Saturday, March 7, 2009
Hay said the average heterosexual man would be offended if another man approached him seeking to be intimate with him, while the average homosexual man might not be offended and could regard it as a compliment.
Hay said Pusey chose to go to Kings' house with a ganja spliff, which he said he smoked while he was there. She said Pusey might have regarded it as a compliment when King approached him and would not have been offended that he was having an affaire with Ambassador Peter King, who was a "big man" in the society. Hay told the jurors that if they found that Pusey was gay, then they would have to apply that reasoning.
shorts and socks
The jurors were also asked to bear in mind that the prosecution's witnesses said that Pusey was dressed in shorts and socks when they saw him with King in the kitchen downstairs.
"He picked up himself and went into the man's bedroom and was in there watching television for one and a half hours," Hay said. She pointed out that Pusey must have been gay to do such a thing.
Hay referred to the evidence of the doctor who examined Pusey one year after the incident. She said the doctor said he had not seen any recent sexual penetration but the doctor could not to say if Pusey was gay. She asked the jury to find that from the severe injuries found on King's body, that Pusey had intended to kill him.
King was fatally stabbed and chopped at his home at 11A Waterloo Road, St Andrew, between March 19 and 20, 2006. Pusey, who is being represented by defence lawyer Berry Bryan, said in his defence, that King attempted to rape him and Pusey took a knife and stabbed him.
Also check out http://tlctugger.com/ for foreskin regeneration info/devices and how to restore slack shaft skin explicit video.
Friday, March 6, 2009
She referred to comments defence lawyer Berry Bryan had made that King, 64, was a "disgusting sodomite" and said the words used to describe King were vile because some people believe homosexuals do not have a right to life.
Hay told the 12-member jury that if a person made a particular choice (as to sexual preference), then other people could not decide if that person should live or die.
Sheldon Pusey, 25, a waiter and carpenter, has been on trial in the Home Circuit Court since January 19 for King's murder. King was fatally stabbed and chopped between March 19 and 20 at his Waterloo Road, St Andrew, home.
Pusey said in his defence that he went to King's house about a job and King was attempted to "rape" him and he stabbed him.
Hay advised that Pusey said he was not a homosexual but "if you accept the evidence that he was in under pants with another man who was in underpants or naked downstairs in a kitchen, then the jury could come to the view that Pusey was a homosexual".
She also told the jury that if they accepted that King's semen was on a towel on which Pusey's blood was found, then "you can come to the view that Pusey was gay".
She called on the jury not to have any bias because when the Crown opened its case they were told that King was a homosexual. She said Bryan in his address told them that King was a notorious homosexual.
She asked the jury to consider what Pusey was doing in King's bedroom watching television and why was Pusey answering questions posed to him by a doctor in relation to how he got his nails to be so shiny.
In response to Berry's comments that the prosecution had suppressed an important piece of evidence, particularly two knives which were taken from King's house, Hay said the knives were not relevant to the case. She said all exhibits and documents were available to Bryan and if he wanted, he could have put the knives in evidence.
Hay asked the jury to consider the evidence which the prosecution put before them and return a true verdict.
The verdict will be given next week.
But since these studies were published, sliced foreskins have replaced sliced bread as the next best thing. Bad puns and gory images aside, the avid support for male circumcision among public health professionals, funders, and the public alike has often failed to ask the simple question: What does this mean for women?
Circumcision itself does not offer a man's current partner(s) (female or male) any protection from contracting HIV. Many men -- newly or previously circumcised -- assume that circumcision will fully protect them from HIV, so they feel inclined to "reap the benefits" by pushing for sex without condoms, jeopardizing their own health and that of their partner(s). Moreover, after the operation, many men do not wait the requisite six weeks to let the wound heal before having sex – again, putting their lives and that of their partner at risk. Surely, there may be some indirect benefits to women. For example, expectations of the surgery may bring men into local clinics that would not otherwise visit health services, and this can provide an opportunity to educate men on safe sex and provide access to male and female condoms.
