The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM/Transgender reviewed & 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 New 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, March 26, 2015

March 31 for Anti Gay Rev Al Miller's Corruption Trial & No Case Submission

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ATTORNEYS FOR popular anti gay pastor the Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller signaled that they will make a no-case submission to have the corruption case against him dismissed.

This disclosure by Miller's lead attorney, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, came in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Court after prosecutors close their case in the corruption trial earlier this year.



Dudus Coke in Disguise when found in the Reverend's company (above) Reverend miller and Dudus without disguise 

"We will address the court on the status of the prosecution's case, and we propose to make submissions on why this case should not continue," Samuels said in court on January 29th this year.

Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe-Reece will hear the no-case submission on March 31, when the trial is schedule to resume.



Found With 'Dudus'

Miller is on trial for attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was charged after then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was captured in a sport utility vehicle the clergyman was driving along Mandela Highway in St Catherine in 2010.

Before the prosecution closed its case, police Sergeant Winston Radcliffe testified, during a second cross-examination, that he had not located the notebook in which he made recordings at the time Coke was nabbed.

Radcliffe was asked by Miller's attorney to produce the notebook after he gave evidence last July that the popular clergyman led police on a high-speed chase in St Catherine, twice ignoring their attempts to stop the SUV he was driving.

That account was challenged by Samuels-Brown, who suggested to the policeman that there was no second stop.

Radcliffe conceded that he did not record the second stop in his notebook, but insisted that it did take place.

It would seem that the goodly reverend was more than prepared to assist a fugitive to evade our local jurisdiction towards a foreign power (the US embassy) at the time by carrying in disguise Dudus wearing the now infamous wig, dress and makeup even as those are presentations for drag culture related to gay life yet he publicly opposes homosexuality. 

He even when as far as to state he would carry the fugitve again, see more HERE

Also see my previous entry on sister blog GLBTQJA Wordpress: REVEREND AL MILLER’S OWN MORAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST & ANTI GAY CAMPAIGN

and 

Rev Al Miller - the gay lobby is not asking for buggery decriminalization because of discrimination but to force homosexuality on the nation .......


also see:
REV AL MILLER SAYS GAY LOBBY IS USING THE GUISE OF TOLERANCE TO GET THE NATION TO ACCEPT THE “GAY LIFESTYLE”

Peace and tolerance


H

Vehicle damaged in gay love triangle in St Catherine

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Need we have gone there .......... really! but I was asked what I thought about this latest one in my home parish.



Stories like this however does not help any and only serves to reinforce homo-negative beliefs alongside the conflation of Jealousy among gay men versus genuine homophobic incidents. The public often use such matters to generalize what they surmise as normative behavior among gay men so homophobic feelings are justified hence denial of any LGBT rights and or recognition.

Just days before we saw the very example of disbelief and denial of real homophobic events taking place in the form of dancehall act Shaggy telling a radio station overseas that Jamaicans are not killing homosexuals.

Jealousy is believed to have been the reason that led a man to damage the vehicle of his supposed male lover.

The incident happened in a popular gated community in St Catherine early Sunday morning.

Eyewitnesses said a man was denied entry to an apartment because another man was present in the apartment with the male tenant.

That resulted in the tenant's motor vehicle windshield being damaged with a machete. The police were alerted and the perpetrator collared.

The incident has infuriated residents as they believe the alleged homosexuals must go.

They said they cannot live close to the homosexuals because of the problems they have been experiencing.

"Is regular that happen. Man have to all jump through window! Dem all pop off the window to climb go upstairs," said a woman, who was adamant she would be telephoning the landlord who resides abroad.

"A blue Swift used to be parked out here. One night, a man jump down on it, (damaging its bonnet) " she added.

A resident who came to the location because of the commotion caused by the incident, contacted the landlord of the apartment to apprise her of the latest incident and the discontentment of the residents.

Though having security guards, sections of the housing scheme have also been beset by unscrupulous individuals who tamper with house doors and steal car batteries. Residents have also reported break-ins.

When the police were contacted, a constable couldn't make any statement about the incident, as the shift that dealt with that incident had already left.

However, the constable stated that she was aware of a break-in which happened sometime last week.

And as Shaggy's comments describing himself as lesbian whilst denying homophobic attacks or killings make the rounds the temperature out there is hot again. Sadly this will only put some pressure on the all important crisis communication element of public advocacy.

The other side of this is that lovers, buddies, friends in same gender (sometimes non romantic) sexual liaisons need to understand that solving disagreements so publicly can be detrimental to the struggle whether they subscribe to it or not.

Peace and tolerance

H

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Man Bites Another in Argument after Allegedly Called a Battyman

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"Battyman" in Jamaican parlance is the main word used to describe a male homosexual or an effeminate man wanting supposedly in the minds of the user to become or play the role of a woman, men do not take kindly in some instances to the use of the word to label them or as insults in an argument.


