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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

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Give Gays A Break (Gleaner Letter)


It is almost eight months since Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was extradited. Some of us did not want him to go.

I, for one, wanted him to stay in Jamaica. I could walk into my community without fear of being called names or being beaten to death. I simply went to Dudus and told him that I am gay and just wanted to live in peace.

I wasn't there to cause trouble, and I am still alive.

A new adult club opened in Half-Way Tree and it is the only place where I can be me. I can dance with my partner, I can drink in peace. Recently, this club was visited by policemen and women, who do not wear any badge.

The vest had a silver tape obscuring their police number. They point their long guns at us and shone flashlights in our faces. They shouted bad things at us, and we felt threatened.

I only want to have a place where I can have a drink and dance. I am not on the street performing for any public and I am not making noise or disturbing the peace.

I feel my life is in danger from the police.

I am, etc.,


Tivoli Gardens

Jamaica Gleaner Company


My Notes:
The letter while in good spirits of asking to be left alone an just wanting a peaceful existence it seems to be coming at a time when there is pressure from the police in certain circles of lgbt people in Kingston in particular and that of the homeless MSMs (men who have sex with men) who are facing a new round of harassment from new faces at the police stations in the Half Way Tree and New Kingston areas due to the transfers that have been taking place.

I Have some concerns about this letter and if it was actually written by the so called Tivoli Gardens Resident given the sensitivities involved in inner city life and the actual naming of a private gay club's location. The area of Tivoli Gardens was in news of course with the controversial extradition issue of the Area leader Christopher "Dudus" Coke who himself has been ridiculed and made out a a closeted bisexual himself worse yet with the wig he was wearing at the time of his capture in the company of strangely enough anti-gay pastor Reverend Al Miller.

The recent problems too with certain party promoters and the police as well with rouge elements in the force with inside certain knowledge taking sides to discredit and disrupt the operations of other party promoters and club owners is not going down with some persons including myself in the community. It is reported that officers arrived recently at the venue alluded to in the letter above and were hurling abusive language at some of the persons who were attending a function that was in progress at the time. Sad that we have these persons associating with us which may only lead to our own harm.

There has been however some intervention from sections of the police high command in dealing with the attendant issues, those discussions are ongoing.

Peace and tolerance


Friday, February 4, 2011

Trans Horror in Honduras

In this picture the brutal beating of advocate and activist for the rights of transsexuals , barbara paola vargueza, president of an association in trans Honduras. May 13, 2009

L ' Honduras (officially República de Honduras ) is a nation of (112 492 km ², 7,326,496 inhabitants, with the capitalTegucigalpa ) 's Central American isthmus. It is the second poorest country in the Americas.

In the space of two months have killed six women transsexuals in this small town in America Centrale.I homicide rates in Honduras are the highest in Central America and are ten times higher than those in the United States.

From 28 June 2009 when there was a coup, began the murders, which amount to 34 deaths in the LGBT community, and many of them belong to the trans community.

The director of the Red Lesbian, Indyra Mendoza, said the killings have rocked the entire gay and trans communities in Honduras. "We need changes in laws and prevention programs to end discrimination in Honduras, because at the moment we are living our lives in hiding," he added.

In December, Lorenza Hernandez, a young trans woman of 23 years, raped, stoned to death and his body burned by members of a gang. That same month, Cheo, trans sex worker was found dead with a knife. Also in December, Lady Oscar Martinez Salgado, a 45 year old transgender woman is stabbed to death many times in his home and his body burned, allegedly by two strangers.

Earlier this month, Cheo, a young transgender woman was stabbed to death in a street in Tegucigalpa, Genesis, trans a wild woman between 23 and 27y.o., is strangled by unknown assailants. And a young transsexual is not identified, was killed with multiple gunshot wounds.

Human Rights Watch said that the six transgender women who were killed in the past two months have also been tortured.

The Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Ana Pineda, has condemned these hate crimes against the LGBT community in Honduras.

The main leaders of the LGBT community will ask the government to clarify these crimes.

In turn, the U.S. embassy in Honduras expressed concern at the six crimes against the community transsexual / transgender people, recalling that the Honduran laws offer protection to all its citizens regardless of sexual orientation and asked the police of 'in Honduras investigate these crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice and to take all necessary measures to ensure the protection of this community.


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

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

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

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

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

This may have a psychological effect on the individual.

Emergency numbers
The police 119

Kingfish 811

Crime Stop 311

Steps to Take When Contronted or Arrested by Police

a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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