But we all need to get our facts straight. This week, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC), and Family Health International (FHI) launched a website -- the Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision - to do just that. Their page about the effects of adult male circumcision on women's health includes some useful resources. Also check out Straight Talk About Male Circumcision - a post by Kate Bourne, the Vice President of International Policy & Regional Programs at IWHC, to learn more about what male circumcision means for women.
J-FLAG seeks clarification from PM on maintenance of buggery law
Kingston --- March 5, 2009
The Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays is calling upon Prime Minister Bruce Golding to further clarify his recent statements about the maintenance of the law against buggery. We wish to know precisely what the Prime Minister means by buggery "in circumstances similar to rape or grievous assault" and what the implications of that are for consensual sex between men. We are also concerned about the tone of Mr. Golding's statement and note with amazement the Prime Minister's stance that the country's ‘Christian values’ should trump individual rights.
We wish to restate our problem with the buggery law as it applies to consenting adults. It is our belief that in a democracy, the definition of crime must relate to an act that creates a victim or victims. Consensual sex between men has no victims, which means that its criminalisation serves to protect no one. This makes men who engage in anal sex into un-apprehended criminals as well as creates a hurdle for those working in the fight against HIV. If, as Mr. Golding suggests, the maintenance of the provision is consistent with our values as a Christian society, he must explain why there are no laws to proscribe a number of other practices that Christians find offensive or sinful.
We maintain that as long as there are no laws against fornication or adultery, maintenance of a law against the sexual orientation neutral buggery is an act that targets gay men. In the absence of laws criminalising sexual and other sins, the anti-buggery prohibition is prejudicial, selective and discriminatory. We believe that Jamaica is a plural democracy and not a theocracy, and that the respect accorded to the views of a religious majority should in no way become the basis for discriminating against a minority.
It is therefore our view that the principle upon which the Prime Minister has argued for the maintenance of the provision against buggery is flawed. We believe that the primary concern of a Prime Minister should be with the protection of the innocent, not the criminalisation of sin.
Contact: Jason McFarlane
During the morning session, Stephen Langa told the group that homosexuality is a big problem in Uganda and the existing laws that criminalize gay people are not good enough. He claimed that gay rights activists recruit young people into homosexuality. Langa told the audience that he knows 2 girls at a particular boarding school who were given a lot of money by gay activists in Uganda to recruit their colleagues into lesbianism. "By the end of the year, they had managed to recruit 13 friends, all of whom were given money to recruit others," Langa alleged.
Don Schmierer, a member of the board of the American "ex-gay" organization Exodus International told participants that one of the biggest causes of homosexuality is the lack of "good upbringing" in families. He said that 56% of homosexuals experience abuse and violence in their families during their childhood. The abuse leads to pain, anger and hatred in the life of a child and this turns them into homosexuals.IGLHRC and SMUG will continue to monitor the situation and will post new updates on our blog as more information becomes available. The workshop will end on Saturday, March 7. To read the full account of today's event, please visit IGLHRC's blog: iglhrc.org/blog You can also read IGLHRC and SMUG's joint press release about this conference on our website: http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/pressroom/pressrelease/868.html
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Bryan's outbursts resulted in the judge later granting an early adjournment in the trial of 25-year-old Sheldon Pusey, who is charged with the murder of 64-year-old Ambassador Peter King.
Bryan was addressing the jury when he proceeded to mention to them certain rulings which the judge had made in the absence of the jury.
Prosecutor Caroline Hay objected to Bryan referring to the rulings in relation to tapes which were not in evidence and how the judge had ruled in relation to evidence to be given by a certain witness.
The judge told Berry he could not do that but Berry began shouting "I say it and I will say it again." He also accused the judge of supporting Hay in her objections.
The judge then walked out of court while Berry was still shouting and screaming. She returned to the bench a few minutes later and apologised to the jurors for her abrupt departure. She then adjourned the court.
When the trial resumes today, Berry will continue to address the jury. He began addressing the jury on Tuesday shortly after the defence closed its case. Berry, in his address to the jury, accused the prosecution of suppressing evidence, in particular two knives which Superintendent McArthur Sutherland said he got from King's house and took to the government forensic laboratory.
