Americas / Commentary

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


Progress for LGBTI people and rights in the Caribbean

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network reports: Increasing the visibility of LGBTI people and their rights in the Caribbean Two separate, but related events supported by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network took place in the Caribbean last week: Police LGBTI Sensitization Training in Antigua and Barbuda from November 24–27 and The launch of the Barbados Pride … Continue reading


Will economic motives boost LGBTI rights in Caribbean?

What is the role of economic incentives, perhaps including boycotts, in encouraging homophobic countries to recognize the human rights of LGBTI people? Jamaican/Canadian activist attorney Maurice Tomlinson and A.C., a reader of this blog, discussed that issue in the following interchange. First, excerpts from a blog post by Tomlinson on May 11, 2015: Will tourist-dependent … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Us vs. them (Caribbean): ‘If they only knew …’

First of two articles about the challenge of breaking through emotional barriers that people erect between themselves and victims of persecution who act or look unlike them. This article, by activist lawyer Maurice Tomlinson, focuses on affluent gay men’s barriers to understanding  poor LGBT  Jamaicans, Trinidadians, and themselves.  The following article, by activist/commentator Scott Long, … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

Jamaican doctor: homosexuality “inherently infectious”

The fundamentalist Christian group, Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS), is one of the island’s most strident campaigners against LGBTI human rights. The organization’s Chairman and most outspoken representative, is Dr. Wayne West, a medical doctor and Senior Lecturer in radiology at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. West regularly uses his medical … Continue reading