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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

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

UGANDA: "Less noisy" female condom proves a hit

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Women surveyed said the new condom was less noisy, more comfortable and well lubricated, increasing their sexual pleasure


KAMPALA, 22 December 2009 (PlusNews) - Ten months after being re-launched, a new brand of female condom has proven popular among a test group of Ugandan women, according to a study. FC2 was launched in February; the government stopped distributing the original female condom, FC1, in 2007 on the grounds that women had complained it was smelly and noisy during sex. "The new condom has improved features and will enable women to have a procedure within their control to give them more choices for prevention [of HIV and unwanted pregnancies]," said Vashta Kibirige, the coordinator of the condom unit at the Ministry of Health."




The women [surveyed] say they like this version of the condom better and they are ready to use it," said Janeva Busingye, coordinator of the Most at Risk Populations Initiative project, which carried out the study in the capital, Kampala. The UN Population Fund and the NGO, Programme for Accessible health Communication and Education, are spearheading the re-launch of the female condom, which is still in the sensitisation stage and will become available to the public in 2010. The women questioned said the new condom was less noisy, more comfortable and well lubricated, increasing their sexual pleasure. It also has no smell and can be inserted in the vagina at least eight hours before sex, which the women liked a lot.





The Health Ministry and its partners have so far trained women in Kampala to teach other women the benefits of the female condom. According to Kibirige, they hoped the condom would become more popular in other regions after a situation analysis in 2008 revealed that cultural barriers and lack of proper education had prevented their use in some parts of the country.





Targeting MSM According to an official at the sexually transmitted diseases clinic at Mulago Hospital, Uganda's largest referral facility, men who have sex with men (MSM) would also be taught about the female condom. Uganda has no official policy for prevention of HIV among MSM, and outlaws homosexual sex.

"We shall promote it among MSM because when we were sensitising people they expressed a need for them; they use for them for anal sex after removing the ring," the official said. At each end of the female condom is a flexible ring; at the closed end of the sheath, the flexible ring is inserted into the vagina or anus to hold the condom in place - this ring is sometimes removed during anal sex to reduce the possibility of rectal injury.

A 2003 study of the acceptability and safety of a brand of female condom for anal sex between men found incidents of condom breakage, semen spillage and rectal bleeding to be similar for the male and female condom, but slippage was more frequent with female than male condoms. The authors recommended design modifications and training in the use of the female condom for anal sex.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Tabloid mess continues …… Gay men scared says Observer Chat

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The Jamaica Observer Chat an imprint of the mainstream Jamaica Observer paper sold on weekends with no online support at this time (scanned logoed above) has joined the sensationalism on gay issues in earnest these days not that they haven’t published stuff like this before but I am concerned about the detailed inside information they seem to have been able to gain on this particular occasion. This is worrying, are there gays who are playing a dual role in helping to what amounts to stigmatization of us, the GLBTQ community and promoting self hate? After all why should a funeral service of a gay man and its attendees become front page gossip?

By the letter of it there seems to have been knowledge of the Funeral service and the first person account is worrying, this is not the first time we have seen what amounts to reporters infiltrating private gay events such as parties and then reporting on them in detail.

The headline read …. Gay Men Scared … Friends death from AIDS leaves many fretting at funeral.

It’s just beyond me that a newspaper seeks to reinforce the old stereotype that HIV/AIDS is intrinsically a gay disease and they found it necessary to report even of the presence of a reputable HIV/AIDS organization at the service, I guess they don’t care about the safety of the staff there who have to brave all kinds of stuff to engage our marginalized community they are no different from the trashy Xnews or previous Enquirer publications. Efforts to contact a member of the management team of said organization at the time of this post were futile as calls went to voicemail.


The Story published on December 18, 2009 went on to suggest that the deceased a 22 year old gay man died of AIDS (so much for proper description of the cause of death as persons don’t die from AIDS directly they die from associated complications) and that his friends didn’t know he was positive and are now fearing their own demise because of his refusal to disclose.


Other stereotypes reinforced are the “bleached skin” phenomenon that pervades our society where it is believed men who lighten their skin tone are gay. (soooo wrong) The author seemed preoccupied with the effeminacy of the men and their metro sexual activities such as facial powdering and mode of dress.


The captioned cartoon also is of concern to me as I am not aware of any homophobic incidents in Frazer’s Content recently. The Images suggest that a man asked another man for sex and was beaten by residents in the area. My efforts to find information on any possible case in that area were fruitless as either JFLAG or others in and near the area were not aware of any such case. Investigations continue. Is this mischief on the Chat’s part?
Anyone having any information on any case in this area and can help, please do. We need to counter these subtle suggestions and innuendo sometimes and not let them just slip and stay.

Tabloids and even the major newspapers are guilty of pushing this hard-line biased homophobic sensationalist rhetoric to sell papers playing on the public’s sentiments from time to time, whenever the semblance of tolerance or fairness seems to be reached or when any steady news on JFLAG reaches mainstream media then watch out for a hit from left field that turns up to maintain the negative momentum. As indicated above the Observer Chat and as Xnews have no website support so stories like this appear in hard copy (print) format only for now. The Xnews website has been off and on these days and hardly publish the recent articles on gay issues there, is this deliberate on their part? Who knows?

Watch, be vigilant speak up too.

Peace and tolerance
H

Beaten Because Of HIV status?

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(image from the Ministry of Health)
In what ought to be the enlightened era of HIV/AIDS knowledge and outreach with free flow of information one would have never imagined that incidents of this nature still happen. An HIV positive man was beaten by men in a neighboring parish earlier in 2009 after he was identified due to his open stance on the issue. A reliable source within the Ministry of Health has confirmed my research on the story as the young man who is conducts peer educator activities on the Ministry’s behalf on several occasions has decided not to pursue the case any further.


The man in question is very open about his ordeal with the disease and as mentioned before has spoken at workshops and other seminar type occasions about his experiences thus he was identified allegedly by a man who had witnessed one of these events and hurled derogatory remarks at hi m insinuating that HIV positive people should be separated from the general population and other negative remarks.


On the face of it the perception is that there may have been other motives behind the attack but according to the information received and investigations within the respective parish community other persons agreed with the sentiments expressed by the lead attacker. It is not yet known how many others were involved but three were singled out as directly inflicting the first blows on the victim.
This is really surprising as given all the various social marketing initiatives on the subject by governmental and private organizations over the years and other spokes persons who live in far more volatile areas that have not experienced this kind of backlash. For e.g. Ms Anneesha Taylor who still resides in her community of Jones Town which is known for sporadic outbreaks of violence but she is respected for her bravery in coming forward as the one of the few female public faces on the disease.




Despite her fall from grace she still enjoys the respect she has commanded over the years although her rise wasn’t smooth either, she recently spoke on the issue in a documentary on World Focus where she explained why she fell but has been re-engaged by the ministry of Health who recognized her contribution towards the programs during her tenure thus she now works at a major health center in Kingston. Mr. Jason Richards, the new male public face on HIV who resides in South Central Kingston as well is another hot spot for crime and the occasional gang warfare problems also commands the admiration and respect from his peers and elders in his community.

Once a poster child for living HIV+ in Jamaica, Annesha Taylor knows firsthand that life after a positive diagnosis is not an easy one. The campaigns showing that there is life after a positive diagnosis are right — HIV is not a death sentence. But strong stigma and the difficulties of juggling family life, the batteries of medication and bouts of depression have left Annesha fighting to survive.

An extended essay by Mr. Kwame Dawes on HIV/AIDS in Jamaica is featured in the Spring 2008 issue of The Virginia Quarterly Review: www.vqronline.com
A synthesis of video, photographs, poetry and music, all inspired by Kwame's reporting in Jamaica, can be found on the interactive site: www.livehopelove.com

The real issue is how do we fight this scourge that is still present in our society? The young man should have never backed down I say, it is facing issues like this that makes the fight meaningful and bringing public shame to the perpetrators of such incidents and letting would be attackers think twice before acting out their ignorance.

