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Jamaicans quickly reject anti-gay Olympic slur

Even an Olympic gold medalist from Jamaica isn’t spared from being insulted by a homophobic fellow countryman, but Jamaican culture has evolved to the point where such hostility now has stern consequences. Omar McLeod, who won the men’s 110-meter hurdles … Continue reading

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I refuse to be a victim, so I took a stand, Tomlinson says

I considered myself to be a very confident person. That changed suddenly a few years ago when I received a particularly vicious email death threat because of my advocacy for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex … Continue reading

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Commentary: Jamaican activists need to change focus

Jamaica needs to make a wide variety of improvements in its human rights record with regard to its LGBT citizens — which may not be possible if activists focus too much attention on the nation’s buggery law, says Jaevion Nelson, … Continue reading

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Protesting Jamaicans fear UK leader will push LGBTI rights

Two Jamaican groups opposing LGBTI rights protested yesterday’s arrival of visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron. The protest was a missing opportunity, said LGBTI rights activist Maurice Tomlinson.  He argued that the protesters’ fears about sexuality led them to ignore … Continue reading

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Jamaica’s major newspaper backs LGBTI rights

Jamaica’s major daily, the Gleaner, today published an editorial supporting the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling and calling on Jamaica to take a similar course. In contrast to the United States, the editorial states, in Jamaica “there is still … Continue reading

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LGBTI news briefs: Pakistan, India, Malawi, many more

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news: ASIA In Pakistan, friends are mourning the assassination of Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent human rights activist. … Mahmud was the director of … Continue reading

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LGBTI news briefs: Russia, Jamaica, Egypt, Nigeria, India, more

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news: The UN Human Rights Committee has recommended to Russia that it consider the “hate motive” when investigating crimes of possible homophobic or transphobic nature. … Continue reading

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