Pusey has been on trial in the Home Circuit Court since January 19.
The Crown is alleging that Pusey chopped and stabbed King at, his house at 11A Waterloo Road, St Andrew, between March 19 and 20, 2006.
Pusey said in his defence that he went to King about a job. He said King was forcing him to be intimate with him when he took a knife from a cup on a bedside table and stabbed King.
In the absence of leadership
These days the name Ernest Smith is likely to conjure up an image of a character with a bulbous red nose, in baggy costume, riding a unicycle. Except that Mr Smith's statements from the privileged sanctuary of Parliament are deathly serious and potentially deadly.
It is unfortunate, therefore, that Mr Smith's political leader and Jamaica's prime minister, Bruce Golding, has not yet found the will to confront him on the dangers of his incitement or to show visionary leadership on the gay debate.
Mr Golding prefers to be populist and expedient rather than standing for large principles, notwithstanding his statement - some will claim less than vigorous - in defence of the right to exist of organisations that promote gay rights.
This newspaper insists that the sexual orientation of an individual is of no concern to anyone but that person and his or her consenting adult sexual partner. And it is certainly not the business of the State, particularly one that professes to be a liberal democracy that believes in the primacy of the right of the individual as long as that person's behaviour does not impinge on the rights of others. Nor do we expect the State to employ an army of voyeurs to peep into bedrooms to pronounce on sexual behaviour or orientation.
In that context, it is not only archaic and silly, but an assault on human rights for Jamaica to maintain as a criminal offence the act of buggery, which is the basic expression of male homosexuality. The maintenance of this law helps to feed Jamaica's rampant homophobia as well as fuel this sense of moral rectitude on the part of those who, with a sense of impunity, commit violence against gay people. They do it because the State is, by and large, compliant.
We do not believe that shifting public attitude against homosexuality, especially among males, is without difficulty, or that insistence on their right to be gay is part of a larger principle that must be upheld. But no one ever said the leadership is easy, of which we remind Mr Golding who used to take high-minded positions.
We can assume Mr Smith, the legislator/lawyer who has vigorously called for the proscribing of the gay-rights organisation J-FLAG and the prosecution of its members, to be an intellectual luddite who has reached an evolutionary dead end. So, despite his invitation for a trampling of the Constitution, we might as well laugh - even if we know better and are aware of the danger. Hate can be a poisonous chalice, particularly for its victim.
There is small comfort in the fact that Mr Golding, the leader of all Jamaicans, disagrees with Mr Smith on the issue of proscription. But Mr Golding remains consumed by the crowd, incapable, or afraid, on this matter to reach for the greater ideals of leadership. So, thumpingly, he equates siding with rational argument in this debate with 'yield(ing) to the pressure' for the repeal of the buggery law.
Usually, though, it is easier to be populist. And perhaps more so in difficult economic times.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
In debating the proposed changes to the Offences Against the Person Act, Mr Golding said the crime of buggery, like rape would take on a penalty of life imprisonment on conviction.
But in a release this morning the Office of the Prime Minister sought to explain the statement.
It claimed that what the Prime Minister said was that where buggery is carried out in circumstances similar to rape or grievous assault, it would attract the same penalty, which will be life imprisonment or a term not less than 15 years.
During his contribution in the House last month, South West St Ann MP, Ernest Smith, charged that the punishment for buggery, which is a maximum of seven years, was not stiff enough and that homosexuals were abusive and violent.
He later called for the director of public prosecutions to instruct the police to charge members of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) with conspiracy to corrupt public morals.
However, Mr. Golding has distanced himself from Mr. Smith’s comments on homosexuality and the right of J-FLAG to exist.
The prime minister was himself criticised by gay-rights advocates following his statement during a BBC television interview in which he said gays would not be allowed in his cabinet.
