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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, April 6, 2011

Rights and Wrongs of Jamaican Homosexuals 2011

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Following the recent passing of the Charter of Rights Bill after 19 years and the on again off again debate in Parliament the lgbt community is not covered in anyway in as far as direct protection against discrimination. Legal Advisor to AIDSFREEWORLD and open advocate Maurice Tomlinson prepared this set of presentations to show the disparities between what general coverage exists in the Charter presently vs the breaking of said rights and freedoms over these many years.







Peace and tolerance

H

President of the Senate warns against discrimination based on language, sexual orientation

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PRESIDENT of the Senate Dr Oswald Harding has urged that the issue of discrimination on the basis of language and sexual orientation not be swept under the carpet, with the passage of the long-awaited Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms which will replace Chapter III of the Constitution.

Speaking in the Senate last Friday during the clause-by-clause examination of that Bill, Dr Harding said his comment was prompted by a newspaper editorial titled "End discrimination towards gays now" which argued, among other things, that "legislators should expunge the buggery law, the main bit of existing legislation that makes homosexuality illegal" and questioned why the new Charter had provided for "no freedom from discrimination because of a person's sexual orientation".

HARDING… it is something that needs to be considered

Said Harding: "As someone who deals in philosophy of law, it is something that needs to be considered and I don't think we can just throw it out the window. The reason I say this (is that) we talk about parliamentary rights and freedoms but let us not make jokes about whether people have inclinations or so, the question is, it is an arising problem.

"I happen to have a lawyer who is on my staff and he wrote a letter to the newspaper and his life has been threatened. Now I don't think there is anything amusing about that, or anything to laugh about. We have two issues that we can't perhaps face now but the country needs to face; one is the question of our Creole language and whether it's recognised or not and there is the suggestion that speakers of Creole are disadvantaged. The second one is the question of the rights of people who have different sexual orientation," he continued, despite obvious signs of disagreement with the line of argument from some senators.

However, he said: "The question of marriage is quite a different matter, defined in our law as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others for life. I mention these things of course because they are not going to go away, they are going to come back long after we have shuttled off this mortal coil, those problems are still going to be here. These matters cannot be pushed under the mat, they are going to come again. We don't have to accept the views but at least we could give some consideration of them."

WITTER… give an audience to Professor Devonish. LIGHTBOURNE… issues over sexuality were fully ventilated.

Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Attorney General and Justice Minister Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, however, said: "The other issues over sexuality were fully ventilated during the Joint Select Committee meetings but the debate continues, we know that..."
At the same time, Harding expressed solidarity with Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate Senator AJ Nicholson who had once again voiced disappointment that the Senate had not allowed more room for Professor Hubert Devonish (head of the Department of Language at the University of the West Indies, Mona) who had proposed that the Constitution should guarantee freedom from discrimination on the ground of language to make his case to that body.

Nicholson had said the Senate had not kept its promise to Devonish and his group to allow them to present the work which they were asked to do and urged that the senate apologise to Devonish and explain that it was too late for the proposed amendment at this point but encourage him to continue his work to help Jamaicans understand the Charter. Devonish had presented a paper containing his proposal to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament which had been deliberating the amendment to the Constitution.

That same matter prompted a last-minute call from Public Defender Earl Witter for the passage of the Charter to be delayed for that inclusion to be made.

On Friday, the Public Defender in a letter to the Senate, which was copied to several people, including Prime Minister Bruce Golding, Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller and House Speaker Delroy Chuck, had urged that the Senate before enacting the Charter give an audience to Professor Devonish and the work of the language unit.

Said Witter: "in any event even as I appreciate the Government's determination to press ahead without further delay, with enactment of what is undoubtedly the most fundamental piece of legislation since Independence (if not in all our history), I think it would be wise to have the benefit of Professor Devonish's and the unit's work prior to the Senate giving final approval to the measure today".

"It is therefore my urgent, respectful and humble recommendation that the Honourable Senate reserves the matter for further consideration before proceeding to enactment. This may even obviate the need for amendment before the ink is dry," Witter said.

The University's Language Unit, Witter said, has now found "on empirical grounds that approximately 30 per cent of the Jamaican population could not use or has difficulty comprehending standard English (in which the Charter is written) while nearly 70 per cent have positive attitudes to the Jamaican Creole being embraced as a formal language".

