Do you think the Buggery Law should be?

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

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The unease with the advocates

Well for some yes it was an uneasy time as last night's April 20th Open Mic Open Soul free expression session that occurred at the Oasis with several persons turning up earlier than normal as the guest for the evening was AIDSFREEWORLD Consultant and letter writing advocate Maurice Tomlinson. The session was to discuss the recently passed Charter of Rights and the missing elements relating to sexual orientation among other things plus some upcoming activities from his end and the usual poetry and expressive activities, also present was the Executive Director of Jamaica Forum for Lesbians Allsexuals and Gays, JFLAG, the brown teddy bear Mr. Dane Lewis. Well apart from their lateness and the fact we had to wait a while for the proceedings to begin a few persons were asking why was there this aloofness by the gentlemen from the rest of the audience?

Things go off to a start non the less and we were all expecting to get far better particulars of the recently passed Charter of Rights instead what we got was a shortened version of sexuality rights in Jamaica with the Charter and a direction to google the Charter and read it for ourselves and then a list of what JFLAG has done and intends to do which bored the audience with persons walking around while some remain seated at one point, in essence a PR stunt to sedate the criticisms coming from the community, this had many after the guest's part of the session ended wondering what was that all about? One upset female voiced her concerns and said she wanted to understand the Charter better as she had seen Mr. Tomlinson on television some nights before on the issue and didn't quite understand some of the nuances, she continued that as a teacher she wanted to go back to her students to have a better exchange with them on the matter, she questioned what was going to be done towards those on the streets? ironically a cry that has been championed on this and my sister blogs. It was refreshing to hear another same gender attracted female voice openly concerns for sections of the MSM community, it shows persons are thinking and want more than just the run of the mill.

There were several pronouncements which also waxed cold with some members of the audience and left many to wonder if this is the kind of forumatic activity we should expect in the near future as according to Maurice they want to engage the community further, this of course came after the prodding of the hostess the capable Stacy who voiced her opinion that all parties in their own right need to be brought together to attack the issues at hand, she also said her space is available for meetings and other activities deemed beneficial to the community. The pomp of the gentlemen not using pseudonyms in their advocacy work as if to suggest those who do are somehow of a lesser breed was not well received, I ignored it but I realized afterwards when there was a suggestion to have them return for follow up sessions, two persons in particular were vociferous in their resolve and vowed they wouldn't attend any of those sessions because of the perceived contemptuous tone.
This is the first appearance by Mr. Tomlinson at the Oasis let's hope persons who were in attendance last night do not have that negative impression of him forever as they say first impression last.

AIDSFREEWORLD and the J seemed more interested however in the Buggery Law and its decriminalization more so than any inter community issues which many felt are also to be dealt with hand in hand as we try to move forward along with the poor communication issues. Again another excuse was given that there are demands locally and internationally on JFLAG's time (this while the ED of JFLAG himself is sitting quietly which was the clue that persons used to arrive at the PR stunt position) as Mr. Tomlinson explained away, the JFLAG ED then broke his silence and commented that the Pink Report (local bloggers) were seconded to do that part but they haven't been doing so, that explanation was not accepted by some in the audience as evidenced in the unease. So it seems that there is a image repair campaign going on but it's not going down well, another clear evidence of the unfavourable feelings that persons have of the group was evidenced in the expression section of the night's activity, the poems, recitals and opinion pieces that followed the departure of the two gentlemen immediately after their presentation were deeply questioning where are we as lgbt people and the feeling of ineffectiveness, one individual in particular lamented that he was tired of the foolishness, for my part in the exchange that followed I suggested that ordinary people are going to have to make up their minds to do their part however small to move us forward and leave or ignore the establishment, it's up to us now.

Many agreed with the conclusion made by a male participant when he answered his own question of why the J doesn't have the community support? he said because they are not prepared to properly engage the community and see people as people not numbers or victims.

