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LGBT rights: As Canada cheers, Jamaica jeers

By Maurice Tomlinson Before today’s ceremonies marking WorldPride in Toronto, Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaican-born activist and first winner of the David Kato Vision and Voice Award, wrote the following account of the contrast between the celebrations in Canada and the anti-gay protest … Continue reading

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In Jamaica, summertime is gay-bashing time

On June 27, I will be appearing in court in Jamaica as counsel in the case brought by AIDS-Free World to challenge the Jamaican anti-sodomy law. In the meantime, the anti-gay rhetoric is heating up (which is usual for the … Continue reading

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Jamaican police save man threatened for wearing lipstick

A Jamaican activist writes: There is usually a spike in anti-gay assaults during the summer period. I hope this latest blood-curdling mob attack is merely an anomaly. Threats, assault, then rescue TVJ Prime Time News reported on June 15 that … Continue reading

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Caribbean youths seek repeal of 6 nations’ anti-gay laws

Youthful leaders from Caribbean countries with anti-gay laws met last weekend in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where they signed a declaration seeking greater social acceptance of LGBT people and the repeal of unfair laws against them. Youthful members of the LGBT communities … Continue reading

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How the land of ‘One Love’ became anti gay love

Roger Ross Williams recently called me about a dilemma. The talented and award-winning African-American director of “God Loves Uganda” was being conferred with an honorary Ph.D. by his hometown university, Lafayette College.  This was for his ground-breaking work exposing the … Continue reading

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Jamaica’s anti-gay law is up for parliamentary review

Jamaican legislators likely will review the nation’s anti-gay law as part of a legally required examination of laws related to sexual offenses. “There is a provision for reviewing the Sexual Offences Act every five years, and the Act was promulgated … Continue reading

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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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Jamaica: Why support fired professor, not homeless LGBTs?

A Jamaican activist responds here to criticism by Christian leaders over the decision to fire retired Prof. Brendan Bain as director of a Caribbean anti-AIDS training program after he testified against the legalization of same-sex intercourse in Belize, which Bain … Continue reading

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AIDS program ousts leader who embraces anti-gay laws

A prominent Jamaican AIDS fighter lost his job this week because he did not recognize that anti-gay laws limit the access of LGBT people to health care and increase HIV infection rates by pushing  the HIV epidemic underground. Homosexuality opponent … Continue reading

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IDAHOT anti-hate campaign: Even in 20 anti-gay nations

LGBT rights activists and supporters — even those in 20 nations where homosexuality is illegal — will celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on Saturday, May 17. The day is billed as a worldwide celebration of sexual and … Continue reading

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