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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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How the land of ‘One Love’ became anti gay love

Roger Ross Williams recently called me about a dilemma. The talented and award-winning African-American director of “God Loves Uganda” was being conferred with an honorary Ph.D. by his hometown university, Lafayette College.  This was for his ground-breaking work exposing the … Continue reading

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Jamaican politician: I would allow gays in cabinet

In an interview on May 1, Jamaican opposition leader Andrew Holness said that, if he becomes prime minister, he would allow gays in his cabinet. This rather innocuous statement represents a major shift from the views of his immediate predecessor, former … Continue reading

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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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