Do you think the Buggery Law should be?

The Safe House Homeless LGBTQ Project 2009 a detailed look & more


In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ youth in Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ugh! What is this? Publicist killed to keep Peter King tapes secret?

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Speculation among police circles is that publicist Marc Johnson was killed because he planned to ‘out’ another member of the gay community about whom he had incriminating evidence in his possession and planned to release to the media. The police source has even gone as far as to suggest that Marc may have had footage of characters playing starring roles in the Peter King sex tapes that were removed from the residence before the police were called in.
Marc was known to be well connected to not only the media and entertainment fraternities, but also several influential persons. “We are getting intelligence that suggest that his attackers may have had links to someone who did not want Marc Johnson to live out the week because he had planned to ‘done dem career’ in one of the daily newspaper publications that week. So the men who came to his house had orders to dispatch him,” one cop told XtraNews.
for more go HERE
Ugh! all this hear say, just do the investigation and let's see what comes out. Why is there this belief that the publicist was gay?
what you guys think? lgbtevent@gmail.com
Peace!!

Cuban government shuts down Gay Pride parade

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Mario Jose Delgado, vice president of the Cuban Movement for Gay Liberation, talks to international press after authorities cancelled a gay demonstration billed as Cuba’s first gay pride march. (Photo by Carlos Serpa Maceira)

Cuban government shuts down Gay Pride parade Demonstration raises questions about Cuba’s new tolerance policy
By JUAN CARLOS RODRIGUEZ Thursday, July 03, 2008

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Cuban Gay Pride March Organizers, Beaten, Arrested by Cuban Police
http://www.towleroad.com/2008/06/cuban-gay-pride.html
Troubling reports in a release just sent out by Ambiente: "Today, June 25th, starting at ten o'clock, the first ever Cuban Gay Pride march under the slogan 'You are not alone' attempted to take place in Havana for the liberation and respect of sexual diversity in Cuba, but as organizers arrived at the scheduled starting point, several of them were met by Cuban police, who beat & arrested several of them." According to Ambiente, The Cuban Commission on Human Rights for people with HIV and Sexual Races, the Cuban League against AIDS, Elena Mederos Foundation, The Foundation LGTB Reinaldo Arenas


Wow just when the news of transgender breakthroughs in Cuba were coming through....one wonders, we ought to keep on eye on this and support em where possible, what you think??

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Doc gets bail for sexual offence ... again, hhhhmmmm curious

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Rasbert Turner, Star Writer
Spanish Town

A medical doctor and another man who are both charged with buggery were granted bail when they appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.
It took great effort from the defence to secure bail for the doctor as the crown opposed his bail saying he is charged with a another sexual offence currently before the Corporate Area RM Court.
The RM told the accused man's lawyer that sections of the Bail Act would be applied as the doctor has been charged with a crime while on bail for a similar offence.
The lawyer, however, while conceding that the RM was right, told the court that his client has always turned up for his cases and will continue to do so. Following this, he was granted $250,000 bail. The co-accused was granted $150,000 bail. Both men will return to court on July 18.

Allegations are that on June 26, a 23-year-old man was lured to an apartment occupied by the doctor and four others. There, the court heard, he was held at gunpoint and all four took turns, sexually molesting him. He was also attacked the following day and had to run.
Police had originally held four men but two were later released. The police say they are searching for two other men in connection with the incident.
Both accused travel documents were seized and they are to report to Spanish Town Police station, Mondays and Fridays between 7am and 7pm - a fact the Star conveniently omitted.
here are some questions here that need asking
1. was the so called victim up for this in the first place?
2. why didn't he report the matter to the police?
3. since the act was so gruesome why didn't he come back with a mob as usually happens when gays are accused?
4. why didn't he leave the area then? .......that he was allegedly attacked again
5. were all the accused tested by a doctor and a report produced?
6. why were two of the accused released?
7. was the victim tested by a doctor and found to be penetrated penally?
8. why was the doctor given bail again? seeing he is already on a previous charge
9. was the doctor in St. Catherine at the time of the incident ?
10. why are the date so conflicting? first we heard March and then June
11. where are the gun(s)?
this case seems peculiar....let's hear your views
lgbtevent@gmail.com
Peace.

