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Tasheka Lavann

LGBTQ Activist, Singer, Motivational Speaker, YouTube Channel Host, Instagram Blogger and MAX Model.

About Tasheka Lavann:

Tasheka Lavann is a LGBTQ Activist living in Toronto, Canada. She was born in the Caribbean island of Antigua where she made her mark in the media industry. Lavann worked as a Journalist and TV News Anchor for ten years at the Antigua/Barbuda Broadcasting Services where she also hosted many shows to include Good Morning Antigua/Barbuda. Lavann has also worked for the World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort – Sandals Resorts as the Public Relations Manager for Sandals Grande Antigua. She is the 2007 Golden Jubilee Queen of Carnival/Miss Antigua and Barbuda and 2004 Miss Leeward Islands Teen, among several other titles in pageantry. Lavann is a graduate of the University of the West Indies Mona campus in Jamaica and holds a certificate from the Roy H Park School of Communication at Ithaca College in New York. Now a resident of Toronto, Lavann hopes to continue her advocacy work, touching more lives, while working on her modeling and singing careers. In the meantime, Lavann has found a way to marry her journalism and advocacy work as she now hosts her own YouTube Channel – Island Lez Talk (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQkVfRNtKCY3uA693Q49OJA ), dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ community while discussing issues they continue to face.
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Returning To The Caribbean Reminded Me Why I Left My Homophobic Home

As much as I craved my mother's warm embrace, the smell of the sea and the happy moments that I did share with my partner in our home, I couldn't help but wonder if my homophobic attackers were still around. And that uncertainty - coupled with the fact that our love is still considered a crime there - was my wake-up call.
03/28/2017 05:43 EDT
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White People See A Lesson In Manners. I See A Racist Assault

It's getting pretty frustrating having to tell people, especially white people, what racism looks like. As a black woman, it's heartbreaking to see how such incidents are handled and how they are reported and discussed in the media. Most frightening, is the direction in which Canada is going regarding race relations.
02/23/2017 05:45 EST
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Are Canadian Trump Supporters Creating A Divided America At Home?

Somewhere deep inside I knew he would achieve this goal, but I didn't expect it to completely uncover the true face of America that many have long ignored and continue to ignore. Trump not only won over the hearts of many Americans, but he pulled all the champions of hate and division out of their holes.... I fear that this Trump "movement" will slip its way into Canada and fuel the fire in those who have long remained quiet or polite about their shared vision for a divided community of people where only some lives matter and deserve basic human rights.
11/10/2016 04:55 EST
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Thank You CTFF For A Revolutionary LGBT Love Night

When I was approached about being one of the hosts for the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival's LGBT Love screening, I said yes without hesitating simply because I am a proud Caribbean lesbian and LGBT activist living in Canada who loves everything queer. (When you see my outfit, you'll understand.)
09/21/2016 03:52 EDT
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When Will They Stop Killing Us?

There is a systematic war against a set of people who cannot erase the colour of their skin; a type of oppression, experienced by my ancestors, which has been prettied up. One doesn't have to look too far to see this truth; the evidence is right in front of us.
07/22/2016 08:23 EDT
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What Black LGBT Pride Means To Us

For as long as I can remember, being black and gay was like the biggest crime one could commit in my community. It didn't matter where you were born, the culture was one that saw black churches openly bashing homosexuality and parents disowning their children, leaving them on the streets to survive however they could. Fast forward to 2016, and the black LGBTQ community is growing by the minute and more and more black gay men and women are embracing who they are without apology. Here's what pride means to us.
06/22/2016 10:14 EDT
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Orlando Massacre A Reality Check For LGBTQ Community

We have become so complacent, thinking that because we got a few laws on the books that somehow we have achieved freedom and protection. Well, the shooting in Orlando has reminded the world that no gay person -- no lesbian, bisexual or trans person -- is free from homophobia.
06/13/2016 09:48 EDT
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When You Want To Be Black Without Dealing With Black Issues

Where are our friends and fans of black music and black people when the partying stops and the subject turns to the reality of being black? When I attend concerts for some of these artists, non-blacks are the ones front and centre, filling more than half of the seats. Switch to a Black Lives Matter march... these folks are nowhere to be found
04/28/2016 07:24 EDT
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Is This The Sign Of A Less Homophobic Jamaica?

When one thinks of Jamaica, two things immediately come to mind and it's not Bob Marley and Usain Bolt this time around. Rather, it's dancehall music and homophobia -- two things which are one and the same. So it was quite shocking when Jamaicans and residents from other Caribbean islands learned that the son of Mr. Ninja Man, a popular dancehall artist, was gay.
04/20/2016 02:18 EDT