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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

Friday, June 3, 2011

Star News story raises lesbophobic temperature: LESBIANS PLAN BIG PARTY WEEKEND - LTI now being advertised for month end story published

Straight lesbophobia (no pun intended on straight) under the guise of a nicely and guardedly worded news story in today's edition I say unapologetically, the event which was first advertised from as early as January of this year had me concerned as to the venue and how were the organizers going to handle this event, bearing in mind it has been advertised quite openly and everywhere that there is a party exposed on the Internet. As the paper was sold members of the public have been reacting and on the streets certainly in Half Way Tree and it's environs persons were very vocal alluding to the lesbians being bright wid it and so forth.

The organizers also have fumbled on the promotion which was usually done underground for these types of events as I have also been apart of promoting private events for over a decade. More care should have been taken here especially given the fact that it augers to be a huge event. Simply emphasising privacy on the page is NOT enough the page itself should have been private and invited guests targeted. I wonder really if it's homophobic/lesbophobic reaction really or just frustration from the sluggish economy etc finding a target to release itself? after all people complaining bout the govt salaries and the sluggish economy plus the poor image of the JLP administration.

People like to vent in these times but that can also lead to all kinds of crap happening, anything is possible these days.

Picture circulating of the event

As at the creation of this post a direct response from one of the organizers was forthcoming where they said they are going ahead as planned with added security measures put in place to avoid any problems.

but on a particular social network page the following terse response appeared:

"If you think your gonna ruin my event you make a big mistake and yes i know exactly who sent this to the star, thank you for the promotion and just so you know, i hope the rest of your events don't fall short cause karma is a bitch, I am not gonna even stoop as low as to even mention the group or the promoters who did this, i have links in the journalism industry too."

Thanks for the promotion and thank the star for contacting me asking me not to cancel the event.....Its still on......INVITATIONS ONLY......and for all you haters out there that tried fucking my shit up, thank you too.

I am not fooled by the way in the which the Star News has been guarded in wording this article and the subsequent request of the organizer not to cancel the weekend, let us not forget the Star News has always been sensationalist in its reporting of LGBTQI issues over these many years, more than a decade, a trend that has gone unchallenged by the advocates JFLAG and by extension the rest of us and that has cemented our homophobic and hetero-normative culture so to see this entry as if they are unbiased is not convincing enough to me. With the response on the streets by reports and my own traversing parts of uptown during my lunch break the reactions are certainly not good with threats of violence to the event itself and suggestions of anyone who looks suspicious, the typical profiling that accompanies tabloid stories that grab national attention. The Star never made it their headline I feel in a bid to present a softer tone towards LGBT issues but I and some others are not fooled.

Meanwhile here is the article:

There was the RTI weekend and ATI, now make way for Lesbian Temptation Isle (LTI). A new party series catering to lesbians is being planned in Montego Bay, St James, at the end of this month.

Scheduled to take place from June 30 to July 3, LTI will be held in Ironshore, Montego Bay. The weekend is being advertised on popular social networking site as, "The biggest lesbian party weekend ever!" and "It's not just a party. It's a lifestyle."

According to the weekend's Facebook page, which was founded last year, LTI will have four parties over two days. The parties include: 'Ocean Temptation (Under The Influence)', 'Lost Planet (Extreme Conditions)', 'Lez Glow (All-White)' and 'Master and Mistress (Dominatrix Affair)'. The season band, which includes entry to all four parties, is $8,000 with each party being $2,500. VIP bands are $13,000. According to the group's page, there are 300 season bands available, and 100 bands per individual party.

The site, since its inception, has 550 'likes' on Facebook and has a 'secret' group where persons can join and learn more about the event. When THE WEEKEND STAR called the numbers advertised on the page, the group and weekend were described as being extremely private.

bands going fast

Sales for the party are seemingly going fast, as seen by a comment from the organiser on the page which said: "I never knew the season bands would have been going so fast, thanx for the support people. Bands start selling on June 1, you can call to reserve like everyone else. We courier every armband to the respective buyer. Thanx again, this weekend will be hotttt!!"

