Jamaica Forum for Lesbians Allsexuals & Gays (JFLAG): Parliamentary Submission
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Jamaica Forum for Lesbians Allsexuals & Gays (JFLAG): Parliamentary Submission
The protest included the official organisation of fan clubs of the football-club FC St. Pauli, who represent approx. 200 fan clubs with ~3000 supporters,
Hamburg-town magazines who said, they would not promote any further events of the club if the concert takes place and the employees of the club who impended not to work on that evening + many neighbors of the club and many inhabitants of the district St. Pauli.
I am a 41-year-old man living in the USA. My parents are Jam-aican. I am gay. I pray to God about taking the feelings of loving a man away from me but it is not working.
I'm with a man who is selfish and don't want me to do what I want to. I am in love with him although he is a man and I am a man. He has problems with me having my girlfriend and he doesn't want me to be with anyone except him. I'm confused.
I find Rear Admiral Lewin to be a no nonsense man who is intent on cleaning up the police force in as far as corruption and dereliction of duties are concerned. His corresponndences to JFLAG and that of his team recently during our deliberations and subsequent actions by lawmen has assured us shown a marked improvement in relations with LGBT persons in certain cases, however there is still room for improvement, especially at the community relations level but there is a start and that is commendable.
Let us all now begin to work together to develop an active civil movement with our public bodies, that of the police especially to deal with some of our problems of crime, discrimination and abuse.
Howie seh so
Lewin urges public to hold cops to new standards
Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin speaking at yesterday's launch of the Citizens' Charter at the Police Officers Club on Hope Road in Kingston. Also pictured is Assistant Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant who is in charge of the constabulary's Professional Standards Branch.
"Policing is not a task for the police alone and we must make this partnership work," he said.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Lest we forget that we are still the murder capital of the world and we still haven't changed our stand against gays in Jamaica and ALL the other ills that exist in our reality. I guess when we float down from cloud 10 well will realise it was just a moment in history to be looked on later as one of our few positives these days. Not to be a neh sayer but we need to get real people. Suddenly the news casts just brush aside realities that do exists to cover the Olympics in full, absolutely amazing, I am not saying we must dwell on negatives but sheeesh news radio and TV have become overnight sports channels.
As for holidays for the athletes for celebration as being suggested in certain quarters, the drunkenness continues, we already have too many holidays in my book and valuable productive hours are lost because of our need to party all the time and laziness. I am quite certain we can have appropriate celebrations and ceremonies for our sportsmen and women without stopping our productive activities as we badly need the income nationally speaking.
Kudos to our athletes, make no mistake I am proud of them but what of the rest of us here?, well that's something for us to seriously think about, for someone like me involved in LGBT work and other human and social rights and interventions - I have to be real. People are dying, crime is rampant, gays are abused and hurt daily, our young are victimized, politicians jostle for power while exploiting the poor and not to mention the cost of living.
When is the dust gonna settle and we can get back to reality and realise that the Olympics end soon and its back to square one folks?
Howie seh so
I'm going to suggest that the resolution sit on the table of the House until after the summer recess," he said.Prime Minister Golding said although he did not want to prejudice the impending conscience vote, he expects the judiciary to move accordingly once Parliamentarians vote.The Golding administration has insisted that it will resume hanging.The previous People's National Party administration had argued that its efforts to carry out the death penalty were frustrated by rulings issued by the London based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
Monday, August 18, 2008
It should be noted that the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association regard these "reparative therapies" (i.e. the attempt to convert individuals to heterosexuality ) as not being effective and in fact being potentially harmful to those they attempt to treat. The attempt to cure non- heterosexual orientation, in my opinion, has it's genesis in homophobia.
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I am writing in reference to an article by Lloyd B Smith published on August 12. The article discussed a panel held during the International AIDS Society Conference, August 3 - 8 in Mexico City.
I was quite surprised by the reference to "nonsense spewed" by Dr Robert Carr at the conference, since I attended the session to which the editorial refers. In my observation, Dr Carr related the story of the police response to an incident in Half-Way-Tree when gay men were mobbed in quite the opposite way that Mr Smith represents: Dr Carr noted that the police response was extraordinary in its effort to protect the victims at the scene from abuse, and the police's efforts to apprehend the perpetrators. While Mr Smith contends that Dr Carr is over-critical, I found Carr's presentation stressed the reverse.
Indeed, in agreement with Mr Smith's position ("allow Jamaicans to adapt to changing perceptions of people's lifestyles and the fact that individuals of all kinds can coexist"), Dr Carr's presentation was one that clearly emphasised success - that is, that there is a growing tolerance in Jamaica from all sectors of society. In other words, Dr Carr's presentation stressed that strategic, thoughtful and inclusive action to address discrimination can yield results, as, he contends, is the case in Jamaica. It is a shame that Dr Carr's position has been so thoroughly misconstrued.
Dr Susana T Fried
HIV/AIDS GroupUnited Nations Development Programme
Bureau for Development Policy
See Original Article Below Named "Gay Lobby Scam"
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Condoleezza Rice is the US top diplomat, so one should normally expect her to titrate the truth. No one expects anything vaguely resembling the truth to issue from the lips of George Bush, even when he's making what seems to be sense.
But this week's performances have been landmarks in the history of hypocrisy, especially since huge expanses of the US press appear to have become accredited members of the US diplomatic apparatus.