"They must embrace the community or forget it, mi nuh have nuh time fi waste"

More and more persons though not exposed to advocacy either as volunteers, recipients of services and interventions or through other means are seeing the glaring disconnect and elitism. Another female from the audience likened the tone and presentation of the guests as local politicians who feel they are the be all and end all and we are to just follow.
I observed as best as I could the proceedings to try and get a glimpse of how persons are feeling and also not to obstruct the other voices that are starting to come through especially at this space, there are no other spaces at this time that offer this kind of cathartic activity coupled with the recognition of community development on a regular basis.

There were some good points however those on the history of the Buggery Law and some reasons for its removal, the need to used allies, the need to do proper research and documentation and reporting matters to the police were well received.

for some ........... If we are to move forward:

1) this feeling that there is a race to see who is doing it better has to go
2) this feeling that they (the advocates) are our betters and we must be relegated as subjects must go
3) we must agree to disagree
4) remove the grandstanding and self promotion and get the work done
5) allow other points of view to flow and develop
6) remove the insulation and secrecy
7) see people as people, human rights are for humans not for intellectual masturbation on paper or legal gymnastics

Those were just some of the ideas, pointers and suggestions put forward afterwards but this is not the first time we have had sections of the community voice their concerns, problem is they are not often voiced loudly enough or sent directly to the targets of the criticisms or placed as opinion pieces as I do here on this medium.
It was only some weeks ago on April 7th when the same attitude was exhibited by the Programs Manager of the J who was guest speaker at the same Open Mic event where he also tried to present JFLAG's view of how they think they are to be speaking on our behalf of course this is without any form of serious consultations or feedback from the body politic. Sadly the international community has been duped for a long time into believing that all is rosy on the representation front by the advocates in Jamaica on LGBT issues when more than 3/4 of us (my terms) are not even recognized but that is slowly being ebbed away by the coming out of more independent voices. There are young folks out there who have never heard of advocacy or JFLAG for that matter, we better recognize that.

See from the Wordpress Edition:

The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same ….. JFLAG’s Prescriptive Culture Still Exists

and from Gay Jamaica Watch

I do hope that they the presenters also picked up on the mood of the audience at this session and realize that a major change in attitude, image and culture is required urgently, I go even further to suggest a total paradigm shift. I am looking for an organization with an open door policy, just as how it asks for tolerance directly or through its emissaries of the mainstream it should be tolerant of the very ever diversifying community it says it serves. We also on the outside cannot sit and wait for their transformation, we have to take matters into our own hands as well.

A special thanks to the Couture Elements team despite the ostracism and difficulties of the past in another dispensation found it needed to accommodate the J, this shows a high level of maturity and the recognition of the greater need of the community as a whole

Peace and tolerance


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Anthony Gomes on the Discrimination debate (Sexual Orientation)

Again we see what could possibly be described as an attempt to hijack the debate on sexual orientation to sneak in all kinds of non essesntials to the mix, this notion that the United Nations is imposing some new way to human rights simply because it doesn't please some "moralists" Anthony Gomes included is sticking some folks the wrong way it seems.

So rights must be for some but not for others because they are of a different sexual orientation Mr. Gomes?

Have a read of his latest below and determine the issues for yourself as published in the Jamaica Observer:

The discrimination debate

The newspaper article, "The right to discriminate" strikes at the heart of the fundamental right to discriminate as a tenet of free will, that resulted in a flurry of recrimination by readers who considered Deacon Peter Espeut's opinion to be out of order. Democracy at work!

The first part of his article deals with a clause in the Charter of Rights which would make discrimination on the basis of language unconstitutional. He makes a strong case against any move to introduce patois as a second language. His observation includes an example of the possibility for bilingual labelling, to be used as a non-tariff barrier for the importation of foreign products. He states: "It is overkill to enshrine in the Constitution the right of non-discrimination on the grounds to achieve judicial equality for Jamaican Creole speakers who are not proficient in Standard English - a problem caused by the failure of the education system." Canada and Wales are two bilingual countries where fluency in both national languages is necessary for government employees, and public notices must be in both languages in designated areas.