Peace & tolerance

H

Jamaican Literary Gay Icon Thomas Glave makes the OUT100.com list of honorees

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Thomas Glave (Photoed writing)

THE BOOK CLUB

THOMAS GLAVE & VESTAL MCINTYRE

With its nameless protagonists, unusual punctuation, poetic breaks, and graphic depictions of genocide and antigay violence, Glave’s The Torturer’s Wife is about as far as you’ll get from a breezy beach read. Nonetheless, the Lambda Literary Award winner’s experimental short story collection—which tackles war, slavery, turbulent gay relationships, and HIV—contained some of 2009’s most compelling moments in queer literature. Glave (left) is only the second gay African American (after James Baldwin) to win the O. Henry Prize for short fiction.

A National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient and former Meatpacking District waiter, 37-year-old McIntyre (right) published his first novel, Lake Overturn, this year (set in mid-’80s small-town Idaho, it was an Out’s critic’s pick in April). The 37-year-old Idaho native, whose previous collection of short stories, You Are Not the One, was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, is currently at work on a new series of stories he describes as “a bitchy good-bye letter” to New York City, which he left in 2008 to live with his husband in London.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Blame Game and Buju woes……

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With Mr. Mark Myrie’s aka Buju Banton’s incarceration on drug charges in the US on in earnest and his expected first appearance in court on December 16, 2009 the homophobia and homophobes have been crawling out of the woodwork blaming the GLBTQ community saying that he was set up by the group following the recent public quarrel over his appearances on his tour, his awful homophobic lyrics advocating death for gays and his nomination for the 2010 Grammy Award in the reggae category which has enraged the same community and rightly so.

Locally in a radio canvass that was carried on Monday December 14, 2009 on Nationwide radio’s afternoon program 16 persons were asked what they thought of Buju Banton’s arrest. 11 out of the group said in essence they thought he was set up because of the to and fros with the gay community within the last months. It is not surprising as the local media has jumped on the perception and the letters to the respective editors look fabricated to me to push the point home
Jason McFarlane of JFLAG, Jamaica Forum for Lesbians Allsexuals and Gays was questioned by some media quarters and in a response via telephone on one of the radio stations he surmised that the run ins that Buju had with the gay community are separate issues from his arrest and possible prosecution by the DEA, Drug Enforcement Agency.

According to them he, Buju was captured on film handling the cocaine in a sting operation set up by them with undercover officers. Allegedly he has a lawyer named Herbert Walker who was reported in the Associated press as saying Buju says he is innocent. Buju faces 20 to 30 years imprisonment if found guilty on the present charge. However what is also disturbing is that the authorities have hinted that they may have more evidence apart from this specific incident that he has been involved in drug dealings and may have been watching him for some time. Seeing that is it is a Federal case he may be in big problems as the amount on cocaine he was allegedly found with and he handled by using a knife to cut open one of the packages and tasting it is far above the allowed limit for personal use.
During the tussel between himself and the gay community in San Francisco and other states Buju’s management was very vocal and out front, even blogging on several platforms, now it seems they are no where to be found on this issue when contacted by media houses to speak on his arrest, interesting … a bag of mouth to bash gays but cant defend the man when needed.

Rastafarians have always been revered for avoiding the “white lady” or cocaine so it is strange that Buju a self confessed changed bingi man should be found in possession of or dealing in cocaine, I guess this is what has helped to lead to the argument and belief that he was set up but then again Buju has not been the typical Rastafarian as even by his advocating for death to others that is way out of line for their belief of equal rights and justice as espoused by previous stalwarts like Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown and contemporaries like Freddie McGregor and Luciano who by the way has been vilified for his righteous stance on issues and even booed at events.

Surprisingly or not the public supports Buju’s against the tide behavior, it could be surmised that Jamaicans in general likes a rebel and usually go against protocol, rules and regulations.

The silence yet again from other dancehall acts in support of Buju Banton is again deafening, very few spoke out on his ranglings with the US gay community and now lets see if they will break their silence.

Peace

H

Thursday, December 10, 2009

JFLAG is 11 years Old - December 10, 2009

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It was 11 years ago that JFLAG was formed on the same day as Human Rights Day, J-FLAG's mission is or was to work towards a Jamaican society in which the Human Rights and Equality of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays are guaranteed.

To foster the acceptance and enrichment of the lives of same-gender-loving persons who have been, and continue to be, an integral part of society.

J-FLAG according to its website says it holds the vision to move forward in a spirit of oneness, love, dignity and respect towards the establishment of a Jamaica, and world, devoid of prejudice, injustice, discrimination and oppression. And, furthermore, to ensure the human rights of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, as set out in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights .


Legal Reform and Advocacy
J-FLAG has been actively lobbying for legal reform. They summited a Parliamentary Submission to amend the non-discrimination clause within the Constitution to include sexual orientation was reviewed by the Joint Select Committee on the Charter of Rights Bill. In December, 2001, the Committee made its recommendations to Parliament. It declined to support our proposed amendment but did recommend that the House consider repealing the Buggery Law. It still tackles this area along with some crisis intervention for persons who have been abused and suffer from homophobic violence related issues.


They say they are strengthening efforts to ensure the successful passage of this bill through parliament, and will continue to push for the amendment to the constitution and continue to challenge all forms of discrimination and censorship by releasing regular press statements on current issues affecting the gay, lesbian and all-sexual community, and by publishing position papers on topics related to human rights, and by engaging entities such as the Ministry of National Security and Justice, Jamaicans for Justice, Amnesty International, etc.


Education Programmes
Their Education Programme which was designed to striving to disseminate information regarding J-FLAG's existence and purpose, and issues affecting sexual minorities and their impact on society at large has been defunct for some time. They also attempt to promote self-awareness and self-empowerment within our community and use a variety of formats to achieve these goals including;

Various publications such as informational brochures; SOH!, our quarterly newsletter; our website; editorial letters; and press releases
Email announcements and updates to local and international organisations
Interviews in newspaper, radio and television media
Discussions on our Hotline and chat room (now defunct)
Presentations to target groups
Face-to-face discussion forums on special topics
Display booths at public events
Research assistance through their library and media watch archive



There are more questions than answers these days in the community as to what is JFLAG doing now? as they seem to have gone too quiet in as far as the forumatic activities are concerned and engaging the GLBTQ community directly in trying to solve to the problems facing us. Many of the activities listed above have been discontinued for years and one waits to see if any improvements will materialise. The website has been criticised severely by Jamaican and international visitors alike. Persons and groups are willing to join and help but more has to be done urgently by the flaggers before persons feel so moved to assist.


All in all the movement is welcomed and we must in our own way do our parts to arrive at tolerance and understanding.


H

Uganda 'to remove death penalty from anti-gay bill'

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Uganda will reportedly drop plans for the execution and life imprisonment of gays.

An 'anti-homosexuality' bill has been passing through the country's parliament but according to news agency Bloomberg, some of the most drastic measures will be removed.

The bill provoked worldwide outrage when it was first tabled. America, the UK and France all expressed concern, as did countless human rights and gay organisations.

Gay rights groups have urged Commonwealth leaders to throw Uganda out of the Commonwealth unless it drops the proposed law.

The minister for ethics and integrity, James Nsaba Buturo, reportedly said a more "refined" set of punishments would be favoured instead of execution.

Although it is not clear what this means, he pointed to so-called 'gay cure' therapies, saying the bill would promote counselling for gay people.

Buturo said the modified draft bill would come before parliament within two weeks.

If the provisions for execution and life imprisonment are dropped, the bill still places severe penalties on gay people, their families and those who work for gay organisations.

Other offences include promoting homosexuality, aiding and abetting homosexuality and keeping a house "for purposes of homosexuality".

Some have suggested the bill is so badly written, it could threaten two men who hug with jail terms.

The MP who tabled the bill, David Bahati, has argued his bill will protect children, youths and the "traditional family".

The reported concessions come days after a Swedish minister suggested that aid funds to Uganda could be cut if it persevered with the proposed laws.

Buturo retorted: "It is revealing that support to Uganda literally translated means that it is on condition that Uganda should do the bidding of givers of such support regardless of what Ugandans themselves think."

Monday, December 7, 2009

Dancehall impacts the rise of transgender community

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270,000 gay, bisexual, and transgendered people live in Jamaica

Steven Jackson - Jamaica Observer
Sunday, December 06, 2009

The homophobic dancehall culture can stop the rise of local transgendered community, argued the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (JFlag) following the recent party photos of cross-dressers.