The Case of the Phone Mix up and Lies July 2008

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Picture this, a gay man has pictures of romantic interludes and other unmentionables on his samsung phone, he doesn't put a password on the picture folder and has it on his person most of the time. He resides in a rural community where everybody knows everybody else so there....you can't hide.

He is already under suspicion for being gay but because his family is highly respected he is basically left alone, so to speak.

He is at a neighbour's home playing video games on this day in question and a male teenager burrows his phone to make a call, the call is made without monitoring or supervision of this unpassworded phone and the teenager browses the folders on the phone only to find the pictures etc in plain view.

Next thing you know the young man (phone owner) gets threatening phone calls from unknown callers/numbers accusing him of being gay and that he should leave the community or risk being beaten or killed. To add insult to injury the teenager's mother calls and adds more salt to the wound by accusing him of showing her son his genitalia and co hearsing him to have sex.

The essence of this is people need be careful what you do with sensitive files on any storage device be it a computer, a cellphone or a flash drive you just never know where it may lead.
His innocence in this matter led to unfounded accusations of pedophilia. It's a kind of madness that lurks just waiting to burst open.

By Howie
As reported by the victim.

No one chooses to be homosexual, Profound Article

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Dear Editor,
I write in response to a letter written by Lorna Walker in the Observer of June 24. She states that no other animals in the animal kingdom practise homosexuality. That is untrue. There have been documented cases of various mammals, birds and even fish exhibiting this behaviour.
I had chosen to keep out of this debate because I cannot comprehend why Jamaica and conservative America find being homosexual so perverse, but I now want to add my two cents.

It is my belief that no one chooses to be homosexual: because who would really choose to live a life where you can get killed because of the partner you have? Added to that is the fact that homosexuality is not a recent development. It predates Christianity.

Of course, since most people use Leviticus 18, which also predates Christianity, as their justification for the persecution of homosexuals, let me ask this: Shouldn't adulterers be treated in the same way since they are also mentioned in this chapter?

Then, in Leviticus 19, it speaks about liars, thieves, slanderers and cheats, yet they do not receive anything close to the same censure.

Psychologists have often theorised that those who persecute homosexuals do so because they are insecure in their own sexuality, so it makes me wonder if the reason there is so much violence against homosexuals and endless discussion of their rights or lack thereof, is that it is coming from a place of insecurity.

Some proponents have taken to comparing the current situation to that of the civil rights movement. However, I prefer to compare it to Nazi Germany. As with homosexuals, Jews were not easily identified and some could actually "pass" for non-Jews which many did to try to save their lives and those of their families, although some chose to and were allowed to convert to other religions. Not that homosexuals weren't persecuted by the Nazis as well. In fact, Nazi Germany shared many of the same views about homosexuality as conservative America today, but the number persecuted or killed, or both, wasn't as great as with the Jews.

It seems that we're making up for that lack now.
But remember Galatians 5:14 (NIV): "For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: 'Love your neighbour as yourself'."

Debi Scribe
thescribeslair@gmail.com

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Selena Blake takes on

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FROM HER home in New York City, Selena Blake keeps up to date with events in her native Jamaica. She is aware of the music scene and perennial crime, but chose to focus on an embattled minority for Taboo ... Gay and Lesbian Yardies: The Voices of Those Who Dare to Speak, her second documentary.
Blake, 45, said she decided to take on the sensitive subject of Jamaican aggression toward gays last year. At a fund-raising event in New York City for Taboo last week, she said patrons were concerned that violence against homosexuals was still rampant in Jamaica.
"I was speaking to someone who told me that Elton John has completely boycotted Jamaica because of this, and it's not just him. Several prominent folks have decided not to do stuff in Jamaica," Blake told The Gleaner.


Production cost
Blake plans to gather an eclectic 'cast' for Taboo which she says will cost US$250,000 to produce. She is planning to interview persons from 'across the board' in Miami, Canada, England and Jamaica.
To date, Blake has spoken to members of the Caribbean gay community in New York City including Jamaican activist Staceyann Chin and Christine Quinn, the openly gay speaker of the New York City Council.