The second part of Deacon Espeut's treatise deals with the thorny issue of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The British Government introduced the Sexual Orientation (Provision of Goods and Services) Regulations which are diametrically opposed to the Christian teaching dealing with homosexuality, casting the state in the role of moral transgressor. An adverse side effect of the British-proposed regulations could force Christian marriage preparation, guidance counsellors, retreat houses, conference centres and hostels to accept gay couples. Teaching that homosexuality is the moral equivalent of heterosexual marriage could also be compulsory in religious schools.
In Jamaica, could this ever come to pass at Campion College, St George's College, Immaculate Conception High School, Alpha Convent of Mercy School, Holy Childhood High School and the list of Roman Catholic schools continues... in addition to the many other Christian schools? The official Vatican newspaper reported: "The Catholic Church contests these revolutionary innovations which in the name of freedom, seek to legitimise a union regarded by the universal consciousness as going against nature." In 2000 the British Government reduced the age for permissible gay sex from 18 to 16 to provide equality under the law for homosexuals and heterosexuals.
As with the British leadership, there could be a raft of adverse side effects if the Jamaican churches clash with the state on non-discrimination against homosexuals. It should be recalled that Jamaica is considered to be a Christian country with a profonderance of Christian schools, where the characters of the young are forged on the basis of Christian principles that do not accept homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle for marriage between a man and a woman. This is the essence of Jamaican culture that precludes gay sex that is deeply unpopular as evidenced by both the Observer and Gleaner polls. Any government which attempts to displace this long-standing tradition and belief by repealing the sodomy law would be committing political suicide.

There are numerous pressure groups attempting to infiltrate Jamaica's culture by asserting their lifestyles as normal practice. Besides homosexuals, these groups include the pro-abortionists, the ganja lobby, the polygamists and the polyandrous protagonists, the believers in euthanasia, the supporters of decriminalisation of drugs and those lobbying to legalise male and female prostitution. This is happening in parallel with the media concerning lewd and sexually explicit public expression, which had developed unfettered over the years until it has reached critical and culturally damaging proportions, resulting in the recently publicised reprimand issued by the Broadcasting Commission. Any attempt to enshrine non-discrimination in the Charter of Rights on the basis of sexual orientation would be fallacious, as the male lifestyle includes illegal associations which do not conform to the national standard of natural behaviour.

The Declaration of Human Rights and Sexual Orientation tabled in the United Nations in 2008, as reported by Attorney-at-law Shirley Richards, sought to expand the existing human rights concept to include "sexual orientation" and gender identity as human rights. The declaration was not supported by Jamaica. Simultaneously, a contrary proposal stated that the declaration was an "attempt to introduce to the UN notions that have no legal foundation in any human rights instrument". There appears to be no UN consensus on including sexual orientation and gender identity as human rights. Obviously, the power brokers at the UN are hell-bent on imposing a new version of human rights on the rest of the unwilling world. It is an attempt to assert the moral equivalence of all forms of sexual preferences and to harm moral and sound discernment, all in the name of "human rights".

This point deserves serious recognition by the government, particularly with regard to the potential for lifestyle deviation of Jamaican youth.

A prominent columnist asserts that "homosexuality is not an unpreventable disease, it is an option. It is learned behaviour, practised by more and more people who simply disregard the limits of personal conduct as well as God-given principles and morals". Apart from being in tune with the changing times, contemporary liberalism has gone beyond the realm of propriety in its expectations. Society is replete with demands to liberalise the very constraints that are there to protect citizens from doing themselves harm.

With that said, we welcome the newly appointed Archbishop of Kingston, Charles Dufour, in anticipation of his entry into the debate on discrimnination.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Smear campaign on Hedonism III using biphobia ??

So it seems as the longstanding rift between the Gordon Butch Stewart owned Sandals Resorts versus the Issa owned Hedonism properties has once again spilled over into the public domain coincidentally the Jamaica Observer where the spillage has taken place is also owned by Gordon Butch Stewart, the rivalry between the powerful names in the hotel industry is not lost to us remember the nude wedding drama years ago that was supposed to have taken place at Hedonism III which caused a national uproar especially from the Christian right movement with the papers blaring? among other things.

The world's largest Nude Wedding. February 14th 2003 at the Hedonism III Resort in Jamaica.

