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  1. redforgender
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  2. Jason Jones (@trinijayjay)
    Jason Jones (@trinijayjay) at |

    Well said Maurice Tomlinson. I support all that you have said and assert. Unfortunately, here in T&T, the apathy of our local LGBTQI citizenry has allowed this “callous indifference” to flourish unchallenged. I like yourself am disgusted by the state of LGBTQI activism in the region and join you in calling for a complete overhaul, accountability, transparency and proper consultation with the communities who are NOT currently be served adequately by these “organisations”.

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  3. Ruby Hamilton
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    No need to apologize for your “rant” Mr. Tomlinson. It is absolutely justified!

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  4. Mohamed Salieu Kamara
    Mohamed Salieu Kamara at |

    Who are we as human beings if we ignore the suffering of others? homosexual have the rights too to live just like heterosexual, are we not one people under the same universe.

    When gays and lesbians in Africa would enjoy the same privilege like the gays and lesbians in the west are living and work with heterosexual people.

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  5. misskinx
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    Reblogged this on Misskinx's Blog and commented:
    there is a unique level of homophobia present in jamaica but it is important to recognize that this is not solely specific to jamaica…we all, as humans, have a vested interest in preserving the lives of our community members!

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  6. mohamed Salieu Kamara
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    Why Jamaica, Russia and some countries in Africa are so difficult to change the law that makes homosexuality illegal to legal, and we should live as one people and this world belongs to us.

    I am very happy that the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a warning to governments not to harass people who take part in U.N. human rights reviews.

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  7. Carolyn Carr Ragland
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    Finding a way to highlight the problems that LGBT citizens are facing in Jamaica is challenging, However, the struggle has been going on for a long time by others who have come before including JFLAG. If a useful dialogue is to continue between the relevant groups involved, it should not include pointing fingers at organizations like JFLAG. Rather, the dialogue needs to build on the work of others and show the world that the LGBT community is unified and productive. Dividing to conquer has not worked in the past and should be avoided at all costs in the future.

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    1. Colin Robinson
      Colin Robinson at |

      Thanks for weighing in, Carolyn. Hope you are well.

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  8. Mohamed Salieu Kamara
    Mohamed Salieu Kamara at |

    Let me state that gay rights activists do what they do in defense of the rights of gay people as long as such sexual practice do not infringe on the rights of others.

    People against same-sex relationships think that such relationships are sinful, harmful, immortal and unnatural.

    It is the business of same sex couples to worry about that. If we are living in a global village and a free world, we should give those in same-sex relationships the freedom we want for ourselves, as long as such freedom do not affect others.

    LGBT people around world should not worried about being discrimination, stigma, harassment and attacks. Throughout history lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender have been made fun of persecuted or killed in Jamaica and other parts of the world like the African continent.

    With all of these recorded events, when will people wake up to the call of gay and lesbians rights and hearken to the cry of activist? As long as what gays, Lesbians and bisexuals practice do not affects us, we should let them be.

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  9. glbtqja
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    lol where was Maurice Tomlinson and others when they were really needed to address homelessness in MSM populations when it mattered (excluding JFLAG’s & JASL’s mishandling and imperviousness of the issues) even as Maurice was a member of the board of Jamaica AIDS Support under whose watch the only serious attempt that being a Safe House Pilot was started yet dubiously closed in 2009 after the explosion of the numbers due to a series of incidents starting in his own parish of St James, what pretentiousness, some of the same men in the photo enclosed in this piece were residents of the house but found themselves moving here there and everywhere while making mainstream news for all the wrong reasons, he too was a part of the “indifferent sect” that this article refers to yet they turned your noses up when others tried to address the issue and requested their input.

    This ugly business of homelessness has been a long standing matter (from before Gay Freedom Movement, GFM) let alone it is the most visible outcome of homo-negativity for all these years of the struggle and how convenient it now is used for public relations when hundreds of men have simply fallen through the cracks before under the watchful eye of agencies and superstars who claim they are for “vulnerable populations” some influentials have tried at the local level to assist by literally opening their doors and offering temporary shelter etc but that can only go thus far without the proper pyscho-social interventions to guide their rehabilitation.

    Continue the subtle deceptive crisis reporting while using the least amongst us as convenient reasons to when there was no genuine concern from the get go.

    Those around long enough cannot be so easily fooled by a sudden concern, homeless gay/bi men existed all along but who cares really except but to prepare flowery articles on them and recline in the comfort of rhetoric and intellectual masturbation while the men are desperate, bearing in mind that it is not only Kingston homeless MSM exist they are all over the island.

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