"This documentary is not just about gays, it's about Jamaica," Blake pointed out. "I want to show that we are not monsters, we are not all homophobic."
Taboo follows on the heels of Queensbridge: The Other Side, Blake's revealing documentary about the Long Island housing project, which got strong reviews from noted publications like the New York Times. She went public with Taboo at a time when Jamaican indifference to gays is once again on the radar. documentary.


this should be interesting to see, we wait with great anticipation - Admin

Jamaica government has no plan to repeal buggery law (Flashback)

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"We find the approach of this organisation unacceptably insensitive,"
Information Minister Burchell Whiteman said in a statement issued to the media yesterday. (Wednesday November 17, 2004)

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He added: "To link the homophobia issue to the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic is inappropriate. The Government of Jamaica, through various ministries and agencies, has taken measures to arrest the HIV/AIDS epidemic."

Government yesterday dismissed claims by the international body, Human Rights Watch, that the authorities have been soft on police abuses on homosexual males and persons affected by HIV/AIDS. "We find the approach of this organisation unacceptably insensitive," Information Minister Burchell Whiteman said in a statement issued to the media yesterday. "We also as the duly elected representatives of the people feel that it is the people who must set our agenda in respect of the legislation which we pass or the repeal of any existing laws. We are certainly not about to respond to any organisation, external to this country, which may want to dictate to us how and when to deal with the laws of our land," said Senator Whiteman. He added: "To link the homophobia issue to the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic is inappropriate.

The Government of Jamaica, through various ministries and agencies, has taken measures to arrest the HIV/AIDS epidemic." The findings of the Human Rights Watch Report were released to the public during a launch at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday. The report accused both the Government and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) of turning a blind eye to what they claim is a "rampant abuse of homosexual males and persons living with HIV/AIDS." The international body also criticised the Government's stance on legislation (the buggery law) on homosexuality, which they say is a 'discriminatory legislation'. Speaking in support of the sentiments expressed by the human rights group, Delroy Chuck, Opposition spokesman on Justice said, "I find homosexual behaviour quite reprehensible but I believe it is a moral issue and not one that should be prohibited by the legislature." Some clergymen, however, fiercely defended the law and insisted that it should be upheld. Rev. Courtney Richards, of the Missionary Church Association, pointed out that Human Rights Watch was mixing up the issues. "It is not the law itself that is the problem.

They are making a leap here. I see no reason to change the law, it is to be upheld," he said. DISCRIMINATION Turning to the charge of discrimination against persons affected by HIV/AIDS in the church, Rev. Phillip Robinson, president of the Jamaica Council of Churches, said, "they need to substantiate it. They have not given us the facts and the grounds in which they have made the allegations." In a quick response to allegations made against members of the police force that they were derelict in their duties and turning a blind eye to documented cases of physical and verbal abuse of HIV positive persons, Superintendent Ionie Ramsey, head of the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN), said that the police High Command had ordered a probe into the allegations.


Let us retrace our steps people - Admin

Medico-socio-economics vs morality

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by Garth Rattray

The proposal to legalise or decriminalise prostitution was a scientific and pragmatic one. It was meant to protect everyone in society. People involved in renting themselves out for sex would be free to come under proper medical supervision and monitoring in their capacity as commercial sex workers. As things stand, such people operate outside the law and therefore go underground. This situation lends itself to abuse, human trafficking and the propagation of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) - some of which are potentially deadly.

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A fairy balanced article

Monday, June 30, 2008

Gareth in the news....

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TORONTO, June 30 (UPI) --
The closing parade for Toronto's 28th annual gay and lesbian pride festivities was attended by at least 1 million people, organizers said.
The downtown core was choked with men and women in wildly elaborate costumes, and in some cases, nothing but body paint, the Toronto Sun reported.

The parade wound through the city for three hours. There were no police reports of major problems, the newspaper said. For that matter, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and four other police forces had recruiting booths set up, the Sun said.

A first for this year was the inclusion of the Canadian armed forces, with about 18 soldiers, who has said they are gay, marching in the parade.
Politicians from the local up to federal level also marched, with the exception of anyone from the federal Conservative party, the Sun said.

The parade's international grand marshal was Gareth Henry of Jamaica, who is seeking refugee status in Canada. He has told various local media he fled Jamaica because of police intimidation and says 13 of his friends have been killed there since 2004.
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War of words between pro & anti gay activists on HIV matters .......... what hypocrisy is this?



War of words between pro & anti gay activists on HIV matters .......... what hypocrisy is this?

