Tag Archives: J-FLAG

Jamaican paper pushes gay marriage; should gays worry?

The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, the country’s most influential and probably its largest, has endorsed same-sex marriage, which local LGBT rights activists have not been pushing for. In passing, the newspaper’s editorial spoke against the “buggery law” that makes male homosexual … Continue reading

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Shunned by families, gay teens face rape, HIV on Jamaican streets

An LGBT rights activist comments about Jamaica: “Jamaican LGBT youth are being evicted as young as 11 years old. Some engage in sex work to survive. Many contract HIV and other STIs. And still there is a deafening silence from … Continue reading

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Jamaica needs urgent action to save LGBT people’s lives

High-horse of urgency vs. callous indifference I met some remarkably resilient young Jamaican men on Sept. 10, 2013.  We were together at the latest anti-homophobia stand [protest] in Kingston entitled “Even in Private.” These brave front-line warriors in the Jamaican … Continue reading

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Caribbean overview: LGBT rights vs. anti-gay status quo

The Trinidad newspaper Newsday provides these overviews of anti-gay protests, recent anti-gay violence, and gay-rights activism in Caribbean countries.  The overviews are part of an extensive article on the life and work of LGBT activist and Erasing 76 Crimes blogger … Continue reading

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Jamaican culture minister: Block anti-gay comments

This is a follow-up to Maurice Tomlinson’s article of Aug. 9, “Jamaica: No tax money for reggae singers’ homophobia.”  The Jamaica Gleaner reports: Culture minister regrets Queen Ifrica’s Gala gay comments The Culture Ministry has released a statement expressing regret that … Continue reading

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Jamaica: No tax money for reggae singers’ homophobia

On August 6, during the Grand Gala held at the National Stadium to mark the culmination of Jamaica’s 51st independence celebrations, popular reggae singer Queen Ifrica used her performance to denounce gays and same-gender unions. Imitating similar anti-gay rhetoric used … Continue reading

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Jamaica: Ignore or respond to murder of gay teen?

Jamaicans are trying to come to grips with what conclusions to draw from the vicious murder of a cross-dressing gay 17-year-old. Or at least some Jamaicans are. Many are simply unaware of what happened, because Jamaican newspapers were slow to … Continue reading

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Jamaica strategy: Evict homeless gay men again and again

The Jamaica Observer reports today: Police were again called on yesterday to evict homeless members of the gay community who had taken up residence in a vacant house on Dewsbury Avenue, two days after they were forcefully evicted by the … Continue reading

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Jamaica, why rejoice over eviction of homeless gay men?

There are times I am disgusted to be a middle-class Jamaican Christian and this is one such occasion. The majority of my class and country rejoice at the continued homelessness of 16 desperate gay citizens who are once again hounded … Continue reading

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Jamaica: Legal challenge to anti-gay law under way

Dane Lewis, head of the Jamaican LGBT rights group J-FLAG, reports on proceedings in the Jamaican Supreme Court, where Javed Jaghai, the group’s education and outreach officer, is challenging the constitutionality of the Jamaican “buggery law”: As Executive Director, I accompanied … Continue reading

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