Persons have been commenting on the page saying, "This is going to be awesome' am loving this page so far and as for the party' I can't wait for it to really happen. Straight people have ATI, I think it's full time the gay community has something for ourselves where we don't have to worry about men looking us or putting argument to us. We can actually be around friends who we share a common interest in; FEMALES! I am so digging this event and its page/profile."

Another person added: "Yep, dis party can't miss me and wifey, you said it all, so need I say more?"

The privacy of the event is emphasised on the page, which states: "An invitation will be sent to persons with a security code once you've purchased your armband. The invitation will be used to collect your armband on the day of the event. Please be advised that this is to ensure that only persons within our community are attending this event."

A special guest celebrity appearance is also being hinted to take place on the final night of the event. There will also be a Sexiest Stud and Sexiest Femme competition.

See what you make of it folks but I have urged the organizers to be cautious and not underestimate the national temperature on this issue, albeit that same gender loving women never normally receive this kind of reception nationally speaking although there have been sharp increases in lesbophobic attacks for the past two and a half years with corrective rape and displacement the main types of problems.

Peace and tolerance.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cuban(s) enjoys new benefit of free sex-change operation


Matanzas, Cuba (CNN) -- On the job, Juani Santos is just another one of the guys.

He inspects recycled canisters for flaws at a gas tank factory in western Cuba and cracks jokes with the other workers. Short and stocky, he has a deeply lined face and thick mustache.

But Juani was born a girl.

It was only two months ago that the 61-year-old transsexual underwent gender reassignment surgery.

"I'm not an alien or a delinquent," he told CNN during an interview in his tiny two-room apartment in the central Cuban city of Matanzas.
"I'm a person who feels and suffers like anybody else. I didn't want to be born like this. Every since I was 5 I've known I was a boy."
Forty years after being diagnosed a transsexual, he has benefited from a gradual but far-reaching transformation in Cuba.

At the beginning of Fidel Castro's revolution, gays and transsexuals were locked up or sent to labor camps. Even a decade ago they were regularly harassed by police.
Now it's Fidel's niece Mariela Castro who has launched a nationwide campaign to battle homophobia.
As president of the National Sexual Education Center, she's pushing for same-sex unions.
"I want to live in a socialist society where there is absolute justice," she recently told CNN. "So there can't be discrimination of any kind."

More radical yet, Cuba has begun to provide sex-change operations.
The financing and the medical specialists come from Belgium, which has a long-standing partnership with Cuban medicine in this area.

Juani is among some 15 transgender patients operated on so far.
He has worked hard to overcome machista (chauvinist) attitudes at home and work.
Although his parents were fairly understanding from the time he was young, his older brother used to burn Juani's clothes when he dressed like a boy.
"But he was clever," Fernando Santos said. "As soon as I left the house, he would just wear my clothes."

The brothers now live together, with Fernando taking care of most domestic duties while Juani works at the factory and tinkers with his motorcycle at home.
Juani said the most difficult moment of his life came when a woman fell in love with him.
"I had to sit her down and tell her who I was" he said. "She accepted it at first, but after six months, her family convinced her to leave me. I haven't had any relationship with any woman since."
In the 1980s, he was finally allowed to legally change his name to Juani, which can be either feminine or masculine in Spanish. He won't even mention the name he was born with.
"It gave me half the freedom I was looking for," he said.
In fact, Juani was initially turned away from the factory where he now works because his appearance just didn't match the name on his ID.

But they eventually gave him a chance and now his co-workers are his closest friends and supporters.
"I'm really happy for him, this was his dream," Lazaro Maredo said during a break on the factory floor.
When asked what he wants out of life now, Juani smiled.

"To find a partner and live what's left of it in the company of a woman."

meanwhile have a look at some options for MTF Reassignment surgery

pic owned by Sex Reassignment Surgeries Thailand

Thailand is still viewed as the place to be for reassignment surgeries many preoperative trans individuals locally have serious doubts about going to Cuba even though it is far cheaper to have the procedure and pre/post treatment done there.