ENDS

Notes:
This is not the first time Mr. Harding has raised some concerns about this issue from as far as Ocotber 2004 he had mentioned in essence that the law should be kept out of people's bedrooms. in an Observer article dated October 31, 2004 it was written among other things that:
"THE law has no business in the private bedrooms of consenting adults, such as homosexuals and prostitutes, former attorney-general and justice minister, Dr Oswald Harding is insisting.

Harding remains unconvinced by the argument that the law should be used to enforce moral codes, and argued that the private activities of consenting homosexuals and prostitutes should not be criminalised.

Harding, who was attorney-general and justice minister and later foreign minister in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration of the 1980s, is basing his argument on the findings of the Wolfden Committee in Britain in 1954. He noted that the report recommended by a majority of 12 to one that homosexual practices between consenting adults in private should no longer be a crime. And it unanimously recommended, he said, that in the case of prostitution, though it should not itself be made illegal, there should be legislation “to take it off the streets” on the grounds that public soliciting was an offensive nuisance to ordinary citizens.

Harding was delivering the inaugural lecture of the Institute of Law and Economics at the PCJ Auditorium in Kingston last week.

He further posited that the Wolfden Committee’s report reflected those of noted philosopher John Stuart Mill in his Essay on Liberty to the effect that the function of the law “is to preserve public order and decency, to protect the citizen from what is offensive or injurious, and to provide sufficient safeguards against exploitation or corruption of others, particularly those who are vulnerable because they are young, weak in body or mind or inexperienced”.

His comments have a particular relevance in today’s Jamaica, and internationally, against the background of current topical debate about the banning of Jamaican entertainers for anti-gay lyrics. The issue of same sex marriages has also featured prominently in the run-up to the American presidential elections.

Homosexual acts are deemed illegal in Jamaica under existing buggery laws, while prostitution is officially outlawed, though often winked on.

During his address, Harding also echoed the Wolfden Committee’s basis for the recommendation for relaxing laws against homosexual practices on the grounds that: “There must remain a realm of private morality and immorality which is, in brief and crude terms, not the law’s business”.

In a radio interview on Nationwide Radio Mr. Harding repeated his call while opposition spokesman on National security Dr. Peter Phillips said the hostility towards homosexuals should stop, whether he meant it is another matter and your guess, he continued that the law even if changed is not going change attitudes towards gays overnight.

Peace and tolerance

H

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Combating Yeast Infections

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The common yeast infection is caused by a type of fungus called candida. Sometimes called monilia, this ubiquitous candida organism is one of many germs normally found in the digestive tract and the vagina of healthy women. Usually, these different organisms live together in harmony and cause no problems. Sometimes, this delicate balance is disturbed, the yeast rapidly overgrows and an infection results.

WHO GETS INFECTED?

Women get infected more often than men and pregnant women, diabetics and obese people are particularly prone to Candida infections. Medication like antibiotics, the family-planning pill, some hormones and steroids, including skin creams, can also promote the growth of Candida.

In some women, hot, sweaty conditions or the use of tight underwear made from synthetic materials may trigger off yeast infections. In others, stress and emotional factors like a dysfunctional sexual relationship may be the underlying cause of recurrent vaginal yeast infections. Still, others tend to have infections at the time of their menses, which suggests a hormonal cause. Any condition with immune-system impairment, for example, HIV infection, predisposes the individual to fungal infections.

AREAS AFFECTED

Vagina: The vagina is the most common site of candida infections. Most women will have a few episodes of a vaginal yeast infection during their lifetime, but in the high-risk group the problem may recur frequently. Typical symptoms include a thick, cheesy, white or yellow vaginal discharge, with burning, itching and redness on the vaginal walls and the vulva.

Skin folds: This includes areas under the breasts, in the groin, the navel and the anus. Symptoms include a patchy, itchy rash that may ooze when scratched.

Mouth: A candida infection of the mouth is called thrush. Creamy white patches may appear on the tongue or sides of the mouth. Oral thrush can appear in a healthy child, but when it appears an adult it may be a symptom of a more serious disorder such as diabetes or HIV/AIDS. Candida infections may also occur at the corners of the mouth, creating painful cracks.

