Tag Archives: Maurice Tomlinson

Catholic setback? LGBT hope remains for long-term change

In the short term, the final report of this month’s gathering of Roman Catholic bishops discussing homosexuality and family issues eliminated the welcoming words that the preliminary report had included about LGBTI people. The news of that reversal was reported … Continue reading

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Egyptian, Jamaican activists seek international outcry

Activists in Egypt and Jamaica are seeking outpourings of international support for their efforts to combat homophobia. The request from Egyptian activists is for online messages in blogs and on Twitter  on Sept. 24 and 25 to protest an ongoing … Continue reading

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5 reasons to fix Jamaica’s flawed Sexual Offences Act

An open letter to all Jamaican parliamentarians On Sept. 17, 2014, a joint select committee of the Jamaican Parliament will begin reviewing the country’s 2009 Sexual Offences Act. Among other things, this law retains sections 76, 77 and 79 of … Continue reading

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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Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island’s anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday.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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