Peace and tolerance


Both Viread and Reyataz Lead to Greater Bone Density Loss says researchers

Truvada (tenofovir plus emtricitabine) was associated with greater bone loss than Epzicom (abacavir plus lamivudine), according to a studypublished in the June 15 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The same study found that Reyataz (atazanavir) was associated with greater bone loss than Sustiva (efavirenz), and that these differences held up even when accounting for classic risk factors for changes in bone density.

Reduction in bone mineral density (BMD)—called osteopenia when it is mild and osteoporosis when more severe—has been reported at higher rates in people living with HIV than in their HIV-negative counterparts in multiple studies. This is particularly true of younger HIV-positive men.

Multiple studies have also shown that most people with HIV have minor to moderate bone loss (between 2 and 6 percent) in general within the first two years of starting antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, but this loss is not generally progressive after the first two years. Although several studies have suggested that the tenofovir in Viread, Truvada and Atripla may cause a greater degree of bone loss than other drugs from the same class, no studies have compared Reyataz with Sustiva—both popular first-line treatment options in combination with Truvada or Epzicom—in terms of bone density changes.

Grace McComsey, MD, from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and her colleagues set out to do just that. They compared bone density scans—called dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans—from 271 HIV-positive people enrolled in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) 5202 study. ACTG 5202 was a four-way comparison of four different ARVs: Viread, Ziagen, Reyataz and Sustiva.

All four groups were similar in terms of their demographics and health. Most of the participants were in their late 30s, and roughly 60 percent were male. All four groups were racially diverse and were of normal body weight. About one quarter had osteopenia of both the spine and waist before starting treatment. On average, less than 8 percent had osteoporosis of the lower spine, and less than 2 percent had osteoporosis of the hip.

On average, loss of bone density was generally mild to moderate, with an average loss of about 3 percent during the first year. There was a slight rise in bone density after the first year, so that over the course of two years, the average loss had diminished to 2.3 percent.

The team found, however, that those taking Truvada had a significantly greater loss of bone density in the spine than those taking Epzicom (3.3 percent versus 1.3) and also in the hip (4 percent versus 2.6 percent). As for Reyataz and Sustiva, loss of bone density in the hip was similar between the two treatments, but those taking Reyataz had greater loss of bone in the spine (3.1 percent versus 1.7 percent). Overall, when Sustiva or Reyataz were paired with Truvada, those participants had a greater degree of BMD loss than those whose Sustiva or Reyataz was paired with Epzicom.

While these losses of bone density may not seem large, the authors note that “the degree of BMD loss [overall, and the difference between treatment groups] should not be perceived as clinically insignificant. Indeed, these decreases are similar in magnitude to the BMD losses sustained during the first [two] years of menopause.”

McComsey and her colleagues hypothesize that the cause of the BMD loss on treatment likely differs between nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (for example, Truvada), non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (such as Sustiva) and protease inhibitors (such as Reyataz). The researchers conclude: “Studies investigating the mechanisms behind the bone loss with ART initiation are needed.”

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Poppers and gay sex .....

What Are Poppers?

Poppers is slang for a variety of alkyl nitrites, particularly amyl nitrite. Poppers are available over-the-counter and come in small bottles. Amyl nitrites are generally used in air fresheners and video head cleaners, but are used as a recreational drug to increase sexual arousal. Poppers used to come in small capsules that popped when they were broken, thus the name "poppers."

Do Poppers Make Sex Better?

Poppers relax muscles such as the sphincter of the anus, which can make anal sex less painful. Poppers also cause blood vessels to dilate, which drops blood pressure and increases heart rate (amyl nitrite was originally used to treat angina and cyanide poisoning). As a result, users experience a flush feeling and increased sexual arousal. The effect lasts for only a few minutes. Side effects can be headaches or sudden changes in blood pressure.
Taking Viagra Before Sex

What Are The Side Effects?

The side effects of poppers are headaches, decreased blood pressure and potential loss of arousal after a few minutes.

Are There Any Risks?

