Leadership training for 15 LGBTI rights activists was the focus of the first session of the new Caribbean LGBTI Leadership Academy. Activists from Belize, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago attended the training sessions in Guyana on Sept. 14 to 16.
By G. Wright Muir I had no idea what to expect when my girlfriend and I flew in from Fort Lauderdale to Jamaica last year for Montego Bay Pride. Of course, it was an experience like no other. Glorious! This year I’m proud to return to Montego Bay Pride as one of the coordinators of …
Jamaican fashion designer, video director and LGBT rights activist Dexter Pottinger, who was known as “the face of Pride,” was found stabbed to death at his home on Aug. 31.
Why attend Pride in Montego Bay? “I pride to be free from the societal norms and mental chains that our culture has placed on us,” says Asheen Walford, a coordinator for Montego Bay Pride and an LGBT human rights advocate at Equality Youth Jamaica.
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.
“Jamaica needs more Pride, more often,” says Khavor Demario Brown, co-organizer of Montego Bay Pride 2017. His comments came after the successful national PrideJA celebration of early August as he prepares for upcoming Montego Bay Pride activities in the country’s second capital city.
An international conference planned for Oct. 12-13 in Jamaica will focus on how churches have helped to impose anti-LGBT laws in the past and how they can help to eliminate them in the future.
The leader of the Anglican Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands has declared his opposition to Jamaica’s anti-homosexuality law, calling for Parliament to repeal it.
Which country will repeal its anti-gay law next? Why do your blog’s writers use pseudonyms? Were you attacked? Here are my answers to questions posed by a Brazilian journalist writing about LGBTI rights and the Erasing 76 Crimes blog.
In Guyana, officials have backed away from the idea of holding a referendum on whether to recognize the human rights of LGBT people, but Jamaican officials are now discussing just such a plan as the only way they would allow a repeal of Jamaica’s “buggery law.” LGBT activists hate the idea of putting human rights …