A war of words has ensued between gay lawyer (AIDSFREEWORLD) Maurice Tomlinson and anti gay activist Dr Wayne West as both accuse each other of lying or being dishonest, when deception has been neatly employed every now and again by all concerned, here is the post from Dr West's blog

This is laughable to me as both gentleman have broken the ethical lines of advocacy respectively repeatedly especially on HIV/AIDS and on legal matters concerning LGBTQ issues

The evidence is overwhelming readers/listeners, you decide.


Urgent Need to discuss sex & sexuality II

Following a cowardly decision by the Minister(try) of Education to withdraw an all important Health Family Life, HFLE Manual on sex and sexuality I examine the possible reasons why we have the homo-negative challenges on the backdrop of a missing multi-generational understanding of sexuality and the focus on sexual reproductive activity in the curriculum.

Calls for Tourism Boycotts are Nonsensical at This Time




(2014 protests New York)


Calling for boycotts by overseas based Jamaican advocates who for the most part are not in touch with our present realities in a real way and do not understand the implications of such calls can only seek to make matters worse than assisting in the struggle, we must learn from, the present economic climate of austerity & tense calm makes it even more sensible that persons be cautious, will these groups assist when there is fallout?, previous experiences from such calls made in 2008 and 2009 and the near diplomatic nightmare that missed us; especially owing to the fact that many of the victims used in the public advocacy of violence were not actual homophobic cases which just makes the ethics of advocacy far less credible than it ought to be.


See more explained HERE from a previous post following the Queen Ifrica matter and how it was mishandled


Newstalk 93FM's Issues On Fire: Polygamy Should Be Legalized In Jamaica 08.04.14



debate by hosts and UWI students on the weekly program Issues on Fire on legalizing polygamy with Jamaica's multiple partner cultural norms this debate is timely.

Also with recent public discourse on polyamorous relationships, threesomes (FAME FM Uncensored) and on social.

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thank you for your donations via Paypal in helping to keep this blog going, my limited frontline community work, temporary shelter assistance at my home and related costs. Please continue to support me and my allies in this venture that has now become a full time activity. When I first started blogging in late 2007 it was just as a pass time to highlight GLBTQ issues in Jamaica under then JFLAG's blogspot page but now clearly there is a need for more forumatic activity which I want to continue to play my part while raising more real life issues pertinent to us.

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Activities & Plans: ongoing and future

  • To continue this venture towards website development with an E-zine focus

  • Work with other Non Governmental organizations old and new towards similar focus and objectives

  • To find common ground on issues affecting GLBTQ and straight friendly persons in Jamaica towards tolerance and harmony

  • Exposing homophobic activities and suggesting corrective solutions

  • To formalise GLBTQ Jamaica's activities in the long term

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  • Assist where possible victims of homophobic violence and abuse financially, temporary shelter(my home) and otherwise

  • Track human rights issues in general with a view to support for ALL

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What to do if you are attacked (News You Can Use)

First, be calm: Do not panic; it may be very difficult to maintain composure if attacked but this is important.

Try to reason with the attacker: Establish communication with the person. This takes a lot of courage. However, a conversation may change the intention of an attacker.

Do not try anything foolish: If you know outmanoeuvring the attacker is impossible, do not try it.

Do not appear to be afraid: Look the attacker in the eye and demonstrate that you are not fearful.

This may have a psychological effect on the individual.

Emergency numbers
The police 119

Kingfish 811

Crime Stop 311


Steps to Take When Contronted or Arrested by Police

a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

b) Only give name and address and no other information until a lawyer is present to assist

c) Try to be polite even if the scenario is tensed) Don’t do anything to aggravate the situation

e) Every complaint lodged at a police station should be filed and a receipt produced, this is not a legal requirement but an administrative one for the police to track reports

f) Never sign to a statement other than the one produced by you in the presence of the officer(s)

g) Try to capture a recording of the exchange or incident or call someone so they can hear what occurs, place on speed dial important numbers or text someone as soon as possible

h) File a civil suit if you feel your rights have been violatedi) When making a statement to the police have all or most of the facts and details together for e.g. "a car" vs. "the car" represents two different descriptions

j) Avoid having the police writing the statement on your behalf except incases of injuries, make sure what you want to say is recorded carefully, ask for a copy if it means that you have to return for it

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