Trinidad & Tobago
Jason Jones is an LGBT human rights defender originally from Trinidad & Tobago. He has lived and worked in Britain for over 30 years, and refers to himself as “Tringlish” and a person of colour, reflecting his multi-cultural heritage. His activism in LGBT human rights spans three decades. As a newly-arrived student to London, he marched in the 1988 anti-Section 28 marches. In 1992, he went back to Trinidad, where he founded two LGBT advocacy organisations. In 1996, Jones returned to London where he sat on the board of the United Kingdom Lesbian & Gay immigration Group which won the right of abode in the UK for the overseas partner of an LGBT UK citizen. He and his then partner from Trinidad were one of 40 test cases at the Home Office which brought about this landmark win for British LGBT people; a historic win which was the first positive LGBT legislation following decriminalisation in 1967. This began the work to recognise same-sex relationships in the UK. On April 12 2018, Jones won a landmark legal challenge at the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago which decriminalised adult consensual same sex intimacy, guaranteeing freedom for nearly 100,000 LGBT people. The historic victory was cited in the recent decriminalisation Indian Supreme Court case and assisted the victory there. Today Jones continues his international activism, including sitting on the steering committee of the new London LGBTQ+ Community centre.