Tag Archives: Maurice Tomlinson

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gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island’s anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday.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

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) Pride has a very political history. These events are often held to mark major milestones in the gay liberation struggle. For example, the world’s first Pride parade took place in New York on … Continue reading

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Working toward a Caribbean that’s no longer anti-gay

The Caribbean is the only region in the Western Hemisphere that still criminalizes same-gender intimacy.  Recently, fundamentalist religious groups across the region have mounted large demonstrations condemning homosexuality, and appear to have successfully lobbied local governments to keep these British … 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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