Tag Archives: Jamaica

Jamaica youth minister to develop plans for LGBT homeless youth

Edited by Denis LeBlanc The Jamaican Minister of Youth and Culture the Hon. Lisa Hanna announced on April 15 that the Youth Ministry is in the process of developing new services, initiatives and programmes to address the needs of Jamaica’s children and … Continue reading

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Stemming Britain’s tide of exported homophobia

I was proud and elated to witness the first same-gender weddings in the U.K. last week. The historic event got me thinking about what Britain could/should do to help its former colonies achieve full recognition of the rights of LGBT … Continue reading

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Can parents of slain gay youth soften Jamaican hearts?

A Jamaican activist reports: Matthew Shepard’s parents to speak in Jamaica Judy and Dennis Shepard, the parents of murdered American LGBT youngster Matthew Sheppard, are on a speaking tour of the Caribbean, courtesy of the U.S. government. On Friday, April … Continue reading

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Jamaican PM reneges on promised review of sodomy law

In response to a question from the press at the State opening of Parliament on April 3, 2014, the Jamaican Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, said that there will have to be consultations with constituents before Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law is reviewed. … Continue reading

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Defying judge, Jamaican police evict LGBT youth

Yvonne McCalla-Sobers reports from Jamaica: Defying court order, Jamaican police again evict homeless LGBT youth from sewers, give youth ultimatum to leave by April 1. In the early morning of March 30, Commander Murdock of the New Kingston police post … Continue reading

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Canada’s role in spreading homophobia worldwide

From 1996-1998 I had the privilege of studying at the University of Calgary as a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar. Since then I have travelled the world over, but I have only ever been called a nigger in Calgary. I regret that … Continue reading

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Jamaican ruling: No penalty for pushing tolerance ad

A Jamaican activist reports on today’s Jamaican Supreme Court ruling against TV stations’ bid to require LGBT rights activists to pay court costs incurred in their failed attempt to force the stations to run a public-service ad promoting tolerance. Today, … Continue reading

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Love in Jamaica: Christian visitors, homeless LGBT youths

This account is from Jamaican activist  Yvonne McCalla-Sobers, who is chair of Dwayne’s House, the initiative seeking to provide a home for LGBT youths: Church group visits homeless LGBT youth in Jamaica’s sewers: Love ensues The Rev. Margaret Fowler, a … Continue reading

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‘Uptown’ Jamaicans vs. homeless gays

A Jamaican LGBT rights activist writes: Homeless LGBT Jamaican youth have been living in the sewers of the major commercial district, New Kingston, for several months. This has upset the residents of the upscale communities nearby, but not for the … Continue reading

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Judge rules for LGBT youths living in Jamaican sewers

A New Kingston court ruling is the latest news for LGBT youths in Jamaica, who have been thrown out of their homes by their families, chased out of abandoned houses by police, and arrested when they found shelter in sewers … Continue reading

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