JFlag said that the dancehall culture castigates such individuals but fails to crush them.

"The genre of music called dancehall ... has certainly played its part in preventing the kind of dialogue that would allow for a greater understanding of this particular minority grouping," asserted Jason McFarlane, programmes manager at JFlag in response to Observer queries. "(But) homophobia does not prevent the emergence of transgendered persons it only prevents dialogue around transgender issues as many have not yet dealt with the reality of homosexuality."

BARBIE… first made headlines in late October when ‘she’ was held and subsequently released by the police

JFlag added that transgendered persons are stepping out, but fear prevents them from fully expressing their gender identity.

The gay lobby estimates that up to 270,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people live in Jamaica. That represents "between three to 10 per cent of the population". Of that figure a "smaller percentage" are transgendered persons which includes transvestites (cross-dressers) and transsexuals (surgical augmentation).

"The reality is that this already exists but many don't have the space or the vocabulary with which to express and articulate this," he said.

Not all transgendered persons are private, as the nation's latest celebrity, Barbie (crossdresser) posed in a series of party pictorials published this week. The fashionable Barbie however was not alone and posed with two crossdressing friends. All three were dressed for the spotlight with big hair and tiny skirts and tops. The photos made headlines because Jamaica is arguably the most homophobic country in the western hemisphere. Proponents of this view cite gay murders and attacks but opponents counter stating that most of these murders are committed by gays in crimes of passion.

JFlag added that transgendered persons have the right to freely exist in Jamaican society.

"What would be beneficial is the acceptance of diversity of whatever prevents itself in a way that as a society we can have a rationale discussion and come to some understanding of its place in a Jamaican society," he said. "It would in turn be beneficial to those who express as this third gender as there is whole sector of people who never get to understand and experience who they are because of social constraints."

JFlag added that transgenderism is to gender what homosexuality is to sexuality. In other words a transgendered person does not have to be gay. "Sexuality and gender are separate markers and the distinction needs to be made because people continue to believe that someone who is transgendered is gay and this is not true. The concern of the transgender community is one of a disconnect between how they feel and how they see their body expressing how they feel. Simply put, what is between the ears doesn't match what is between the legs, so someone feels that they are female but carries male genitalia and vice versa."

Barbie first made headlines in late October when 'she' was held and subsequently released by the police. The police say they noticed a man and a 'woman' arguing in a Toyota Mark II motorcar parked at a lonely spot along Manchester Avenue in May Pen. The police took both persons to the May Pen Police Station where it was discovered that the 'woman' was a man. Police suspected that the cross-dresser propositioned the male for sex. Barbie had subsequently refuted the claim of prostitution. The man reportedly fumed when he discovered that he was intimate with a man. The police inspected the crossdresser's driver's licence and voter's ID which showed a Gregory Park, St Catherine address. As news spread, a crowd converged on the police station to see Barbie who was clad in a tight-fitting blouse, jeans shorts, high heeled shoes, loop earrings and a wig. The cross-dresser sported false eyelashes and neatly shaven eyebrows. The police say they admonished and discharged both men. Barbie subsequently has claimed that policemen with romantic interests have been calling 'her' phone.

Lesbians Rushed ……….. Left with a warning

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On the evening of Friday December 4, 2009 was the scene in the busy commercial district of Half Way Tree in front a popular furniture store where two females were accused of being lesbians and too friendly in public were verbally chastised by vendors who at that time regularly and illegally spread their wares on the sidewalks after store closing hours to catch the evening sales.


The spot is known for couples or passers-by who would sit under a famous national tree to converse eat or listen to the sound system blaring by the nearby Informal Commercial Importers arcade. The ladies were clearly being watched from their approach to the spot by the vendors based on the utterances I heard upon reaching the shouting match between one of the ladies and several irate male vendors. They were upset that this “Butch” or (Jamaican colourful expletive) “Man royal” woman was taking away a beautiful female from the male population. Several other passers-by were curious but a few continued their way lamenting that all Jamaica was becoming gay while some argued that if the women weren’t doing anything illegal then there shouldn’t be an issue.

My intervention however came when I said that they the vendors shouldn’t be judging or accusing anyone as they were vending their wares illegally on the street and would loose if they went to court or any other matter arose out of the exchange. I was quickly rebuffed with strong Jamaican expletives by the group of accusers and one man in particular suggested I was defending the ladies too much with their nasty lifestyle. I kept my stance however and reminded them that there was nothing in law that stopped anyone of the same sex from socializing publicly.

"Unu lef de oman dem alone, a tru unu can get dem fi fuck das why unu vex,” a fat woman exclaimed as she walked away, she too was a vendor, the small crowd burst out laughing in one of the more lighter moments of the exchange. “Some a unu man can do nuttin wid unu bleach out face an a battyman unda de quiet,” she continued, at this point the conversation regained it seriousness and the man who took me on before continued his line of argument saying the women shouldn’t be there doing that with support from others.

“fiya fi unu, bout unu a bring dem ting deh ya yasso” he pronounced with others supporting him. Other vendors said they didn’t actually see the women in a compromising position neither did the other heterosexual couple whom I proceeded to question, they said they saw nothing “funny” the male of the two said. They were clearly surprised at the happenings.

The irate male vendor continued accused them of hugging, kissing and being romantic and by this time two other bleached faced male vendors seem to support his line even though as it turned out they never witnessed the actual embrace. I maintained my stance on the issue and the exchange continued for a while before cooling down. The ladies were visibly shaken as they never experienced this kind of backlash before, this I learned after talking with them as we walked to the main square, I warned them however that they should be careful when in public as people will say all kinds of things to embellish their beliefs or assumptions of what they think is about to or has happened.

Thankfully the situation did not escalate into a violent attack, I assume because there is a certain tolerance for lesbianism and the criticism by the fat woman during the light moment. This has brought light to a stereotype of a specific section of bisexual or gays as bleached faced men who also act masculine and have “Suga Mommas” in the vending community who take care of their needs financially while the men “perform” sexually for the favours granted. It was clear to me at that juncture when the remark was made that the tone and fervency of the opposition heightened at first in typical fashion but was reduced rather quickly which begged the question did she know something or was he and his other cronies guilty?
The accused women were thankful for the support from myself and the other passers-by and commented that people in general are thinking and slowly adjusting to tolerance when it comes to lesbianism and homosexuality in general. One of the ladies made the same observation on the fat woman’s comments and also expressed her support in the belief. She continued that she believed that some of the men who are like “that” just can’t stand to see other gay people together as it bothers them.

Closeted/clandestine gays vs out/identifiable homosexuals? hhhmmmmm.

My caution to us is the same just be vigilant and careful when traversing the streets.

I was upset though that my two companions who were walking with me before disappeared when we came up on the scene, while I know that some may fear happenings like these I also feel we must learn to engage issues of this nature towards an amicable and peaceful solution, we can’t keep running all the time.

H

Human Rights Lawyer Hilaire Sobers takes on the Observer on recent Gay incident article

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Your recent articles on so-called homosexual violence are stunning for their flagrant infidelity to intellectual rigour, and, indeed, to even the most rudimentary precepts of journalism. In the first article entitled Gay man gouges out lover's eyes, your reporter relies entirely on what the police told him to ground his conclusion that the alleged assailant and his victim were both homosexual, and that the attack was based on "jealous fit of rage". Nowhere in the story is there any report of direct testimony from either of the parties, or an eyewitness.

Like many journalists, he appears to accept the police account of what occurred, without question. In the absence of any corroborating testimony from either of the parties or an eyewitness, an objective observer (pardon the pun) might be inclined to consider the writer's conclusions about sexual orientation or the motive for the alleged attack as premature and lacking in forensic rigour...

The writer goes on to report that the alleged victim was "treated at the same hospital for a gunshot wound to his buttocks close to two months ago and created a stir when medical personnel attending to him had to remove a 'G string' underwear off him while treating the wound". He further titillates his readers, stating that: "He nearly brought the house down when the doctors and nurses treating him had to remove a pink 'G string' off him." This is tabloid journalism at its very worst. Even if this story is true, of what relevance is it to the story of the alleged victim having his eyes gouged out?


SOBERS... is wearing G-string underwear really news?


