Tag Archives: Maurice Tomlinson

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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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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Ugandan spokespeople: President will sign anti-gay bill

A Ugandan government spokesperson announced today that President Yoweri Museveni has decided to sign into law a bill formerly known as the “Kill the Gays” bill, BuzzFeed reported. The death penalty has been removed from the bill, but the law … Continue reading

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Jamaican police seize, burn donations to LGBT youths

Jamaican police on Dec. 1 seized and burned food and clothing that concerned citizens had donated to LGBT youths who have been living in the sewers of New Kingston, activists say. The youths moved into the sewers after being evicted … 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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Jamaica: ‘Church, TV can dictate how gays are viewed’

Rejected ad: ‘As a Jamaican, I respect you and I love you.’ In rejecting an appeal for a TV ad promoting respect for LGBT people, the justices of the Jamaican Constitutional Court last week “basically upheld the right of anti-gay … Continue reading

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Jamaica police join attacks on homeless LGBT men

On Tuesday night, Oct. 15, police raided the gully in New Kingston where some homeless MSM (men who have sex with men) were living. The officers piled up the youngsters’ clothes and burned them before warning that they should not … Continue reading

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Anti-gay Jamaican police must end their hostile acts

Today my colleague Anika Gray went to the New Kingston police station with some homeless MSM (men who have sex with men) to report ongoing attacks they have experienced. These violations include police officers allegedly going to the gully where … Continue reading

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