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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Call to Action: International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2016

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This year's International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization is approaching, taking place on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

As in previous years, on this day and in the course of October activist groups throughout the world will organize demonstrations and other actions demanding trans depathologization.

The slogan of the 2016 Call to Action is:

Stop Pathologizing Gender and Bodily Diversity

If you would like to participate in the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2016 and organize an action in your city, please send us a message.

In order to view STP's Call to Action published on August 9, 2016:
http://www.stp2012.info/old/en/news#call_to_action2016

The main objectives of STP are the removal of the classification of gender transition processes as a mental disorder from the diagnostic manuals (DSM of the American Psychiatric Association and ICD of the World Health Organization), access to state-funded trans health care, a change of the trans health care model, from an assessment towards an informed consent approach, legal gender recognition without medical requirements, depathologization of gender diversity in childhood, as well as protection from transphobic violence.

This website aims to visibilize the objectives, manifestos and actions of this Campaign, as well as the list of collective and individual supporters.

Since 2009, STP launches each year the Call to Action for the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization, with activities being organized in cities all over the world throughout the month of October.

In October 2016, more than 120 actions took place in 47 cities worldwide within the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2016.

Furthermore, at the moment (October 2016), STP counts on the support of 410 activism groups and networks, public institutions and political organizations from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania.

Apart from the annual call for action in October, during the year STP carries out information, networking and lobbying activities for trans depathologization.

Currently, trans depathologization activism continues to focus on the revision process of the
International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems

(ICD), which is published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The expected approval
date of ICD-11 by the World Health Assembly is 20184
.
As noted in previous press releases5,6,7
, we believe that the removal of trans-specific categories
from the ‘Mental and behavioural disorders’ Chapter and the inclusion of a trans-specific
 1 STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. STP launches the Call to Action for the
International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2016, August 9, 2016. Available at:
http://www.stp2012.info/old/en/news#call_to_action2016 2 STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. Acciones Octubre 2016 / October 2016 Actions.
Available at: http://stp2012.info/old/en/press#october2016_actions
3 STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. Support. Available at:
http://stp2012.info/old/en/supports 4 WHO, World Health Organization. The International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision is due by
2018. Available at: http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/revision/en/ 5 GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality, STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. GATE
and STP Press Release: New Developments in the ICD Revision Process, August 19, 2014. Available at:
http://www.stp2012.info/old/en/news#information_ICD_revision_process
6 STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. STP Press Release: International Day of Action
for Trans Depathologization 2014. 

Available at:
http://www.stp2012.info/STP_Press_Release_October_2014.pdf
7 STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. 

STP Press Release: International Day of Action
for Trans Depathologization 2015. Available at:
http://www.stp2012.info/STP_Press_Release_October2015.pdf

Thursday, October 20, 2016

International Study Finds High Levels of Adherence to Use of Rectal Microbicide Gel

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Participants as adherent to using gel with sex as taking a daily pill for HIV prevention

CHICAGO, October 20, 2016 – Participants enrolled in a rectal microbicide study were just as likely to follow through using an anti-HIV gel with anal sex as they were to using daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), according to adherence results presented today at the HIV Research for Prevention conference (HIVR4P). The study, led by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Microbicide Trials Network (MTN), was the first extended safety study of a rectal microbicide for prevention of HIV infection from anal sex, which initially reported that the gel was safe in February 2016.

The Phase II study, MTN-017, began in September 2013 and enrolled 195 men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women at sites in Peru, Thailand, South Africa and the United States, including Puerto Rico. MTN-017 participants –12 percent of whom were transgender women – cycled through three study regimens which each lasted eight weeks: reduced glycerin tenofovir gel used daily, reduced glycerin tenofovir gel used before and after anal sex, and daily use of the antiretroviral tablet Truvada® (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) as PrEP, developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Researchers found that most participants were highly adherent during the course of MTN-017, using study products 80 percent of the time or more. Participants were similarly adherent to using gel before and after sex (93 percent) as they were to taking daily oral Truvada (94 percent). They were less adherent when using the gel on a daily basis (83 percent).

“Overall adherence to the three regimens in MTN-017 was high,” said Alex Carballo-Diéguez, Ph.D., HIVR4P abstract co-author and professor of medical psychology, Columbia University. “What we found most remarkable was that even though efficacy of the gel has not been established, its adherence was similar to oral Truvada, which we know is effective. This tells us that rectal microbicide gels, provided they are proven effective, could be a potential alternative for people who don’t want to use daily oral PrEP.”