Amdist the PM's claims here is a letter to the Gleaner editor - Gay psychology and Jamaica's homophobia
As a heterosexual (straight) man, I have always wondered why would another straight man hate a gay when our interests do not conflict. I have heard some psychologists attribute the basis of homosexuality to heredity and the environment. In other words, a person can be born gay or nurtured into a gay environment and both attributes must be present for a person to 'become' totally gay.
According to these psychologists, one attribute without the other, and a person could lead a quasi-normal life. Essentially, this means that a half-gay person can, and do get married and bear children. Under the mentioned circumstances, the misery of these individuals can never be discounted in the ways that they live their lives. Because: (1) they don't make good fathers because, deep down, they never wanted children; (2) they make even worst husbands, as they tend to be physically and verbally abusive; (3) they are confused and hence run from women to women trying to find themselves; and (4) they just do not like women.
Here is where the rubber hits the road - homophobia is an expression of self-hate. Some Jamaicans harbour serious hate for gay men because they internalise homosexuality - they imagine themselves doing the acts to other men and vice versa. Hence, they tend to feel dirty and rotten by the thoughts thus, by beating and even killing overtly gay persons, they are killing that aspect (the other half) of themselves.
It's rather interesting to hear the main reason given in Jamaica for homophobia, "the Bible says it's wrong". Yet, the very same people who quote the Bible will admit that they and those around them are not without sins - yet they are not as loathed and hated.
Trapped in straight cocoon
That should tell you, that not following all the precepts of the Bible is not the basis of the hate and homophobic behaviour that exist in Jamaica.
Put the pieces together, people. The only person who should hate a gay person is one to whom a gay person has done wrong, or one who does not want to imagine that deep down he is himself gay or not sure. In other words, he is a gay man trapped in straight cocoon, and wanting to get out.
Have you ever wondered why is it that whenever social stigma laxes, more gay people come out of the 'closet'? It is because they have always been gay, and rearing to get out (no pun intended).
Jamaica, as a society, should let its homosexual citizens be free to exercise their liberties, or the repercussion could be far-reaching. What would you rather see gay people do, marry each other or marry our daughters? If they marry each other, that's the end of the story. If they marry our daughters, they could invariably make a whole lot more little gay girls and little gay boys, walking around in straight cocoon, waiting for liberation.
As Jamaicans, let's ask ourselves, which scenario do we like best?
I am, etc.,
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
BY ALICIA DUNKLEY Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
PRIME Minister Bruce Golding was adamant yesterday that his Government would in no way bow to pressure from individual organisations, individuals, foreign governments or groups of countries to give a free rein to buggery.
Speaking in the House of Representatives while tabling additional amendments to the proposed Sexual Offences Bill now being debated by the House, Golding made it clear that he "will never support acts or threats of violence or intimidation in any shape or form against persons because of their sexual preferences and lifestyle". However, he also said that the Government would never give legal endorsement to such practices.
"We will never start peeping in anybody's bedroom to see what they are doing in privacy... but what we are not going to do is give official or legislative endorsement that holds that up and says this is a perfectly acceptable way to live," the prime minister said. "This Government is not going to do it."
"We are not going to yield to the pressure, whether that pressure comes from individual organisations, individuals, foreign governments or groups of countries to liberalise the laws as it relates to buggery," Golding said, noting that his Government has been "harshly criticised" by gay rights groups for its stance on homosexuality.
That criticism increased last year when Golding told a BBC interviewer in London that he would not allow homosexuals in his Cabinet.
Said Golding yesterday: "I have said before that every society is shaped and defined by certain moral standards... if we start to yield, if we start to liberalise in a direction that strong, organised lobby insists that we should, then where do you draw the line?"
The prime minister, however, distanced his administration from comments made recently by South West St Ann Member of Parliament (MP) Ernest Smith, intimating that homosexuals were violent and should not be allowed to form advocacy groups.
"I speak for the Government," he said. "I disagree with the comment he made about the right of persons who advocate for the liberalisation of laws to allow persons the right of choice in their sexual practices."