And really, is wearing G-string underwear really news? Would you report on the style of underwear of a female who has been attacked by her male spouse or boyfriend? The gratuitous juxtaposition of the gunshot wound with the eye-gouging, together with the salacious disclosure of his choice of underwear, reveals nothing more than undisguised editorial contempt for the victim, coupled with a malicious intent to publicly humiliate him...

And really, is wearing G-string underwear really news? Would you report on the style of underwear of a female who has been attacked by her male spouse or boyfriend? The gratuitous juxtaposition of the gunshot wound with the eye-gouging, together with the salacious disclosure of his choice of underwear, reveals nothing more than undisguised editorial contempt for the victim, coupled with a malicious intent to publicly humiliate him...

The Rev Aaron Dumas has fairly well-known anti-gay theology, in keeping with his faith. How then, does your writer come to rely on him as an expert on gay psychology and violence? He does not enlighten us on Mr Dumas' credentials, other than to offer the bald assertion that Mr Dumas has counseled 'troubled gays'? There is no indication that the writer made any effort to elicit the views of the gay community on anything relating to gay violence or indeed on the credentials of so-called experts like Mr Dumas.

For that matter, I'm not aware that the reporter made any effort to elicit the views of the broader human rights community. Instead, he is content to draw facile conclusions, such as: "Homosexual spin doctors in lobby groups such as Kingston-based Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All Sexuals & Gays (J-FLAG) and London-based Outrage! often attempt to deflect blame onto 'homophobic' Jamaicans, a ploy, critics suggest, to pressure the Government into relaxing anti-gay laws" and "Homosexual groups claim that there have been over 50 acts of fatal violence against their members in the last five years, although they failed to say how many of those were committed in their own camp".

The intellectual dishonesty is breath-taking. When exactly did any of these groups claim that there had been over 50 murders against their members, and when exactly, did he interview any member of these groups? And if any of them 'failed' to say how many murders were committed by other homosexuals, did your writer inquire as to why they were unable to say?

...So at the end of the day, the writer starts and ends with the unsubstantiated premise that homosexuals are more prone to vicious acts of violence than non-homosexuals. Apart from speculation and innuendo, he relies on two clerics and a psychiatrist to support what amounts to no more than a deeply entrenched prejudice against, or aversion for, the gay community. There is not even the slightest attempt to incorporate the views of the gay community or human rights community. For me, that is not journalism; that's propaganda.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Media's attempt to blur the truth about Homophobic violence

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With the headline in the Jamaica Observer on Sunday the 29th (see post below this) there seems to be another attempt the lead the public into thinking that the violence meted to gays in Jamaica is nothing more than gays themselves involved in lovers' spats that have gone bad.

The article has listed quotes from some prominent luminaries in Psychiatry and Counseling who have on the face of it backed the belief that is widely held by many in Jamaican society and echoed in the piece. Sadly many of the cases of gay violence be it gay on gay or otherwise involve prominent persons but have internal conflicts ending up in some ugly mess. That much is true however the vast majority of cases where persons are killed, evicted or forced to relocate from their homes, rape of lesbians and beatings go unnoticed by the mainstream media and are often sanctioned in a way by the silence thereof sliding them underground. If it weren't for blogs like this one and others who may know of such events or JFLAG to some extent, if and when they speak out on these issues then the public would be unaware but with the limited reach and readership of such outlets the issues still go unheard of thus fuelling the perceptions held ad expressed in the Observer article.

Do not get me wrong there are incidents of relationships of whatever sort go haywire namely transactional or situational sex negotiations that did not work out or just mere accusations of infidelity have led to awful outcomes but to simply say that no incidents of homophobic attacks and episodes have occurred is simply not true, frankly many quoted in the article simply want not to believe it so they can push their discriminatory lines of argument and justify their bigoted positions.

Just look at some of the incidents that have come to light recently not to mention those that have gone under the radar from folks like me who have our ears on the ground. One wonders when are we going to see the truth or is part of the problem class? as outlined before the cases that do get media attention are ones with prominent persons while the ordinary victims are overlooked as they have no stake being involved in this nasty lifestyle. There is alot that needs to be done with us a GLBT community and the general population by extension.

Tolerance please.

H

Spilling homosexual blood .... Observer Headline 29.11.09

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Here is an article suggesting that same gender loving persons are for the most part the ones who enact supposed homophobic violent acts which are passed off to the public when the parties are in jealous rages gone bad, this belief has been around for a while. Yes there is gay on gay violence and relationship issues that go public violently but there are also anti gay attacks as well, hence my view which still stands is that each case has to be taken on its own merit and not broadbrush homophobic attacks versus gay on gay violence, have a read of the article below and see what you make of it:

Jamaica Observer – A Jamaican Newspaper & Your Source for the Latest Jamaica News
Why do gay lovers kill each other so viciously?
BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com

THE ghastly gouging out of the eyes of self-confessed homosexual Claude Pryce by his enraged lover last week, brought into sharp focus the often spine-chilling, bloody end that awaits, when love goes wrong among gays.

Police investigations of gay deaths are replete with scenes in which the knife - the apparent weapon of choice - is plunged over and over into the body of the victim, leaving a trail of blood that frequently leads to prominent doors in affluent St Andrew.

Former trade ambassador Peter King, described by one member of the homosexual community as an "aggressive male hunter", was arguably the most high-profile Jamaican to have perished in that tragic style.

Police said they found several tapes containing explicit sexual scenes in King's house and the names of prominent Jamaicans apparently caught on tape, have been mentioned.
King, who at one time headed the trade board and led Jamaica's talks in countless international fora, was found lying face-up on his blood-soaked mattress at his St Andrew residence on March 20, 2006. His throat was slashed and his body had numerous stab wounds.

"In the gay community, there are people whose passion finds expression through bizarre sexual experiences and through the infliction of pain," said top psychiatrist Dr Aggrey Irons.
"And so it is not unusual to find acts of cutting off the genitals, gouging out of eyes, personal attacks that have to do with knives and other sharp objects, and so when there is a homosexual to homosexual crime of passion, it is going to seem to be of a bizarre and exaggerated nature," Irons told the Sunday Observer in an interview.

Popular radio talk show host and psychologist, Rev Dr Aaron 'Dear Pastor' Dumas, attested that the knife was the preferred weapon in times of dispute among gays, not only because the gun was harder to get, but death by the knife seemingly allowed for "a greater sense of satisfaction" by the killer.
"They use the knife frequently, because the knife, unlike the gun which is an easier way to kill, is more punishing. When they stab, they don't want the person to survive. Callous and cold-blooded murder seems to depict a lot of these guys," said Dumas, a Baptist pastor who counsels troubled gays.
Homosexual spin doctors in lobby groups such as Kingston-based Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All Sexuals & Gays (J-FLAG) and London-based Outrage! often attempt to deflect blame onto 'homophobic' Jamaicans, a ploy, critics suggest, to pressure the Government into relaxing anti-gay laws.

Homosexual groups claim that there have been over 50 acts of fatal violence against their members in the last five years, although they failed to say how many of those were committed in their own camp.
The common feature - the spilling of blood by the knife - and the gruesome nature of the killings, have been more difficult to explain.
. Claude Pryce's alleged lover gouged out his eyes in a fit of rage, police said, because he (Pryce) had "slept out" the night before.

. The body of well-known lecturer, Dr Cliff Lashley, 57, was found in a gully along Lady Musgrave Road in Kingston in February 1993. His head had been severed and his hands and legs chopped off and stuffed in a bag. Peter Rowe, identified in court as Lashley's young lover, was convicted of non-capital murder for the crime.
Vincent Tulloch, a well-known newspaperman, had over 40 stab wounds when police found his body at his Calabar Mews, St Andrew home in September 1994. The case remains unsolved, but police have not closed the files.


"We are still working on that case, and we are seeking someone who we are told was his lover," a senior investigator told this newspaper last week. Psychic Safa Asontuwa, popularly known as Safa, was brutally beaten and stabbed on June 25, 2002 in Seaview Gardens in Kingston's westend. His body was later cremated. Founder of the J-Flag, Brian Williamson, was stabbed to death on June 9, 2004 by a man from Jones Town who was later charged with his murder. Eyewitnesses stated that the man visited Williamson at his home regularly, until he slaughtered Williamson, following a lover's quarrel.


