Jamaican success: Fun + advocacy at Montego Bay Pride

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:

Montego Bay Pride organizer Maurice Tomlinson (left) and Pride attendees urge acceptance of LGBTI rights. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
Montego Bay Pride organizer Maurice Tomlinson (left) and Pride attendees urge acceptance of LGBTI rights. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
Dancing on the beach at Montego Bay Pride. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
Dancing on the beach at Montego Bay Pride. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
The Rev. Colin Coward and organizer Maurice Tomlinson volunteer at a pre-Pride cleanup project at the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) Day Centre. The organization later wrote to thank the volunteers, saying that the new paint provided a "face lift" that "will assist the clients' well-being in their daily recovery and rehabilitation activities." (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
The Rev. Colin Coward and organizer Maurice Tomlinson volunteer at a pre-Pride cleanup project at the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) Day Centre. The organization wrote to thank the volunteers, saying that the new paint provided a “face lift” that “will assist the clients’ well-being in their daily recovery and rehabilitation activities.” (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
Ugandan LGBTI rights advocate Bishop Christopher Senyonjo enjoys a quiet moment during Montego Bay Pride. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
Ugandan LGBTI rights advocate Bishop Christopher Senyonjo enjoys a quiet moment during Montego Bay Pride. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

 

Hula hoops at Montego Bay Pride. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
Hula hoops at Montego Bay Pride. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

 

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at info@76crimes.com.

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