Adherence in MTN-017 was measured by a combination of responses to daily questions sent by text message, number of returned gel applicators, and blood tests to confirm the presence or absence of drug. Throughout the study, researchers employed real-time pharmacokinetics (PK), in which they regularly tested participants’ blood to assess the presence of drug – a determinant of whether they were using their assigned study products – and shared the results with participants as part of their adherence counseling sessions. These sessions also included convergence interviews, collaborative conversations to engage participants and clarify discrepancies among adherence measures.

In a related HIVR4P poster session (P24.11), Iván C. Balán, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical psychology, Columbia University, found that convergence interviews conducted in MTN-017, which were aimed at improving the accuracy of adherence data, were feasible and acceptable to both adherence counselors and study participants. They also provided important context to understanding discrepancies in product use assessments and PK results. Engaging study participants as allies in the process was critical to avoid making them feel confronted and thus becoming defensive, noted Dr. Balán.

In addition to Dr. Carballo-Diéguez, abstract co-authors include Dr. Balán, Rebecca Giguere, M.P.H., Curtis Dolezal, Ph.D., Cheng-Shiun Leu, Ph.D., William Brown III, Ph.D., Titcha Ho, Ph.D., Camagu Tuswa-Haynes, M.S., all with the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University; Javier Lama, M.D., IMPACTA PERU Clinical Trials Unit; Jeanna Piper, M.D., Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the NIH; Barbra Richardson, Ph.D., University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Ian McGowan, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; and Ross Cranston, M.D., Microbicide Trials Network.

Dr. Cranston is protocol chair of MTN-017 and Dr. Lama is protocol co-chair.

MTN-017 was funded by NIAID and the National Institute of Mental Health, both components of the NIH. Tenofovir gel was developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc., of Foster City, Calif., which assigned the rights for tenofovir gel to CONRAD, of Arlington, Va., and the International Partnership for Microbicides of Silver Spring, Md., in December 2006. Clinical input and study supplies of reduced glycerin tenofovir gel were provided by CONRAD, with funding from USAID.

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Dr. Carballo-Diéguez’s abstract (QA20.01) is part of the HIV R4P oral presentation session Trust But Verify: Understanding Adherence taking place from 10:30-noon CDT, Wed., October 20. It is one of 22 MTN abstracts being presented at the HIVR4P 2016 conference. Webcasts of all HIVR4P 2016 sessions, along with the conference program and more information on the meeting is available at hivr4p.org.

More information and materials about MTN-017 and rectal microbicides are available athttp://www.mtnstopshiv.org/news/studies/mtn017.



About the Microbicide Trials Network

The Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) is an HIV/AIDS clinical trials network established in 2006 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases with co-funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Mental Health, all components of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Based at Magee-Womens Research Institute and the University of Pittsburgh, the MTN brings together international investigators and community and industry partners whose work is focused on the development and rigorous evaluation of promising microbicides – products applied inside the vagina or rectum that are intended to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV – from the earliest phases of clinical study to large-scale trials that support potential licensure of these products for widespread use. More information about the MTN is available at www.mtnstopshiv.org.

MTN is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health grants UM1AI068633, UM1AI068615 and UM1AI106707.

Click here for PDF version of this document.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

African Women Using Anti-HIV Vaginal Ring Say Sex Felt the Same

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African women in a study of a vaginal ring used as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the most part said wearing the ring did not affect the physical act of sex. However, for some the worry that their partner would discover they were using the ring reduced the enjoyment of sex. Also, the few women who were burdened by intimate partner violence were much less likely to use the ring.

At the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) meeting in Chicago, researchers presented new findings from the MTN-020 study, also known as ASPIRE, of a dapivirine-containing vaginal ring studied as PrEP among 2,629 women 18 to 45 years old in Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Study results presented at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa (AIDS 2016), in July showed that on the whole, giving the ring to women reduced their risk of HIV by 27 percent. Women who used the ring with greater frequency had a 56 percent reduced risk, and those who used it consistently had a 75 percent reduced risk of HIV.

To reach the new findings, the researchers interviewed 214 participants who used the ring about their qualitative experiences with it. Most said the ring did not affect the physical act of sex negatively.