Psychiatrists, trying to get to the bottom of that homosexual mystery conclude that gay-on-gay violence often resembled that between heterosexuals.

"Homosexuals are no different than heterosexuals in terms of the distribution of other psychiatric disorders, especially personality disorders," said Dr Irons, who also counsels homosexuals.

"Homosexuality in and of itself is not considered a psychiatric disorder, but within the homosexual community there are certain persons with psychiatric disorders. Unfortunately, many of them have personality disorders attendant on their homosexuality and because homosexuals are so focused, perhaps even more so on the importance of attention and affection, especially from other men, they are renounced nationally and internationally for their jealousy. "When you add to that a paranoid element or an anti-social element, that multiplies the rage and jealousy and you see that expressed in their particular crime of passion," he said.

Dr Irons said that attacks by homosexuals on their own could rise to unthinkable levels of gory conduct.

"Stabbing is not specific to homosexual behaviour, it is a sort of tautological connection," said Irons. "But with each stab would come some kind of exclamation, some expression of hatred or disgust. This is physical, emotional and verbal. So with repeated stabbing, you would find bizarre amputations as well and even relocations.

"I have had to counsel patients who have been battered by their same sex lovers. I don't do it often, but I have had to do so and I treat all patients equally, regardless of whether or not they are homosexuals. If you are having a problem with a relationship or within the context of your life, then the appropriate treatment is offered to you," said Irons.

Dr Dumas argued that homosexuals were still in the minority and tended to be very protective.

"To leave one for the other is to play with one's life," he said. "I have counselled many homosexuals, both male and female. Some have told me that if they are out driving with their partners and one looks at another person, the partner is ready to attack. It is a big problem. Just like how a man will take care of his woman, homosexual lovers are like that too.
"Many of the guys who have been fortunate to have good education will tell you that they are afraid to leave the homosexual community because of the reprisals. Some want to start their own families, but fear that if they do that, they could be in danger," Dr Dumas added.

Roman Catholic deacon and counsellor Peter Espeut, while acknowledging that violent homosexual behaviour was outrageous, argued that homosexual conduct was a reflection of the wider society and no different from heterosexual violence occurring here.

"Not only gay lovers are violent, but heterosexual ones too. They chop up and poison each other like the gays do," he said.

"I don't know if it is true that homosexuals are more violent than heterosexuals. We in Jamaica seem to have a way of turning to violence to resolve certain things and we need to ask ourselves why this is so, because the same thing does not happen in countries like the Cayman Islands, St Vincent and Dominica."
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Why imprison for sexual preference? (Observer Letter)

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Dear Editor,

This is in response to the November 26 letter "Perverted" in the Observer. Like the writer, I find homosexual practices repulsive and as such would not knowingly keep a gay man as a friend. However, let's look at the bigger picture. Consenting adults indulging in homosexual acts behind closed doors is not Jamaica's biggest problem.

What I find more disturbing is the increasing incidence of sexual abuse against our minors - girls and boys. Fathers and stepfathers are molesting their daughters and sons in some cases. It's a known fact that in some garrison areas dons have their way with whichever girls they choose. My heart goes out to these defenceless children who are robbed of their innocence. It puzzles me that as a society we are so caught up in our stance against homosexuals and yet very little is said or done to combat sexual abuse of our minors.


Be honest with me, don't you think that this issue deserves more attention than homosexuality? The dancehall DJs flog this homosexual argument to death but very rarely do I ever hear any of them "licking out" against sexual abuse. When are we ever going to learn? Just so you know, there is not a law against homosexuality as such in Jamaica. The law that you are referring to is against buggery. Buggery is defined as anal sex, whether between homosexual or heterosexual couples. So you think a man should be sent to prison for having anal sex with his wife? Besides, I still think it ridiculous for someone to be sent to prison for their sexual preference. Think on these things.


Greg Johnson

gregj44@hotmail.com

Uganda's anti-gay bill causes Commonwealth uproar

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Courtesy of House Of Rainbow MCC Lagos Nigeria
Proposed law that would impose life imprisonment on homosexuals has the potential to divide leaders at summit.

The Commonwealth convenes for a summit this week amid growing furor over a proposed law that would impose life imprisonment on homosexuals in Uganda, whose President is chairing the gathering.

The law, proceeding through Uganda's Parliament and supported by some of its top leaders, would imprison anyone who knows of the existence of a gay or lesbian and fails to inform the police within 24 hours. It requires the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” – defined as any sexual act between gays or lesbians in which one person has the HIV virus.
The controversy is growing because Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is the chairman of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, which opens on Friday with Stephen Harper joining the leaders of 52 other countries.

If it is raised at the summit, the issue has the potential to divide Commonwealth leaders, who hold deeply polarized views on homosexuality. A number of Commonwealth countries, including Canada and Britain, have liberal views on the subject, but many African and Caribbean nations are socially conservative and maintain laws on their books that criminalize homosexuality.
Activists are urging the Commonwealth to make it clear that it will suspend Uganda's membership if the law passes.

Human-rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have condemned the bill. They say it is a product of a campaign by evangelical churches and anti-gay groups that has led to death threats and physical assaults against Ugandans suspected of being gay.

The governments of the United States and France have criticized the proposed law, with France expressing “deep concern.”

In Ottawa Tuesday, a spokesman for Mr. Harper also criticized the bill, using words that were virtually identical to the official U.S. comment of several weeks ago. “If adopted, a bill further criminalizing homosexuality would constitute a significant step backwards for the protection of human rights in Uganda,” said Dimitri Soudas, a spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office.
“Canada has clearly spoken out against human-rights violations committed against persons on the basis of their sexual orientation and we urge states to take all necessary measures to ensure that sexual orientation and gender identity may under no circumstances be the basis for criminal penalties, in particular executions, arrests, or detention.”

By chairing the summit without opposing the anti-homosexuality law, the Ugandan President “makes a mockery of Commonwealth principles,” Stephen Lewis, the former United Nations envoy on AIDS in Africa, said in a speech in Trinidad Tuesday. “This intended anti-homosexual statute has the taste of fascism.”

“The credibility of the Commonwealth is hanging by a spider's thread,” he said. “The putative legislation declares war on homosexuality. … What is put at risk here – beyond the threat of the death penalty for HIV-positive homosexuals – is the entire apparatus of AIDS treatment, prevention and care.”

The private member's bill was introduced last month by a Ugandan backbencher who described homosexuality as a “creeping evil.” The bill has not been formally endorsed by Mr. Museveni, but his government has allowed it to proceed through Parliament, and some of his top officials have praised it.

Analysts are predicting that the law will be approved by Parliament with only minor revisions. A senior government member, Ethics and Integrity Minister James Nsaba Buturo, said he views the bill “with joy” because it will “provide leadership around the world.”

The law would impose a sentence of life imprisonment on anyone who “penetrates the anus or mouth of another person of the same sex with his penis or any other sexual contraption.” The same penalty would apply if he or she even “touches another person with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality.”

The law requires a three-year prison sentence for anyone who is aware of evidence of homosexuality and fails to report it to the police within 24 hours. It allows for the prosecution of Ugandans who engage in homosexual acts in foreign countries. And it imposes a prison sentence of up to seven years for anyone who defends the rights of gays and lesbians.

These clauses have “a powerful Orwellian flavour” and reflect a “twisted world of sexual paranoia,” Mr. Lewis said in his speech to the Commonwealth People's Forum, a civil-society group. “Can you imagine a father or a mother turning in a son or daughter? Can you imagine a teacher ratting on a student? But that's exactly what this law requires. I've truly never seen its like before.”

Mr. Lewis, co-director of Aids-Free World, an international advocacy organization, noted that many other countries have laws against sodomy. “But nothing is as stark, punitive and redolent of hate as the bill in Uganda. Nothing comes close to such an omnibus violation of the human rights of sexual minorities,” he said.

“What is truly staggering about all of this is that not a peep of skepticism or incredulity has come from President Museveni.”

The proposed law would “demonize homosexuality” and “intensify stigma,” driving gays underground and making it much more difficult to prevent the spread of AIDS, Mr. Lewis said.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Beenieman axed from European concert

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Beenie Man is "heartbroken" at his axing from the Big Day Out after concerns were raised over homophobic lyrics in some of the Jamaican reggae artist's songs.

