Dancing and serious discussions. Playfulness, encouragement and LGBTI rights advocacy. Those were some of the highlights of the second annual Montego Bay Pride, organized by Jamaican LGBTI rights activist Maurice Tomlinson.
Dozens of Jamaicans attended, along with international visitors who support full recognition of LGBTI Christians in the church.
Last weekend’s Pride visitors included Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda and the Rev. Colin Coward of the United Kingdom, both of whom are prominent LGBTI rights advocates in the Anglican Communion of churches that are descended from the Church of England.
Tomlinson summed up the event in these words: “The numbers are IN and over 244 persons were at Montego Bay Pride 2016, a more than 50% increase over last year! We had guests from Kampala, London, Chicago, Miami, Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Kingston and of course Montego Bay. GREAT job team! Thanks to ALL who made this Pride the best yet!”
These are some scenes from Montego Bay Pride:
- Deliriously happy after Jamaica’s first Montego Bay Pride (October 2015,76crimes.com)
- Montego Bay Pride – here’s why (August 2016, 76crimes.com)
- How Jamaican dad supports gay son’s activism (76crimes.com)
- Lawyers, activists target anti-LGBT bias in Caribbean (76crimes.com)
- Us vs. them (Caribbean): ‘If they only knew …’ (76crimes.com)
- Death threats won’t stop Jamaican LGBT advocate (76crimes.com)