Poppers enlarge blood vessels and increase blood flow. They can impair judgment, leading to unprotected anal sex. A tear or fissure in your rectal walls during anal sex, combined with unprotected sex and increased blood flow can increase the risk of transmitting HIV. In addition, poppers combined with Viagra (which also lowers blood pressure) can be fatal.

Are The Sexual Benefits Worth The Risk?

Although poppers provide a rush during sex, the effect only lasts a few minutes. The headaches, which are common side effects, can be ruin the mood for some people. And since poppers often impair judgment, leading to unsafe sex, the risk of contracting HIV is much greater. So, you may want to think twice before opening the little brown bottle. Ask yourself, are the risks worth the temporary feeling?

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Sir Thomas Lauder Brunton (March 14, 1844–September 16, 1916), a Scottish physician, famously pioneered the use of amyl nitrite to treat angina pectoris. Brunton's clinical use of amyl nitrite to treat angina was inspired by earlier work with the same reagent by Arthur Gamgee and Benjamin Ward Richardson. Brunton reasoned that the pain and discomfort of angina could be reduced by administering amyl nitrite to dilate the coronary arteries of patients, thus improving blood flow to the heart muscle.

In addition, the light alkyl nitrites cause the formation of methemoglobin wherein, as an effective antidote to cyanide poisoning, the methemoglobin combines with the cyanide to form nontoxic cyanmethemoglobin. First responders typically carry a cyanide poison kit containing amyl nitrite, such as the popular Taylor Pharmaceutical Cyanide Antidote Kit.

TIME and the Wall Street Journal reported that the popper fad began among homosexual men as a way to enhance sexual pleasure, but "quickly spread to avant-garde heterosexuals" as a result of aggressive marketing. A series of interviews conducted in the late 1970s revealed a wide spectrum of users, including construction workers, a "trendy East Side NYC couple" at a "chic NYC nightclub", a Los Angeles businesswoman "in the middle of a particularly hectic public-relations job" (who confided to the reporter that "I could really use a popper now"), and frenetic disco dancers amid "flashing strobe lights and the pulsating beat of music in discos across the country."

User surveys are hard to come by, but a 1988 study found that 69% of men who had sex with men in the Baltimore/Washington DC area reported they had used poppers, with 21% having done so in the prior year. The survey also found that 11% of recreational drug users in the area reported using poppers, increasing to 22% among "heavy abusers," with an average age of first use of 25.6 years old. Both survey groups used poppers to "get high," but the men that had sex with men were more likely to use them during sex. It was reported that this group reduced usage following the AIDS epidemic, while the drug-users had not. A 1987 study commissioned by the US Senate and conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services found that less than 3% of the overall population had ever used poppers.

Use by minors is historically minimal due, in part, to the ban on sales to minors by major manufacturers for public relations reasons and because some jurisdictions regulate sales to minors by statute. A paper published in 2005 examined use of poppers self-reported by adolescents aged 12–17 in the (American) 2000 and 2001 National Household Surveys on Drug Abuse. In all, 1.5% of the respondents in this age group reported having used poppers. This figure rose to 1.8% in those over 14. Living in nonmetropolitan areas, having used mental health services in the past year (for purposes unconnected with substance use treatment), the presence of delinquent behaviours, past year alcohol and drug abuse and dependence, and multi-drug use were all associated with reporting the use of poppers. In contrast to these low rates, a survey in the North West of England found a rate of 20% self-reported use of poppers among 16-year-olds

In The Life: A Message of Hope

June Pride is an opportunity to celebrate one's authentic self. IN THE LIFE features stories of gay and lesbian people who bring their whole selves to church and to work, creating real change within their communities.

As we continue to look at more grassroots indepth analyisis of LGBT issues up north this month's entry is welcomed indeed, on my other blog Gay Jamaica Watch I decided to repost last year's entry on Pride month with some modifications as not much has helped to make us collectively be really proud about, the disparities and segregations within the LGBTQI communities are disturbing to say the least.

Have a read here:


A Message of Hope: Gospel Music About HIV & AIDS (00:13:57)

Messengers of Hope is a gospel choir from Oakland, California that engages African American churches in conversation about HIV and AIDS.

