Tag Archives: Maurice Tomlinson

Will Christian leaders replace anti-AIDS funding they blocked?

This is an expanded version of a letter to the editor of the Jamaica Observer by Jamaican activist Maurice Tomlinson. The additions, by Tomlinson and blog editor Colin Stewart, are  italicized and in brackets. “[In Jamaica] dogma trumps everything, including … Continue reading

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Death threats lead to shutdown of Bahamas pride

Death threats led to the  shutdown of this past weekend’s gay pride events in the Bahamas. This is the pride event that Jamaican activist Maurice Tomlinson promoted in a recent blog post and planned to attend. (See the press release … Continue reading

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Fear for family safety dissolves lawsuit vs. anti-gay law

As this blog reported yesterday, Jamaican activist Javed Jaghai has ended his challenge to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law. Here’s why: “I am no longer willing to gamble with my life or the lives of my parents and siblings.” — Javed Jaghai … Continue reading

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Jamaican activist ends challenge to anti-sodomy law

The Associated Press reports: A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island’s anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday. Last year, … Continue reading

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Jamaica: Inching towards legal equality

In Jamaica, government employees have more protection from discrimination than the general public whom they serve. In 2004, the Staff Orders for the Jamaican Civil Service (which have the force of law) were revised.  Quietly and without fanfare, this update … Continue reading

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Protesters call for repeal of Jamaica’s anti-gay law

LGBT rights activists in three countries today protested for repeal of Jamaica’s anti-gay “buggery law,” which provides for up to 10 years in prison for same-sex intimacy. The LGBT rights group Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand issued this press release: First Annual … Continue reading

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Jamaican fanaticism and fear-mongering — a rebuttal

“[Gays] are now forcing society to accept their dictates or they will kill you.” – Richard “Dickie” Crawford Popular Jamaican journalist and university lecturer, Richard “Dickie” Crawford, has been a very vocal supporter of the anti-gay moral panic sweeping the … Continue reading

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