The controversial artist was axed just a week after being named to play at the Big Day Out in Auckland on January 15 after an outcry from gay rights groups.

Organisers said "the depth of feeling and hurt amongst these groups has convinced us that for us to proceed with his Big Day Out appearances was, and would continue to be, divisive amongst our audience members and would mar the enjoyment of the event for many".

But in an email sent to GayNZ.com and other media, titled I Do Not Condone Act Of Violence Toward Others, Beenie Man - real name Moses Davis - said his lyrics were misunderstood because of cultural differences.

"People sometimes may misunderstand my lyrics because of slang, metaphors, jargons and dialect; it is not intended to be harmful," he said.

"We live in a diverse society, the haves, have-nots, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Atheists, light and dark skinned, homosexuals and heterosexuals. At times we wrongly ridicule each other for beliefs. One thing we have in common, we are all human beings and should strive for peace, equality and love.

"I want my music to bring people together and for them to dance, feel good and enjoy it."

He said his controversial songs - which include the lyrics, "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays" - were directed at men who exploited young boys, not homosexuals.

"I wrote the lyrics at a point in my life when I younger and was seeing a lot of exploitation of poor and defenseless young boys in the garrison - where I too was born - by rich men," he said in the email.

"When I wrote the lyrics boys were raped and murdered often - even recently a nine-year-old went to buy cigarettes for a man, came back and was raped and murdered. The act of sodomy was my concern when I wrote the song.

"I realize that those men were not gays but were predators or paedophile which is not a common word in my dialect hence the perception when generalising. I am older and realised the difference after.

"I have worked with gays and lesbians on videos and photo shoots and they have done great. I do not sing or perform any of those songs nor promote any violence on stage. I have been performing all over the world and there hasn't been any issues of recent."

He said he was disappointed to no longer be performing in Australia or New Zealand and asked Big Day Out organisers to apologise to him.

Ad Feedback "I realize that I have never been to your country and what was old forgotten news in which I have apologised, is now new news because of me coming and now it's your turn for an apology. I am a music ambassador for the world and the last thing I would want to do is spread hate or violence towards others.

"Please know that I am sincere and right now I am proposing peace, one world... One Love regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation and nationality."

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Bizarre commentary by Jamaican literature prof on violent lyrics

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Udo Schuklenk, Ethics Proffessor and Journalist responds to Miss Carolyn Coopers' piece in the Gleaner 01.11.09 on Buju Banton's original sin (see posted below)

"Part of the responsibility for this, it has been suggested by some, are antigay violent lyrics by local artists calling in their songs for the murder of gays and lesbians. Here's the take of a local academic arguing that gays and lesbians who call for such artists' concerts to be canceled and boycotted are 'pathological'. Check out her take on the issue first, and then read my commentary below. I sent it to the paper that published her OpEd, I doubt you will see mine there, though."

To whom it may concern:

Professor Cooper's editorial, well-intentioned and unusually considerate (by Jamaican standards) doesn't add up. She complains essentially that a Jamaican singer whose repertoire included a song calling for the killing of gay people is still subjected to boycott campaigns by gays and lesbians in other countries. She calls such campaigns 'perverse'. Cooper considers the offending song's lyrics 'infamous', however anyone not wanting the singer to perform in their neighbourhood is acting under a 'particularly perverse pathology'. Really, is my attempt at keeping such artists out of my country sick, Professor Cooper? So, our Jamaican artist sings infamous songs, while those who would be at the receiving end of his murderous art are sick (aka pathological). Nice touch professor, truly a well-balanced statement. You should be safe in homophobic Jamaica (whatever that means these days).

What reasons has Professor Cooper on offer for her take on the issue?

Well, for starters, she points out that our artist hero hasn't sung the song in question for awhile and launched recently a CD hoping it would be bought by amongst others gays, lesbians, and - guess what - even slim people. Let me just say that to the best of my knowledge, he has not yet apologized and retracted the song in question. That a more market savvy performer tries to increase market share is understandable, but surely shouldn't be seen as evidence for a changed mind set.

Comes the professor's next reason: the US based ACLU is defending the artist's 'right' to perform. The ACLU, of course, also defends the KKK's right to propagate its racist views in public. It's the result of a particularly silly bit of US Constitution that puts virtually no limits on speech acts, unlike any other country in the world. You could not make such statements anywhere in Europe (neither the Jamaican artist's 'lyrics' nor the KKKs racist rabble-rousing). The result is that such societies are more cohesive and peaceful than the USA.

And another lost-case type argument from our literary professor. She claims, citing an unsubstantiated statement from an ACLU activist, that there is no causal evidence that hate speech calling for violence against minority groups leads to such violence. There is an obvious reason for this: actions usually have multiple causes, some conscious, others unconscious. We do know that propaganda works; why it shouldn't work in a pathologically homophobic place such as Jamaica remains a mystery to me. Gay people have experienced time and again spikes in anti-gay violence following high-profile homophobic statements by artists or politicians and the like. Equally, many minority ethnic people in Britain were deeply incensed when the BBC permitted recently the BNP leader Nick Griffin to speak on a program. They pointed out that the mainstreaming of racism will undoubtedly lead to an increase in racist violence. I wonder whether Professor Cooper fully appreciates the implications of her feeble attempt at denying the link between homophobic statements calling for violence against gays and lesbians and the occurrence of such violence.

Her last unsubstantiated claim is that fans potentially engaging in homophobic violence would not do so after dancing to artists' tunes encouraging them to kills gays and lesbians. Is she seriously suggesting that there might be people out there who were considering killing gays and lesbians and then these folks get prevented from doing this because they attend a concert with an artists calling on them to go through with their tentative plans? What can I say, this surely is a breathtaking empirical claim without any basis in fact.

So, there you go, now you know why us folks outside your island go out of our way to have your violence and art kept where it belongs, namely on your island - as your problem, not ours. Let Buju apologise for this song and we will welcome him with open arms.

A reponse from "No special rights for gays" writer

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No special rights for gays post had a letter that was originally published in the Gleaner 30.10.09 to which I had responded to the writer, Michael Dunn. He has responded in bold lettering I might add. Clearly this is one of the Jamaican christian bigots living in the US of all places and then turning to criticise gays here. Hypocritical is putting it midly I say. I decided to publish this exchange just to show the ridiculous notions some people have of GLBTQ people even when they are living in a first world country one would think experience should teach some wisdom. I am not gonna waste my time any further with this individual.

Here is the reponse:
I realise that my letter to the editor has stirred up some ants nest amongst your kind but let me state that even though you are drawing my attention to President Obama being the most outspoken President on gay rights and him signing the bill expanding the law against hate crimes to include disabled, gender and gays (noticably last on the list), may I also direct your attention to the fact that he is also the first President to have brought so publicly to the White House the real meaning of upholding ideal marriage values that should exist between a man and a woman and their kids which he is hoping will be a learning curve to change the loss of sanctity to marriage which the American society has suffered over the years.

Those in the know also will tell you that the strong spiritual beliefs of President Obama does not allow him to accept a homosexual relationship as a personal endorsement but the game of politics is one which politicians play more out of expediency than personal beliefs.The nature of hate crimes in the USA is substantially different from Jamaica. Gays here are less likely to be attacked in public than Jamaica because the USA is not a homophobic society but the passage of this bill will do very little to protect them any further than the passage of the bill to protect blacks has done to protect them against hate crimes. In Jamaica, the facts are that most homosexuals who have been murdered had it done to them by their own lovers because of the high degree of jealousy which exist within that group, platonic relationships is a prohibition.

The be all and end all of this whole debate is that there is no need to waste legislative time formulating bills to protect any special group when the spiritual culture of that society such as the USA and Jamaica will never embrace it or even for that matter obey it and finally, you are asking us to extend tolerance as mere mortals, have you all asked God, who is immortal, what is his tolerance level to the reprobation of mankind, whom he created, to this immoral activity considering his response to Sodom and Gomorrah and how accepting will he be of your kind when he returns to judge mankind? also bear in might that drawing corrulations to wife beating, child abuse, rape, etc. does not add any credence to the acceptance of your nasty activities and no one will convince me that God created intimacy to be fulfilled in a lateral relationship as man+man or woman+woman and it was never his plan for kids to be raised in such relationships as he would have made it possible to reproduce in such a unit. I will not step back on my campaign against any special recognition for gays both here in the USA and my country of birth, Jamaica.
Take heed.