"This is what HIV looks like; strong people, people of faith, black people." - Ernest Larkins, Messengers of Hope

Bringing Your Whole Self to Work (00:14:07)

There is no uniform federal law in the United States on discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace. In the absence of protective laws, progress has come from a surprising source, corporate America.

"The company sees the benefits of supporting LGBT employees. We're a basic chemical business in middle America. If we can make it work, any company can." - Bill Hendrix, Dow AgroSciences

Celebrate yourselves none the less but also bear in mind the collective

Peace and tolerance


Remember this?

The Wrath of a Bishop

Administrative Bishop for the New Testament
Church of God in Jamaica and The Cayman Islands,
Wellesley A. Blair

In a Jamaica Gleaner article published February 28, 2007, Administrative Bishop for the New Testament Church of God in Jamaica and The Cayman Islands, Wellesley A. Blair, said he is totally against legalizing homosexuality.

And he didn’t stop there. He’s also against abortion, and lesbianism, and he intends to fight against the acts with every “fiber of his being.”

"The amount of legislation that is being asked for in the area of abortion, in the area of homosexuality and to legalize anal sex. I want to state categorically and firmly, with every fibre of my being, that I am totally, scripturally against it," declared Bishop Blair.

Blair believes that gays and lesbians only have one of two rights.

"A homosexual only has one of two rights. It is either he changes his life or accepts the just punishment of God, as He did in Sodom and Gomorra," he said.

Bishop Blair also made it clear that God did not make any homosexuals or “create any Sodomites,” as they (Sodomites) made themselves that way, at least according to his interpretation of the Book of Romans chapter one.

He added that those who are talking about the setting up of a gay church in Jamaica, must remember that there are a few God-fearing, Holy Ghost, holiness preachers who are still around and who are very adamant that they will do everything legally and spiritually in their power to bar that.

What he really was saying is that if you set up a church that accepts gays and lesbians, watch your back.

Bishop Blair said that “Sodomites who are caught should be beaten. I believe that when the court orders lashing, some of those Sodomites who are caught and some of the criminals, should be brought in the square of Half-Way Tree and be lashed and send them home.”

Blair said he will be monitoring what goes on inside Gordon House, Jamaica’s Legislature, to see who would dare to vote for the passing of gay-friendly legislation. He said he will try to influence the Christian community to target politicians in the next election.

"If the legislation to legalize sodomy and lesbianism passes in Jamaica and it is signed into law, and God does not do something about it, God would have to wake up Sodom and Gomorra and beg them pardon," said Blair.

Last week, three gay men were beaten in the streets of Jamaica by a mob of 2,000 for being gay. Last year two lesbians were found murdered in an apparent hate crime. In recent years, gay hate crimes in Jamaica have skyrocketed to all time high numbers proving that Jamaica could quite possibly be the most homophobic place on Earth.

Pity that a church man finds this necessary to say about persons of whom his main task as a religious leader is to win souls for the Kingdom, whatever the condition and whomever the soul maybe, it is NOT his job to be judging and issuing a kind of fatwa as how same gender loving persons should be treated. This one was published before the life of this blog so I thought I'd share it and bring us up to speed with all the damning things said of us.

Please be safe out there and vigilant as well.

Peace and tolerance


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Homosexuality in schools in St. Lucia


Coming on the heels of our own so called concerns raised about same sex issues in schools a news item was carried on St. Lucian television where the matter seemed to have been dealt with far more maturely than our educators have done in creating a kind of panic of sorts here see if you agree with the section of the interview where the interviewer said sometimes children experiment with in same sex intimacy.

See the post below for the local perspective or go HERE:

Here is the video on the subject:

Discussions on homosexuality should be included as part of sex education on the island's schools, so says former chief medical officer, Dr. Stephen King. Dr. King says that students are constantly grapple with issues of homosexuality and need to be educated on the issue. The statement comes as Dr. King says that a health study conducted by the Pan Health Organization (PAHO) indicates that many children have homosexuality tendency and confusions during puberty.

