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Jamaica: Plans under way for Montego Bay Pride 2017

Dancing at Montego Bay Pride 2016 (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson)

Dancing at Montego Bay Pride 2016 (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson)

Jamaican activists are making plans for the third annual Montego Bay Pride, which is scheduled for Oct. 12-15, 2017.

“Come be a part of LOVE & PRIDE in the Bay!” says Jamaican/Canadian activist Maurice Tomlinson.

“This accessible event will offer ground transportation, meals, and entertainment,” he says.

Events are planned to begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12.

An LGBTQI film festival is scheduled for each evening.

Scene at Montego Bay Pride, Jamaica, Oct. 25, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson)

Scene at Montego Bay Pride, Jamaica, Oct. 25, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson)

The busiest day will be Sunday, Oct. 15, which will include:

  • Pride breakfast.
  • Flag-raising and opening ceremony.
  • “Culture Clash” — A  discussion of the relationship of Jamaican music and the LGBTQI community.
  • Team sports in the afternoon.
  • Presentations by Pride exhibitors and NGOs.
  • Preparation of banners and placards.
  • “Paint the Town Gay” Pride flash stands (protest demonstrations)
  • Pride after party.

Jamaican human rights advocate Khavoy Brown is the co-coordinator with Tomlinson for Montego Bay Pride 2017.  Brown says that his participation in Montego Bay Pride 2016 gave him a “sense of liberation [that] motivated me to work for even greater inclusion of LGBT people in our society.”

Registrations are already being accepted for the October event.

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4 thoughts on “Jamaica: Plans under way for Montego Bay Pride 2017

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  2. You all need to go and read leviticus… I hope the real jamaicans stand up for their rights as a country of righteousness and dont get influenced into this unrighteousness behaviour that the rest of the world is involved in…

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  3. Jamaicans .. stop let the Whiteman influence your culture… stay true to your roots and culture.. Becareful of these priest and pastors That are advocating for homosexuality.. They are false prophets. Remember the reason why Pop Benedict had to resign.. that was because the priest were molesting and raping the Lil boys in the church … Know your roots and culture jamaicans.. “He who stands for nothing ,Falls for everything”..

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