The ease at which in some simple arguments the use of such words or related ones can lead to near death consequences is shown here in this latest court case as outlined below. Damaging words in a verbal spat can lead to all out physical violence, as has happened repeatedly in Jamaica, men arguing in everyday comings and goings use words or expletives such as "Fish" "Battyman" Suck-pussy" and other such words that imply a feminization or weakening of the offending party's position if not literally then psychologically as power differentials play out so as to score points. 

An intervening party also found himself in some challenges after trying to calm the situation with the original two men who were arguing. The above words however did not appear or were mentioned in the official case report and court proceedings but hints were made to such effect carefully and respectfully in front of the bench.

St Ann Resident Magistrate Court

A man who bit another on his left thigh said he acted in self defence because he was under attack and had to do something to defend himself. Lancaster Seivwright and Roman Fields appeared in the St. Ann’s Bay Resident Magistrates court on Tuesday, March 5, before RM Peter Wilson in a case and cross case. The matter was brought to my attention via an email from someone who is close to the situation. 

Both men are charged for unlawfully wounding each other.

In the case against Seiwwight, the court was told hat on December 15, 2014, he bit Fields on the left thigh. Seivwright pleaded guilty. Fields is accused of using a machete to slap Seivwright and chop him on his hand. Fields too pleaded guilty but said it was in self defence. The court heard that on the same day, Fields armed with two machetes was involved in a dispute with another man. Seivwright intervened verbally and this reportedly angered Fields who changed and directed his anger towards Seivwright. It was at that point the words named above were used allegedly at him and also the other two men were already at each other in anger as well supposedly using the terms.



A scuffle developed between both men and during which Seivwright was reportedly slapped and chopped. In making his case of self defence, Fields claimed that he was attacked by another man and that Seivwright came on the scene and enquired what was happening. 

He said he and Seivwright started to argue and that Seivwright attacked him and bit him. “You a tell lie and that couldn’t be self defence,” Seivwright said before he was told by the RM to be quiet. 

Seivwright later told the court that Fields left from a bar and came to where he was and chopped at him. He said in order to avoid serious injury he jumped on Fields and bit him. Fields was told by RM Wilson to “fix up yuh story.’ 

Both men were summoned to court and were bound over to return on June 4 when their case will again be mentioned. Fields remains in police lock up though in relation to another matter also before the court.

A previous case shows us how the use of the word can cause issues where 3 schoolboys were tried after allegedly beating another male student and the "battyman" or "battybois" term was used repeatedly, see more HERE: 3 Schoolboys face the court for beating other male student allegedly for calling them "battybois" 

Such are the times 

Peace and tolerance

H


Friday, March 20, 2015

UK Supreme Court dismisses Secretary of State's appeal on designated state status of Jamaica and risk to homosexuals

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Court hands down judgement in R (on the application of Jamar Brown (Jamaica)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] UKSC 8




The Supreme Court on March 4th dismissed the Secretary of State's appeal in the case of Jamar Brown (Jamaica) [2015] UKSC 8.

You can read the judgment here.

The case concerned Jamaica's inclusion in the list of designated states under s 94(4) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, and the risk to homosexuals.

For more information, you can read the Court's press summary below:

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4 March 2015
PRESS SUMMARY

R (on the application of Jamar Brown (Jamaica)) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) [2015] UKSC 8

On appeal from [2013] EWCA Civ 666

JUSTICES: Lady Hale (Deputy President), Lord Sumption, Lord Carnwath, Lord Hughes and Lord Toulson

BACKGROUND TO THE APPEALS

The Respondent is a citizen of Jamaica. He arrived in the UK on 7 May 2010 on a one-month visitor's visa. On 14 October 2010 he applied for asylum on the ground that he is homosexual and feared persecution if he returned to Jamaica. On 20 October 2010, he was detained pending a decision on removal. This was done pursuant to a fast-tracking procedure as Jamaica was on the list of states designated under s 94(4) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (the "Act").

Jamaica was added to the s 94(4) list by article 3 of the Asylum (Designated State) Order 2003 (SI 2003/970). This was done pursuant to the Secretary of State's power in s 94(5) of the Act as it was believed that the following conditions were met: "(a) there is in general in that State or part no serious risk of persecution of persons entitled to reside in that State or part, and (b) removal to that State or part of persons entitled to reside there will not in general contravene the United Kingdom's obligations under the Human Rights Convention".

Jamaica's inclusion on the s 94(4) list meant that asylum or human rights claims from individuals entitled to reside in Jamaica were required to be certified by the Secretary of State as "clearly unfounded" unless the Secretary of State was satisfied that this was not the case (s 94(3) of the Act). The effect of this was that appeals made by applicants against immigration decisions in relation to "clearly unfounded" claims would have to be brought from outside the UK (s 92 of the Act).

The Respondent's complaints that it was unlawful to detain him and that the fast-tracking process was unsuitable for his case were rejected by the Secretary of State. As a result, on 15 November 2010 the Respondent issued a claim for judicial review seeking declarations on two grounds: (i) his detention was unlawful; and, (ii) the decision to include Jamaica on the list in section 94(4) of the Act was unlawful.