Nail beds: Candida infections of the nail beds of the fingers and toes may cause pain, swelling and secretion of pus. Infected nails may become disfigured, and discoloured and can even separate from the underlying nail bed. Diabetics and people who frequently have their hands in water are particularly at risk.

Penis: Uncircumcised men who have diabetes or whose sexual partner has a vaginal candida infection may get infected. A red, itchy, scaly, often painful rash appears on the head or the underside of the penis. However, an infection of the penis (or vagina) may not always cause obvious symptoms and partners may unknowingly continue to reinfect each other.

In some instances, candida can even invade the bloodstream and deeper tissues, causing a variety of serious systemic problems.

CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT

Treatment depends upon anti-fungal drugs, either as topical creams, vaginal inserts or as oral medication. The distressing problem of recurrent vaginal yeast infections that responds poorly to medication is very common and exposes the sufferer to repeated courses of expensive and potentially toxic drugs. This situation often responds better to a more holistic approach.

CORRECT PREDISPOSING FACTORS

These include diabetes, hormone imbalance, drugs, immune dysfunction, poor nutrition and stress. Careful attention to personal hygiene and the involvement and treatment of your sexual partner is important.

You can help to prevent vaginal yeast infections by making sure that your genital area stays dry and well ventilated. Wear cotton, rather than nylon, underwear, and avoid tight-fitting pants and pantyhose. Change out of a wet swimsuit right away and avoid frequent douches, feminine sprays, scented toilet paper and tampons containing deodorant.

CHANGE YOUR DIET

This is critical. If you have a chronic yeast problem, failure to change your diet will result in failure to resolve the issue. Just taking a drug is not enough. Removal of sugar, including the sweet fruits and their juices, along with the refined carbohydrates from the diet, cannot be overemphasised, as candida thrives on sugar.

Many people suffering from this problem have serious sugar and carbohydrate cravings and this must be dealt with. Avoid dairy products and yeast-containing products (that includes all baked goods like breads, cakes and biscuits).

I suggest you eliminate these foods entirely during the recovery period and possibly reintroduce them slowly after you have been free of infections for at least three months. If you have food allergies, those foods need to be avoided also. I strongly recommend supplementing your diet with the cellular nutrition programme.

SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Strengthening the immune system is crucial. The natural antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, and the mineral selenium (the ACES), along with herbs like schizandra, rosemary and medicinal mushrooms, are excellent immune-system boosters. Adequate rest and good stress management are equally important.

USE NATURAL ANTI-FUNGALS

Probiotics: These healthy bacteria are beneficial in the prevention and treatment of yeast infections. They normally live in the intestines and vagina and are called probiotics (in contrast to antibiotics). The most popular of these are the acidophilus and lactobacillus bacteria. Laboratory studies have found that lactobacilli can block the growth of candida in the vagina. I use a probiotic tablet called FloraFiber as a healthy way to restore the natural balance to the body without the use of powerful drugs.

Herbs: Garlic has a direct yeast-killing effect and should be used liberally in cooking. Garlic cloves may be inserted directly into the vagina. Goldenseal (as a tea) and oregano (as an oil) also have anti-fungal properties while aloe vera helps heal the infected intestinal tract. Tea tree oil, when diluted and applied to the vaginal area, is an effective natural remedy for yeast infections.

You may email Dr Tony Vendryes at tonyvendryes@gmail.com or listen to An Ounce of Prevention on POWER 106FM on Fridays at 8 p.m. His new book - An Ounce of Prevention, Especially for Women addresses these matters.
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Thanks for your Donations

Hello readers,

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

Donations presently are accepted via Paypal where buttons are placed at points on this blog(immediately below, GLBTQJA (Blogspot), GLBTQJA (Wordpress) and the Gay Jamaica Watch's blog as well. If you wish to send donations otherwise please contact: glbtqjamaica@live.com




Activities & Plans: ongoing and future

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

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

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

  • Exposing homophobic activities and suggesting corrective solutions

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

  • Continuing discussion on issues affecting GLBTQ people in Jamaica and elsewhere

  • Welcoming, examining and implemeting suggestions and ideas from you the viewing public

  • Present issues on HIV/AIDS related matters in a timely and accurate manner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This may have a psychological effect on the individual.

Emergency numbers
The police 119

Kingfish 811

Crime Stop 311


Steps to Take When Contronted or Arrested by Police

a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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