Golding said gay rights groups such as J-Flag had a right to exist and articulate their views based on the Constitution of Jamaica, a right enjoyed by all citizens of the country.
He further said any act of violence committed against such persons because of their sexual preferences must be pursued, investigated, prosecuted, and dealt with, with the same force and zealousness as any other crime.
Acts of buggery are punishable in Jamaica with up to 10 years in jail at hard labour.
Since the debate on the proposed Sexual Offence Bill there have been concerns over the disparity in the treatment of rape as against that for buggery with suggestions that the new Bill should also include provisions to allow the penalty for the offence of buggery to be as stringent as that for rape and other grievous sexual offences. Under the law, statutory rape and rape carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Golding yesterday said it has been agreed to make separate provision in the Sexual Offences Act to deal with the treatment of buggery.
Debate on the Sexual Offences Act 2008, which seeks to bring together all laws dealing with rape, incest and other sex crimes, began in the House of Representatives on January 27 this year, and is expected to continue during the next meeting of the House.
see also this Gleaner article:
Buggery laws firm - Prime Minister of Jamaica says life sentences for sex-offence breaches
- Could it be she was afraid of being exposed by the victim so she made the first move by exposing her?
- Was she straight and merely pretending to enjoy herself so as to observe the other woman's actions?
- Is it that she innocently told someone who in turn told someone else hence the grapevine phenom which led to the homohobic attack by 5 men in the area?
- Was it jealousy as we have seen in another case where a woman called a mob on another woman in a bid to "Teach her a lesson?" as the victim was dating an ex of hers.
Monday, March 2, 2009
All batty man fi dead! [All gays must be killed!
From you fuck batty den a coppa and lead
If you fuck ass, then you get copper and lead [bullets]
Nuh man nuh fi have a another man in a him bed
No man must have another man in his bed
Wha u nuh fi do, fuck bottom
Wha u nuh fi do, suck pum pum
Wha u nuh fi do, fuck bottom
Wha u nuh fi do, suck pum pum
Wha u nuh fi do, fuck bottom
Wha u nuh fi do, suck pum pum
wha u nuh fi do, fuck bottom
From u fuck well a copper an lead
nuh man nuh fi have aneda man inna him bed
naaaa aaaaaa, battyman fi dead (shot up dem bloodclaat)
Tell dem aready, mi nah go tell dem again
from u suck pussy u are not my friend
naaaa aaaaaa, bowcat fi dead (smaddy pass mi lass)
long time di battyman ting get fi cut out
all fish get gut out
Tink say a lie?
all dem eye we a cut out
How di man ting drop in?
an woman a get shut out
pop out mi glock an dem forhead we butt out
some gyal a lesbian, have nex gyal a suck out
u have some nasty boy have man tongue a suck out
u nuh nasty bloodclaat fi have a nex man a fuck out
battyboy head fi get pluk out
pum pum fi get tear out, some man a tun queer
pum pum roun a front , wha u doin at di rear
u inna reverse my ute change yuh gear
gyal say she want cocky u a tell her u scare
some man a tun pussy inna bulla an pear
can cook panty meat(?) caw yuh teet full a hair
some man a use dem hood cotch man like a chair
fi battyboy mi have some chat from Ziare
Eeh, if a Bob Marley tell dem say emancipate yuhself from mental slavery
a pare bumboclaat battyman dung a emancipation park
but mi nuh know a wha a gwaan a bloodclaat Jamaica u nuh
but my yute mi can tell u one bloodclaat ting
Serious my youth mi nah laugh
a mi glack a mek a walk a emancipation park
mi hear say battyboy down deh a tek photograph
an some head fi chop off an some life fi lock off
mi ago see if dem nah run when mi gun start bark
nuh pussy cyaa laugh when bad man a talk
unu push up unu head like some rassclaat girrafe
bus it inna two like moses staff
pick an stick a bare blood man a cough
More than 4,000 people have signed a petition on the Downing St website calling for an end to gay deportations.
It asks the Prime Minister to stop deporting gays and lesbians to countries where they may be imprisoned, tortured or executed because of their sexuality.
