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Jamaican Supreme Court stacks the deck against LGBT rights

The Jamaican Supreme Court dealt a setback last week to the lawsuit seeking to overturn Jamaica’s anti-LGBT sodomy law, blocking Jamaica’s LGBT-friendly Public Defender from participating in the suit, but opening it to nine conservative Christian groups. This press release from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network makes the situation clear: Jamaican Supreme Court admits religious … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

8 answers to 8 pointed questions gay men often hear

After a recent screening of “The Abominable Crime” film in Mandeville, Jamaica, an ally asked the following questions that I have had to answer repeatedly. You may have heard them yourself: Q. If you call Tom your “husband,” what does he call you? A. “Husband,” “partner” or “Maurice.” It depends. Q.  Why don’t you both … Continue reading

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Jamaican official’s appalling criticism of grieving Americans

I was appalled to read that Jamaica’s Attorney General, The Hon. Marlene Malahoo-Forte, Q.C., M.P., tweeted that the U.S. embassy was being “disrespectful of our laws” by flying the rainbow flag as a show of sympathy following the tragic shooting in Orlando. In one of the largest mass murders by gun in recorded U.S. history, … Continue reading

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This must stop: Jamaican homophobia leads to 2 murders

Yesterday (May 26) Jamaica’s major newspaper, the Jamaica Gleaner, selected another anti-LGBTI piece written by a notorious evangelical Christian as its “Letter of the Day.”  Today, the same newspaper reported on the gruesome results of this homophobic crusade. Marsha Thomas is a member of the oddly named “Love March Movement,” which campaigns against human rights … Continue reading

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Celebrating can ache: Canada, the Caribbean and IDAHOTB

Jamaican activist Maurice Tomlinson discusses the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia: Today I had the honour of delivering the keynote speech at the inaugural IDAHOTB Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Mayor of Toronto. I joined in celebrating the fact that this multicultural city has indeed become a sanctuary for many LGBTI activists from … Continue reading

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Jamaica: Pride is personal, so come join us

For me, Montego Bay Pride is a personal affair for many reasons. You see, I grew up in this town, which was known as “the friendly city.” Our place as Jamaica’s tourism capital exposed Montegonians to very progressive ideas and we demonstrated remarkable tolerance for diversity. However, “thanks” to increasing homophobic rhetoric spread by evangelical … Continue reading