Tag Archives: Caribbean

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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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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Jamaican lesbian activist singled out by Obama

Hundreds of my dear friends, family members, and acquaintances, sent me warm and heartfelt birthday wishes yesterday.  But, hands down, the one that I treasure the most came from Jamaican lesbian activist Angeline Jackson. She said: “Happy Birthday Maurice! Also … Continue reading

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Egyptian, Jamaican activists seek international outcry

Activists in Egypt and Jamaica are seeking outpourings of international support for their efforts to combat homophobia. The request from Egyptian activists is for online messages in blogs and on Twitter  on Sept. 24 and 25 to protest an ongoing … Continue reading

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Does the Anglo Caribbean need Bahamas Pride?

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) Pride has a very political history. These events are often held to mark major milestones in the gay liberation struggle. For example, the world’s first Pride parade took place in New York on … Continue reading

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Working toward a Caribbean that’s no longer anti-gay

The Caribbean is the only region in the Western Hemisphere that still criminalizes same-gender intimacy.  Recently, fundamentalist religious groups across the region have mounted large demonstrations condemning homosexuality, and appear to have successfully lobbied local governments to keep these British … Continue reading

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Caribbean nations are abuzz with LGBT news

The LGBT-focused International Resource Network published a useful compilation of LGBT news from the Caribbean last week, including these items from Guyana, Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad. An editorial in the Kaieteur News of Guyana speaks to “The Plight of the … Continue reading

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