Among the signatories are actors Simon Callow and Cathy Tyson, playwright Jonathan Harvey, Labour MP Celia Barlow, Lib Dems Lorely Burt and Tom Brake and former Labour minister Stephen Twigg.
The deadline for signatures March 7th.
Green MEPs Jean Lambert and Caroline Lucas, Conservative MEP John Bowis, Labour MEPs Eluned Morgan, Claude Moraes and Glenys Kinnock and LibDem MPs Lynne Featherstone and Jo Swinson have also signed up.
The petition was initiated by the Reverend Walter Attwood.
"Given that the numbers of cases are so small and the situations which people are fleeing from so well documented, their stance is completely untenable," said gay asylum activist Paul Canning.
"It is also well-documented that homophobia exists in the Home Office so we simply do not believe their position that these cases are given 'due and fair consideration.'
"The Canadian Immigration Minister has just announced that he will consider using the services of lesbian and gay immigration groups to help bring genuine asylum seekers from Iran to his country.
"We believe that the Home Office should consider doing the same here.
"These groups are best positioned to weed out the genuine cases - those people who should be welcomed here as their cases are formally assessed.
"For the government to do otherwise would, we believe, highlight its hypocrisy when it comes to the situation of lesbians and gays overseas.
"We believe that the British people do not support the policies and actions of the Home Office.
"We believe that they recognise lesbians and gays fleeing regimes such as Iran as genuine asylum seekers of the sort this country has historically made welcome here.
"Please urge everyone you know to sign the petition so as many people as possible can send this message to Gordon Brown."
Lin Homer, chief executive of the Borders and Immigration Agency (BIA), has caused a furore amongst human rights groups last year when she said that judges should consider the "practical consequences" of sending gay asylum seekers back to their country of origin, and not that country’s social or legal views on homosexuality.
Ms Homer said that bans or conservative views on homosexuality in asylum seekers’ home countries are not reason enough to allow them to stay in Britain.
"What the court takes into account is the practical consequences for the individuals concerned," she said.
"The simple presence of either a law or a culture that frowns upon homosexuality is not of itself a reason [to grant asylum].
"I think these decisions are made carefully and thoughtfully."
Ms Homer insisted that the information used by the BIA when deciding whether to deport gay asylum seekers is thorough and accurate.
Last month the European Commission affirmed that persecution on grounds of sexual orientation is a legitimate justification for an asylum claim.
The question was prompted by an initial rejection in Cyprus of a claim by a gay Iranian asylum seeker, a rejection which was later overturned and the claim granted.
The Commission has confirmed that there is "an obligation on Member States to grant refugee status to persons who…. are found to have a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of membership of a particular social group, including a group based on a common characteristic of sexual orientation."
War of words between pro & anti gay activists on HIV matters .......... what hypocrisy is this?
Urgent Need to discuss sex & sexuality II
Calls for Tourism Boycotts are Nonsensical at This Time
(2014 protests New York)
Calling for boycotts by overseas based Jamaican advocates who for the most part are not in touch with our present realities in a real way and do not understand the implications of such calls can only seek to make matters worse than assisting in the struggle, we must learn from, the present economic climate of austerity & tense calm makes it even more sensible that persons be cautious, will these groups assist when there is fallout?, previous experiences from such calls made in 2008 and 2009 and the near diplomatic nightmare that missed us; especially owing to the fact that many of the victims used in the public advocacy of violence were not actual homophobic cases which just makes the ethics of advocacy far less credible than it ought to be.
See more explained HERE from a previous post following the Queen Ifrica matter and how it was mishandled
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What to do if you are attacked (News You Can Use)
Try to reason with the attacker: Establish communication with the person. This takes a lot of courage. However, a conversation may change the intention of an attacker.
Do not try anything foolish: If you know outmanoeuvring the attacker is impossible, do not try it.
Do not appear to be afraid: Look the attacker in the eye and demonstrate that you are not fearful.
This may have a psychological effect on the individual.
The police 119
Crime Stop 311
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
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