The largest nude wedding took place 2003 in Jamaica with 29 couples getting married at the same time. The wedding was held at Hedonism III in Runaway Bay, Jamaica on Valentine's Day. The couples involved people of various cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds including a person from Russia, a Canadian, and an American Indian person from the Crow Tribe. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. Frank Cervasio of the Universal Life Church in Florida. Participants of the event were required to stay a minimum of 4 days, and arrive on February 12, two days before the marriage ceremony.

All of a sudden the Observer publishes parts of the transcript of the suit filed by the Issa camp recently, what's the intent of that? and to use such a bi-phobic line (see below) to push their agenda is disturbing indeed. To use so called moral suasion playing on society's caustic regard for anything deem gay or such while ignoring the valued privacy people are free to enjoy, so what if persons subscribe to an event to be held on private property for a fee they should be free to do so what the hell is the Observer trying to get at?
Here is the article, you decide for yourselves:

ON March 29, 2005, the Observer published a letter titled "Naked flights to Jamaica" criticising the promotion by a travel website on behalf of Hedonism III, operated by SuperClubs. Its chairman, John Issa, sued the newspaper for defamation in the Supreme Court, in connection with which a ruling was recently handed down. Following are excerpts from the transcript of the trial in Justice Kay Beckford's court:
Charles Piper (Observer's attorney): "...It says, in the (online) ad itself it says 'Wild Women Vacation the No 1 bisexual fantasy is now a reality'?...Is that part of the image of your hotel?"

Issa: "Well, this being advertised it is part of the image."

Piper: "And it has always been part of the image of the Hedonism brand?"

Issa: "No."

Piper: "... It advertise Threesome Week'?"

Issa: "Yes, I see that."

Piper: "Do you know what that means?"

Issa: "No."

Piper: "Well, let's read on and see if we get some understanding. It says, 'January 9 to 16, 2010, and there is no place better to fill these desires but at the place where pleasure has been perfected, Hedonism III.' Who attend this event? And here is the answer: 'Couples who already have a girlfriend seeking similar couples. Couples who want to learn how to go about starting a MFF relationship, lesbian or female bisexual couples looking to expand their experiences with others'. That was what was being sold, correct?"

Issa: "Yes."

Piper: "...Do you know what is a 'MFF Relationship'?"
Issa: "No."

Piper: "I am suggesting that it's a male female female relationship. Your answer, sir?

Issa: "Oh, what's the question? Justice Beckford: "It's a suggestion."

Piper: "...I want you to read those words again."

Issa: "Which words?"

Piper: "Couples who already have a girlfriend seeking similar couples. Couples who want to learn how to go about starting a MFF relationship, lesbians or female bisexual couples looking to expand their experiences with others."

Issa: "Yes, I see that."

Piper: "...Very well. So the person who was there placing the ad is Wild Women Vacation, correct?"

Issa: "That's what it appears to be."

Piper: "Well let's look at page 204?...I want you to look at the fourth paragraph. It says:

'The first bisexual party Sunday night at our hospitality suite is different on every trip. Sometimes it can get very active, very fast while other times virtually nothing occurs. It all depends on the women. Some women are exhibitionists who love to stir things up quickly, while (some) are voyeurs and others are only seeking an intimate one and one relationship with nobody around except maybe a husband or boyfriend. We do have an adjoining room for those who wish privacy or once you find those whom you are comfortable with, returning to your own room with your new friends is not uncommon. Husbands and boyfriends are invited to attend but can only watch. They all manage to survive.' You agree with me that that is part of the vacation package which was being offered by Wild Women Vacation."

Issa: "That's what it appears to be."

Piper: "And these women were being accommodated in Hedonism III, your hotel?"
Issa: "The people booked by Wild Woman Vacation were accommodated at Hedonism III and also some were in Las Vegas."

