Category Archives: Americas

5 reasons to fix Jamaica’s flawed Sexual Offences Act

An open letter to all Jamaican parliamentarians On Sept. 17, 2014, a joint select committee of the Jamaican Parliament will begin reviewing the country’s 2009 Sexual Offences Act. Among other things, this law retains sections 76, 77 and 79 of … Continue reading

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Will Christian leaders replace anti-AIDS funding they blocked?

This is an expanded version of a letter to the editor of the Jamaica Observer by Jamaican activist Maurice Tomlinson. The additions, by Tomlinson and blog editor Colin Stewart, are  italicized and in brackets. “[In Jamaica] dogma trumps everything, including … Continue reading

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Death threats lead to shutdown of Bahamas pride

Death threats led to the  shutdown of this past weekend’s gay pride events in the Bahamas. This is the pride event that Jamaican activist Maurice Tomlinson promoted in a recent blog post and planned to attend. (See the press release … Continue reading

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Fear for family safety dissolves lawsuit vs. anti-gay law

As this blog reported yesterday, Jamaican activist Javed Jaghai has ended his challenge to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law. Here’s why: “I am no longer willing to gamble with my life or the lives of my parents and siblings.” — Javed Jaghai … Continue reading

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Jamaican police propose LGBT shelter, raid gully again

Jamaican police have again raided the gully where dozens of homeless LGBT youth have taken refuge. Police have often raided the storm water diversion gully, sometimes called a sewer, even though a Jamaican court ruled  in March that the youths, … Continue reading

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Jamaica: Inching towards legal equality

In Jamaica, government employees have more protection from discrimination than the general public whom they serve. In 2004, the Staff Orders for the Jamaican Civil Service (which have the force of law) were revised.  Quietly and without fanfare, this update … Continue reading

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Lonely track star, victim of Cameroon’s homophobia

Thierry Essamba, an internationally competitive runner in the 110-meter hurdles, was suspended from the Cameroonian track squad on May 24 because of rumors about his alleged homosexuality. When the story of his punishment first appeared, LGBT activists abroad offered him … Continue reading

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