Montego Bay Pride: 'We won't be in hiding any more'

Logo of Montego Bay Pride 2017. Click image to connect to the registration site.
Logo of Montego Bay Pride 2017. Click image to connect to the registration site.

Pride celebrations demonstrate the strength of  LGBTQI Jamaicans and tell “our adversaries in this country … that … we have a face and won’t be in hiding any more. There’s a limit to us being oppressed,” says regional Pride organizer David Alexander Green.

In the run-up to Montego Bay Pride on Oct. 12-15, regional Pride coordinators in Jamaica are focusing on what Pride means to them and to the struggle for recognition of the human rights of LGBTIQ Jamaicans. This is the first of a planned series of three articles.

Pride, and what it means to me

By David Alexander Green

David Alexander Green (Photo courtesy of Khavor Demario Brown)
David Alexander Green (Photo courtesy of Khavor Demario Brown)

Pride to me is a moment to stand in solidarity and celebrate being uniquely US as LGBT-Q individuals and letting it be known that we EXIST.

It is a movement given, to be liberated and firm, showing our adversaries in this country (Jamaica) that, just like everyone else, we have a face and won’t be in hiding any more. There’s a limit to us being oppressed!

I thank Montego Bay Pride, in particular Mr. Maurice Tomlinson, and his fellow donors for such an opportunity to celebrate life!

I’ve been there since it began in 2015-16. It was a success and I have no doubt that it will be another success this year.

Because of #Pride, I have gathered the strength and knowledge needed in order to become the authentic person I am today. Because of #Pride, I knew I wasn’t alone (despite feeling such), in feeling total rejection as though I’m an outcast/an alien in society’s eyes.

Because of #Pride, the lies they taught me that I am “a reprobate upon the land” wasn’t valid anymore, because I am loved despite what any of them want to say.

I learned to love myself even more. My self-esteem grew! It is because of this I am forever grateful.

I finally want to live and love life as I know it to be.

I thank you all. This is what #MOBAYPRIDE means to me.

David Alexander Green is an LGBT human rights advocate and Kingston coordinator for Pride in Jamaica.

Registrations for Montego Bay Pride are currently being accepted online. More information is available at MoBayPride on 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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