The president of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, is an American puppet installed after one of the trademark colour-coded 'revolutions' in Eastern Europe. Georgia's was the 'rose' revo, following the 'orange' revo in the Ukraine, both part of the supposedly invisible American campaign to encircle the Russians with hostile regimes, Lilliputian warriors primed to tie down the Russian Gulliver and render him harmless and ready to yield billions of barrels of petroleum to Mr Cheney's friends.
According to the US government and its official press, Russia, that big bad bully, has cruelly attacked and mauled poor little Georgia - a shining light of western style-democracy in the formerly limitless expanse of Soviet empire.
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What, then, are the causes of homosexual attractions? These feelings typically stem from a combination of temperamental factors and environmental factors that occur in a child's life. According to Whitehead and Whitehead (1999), "Human behavior is determined by both nature and nurture. Without genes, you can't act in the environment at all. But without the environment your genes have nothing on which to act" (p. 10). One way of understanding this combination might be expressed in the following equation:
Genes + Brain Wiring + Prenatal Hormonal Environment = Temperament
Parents + Peers + Experiences = Environment
Temperament + Environment = Homosexual Orientation
While environmental factors may include experiences of sexual abuse or other traumatic events, a common contributor to same-sex attractions is a disruption in the development of gender identity. Gender identity refers to a person's view of his or her own gender; that is, his or her sense of masculinity or femininity. Gender identity is formed through the relationships that a child has with the same-sex parent and same-sex peers.
The process of gender identification begins approximately between age two and a half and four. For boys, it is during this phase that they begin to move from their primary attachment with the mother to seeking out a deeper attachment with the father. For males, the relationship between a boy and his father is the initial source of developing a secure gender identity. It is through the father-son relationship that a boy discovers what he needs to know about being male, including who he is as a boy, how boys walk, how they talk, how they act, and so forth. As the father spends time with the son, shows interest in the son, and gives the son affirmation and affection, the father imparts to the son a sense of masculinity. The boy begins to develop a sense of his own gender by understanding himself in relation to his father.
By Daniel J. DeNoonWebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
A new gene silencing technique stops HIV cold in mouse studies and promises to become a potent new AIDS therapy with few side effects.
The technique uses short interfering RNA, also called silencing RNA or siRNA. These tiny snips of RNA are designed to stick to specific genes, which are then rendered inoperative or "silent."
Researchers have previously shown that siRNA aimed at HIV can shut down the AIDS virus in the test tube. It can also target the T cells HIV loves to infect, shutting the window through which HIV enters.
Now Priti Kumar, PhD, Premlata Shankar, MD, and colleagues have linked siRNA to an antibody that delivers them directly to T cells -- and to a molecule that transports them to the cell nucleus where it can attack HIV genes.
They used a siRNA cocktail: two siRNAs that inactivate different HIV genes and one siRNA that keeps T cells from expressing the CCR5 molecule to which HIV attaches.
"In mice pre-treated with the siRNA cocktail and then infected with HIV, we could not find any signs of virus for a long period of time," Kumar tells WebMD. "And when we treated mice whose immune systems had been reconstituted with T cells from an HIV infected individuals, they were totally able to block expansion of the virus."
Working in Shankar's Harvard lab (recently moved to the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center), the researchers used recently developed mouse models of HIV infection. In these models, immune-deficient mice have their immune systems reconstituted either with adult human T cells or with human stem cells that provide a continuing source of T cells.
"You get a mouse with the immune system of a human," Kumar says.
This mouse model is a big advance in the development of new AIDS treatments, says longtime AIDS researcher Margaret Fischl, MD, director and principal investigator of the AIDS clinical research unit at the University of Miami.
"The humanized mouse model is very interesting," Fischl says. "It would give me much more information on the effectiveness and toxicity of treatments and save time in human clinical trials."
Fischl has seen a lot of promising AIDS therapies come and go, but she finds the siRNA approach "intriguing" and would like to see it explored further.
One of the researchers doing this exploration is Ramesh K. Akkina, PhD, professor of microbiology, immunology, and pathology at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
"The Shankar lab's finding is certainly an exciting development," Akkina tells WebMD. "This siRNA is a very interesting molecule that is actually programming cells to deal with the virus."
Akkina notes that the Shankar/Kumar team is using direct injections of siRNA constructs, an approach to gene therapy that would require repeat administrations. Another approach uses a genetically engineered virus that infects blood-forming stem cells and becomes a permanent part of their genome. When these stem cells become T cells, they produce siRNA and are immune to HIV infection.
"In the approach with the stem-cell gene-therapy approach, we are programming blood-forming stem cells with anti-HIV siRNA so that the stem cells are viable lifelong in the individual," Akkina says. "The virus-resisting cells are produced on a daily basis."
Sponsored by Benitec, the firm developing this approach, a phase I safety study of virus-delivered siRNA is under way at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, Calif.
Kumar says her team's approach would avoid the pitfall of having a foreign virus integrate into the human genome.
Both approaches hold promise for reaching the so-called "resting" T-cells in which HIV is able to hide from current AIDS therapies. Reaching these HIV reservoirs is the key to eliminating HIV from the body.
"These approaches could be used to purge the latently infected cells," Akkina says.
"The advantage of siRNA is that you can deliver it into resting T cells," she says. "So if these siRNA are present when the cell becomes activated and starts to produce HIV, you have siRNA there ready to combat it."
Kumar and colleagues report their findings in the Aug. 22 issue of the journal Cell. Kumar, an instructor at Harvard Medical School while working in the Shankar lab, is now an assistant professor at Yale University.
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Steps to Take When Contronted or Arrested by Police
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