To be continued

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Rev Clinton Chisholm on Defending Discrimination & Consensual Sex Revisited

In a letter to the Gleaner well respected Theologian Rev Clinton Chisholm challenges that the call for repulsion of the buggery law using consent is not a convincing argument, also below is one of his latest blog posts as well:
"To be clear, our position is neither an endorsement nor rejection of homosexuality. Frankly, we do not care. How consenting adults choose to live their lives is none of our business." (Gleaner editorial, April 1, 2011)

To some, the above sentiment of the editorial is progressive, politically correct and defensible. To me, it is dangerous and disingenuous.
I say the editorial's posture is disingenuous because it seems to reflect a neutral position about homosexuality, but this veneer of neutrality is blown to pieces by the realisation that the position of the editorial is not neutrality, but indictable moral ambivalence/indifference about homosexuality summed up in the words " we do not care".
How can a responsible and prestigious media organisation - which influences public opinion - claim it is none of its business "how consenting adults choose to live their lives"?

The editorial's posture is societally dangerous in that how people live their lives sexually is critical to the society's health concerns and even continued existence.

Ponder the societal consequence of universalising homosexuality as the sexual norm!
Can one be really socially responsible but ambivalent about consensual homosexual sex, consensual adultery, consensual incest, consensual sadomasochistic sex given the relational implications of such acts beyond even the health costs of dealing with AIDS and other STIs? Has the editor given thought to the social cost of pregnancies deemed unwanted by putative parents, and especially, the impact of absentee father figures on the lives of our young men?

Not enough moral justification

Let us get it clear in our minds: Consensuality, even along with privacy and age maturity, does not constitute adequate moral justification for sexual behaviour, without more, as the lawyers would say.
If we hold the view that a certain sexual behaviour is morally defensible, let's have the moral courage to be upfront and say so and not hide behind a thin veneer of neutrality. Homosexuality may indeed need to be decriminalised and the buggery law expunged, but the reasons for doing so must be more convincing than simply moral ambivalence or apathy about what consenting adults do sexually.

I am, etc.,

The Blog post

In the Jamaica Gleaner editorial of April 1, one aspect of the new proposed Constitutional Charter of Rights was given prominence; freedom from discrimination. There is much conceptual fuzziness and thus an indefensible aversion to the term discrimination.

As I argued in my 1997 book A Matter of Principle, “[discrimination] is not necessarily a bad thing. For me the essence of the wrongness of racial or gender discrimination is not that people, on the basis of ethnic stock, colour or gender are discriminated against but that they are demeaned and despised specifically on the basis of colour, ethnic stock or gender…

One does, indeed one has to discriminate in selecting a spouse, employees, lecturers, students, journalists, columnists, speakers and others.

The criteria of discrimination may vary depending on what are considered vital qualifications in the minds of those doing the selection, but we do discriminate, that is, we preferentially select or choose not to do so.

As long as the individual or group being discriminated against is not thereby demeaned or despised, discrimination seems justifiable.”(p.78)

I would now modify the sentences with “demeaned and despised’ to read demeaned, despised or [economically] deprived of what is due and deserved…”

We need conceptual clarity in public discourse. In another piece I’ll raise definitional questions on the editorial’s use of ‘sexual orientation’, ‘homophobia’ and even the term ‘homosexuality’.

Rev. Clinton Chisholm studied at the Jamaica Theological Seminary (B.Th.), the Jamaica School of Music (L.R.S.M., A.T.C.L.), theUniversity of the West Indies (B.A.), Sheffield University, England(M.A.), the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights, France (F.C.A., Fellow in Christian Apologetics) and Biola University, USA, (M.A.) In 2005 he was awarded the honourary Doctor of Divinity degree (D.D) by the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in Jamaica where he served as a Guest Lecturer since 1993. The Rev. Mr. Chisholm has been involved in education at home in Jamaica and abroad, having served as High School teacher, lecturer at the Jamaica Theological Seminary, guest lecturer at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology (Jamaica), tutor in Philosophy at the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica), tutor in Business Ethics at the University of Technology (Jamaica) and teaching assistant in Hebrew at Sheffield University, England. He has produced 25 educational audio cassettes, the latest being “Homosexuality: Clinical & Biblical Perspectives”, “Afrocentrism & Black Consciousness: Challenges for Christianity” and “The Church’s Impact on Western Civilization”. He is the author of the book “A Matter of Principle” and “Revelations on Ras Tafari
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Nationwide New Network, NNN devoted some forty five minutes of prime time yesterday evening to discuss the issue and help listeners to at least begin to process some of the information coming from the most public declaration exercise as done by Jenner. Guests on the show were Dr Karen Carpenter Board Certified Clinical Sexologist and Psychologist, ‘Satiba’ from Aphrodite’s P.R.I.D.E Jamaica of which I am affiliated and Lecturer (Sociologist) and host of Every Woman on the station Georgette Crawford Williams (sister of PNP member of parliament Damian Crawford); one of the first questions thrown at Satiba by host Cliff Hughes was why has Jenna waited so long at 65 years old to make such a life changing decision?