However, some women said they fixated on how their male partners would react if they found out about the ring. Consequently, some of them removed the ring before sex, which is not recommended. Others curtailed certain sexual practices they thought would raise the risk of the man finding the ring, including particular sexual positions and receptive oral or digital sex.

Some women reported having greater sexual satisfaction because they believed the ring was protecting them against HIV. But others had the opposite experience because of their worries over their male partners discovering the ring.

Less than 5 percent of the women said they experienced intimate partner-related violence or other related social harms. Those who did were nearly two and a half times more likely to adhere poorly to the ring’s protocol for use (the women received instructions to leave each ring in for a month).

Sixty-four percent of the women told their male partners they were using the ring at the beginning of the study. Thirteen percent never disclosed their use of the ring to their partners.

To read a press release about the study, click here or HERE: Women Report Vaginal Ring for Preventing HIV Had Little Effect on Sexual Intercourse

ASPIRE evaluated whether the ring, which continuously releases the anti-HIV drug dapivirine, could safely reduce HIV infection among 2,629 women aged 18-45 years living in Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Among participants randomized to receive the dapivirine ring, risk of HIV infection fell by 27 percent. A further analysis found that the ring reduced the risk of HIV infection by at least 56 percent among women who used it with greater frequency, and up to 75 percent or higher among those who used it consistently. Further exploration of the ring’s clinical potential began in July 2016 through the large-scale HOPE (HIV Open-Label Prevention Extension) study, also known as MTN-025 (link is external). ASPIRE, HOPE and their ancillary studies were primarily funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides developed the dapivirine ring and supplied it for the studies.

“Women need an HIV prevention modality that offers safe, effective protection and is practical for use in their daily lives,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “Women enrolled in the MTN-020/ASPIRE study reported that the experimental vaginal ring generally did not interfere with sexual intercourse, which is an encouraging sign that this product could appeal to a larger group of women at risk for HIV infection.”

The ASPIRE study staff interviewed 214 participants who used the ring to obtain qualitative data about their sexual experiences during the trial. A team led by Nicole Laborde, Ph.D., M.P.H., of RTI International in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, analyzed the participant responses. While most of these women found that the ring did not negatively affect the physical act of sex, some women said they were continually preoccupied with how their partners would react if they felt or discovered the ring. To address this issue, some women removed the ring before sex, a practice not recommended by study investigators. Other women limited sexual activities that they believed might heighten their partners’ awareness of the ring, such as certain sexual positions and receptive oral or digital sex.

Some women reported greater sexual satisfaction partially due to perceived protection provided by the ring. Other women reported diminished sexual pleasure associated with the worry that their male partners would notice the ring during sex.

Additional analyses of the ASPIRE data revealed other patterns of experience among study participants. Because women who face intimate partner violence and other social harms more often find it difficult to adhere to the clinically proven once-daily antiretroviral drug Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, researchers investigated the connection between consistent use of the ring and these issues. While fewer than 5 percent of all ASPIRE study participants reported incidents of intimate partner-related violence or other social harms, women who did report violence or social harm within a month of the interview were nearly 2.5 times more likely to have low adherence to the ring. Younger age at enrollment, having a new primary partner and not disclosing study participation or ring use to the primary partner were significantly associated with reporting social harms. These findings, reported by a team led by Thesla Palanee-Phillips, M.Med.Sci, Ph.D., M.Sc., at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, indicate that more research is needed to determine strategies to mitigate low adherence in the context of intimate partner violence and other social harms in future studies of female-controlled prevention methods.
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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:
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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:






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





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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.

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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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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 or lgbtevent@gmail.com



Activities & Plans: ongoing and future
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Individuals who are mentioned or whose photographs appear on this site are not necessarily Homosexual, HIV positive or have AIDS.

This blog contains pictures that may be disturbing. We have taken the liberty to present these images as evidence of the numerous accounts of homophobic violence meted out to alleged gays in Jamaica.

Faces and names withheld for the victims' protection.

This blog not only watches and covers LGBTQ issues in Jamaica and elsewhere but also general human rights and current affairs where applicable.

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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.

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VACANT AT LAST! SHOEMAKERGULLY: DISPLACED MSM/TRANS PERSONS WERE IS CLEARED DECEMBER 2014





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

GLBTQJA (Blogger): 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



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Portia Simpson Miller - SIMPSON MILLER DEFENDS GAY COMMENT 23.12.11


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


MSM Homelessness 2011 ...my 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




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