I made myself a promise not to argue with homosexuals about what's right or wrong because inherently, most of them know that that type of relationship is totally wrong because no one was created by a Holy God to have homosexual intentions, that is clear by how we were physically built and the natural tendencies that were instilled in us. Regardless of what anyone may say, homosexuallity is an acquired and learnt behaviour brought on by sinful intentions.It is none of your business why I choose to live in the USA and just to inform you that if the USA was a homophobic society much of what I encounter on a daily basis in public places would not outlive the light of day in Jamaica.
The views I hold for Jamaicans are the same I hold here because the natural laws of God are increasingly being pressured here and therefore I have to join those to help push back these forces of evil. I would ask you kindly to lay off and consider this coversation closed because if you continue, I will take pleasure in verbally hitting where it hurts.
MIKEY-D.
Optimist by Nature.....One Love!!

my final email:
No one is asking anyone to accept homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle, if so point out where that was done, don't just spew things without proper references.

Contrary to your belief that the US is not a homophobic society ... why would a hate crimes bill be needed ...think carefully before typing and don't let emotions crowd rational reasoning.

Only recently there was an incident caught on tape (unfortunately removed from YouTube) of a man attacked by two men. Plus the recent set of transgender attacks which include murders the difference is the system is designed to deal with issues like those hence the hate crimes bill again, if it weren't for the parents of Matthew agitating and using the respective legal recourses well ................

Even if the president does not support gay marriage as you have espoused he recognises that people are to be recognised which is the germane of the points, who people choose to sleep with or have a long term relationship with is not for anybody to judge or speculate after all it's the same Bible parts of which are conveniently used to beat us to the ground that says "Judge not lest ye be judged" then it's no wonder the opposition between pro and anti gay support are and will be always at odds until we agree to have tolerance.

Your response also missed the real reason as you had said for the letter which is the Gleaner's editorial are your views the same since my response?

Marriage Issue:
As far as I am concerned marriage over the centuries have been redefined to make it look the way it looks now and is more a legal process than a ceremonial one. The cohabitation issues that follow the recognised public union between two people is left up the to individuals so united.

When gay groups or individuals ask for "MARRIAGE EQUALITY" it is not to live as a man and a woman and the misconception is pushed to bolster the anti gay position but to gain the relevant benefits accompanying the legally recognised union. That is the main thrust for demanding that recognition. Benefits such as death, health, pension including spousal is what counts.

I am certain you were addressed respectfully in my response but then again I don't expect better from folks these days who are clearly intolerant yet christian.

As Mr Ian Boyne puts it in his article today the discussions are too loaded with emotions and must be done in a rational and calm setting.

The JFJ Gleaner piece today as well clearly has shown the importance of rights equitably and justly distributed and the weakness of leadership in Jamaica. It is kinda hypocritcal for you to have left Jamaica I assume to live in the US where gays and other peoples exist under laws and a justice sytem that recognises them then to criticise Jamaica from there. HHmmmmm

Mr. Seaga has also has a piece on the key points of the Charter I suggest you peruse it.

No one was suggesting you step back from anything what are people like you afraid of that makes you get so defensive when someone suggest equality or tolerance specifically to LGBT issues. If homosexuality was contagious you would have had already as during your lifetime you have come across a gay person openly or clandestine.

As for murders real gays don't have to pretend to be gay in order to "eat a food" and when the hand is pulled then violence sets in. Read between the lines.

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Carolyn Cooper on Buju Banton's original sin

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Miss Cooper (dressed in white) was present at Buju's CD launch on April 22, 2009.
please also see, Buju Banton has to rethink The "Fax Machine" comments from GJW that has a related piece of his album launch.

Miss Cooper writes:
Like many fundamentalist Christians in Jamaica (and across the globe), Buju Banton was taught to take the Bible literally. According to Genesis Chapter 1, "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

Chapter 2 is a different story. God first made man then realised He had made a mistake: "And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make an helpmeet for him." God takes one of the ribs of man and makes woman.

In this rib-tickling version, woman is not conceived as the partial reflection of a God who is jointly male and female. She is a glorified helper. Having started life as one of the ribs of man, she is stuck to his side. She has no agency. Her sole function is to make life easy for 'bafan' man. "Is not me seh so; is di Bible." Despite these variations, the moral is the same: the pairing of male and female is divinely ordained.

Not surprisingly, the second creation story introduces the subject of sex. 'Man a yard' quickly realises that woman, this gift of God, can serve a delightful purpose: "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."

The wicked serpent 'mash up di dolly house' by inveigling them to disobey God and eat what they were not supposed to eat. 'Dem bow.' Thanks to the devil, sex was pathologised for good. The man and the woman discovered that nakedness was shameful.

ABOMINABLE HOMOSEXUALITY

Furthermore, the Bible condemns variations on the coupling of male and female. In both the Old and New Testaments there are recurring warnings about the fundamental evil of homosexuality. Leviticus 20:13 explicitly sentences homosexuals to death: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

Here is the genesis of the bloody lyrics of many dancehall DJs. Fundamentalist Christian interpretations of the Bible provide the divinely sanctioned justification for attacking homosexuals. As an impressionable teenager, brought up in Jamaica, Buju Banton can be forgiven for composing the infamous lyrics of Boom By By . The story goes that he was inspired to write the lines in response to the rape of a boy by an adult male. The youthful DJ translated the archaic language of the King James Version of the Bible into graphic street talk. The imported Hollywood gun culture provided the primary image for the song in which the sound of bullets ricochets with rhythmic precision. In the best biblical tradition, the song called down judgement on sinners for the crimes of paedophilia, buggery and rape.

After 'Boom By By'

Buju Banton no longer includes Boom By By in his performance repertoire. I speculate that, like many liberated Christians, the mature artist now knows that you really can't take everything in the Bible literally. Both adulterers and homosexuals are sentenced to death in the same chapter of Leviticus. So why attack only homosexuals?

It could also be a case of responding to the pressures of the market. At the April launch of his Rasta Got Soul CD at the University of the West Indies, Buju said his music was for everybody: "the young, the old, the gay, the lesbian, the obese, the slim."

But some hard-core gay-rights activists will have none of it. They are fixated on Boom By By. Buju's US tour this year has been bedevilled by protests and show cancellations. It makes you wonder if it's not a particularly perverse pathology that makes these activists hug up Boom By By.

Is not an easy road

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has now said that enough is enough. A joint statement issued by Howard Simon, executive director, and Robert Rosenwald, director of the Union's, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) Advocacy Project, condemns the censorship of Buju Banton and the cancellation of concerts.

Simon and Rosenwald rightly argue that "the Buju Banton song in question is vile and offensive. But despite its hateful message, it is protected speech under the Constitution." They also assert that, "as to the claim that the song lyrics are incitement, Banton has sung his song many times, including during a previous appearance in Miami, with no ensuing violence. There is no basis to make the leap from a hateful and offensive pop song to incitement to riot".

Lyrical violence may even be cathartic. It could be a cleansing alternative to literal acts of violence. If the ancient Greeks could have had their catharsis in the theatre, why can't Jamaican youth have theirs in the dancehall?

Is not an easy road. Buju Banton is still being victimised because of a single song recorded more than two decades ago. Jamaican proverbial wisdom warns, "is not everything good to eat good to talk." Or in this instance, "is not everything not good to eat good to talk." Is a pity Buju didn't learn this fundamental lesson early in his career.

Carolyn Cooper is professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Send feedback to: karokupa@gmail.com

Friday, October 30, 2009

No special rights for gays (Gleaner Letter 30.10.09)

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The Editor, Sir;
I see where an editorial in this newspaper has chastised both the prime minister and leader of the Opposition for not pushing to have special protection rights for violence against homosexuals inserted in the Charter of Rights Bill now before the Jamaican House of Representatives.

I am in total opposition to the views of this editorial. I am sure the writer is aware we already have laws to deal with crimes and violence against the person.

Anyone, be he preacher, teacher, gay or straight, having any act of violence committed against him or herself, has protection under existing laws.