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“We really must remember as professionals we must stay in our lane I will never pronounce as a Sociologist cause I am not a Sociologist ............When we have an opportunity to speak publicly we must be careful of what we say unless it is extremely well informed......”

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audience members interacting during a break in the event

film in progress

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It seems like homosexuality is on everyone's tongue. From articles in the newspapers to countless news stories and commentaries, it seems like everyone is talking about the gays. Since Jamaica identifies as a Christian nation, the obvious thought about homosexuality is that it is wrong but only male homosexuality seems to influence the more passionate responses. It seems we are more open to accepting lesbianism but gay men are greeted with much disapproval.

Dancehall has certainly been very clear where it stands when it comes to this issue with various songs voicing clear condemnation of this lifestyle. Currently, quite a few artistes are facing continuous protests because of their anti-gay lyrics. Even the law makers are involved in the gayness as there have been several calls for the repeal of the buggery law. Recently Parliament announced plans to review the Sexual Offences Act which, I am sure, will no doubt address homosexuality.

Jamaica has been described as a homophobic nation. The question I want to ask is: What are we afraid of? There are usually many reasons why homosexuality is such a pain in the a@. Here are some of the more popular arguments MORE HERE

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Promised conscience vote was a fluke from the PNP ........

SO WE WERE DUPED EH? - the suggestion of a conscience vote on the buggery law as espoused by Prime Minister (then opposition leader) in the 2011 leadership debate preceding the last national elections was a dangling carrot for a dumb donkey to follow.

Many advocates and individuals interpreted Mrs Simpson Miller's pronouncements as a promise or a commitment to repeal or at least look at the archaic buggery law but I and a few others who spoke openly dismissed it all from day one as nothing more than hot air especially soon after in February member of parliament Damian Crawford poured cold water on the suggestion/promise and said it was not a priority as that time. and who seems to always open his mouth these days and revealing his thoughts that sometimes go against the administration's path.

I knew from then that as existed before even under the previous PM P. J. Patterson (often thought to be gay by the public) also danced around the issue as this could mean votes and loss of political power. Mrs Simpson Miller in the meantime was awarded a political consultants' democracy medal as their conference concludes in Antigua.

War of words between pro & anti gay activists on HIV matters .......... what hypocrisy is this?

War of words between pro & anti gay activists on HIV matters .......... what hypocrisy is this?

A war of words has ensued between gay lawyer (AIDSFREEWORLD) Maurice Tomlinson and anti gay activist Dr Wayne West (supposed in-laws of sorts) as both accuse each other of lying or being dishonest, when deception has been neatly employed every now and again by all concerned, here is the post from Dr West's blog

This is laughable to me in a sense as both gentleman have broken the ethical lines of advocacy respectively repeatedly especially on HIV/AIDS and on legal matters concerning LGBTQ issues

The evidence is overwhelming readers/listeners, you decide.

Fast forward 2015 and the exchanges continue in a post from Dr Wayne West: Maurice Tomlinson misrepresents my position on his face book page and Blog 76Crimes

Tomlinson's post originally was:

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The agencies at the time were also highlighted and the homo negative and homophobic violence met by ordinary Jamaican same gender loving men.

The late founder of the CVC, former ED of JASL and JFLAG Dr. Robert Carr was also interviewed.

At 4:42 that MSM was still homeless to 2012 but has managed to eek out a living but being ever so cautious as his face is recognizable from the exposed party DVD, he has been slowly making his way to recovery despite the very slow pace.

