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Jamaican PM reneges on promised review of sodomy law

In response to a question from the press at the State opening of Parliament on April 3, 2014, the Jamaican Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, said that there will have to be consultations with constituents before Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law is reviewed. … Continue reading

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Caribbean overview: LGBT rights vs. anti-gay status quo

The Trinidad newspaper Newsday provides these overviews of anti-gay protests, recent anti-gay violence, and gay-rights activism in Caribbean countries.  The overviews are part of an extensive article on the life and work of LGBT activist and Erasing 76 Crimes blogger … Continue reading

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Jamaica: No tax money for reggae singers’ homophobia

On August 6, during the Grand Gala held at the National Stadium to mark the culmination of Jamaica’s 51st independence celebrations, popular reggae singer Queen Ifrica used her performance to denounce gays and same-gender unions. Imitating similar anti-gay rhetoric used … Continue reading

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Jamaica: Vote coming soon on repeal of anti-gay law

The Jamaican parliament will soon be asked to vote on whether the country’s law against male-male sexual relations should be repealed, according to an official in the prime minister’s office. Sen. Sandrea Falconer, the government’s minister without portfolio who has … Continue reading

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For anti-gay Jamaicans, chickens coming home to roost

Jamaica’s legendary homophobia has resulted in some kids being kicked out of their homes as early as 11 years old. Many of these kids end up on the streets and engage in disruptive behaviour. Yesterday, Jamaica’s major newspaper again reported … Continue reading

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Jamaican health official: Anti-gay laws must change

Jamaica must change its anti-gay “buggery” law “for the greater good” now that an  international consensus against such laws is growing, says Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Jamaica’s health minister. Ferguson said: We can’t hide, we can’t dodge it. Whatever might be … Continue reading

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Protest adds to Jamaican debates about homosexuality

A month after an anti-homosexuality protest fizzled in Cameroon, a Christian group is seeking its own anti-homosexuality march in Jamaica, where debates over homosexuality have been raging recently. Love March 2012 is scheduled for Sept. 15 in the capital of … Continue reading

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GOP: 76 countries’ anti-gay laws are OK

The Republican Party wants the United States to stop pushing for repeal of 76 countries’ laws that make homosexuality a crime. In its newly unveiled 2012 party platform, the GOP criticizes the Obama administration for its warnings that U.S. foreign … Continue reading

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Two more gay men killed in Jamaica; panel seeks probe

An official human rights commission for North and South America has called on Jamaica to investigate the recent killings of two reportedly gay men and to punish those responsible. Jamaica has a reputation as an intensely homophobic nation, despite new … Continue reading

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‘Good, bad, ugly’ of gay rights 2012

Chile, Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, Jamaica, Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia, Iran, the United States, the United Nations, the Council of Europe. Those are some of the primary contributors to a recent mix of progress and setbacks in the worldwide struggle for equal … Continue reading

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