Category Archives: Commentary

Will tourist-dependent Barbados risk staying anti-gay?

Tourist nightmare: A Barbados bus driver and fellow passengers verbally abused a female passenger last week because she was a lesbian. The bus conductor proposed that her throat should be cut, and none of the passengers objected. By Maurice Tomlinson … Continue reading

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Us vs. them (Caribbean): ‘If they only knew …’

First of two articles about the challenge of breaking through emotional barriers that people erect between themselves and victims of persecution who act or look unlike them. This article, by activist lawyer Maurice Tomlinson, focuses on affluent gay men’s barriers … Continue reading

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Evicted gay youths under attack (again) in Jamaica

On Wednesday, April 15 at about 1 p.m., some patrons of the Clocktower Plaza in Kingston decided to “cleanse” the premises of gays. This shopping venue was one of the few spaces in the capital that gays could hang out … Continue reading

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Jamaican doctor: homosexuality “inherently infectious”

The fundamentalist Christian group, Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS), is one of the island’s most strident campaigners against LGBTI human rights. The organization’s Chairman and most outspoken representative, is Dr. Wayne West, a medical doctor and Senior Lecturer in … Continue reading

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Death threats won’t stop Jamaican LGBT advocate

Maurice Tomlinson is one of the best-known LGBT rights advocates from Jamaica. His activism over the years has brought him death threats, so he now lives in Toronto with his Canadian husband. He continues to fight for LGBT rights in … Continue reading

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Shared plight of lesbian, straight women goes unheard?

Excerpts from a March 20 commentary that the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle wrote at the conclusion of recent meetings of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York: Three thousand women are returning home from the … Continue reading

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‘My selfish reasons for fighting Jamaican homophobia’

LGBTI rights activist Maurice Tomlinson is back in Jamaica this week, preparing for a hearing at the Caribbean Court of Justice in connection with his case challenging the ban against gays entering Belize and Trinidad & Tobago. That case is … Continue reading

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