” said Mr. Eden, setting his sights on the upcoming Queering Paradigms conference.

He urged community members to stand up for the country’s traditional values.

“I need to expose who’s behind this,” said Mr. Eden.

Speaking at a public meeting last week, he called out event organiser, Truman Bodden Law School student society president Olivia Connolly, for her family connections.

“You know who Olivia Connolly is? It took me a while to find out, I thought she was a fine young lady from East End, and I couldn’t believe an East Ender or Bodden Towner or anybody else would be advocating this,” said Mr. Eden. “She is the chief executive of these islands’ daughter.”

“I think it’s great that the conference is already generating some discussion,” said Ms. Connolly, who told Cayman 27 the conference is intended as a forum to open discussion and debate on a subject matter many are hesitant to take on.

“The topic of homosexuality is, it can be divisive, but it is important to be discussed, especially in the Caribbean region, where many of the laws are highly discriminatory against lots of minority groups including homosexuals,” she said.

She told Cayman 27 the aim of the conference isn’t to push any agenda, and she hopes many will attend regardless of their viewpoints on LGBT issues.

“We are hoping to have a lot of participation from members of the community whether they agree with what we are discussing or if they don’t,” said Ms. Connolly.


The Queering Paradigms conference is happening June 11th and 12th at the Marriott beach resort.

The event is free to the public.

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Joe Avary

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Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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