Global campaign

Gays have stepped up their campaign across the globe, seeking new legislative protection for their behaviour in public places.

But bowing to these gay rights activists by providing them with separate laws from the rest of the citizenry would only be adding status to their behaviour which is best kept indoors to avoid any violent response, especially in a homophobic society such as Jamaica's.

Laws should never be enacted for special interests because with such precedence just about every interest group would start lobbying for their own agendas.

To add insult to injury, gays seem to be on a lobby, both in Jamaica and the United States, to make the act of extortion a legal entity in their now noted demands of monetary compensation from sales of music by artistes who verbally oppose them. Should recording artistes now lobby for laws to protect them from extortion by gays? No, there is already an existing law to convict extortionists.

Laws are enacted to convict the lawless, whether the offence committed is carried out against gays or straight and, therefore, I trust the passage of the Charter of Rights Bill will give no special legal rights to any persons or groups above any other.

I am, etc.,

MICHAEL DUNN
micberd@yahoo.com
Tampa, Florida

here is my email to him:
Sir,

Nobody is asking for special rights for gays if you haven't noticed President Obama signed the Hate Crimes Bill a day ago maybe you ought to read the document and see what it says.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:S.909:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO-xUV61eUI&feature=player_embedded here is his message after signing listen carefully to the reasons for doing so.

President Obama on his feet:
"This not about our laws but who we are as a people, it's about whether we value one another whether we embrace our differences than allowing them to becoming a source of malice ....... the moment we fail to see in another our common humanity, the very moment we fail to recognise in a person the same fears and hopes, same passions and imperfections the same dreams we all share .. are free and equal .... able to persue their own version of happiness"

The main thrust of the Gleaner's Editorial was to highlight the weakness of our local politicians to see it as President Obama and many others including Jamaica sees it respect people for people.

The Charter or Rights is to replace section 3 of the Constitution is is not laws but a raft of
rights and freedoms as stated by categories which in the original 1999 and 2006 Joint Select Cmt reports had discrimination by sexual orientation incuded until it was removed out of fear that gays may ask for marriage rights.
So so callled gay marriage rights is now the "red herring" to push for overlooking this section and gay persons all together.
Don't confuse rights vs laws they are separate things in as far as drafting them.

Its about everyone within their space operating freely without fear or favour and tolerance our politicians are nowhere near this kind of realisation and pander to the hate implied sounds as espoused in your letter without fairly looking at the BIGGER issues involved.

I suggest also you get a copy of the hansard notes or the Joint select cmt report and see what actually transpired.

Music:
No one is trying to stop Buju Banton or any other artist from living or saying their piece but there must be a clear distinction between messages of peace, love etc vs inciting violence, hate and bigotry on any group or individual simply because of a misconception of a lifestyle. Be aware that gays also attend Buju's shows especially in their own backyard of San Fran and of course he with his management used the meeting issue as a public relations stunt as any American pop star would to get mileage, just another day in Entertainment goings.

Interestingly these same dancehall artists who some stoutly defend treat women as sex objects, gang warfare (as in the present Gully Gaza madness between Vybz Kartel and Mavado) and promote death to police informants yet we don't have the same outcry about those from the critics and the religious groups.

Simply put sir, tolerance is they key just as how different church groups, religions and races exist.

Respectfully
Peace

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hate Crime Bill goes into Law in the US .... will Jamaican cowardly politicians learn?

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President Obama signed major civil rights legislation on Wednesday, making it a federal hate crime to assault people based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity. The new measure expands the the scope of a 1968 law that applies to people attacked because of their race, religion or national origin. The U.S. Justice Department will have expanded authority to prosecute such crimes when local authorities don't.

The provision, called the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is attached to a defense authorization bill. It is named after Matthew Shepard, a gay college student tortured and killed in 1998, and James Byrd Jr., a black man who was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death the same year.
The measure expands current hate crimes law to include violence based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. To assure its passage after years of frustrated efforts, Democratic supporters attached the measure to the must-pass defense policy bill over the steep objections of many Republicans.
The measure was a priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., that had been on the congressional agenda for a decade. During the signing ceremony, Obama acknowledged Shepard's mom, Judy, and remembered that he had told her this day would come. He also gave a nod to Kennedy's family. Going forward, Obama promised, people will be protected from violence based on "what they look like, who they love, how they pray or why they are."

Read or watch President Obama's remarks before signing the legislation:
After more than a decade of opposition and delay, we've passed inclusive hate crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray, or who they are. I promised Judy Shepard, when she saw me in the Oval Office, that this day would come, and I'm glad that she and her husband Dennis could join us for this event. I'm also honored to have the family of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who fought so hard for this legislation. And Vicki and Patrick, Kara, everybody who's here, I just want you all to know how proud we are of the work that Ted did to help this day -- make this day possible. So -- and thank you for joining us here today. (Applause.) So, with that, I'm going to sign this piece of legislation.

Read more HERE





Jamaicans politicians need to take a page out of Obama's book in leading from the front with tolerance and inclusion albeit it came out of a tragic loss of a life but at least the corrective measure will seek to guarantee rights for persons despite their orientation yet our leaders and a bigoted Joint Select Committee sought to remove the word "gender" in fear that gays will ask for marriage rights. The tyrannical majority rules, so what about the protection of the minority which is the essence of democracy?

Our cowardly leaders playing to the so called popular view to sure up political capital instead of doing the right thing.

see the post below The ambit of democracy (Gleaner letter 29.10.09) elaborating on the importance of rights to everyone, even the minority.

Great move US and the Obama Administration.

H

The ambit of democracy (Gleaner letter 29.10.09)

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The Editor, Sir:

With respect to the letter of Everal Edwards, published October 28, under the title, 'Clearly Ridiculous', I feel compelled to point out the danger inherent in the sentiment he expresses.

The moment a society begins to cater solely to the views of the majority to the clear exclusion of a specific, or all minority groups, then that society is no longer operating within the ambit of democracy.

These undemocratic societies are then perpetually in pursuit of the dynamic status quo as they pander to the common denominator, sacrificing the essence of harmonious inclusion and space for amicable disagreement that defines democracy.

The purpose of law and government is to create a system of harmony all the time protecting the weak from the strong, advancing the welfare of all. Once that philosophy has been compromised, the resulting dysfunctional society must assess itself and try and correct its mistakes or injustice will persist.

Vitriolic rhetoric

The fact that such vitriolic rhetoric is coming from Jamaica, a society built on slavery (including mental slavery) is not entirely surprising but certainly not excusable. In fact, like South Africa, Jamaica should rise and be a beacon of hope for the oppressed in an increasingly hostile world, pointing to the right direction for the future of mankind.

I am, etc.,

BRIAN-PAUL WELSH

brianpaul.welsh@gmail.com


Kingston

ENDS


Here is the original letter Mr. Welsh responded to above:


The Jamaica Gleaner

Clearly ridiculous!

Published: Wednesday | October 28, 2009

THE EDITOR, Sir:

WITH RESPECT to Monday's editorial, 'Golding and Simpson Miller failed to lead', I find your conclusion a wholly ridiculous and disingenuous position to take.

The Charter of Rights, and any other law, must reflect the common or most common position of the people in whose interest it is being enacted. There is nothing in the charter that gives anyone the right to abuse or discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation.

What does the writer of the editorial expect? That the norms and values of the majority should take second place to those of a minority because the latter have access to media, influence and the proverbial 'commanding heights of the economy'?

I am, etc.,
Everal Edwards
everal.edwards@gmail.com
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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 outmaneuvering 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 violated. 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

What to do


a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone

b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council

c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state

d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police

e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number

f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided

g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence

h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail

i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail

j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence

Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

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1) Call 119 or go to the station or the police arrives depending on the severity of the injuries

2) The report must be about the incident as it happened, once the report is admitted as evidence it becomes the basis for the trial

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4) The description must be clearly stated; describing injuries directly and identifying them clearly, show the doctor the injuries clearly upon the visit it must be able to stand up under cross examination in court.

5) Misguided evidence threatens the credibility of the witness during a trial; avoid the questioning of the witnesses credibility, the tribunal of fact must be able to rely on the witness’s word in presenting evidence

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