Students are struggling with issues of homosexuality and need education and guidance on the matter. That’s according to former Chef Medical Officer, Dr. Stephen King. As a result – he believes sex education should include conversations on homosexuality as it is part of human sex behavior. The statement comes weeks after a female student was allegedly sexually assaulted by three other females at a secondary school on the island.

Dr. Stephen King says findings from health surveys show many children engage in homosexuality and conversation on the matter would actually lessen confusion on the issue. The pathologist by profession added that discussions at schools would also help to reduce stigma and discrimination and stop the violation of human rights against gay individuals.

The President of the Principals Association sees things differently. She believes introducing homosexuality discussions in school would just compound the uncertainty of students.

Recently the US state of Tennessee passed a "Don't Say Gay Bill," The law makes saying gay or homosexuality, let alone discussing the matter, illegal in Tennessee schools.

There is nothing wrong with including discussions on homosexuality as part of sex education in schools, so says Education Minister Arsene James.
The Minister was responding to calls for discussions on the topic to be included in the sex education curriculum to help student's grapple with issues of sexuality. Former Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Stephen King and the National Aids Program Secretariat have also supported the call.
However it has been fiercely opposed by some quarters.

Meanwhile A veteran local educator and former President of the Saint Lucia Teachers Union has come out in support of the introduction of homosexuality as a curriculum subject for discussion in schools. But Mrs. Virginia Albert-Poyotte, who is also the local representative for Education International believes authorities are too scared to tackle what they consider to be a very sensitive subject.

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A look at the fear of the feminine (Effemophobia) by Jamaican standards & how it drives the homo-negative perceptions/homophobia in Jamaican culture/national psyche.


After catching midway a radio discussion on the subject of Jamaica being labelled as homophobic I did a quick look at the long held belief in Jamaica by anti gay advocates, sections of media and homophobes that several murders of alleged gay victims are in fact 'crimes of passion' or have jealousy as their motives but it is not as simple or generalized as that.

Listen without prejudice to this and other podcasts on one of my Soundcloud channels

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Aphrodite’s PRIDE JA tackles gender identity, transgender misconceptions .....

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?

Satiba responded that many transwomen have to hide their true identity in life .... given her life when she was younger she was a star athlete she would have been under tremendous precious to stay in from the expectations by the public and her team etc, also owing to the fact that she had a family as a man with children one may not want to upset the flow at that time until the kids are old enough. There is a lot of burden of guilt that some persons carry in weighing the decisions of coming out or transitioning so suppression of one’s true self is the modus operandi.

Dr Carpenter cautioned after a heated exchange:

“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......”

Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica, APJ launched their website

Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica, APJ launched their website on December 1 2015 on World AIDS Day where they hosted a docu-film and after discussions on the film Human Vol 1

audience members interacting during a break in the event

film in progress

visit the new APJ website HERE

See posts on APJ's work: HERE (newer entries will appear first so scroll to see older ones)

Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Homophobia - What are we afraid of?

Former host of Dr Sexy Live on Nationwide radio and Sexologist tackles in a simplistic but to the point style homophobia and asks the poignant question of the age, What really are we as a nation afraid of?

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

also see:
Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation

Sexuality - What is yours?

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:

Urgent Need to discuss sex & sexuality II

Following a cowardly decision by the Minister(try) of Education to withdraw an all important Health Family Life, HFLE Manual on sex and sexuality

I examine the possible reasons why we have the homo-negative challenges on the backdrop of a missing multi-generational understanding of sexuality and the focus on sexual reproductive activity in the curriculum.

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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

Newstalk 93FM's Issues On Fire: Polygamy Should Be Legalized In Jamaica 08.04.14

debate by hosts and UWI students on the weekly program Issues on Fire on legalizing polygamy with Jamaica's multiple partner cultural norms this debate is timely.

Also with recent public discourse on polyamorous relationships, threesomes (FAME FM Uncensored) and on social.

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Violence & venom force gay Jamaicans to hide

a 2009 Word focus report where the history of the major explosion of homeless MSM occurred and references to the party DVD that was leaked to the bootleg market which exposed many unsuspecting patrons to the public (3:59), also the caustic remarks made by former member of Parliament in the then JLP administration.

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