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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

The following may apply:

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

3) Critical evidence must be gathered as to the injuries received which may include a Doctor’s report of the injuries.

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

6) The court is guided by credible evidence on which it will make it’s finding of facts

7) Bolster the credibility of a case by a report from an independent disinterested party.

Sexual Health / STDs News From Medical News Today


CVM TV carried a raid and subsequent temporary blockade exercise of the Shoemaker Gully in the New Kingston district as the authorities respond to the bad eggs in the group of homeless/displaced or idling MSM/Trans persons who loiter there for years.

Question is what will happen to the population now as they struggle for a roof over their heads and food etc. The Superintendent who proposed a shelter idea (that seemingly has been ignored by JFLAG et al) was the one who led the raid/eviction.

Also see:
the CVM NEWS Story HERE on the eviction/raid taken by the police

also see a flashback to some of the troubling issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless GBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

May 22, 2015 update, see: MP Seeks Solutions For Homeless Gay Youth In New Kingston

THE BEST OF & Recommended Audioposts/Podcasts

THE BEST OF & Recommended Audioposts/Podcasts 

The Prime Minister (Golding) on Same Sex Marriages and the Charter of Rights Debate (2009)

Other sides to the msm homeless saga (2012)

Rowdy Gays Matter 21.08.11 more HERE

Ethical Professionlism & LGBT Advocates 01.02.12 more HERE

Portia Simpson Miller - SIMPSON MILLER DEFENDS GAY COMMENT 23.12.11

2 SGL Women lost, corrective rape and virtual silence from the male dominated advocacy structure

Al Miller on UK Aid & The Abnormality of Homosexuality 19.11.11

Homosexuality is Not Illegal in Jamaica .... Buggery is despite the persons gender 12.11.11 MORE HERE 

MSM Homelessness 2011 two cents

Black Friday for Gays in Jamaica More HERE

Bi-phobia by default from supposed LGBT advocate structures?

Homeless MSMs Saga Timeline 28.08.11 (HOT!!!) see more HERE

A Response to Al Miller's Abnormality of Homosexuality statement 19.11.11

UK/commonwealth Aid Matter & The New Developments, no aid cuts but redirecting, ethical problems on our part - 22.11.11

Homophobic Killings versus Non Homophobic Killings 12.07.12

Big Lies, Crisis Archiving & More MSM Homlessness Issues 12.07.12

More MSM Challenges July 2012 more sounds HERE

GLBTQ Jamaica 2011 Summary 02.01.12 more HERE

Homosexuality Destroying the Family? .............. I Think Not!

Lesbian issues left out of the Jamaican advocacy thrust until now?

Club Heavens The Rebirth 12.02.12 and more HERE

Should gov't provide shelter for homeless msm?

National attitudes to gays survey shows 78% of J'cans say NO to buggery repeal

1st Anniversary of Homeless MSM civil disobedience (Aug 23/4) 2012 more HERE

JFLAG's rejection of rowdy homeless msms & the Sept 21st standoff .........

Atheism & Secularism may cloud the struggle for lgbt rights in Jamaica more HERE

Urgent Need to discuss sex & sexuality II and more HERE

MSM Community Displacement Concerns October 2012

The UTECH abuse & related issues

Beenieman's hypocrisy & his fake apology in his own words and more HERE

Guarded about JFLAG's Homeless shelter

Homophobia & homelessness matters for November 2012 ................

Cabinet delays buggery review, says it's not a priority & more ...........................(November 2012) prior to the announcement of the review in parliament in June 2013 More sounds HERE

"Dutty Mind" used in Patois Bible to describe homosexuals

Homeless impatient with agencies over slow progress for promised shelter 2012 More HERE

George Davis Live - Dr Wayne West & Carole Narcisse on JCHS' illogical fear

Homeless MSM Issues in New Kgn Jan 2013 .......

Homeless MSM challenges in Jamaica February 2013 more HERE

JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness 2013

Poor leadership & dithering are reasons for JFLAG & Jamaica AIDS Support’s temporary homelessness May 2013 more HERE

Response To Flagging a Dead Horse Free Speech & Gay Rights 10.06.13