On the same day, the Home Secretary refused the Respondent's claim for asylum but did not certify it as clearly unfounded. This meant that he could appeal the decision whilst remaining in the UK. The Respondent was released from detention on 24 November 2010. On 4 February 2011, the First Tier Tribunal upheld his claim that he was homosexual and at real risk of persecution if returned to Jamaica.

The Deputy High Court Judge, Mr Nicholas Paines QC, dismissed both of the Respondent's grounds. The Court of Appeal allowed, by majority of two to one, the Respondent's appeal on whether Jamaica should be designated under section 94(4). It held unanimously that his detention had been unlawful on other grounds. The Home Secretary appealed to the Supreme Court solely on whether Jamaica should be included in the section 94(4) list.

JUDGMENT

The Supreme Court unanimously dismisses the appeal. Lord Toulson (with whom Lady Hale, Lord Sumption and Lord Carnwath agree) delivers the lead judgment. Lord Hughes concurs with the result but for different reasons.

REASONS FOR THE JUDGMENT

Lord Toulson (in the majority) reads s 94(5) of the Act as referring to countries where its citizens are free from any serious risk of systematic persecution either by the state or by non-state agents which the state is unable or unwilling to control. The phrase "in general" differentiates persecution which occurs in the ordinary course of things from isolated incidents of persecution. It does not require the persecution to affect any particular percentage of the population [21].

Rather, the persecution must be a general feature of life in the country and apply to a recognisable section of the community. This reading is influenced by the fact that "persecution" within the Refugee Convention will often be directed towards minorities and that the majority of asylum and human rights claimants belong to minorities. Requiring the group persecuted to exceed a percentage threshold is open to several objections: there is no way of determining that threshold; it is hard to see why it should make a difference whether a group just exceeds or just falls below the threshold; and, there would be no way of obtaining reliable information about the size of many minority groups [22]. The leading authorities do not contend otherwise [13]-[19].

Lord Toulson is not persuaded that it makes little or no difference to individuals whether their state is on the s 94(4) list. The purpose of designation is that applicants from those countries will normally be detained and fast tracked, as borne out by the facts of this case. Designation of a state changes the complexion of the analysis of the claim [23].

Lord Hughes (in the minority) agrees that it would be impossible to lay down a defined percentage of the population which needs to be at risk before there exists "in general"a serious risk of persecution. However, the Secretary of State should not be prevented from designating a State under s 94(4) of the Act simply because some form of grouping or a recognisable section of the community may suffer persecution when in general that State is free from persecution [30]. To bar designation where the risk is systemic, in the sense that it applies to members of an identifiable group, risks redefining the phrase "in general" and removes the intended flexibility on the part of the Secretary of State to make these complex decisions [34]. Nonetheless, in this case the risk to all who are homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or trans-sexual can only properly be described as a "general" risk in Jamaica so that the appeal should be dismissed [36].

References in square brackets are to paragraphs in the judgment

NOTE

This summary is provided to assist in understanding the Court's decision. It does not form part of the reasons for the decision. The full judgment of the Court is the only authoritative document. Judgments are public documents and are available at:

www.supremecourt.gov.uk/decided-cases/index.html 


also see:


CCJ Reserves Judgement In Maurice Tomlinson Immigration Case ....... No restrictions on Caricom gays, TT officials say

KSAC working to clear streets of homeless people, will the LGBT populations be assisted as well?

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March 6 this year the housing minister proposed dipping into the National Housing Trust funds to provide shelter or expand existing old overcrowded facilities on Hanover Street in Kingston. It is now some three months since the Shoemaker Gully populations in New Kingston have been barred from accessing the area by temporary fencing/blockade via an operation by the police and the MSM?Transgender group is now scattered and some have gone into hiding as the cops continue to crack down on alleged miscreants in the group.

also see: Housing Minister seeks funds for Shelter from NHT Money ....... Will the LGBT Homeless be Assisted?


and


The stoning of JFLAG's offices by some of the men yet again this time at a different location in January has not helped the situation either with an ever deteriorating relationship one wonders where this will end. Now comes this 
Following the stabbing of a policeman and an eight-year-old boy in downtown Kingston on Wednesday by a man believed to be of unsound mind, the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation issued a release stating that it is committed to clearing the streets of the homeless.

“We continue to work in a responsible and caring manner to clear the streets of the homeless, some of whom are mentally ill. The Bellevue Hospital has partnered with us to treat these mentally ill individuals and to find a place for them”, announced Town Clerk Robert Hill.

The KSAC, through its Poor Relief Department, according to the release, has held several meetings and has partnered with many organisations to find accommodation for the homeless. Some have been placed at the KSAC’s own Marie Aitkens Shelter and other homes and have been trained in various skill sets, some have even been given jobs while others are still waiting to be placed.

The release said the process has been slow because of limited resources and options in assisting this group.

“The KSAC is always trying to assist the less fortunate and mentally ill in Kingston and St Andrew. This incident is unfortunate and we stand in solidarity with the youngster and his family. We pray that something like this will never happen again,” said Mayor Angela Brown Burke.

“We will continue to work in a coordinated effort with all the stakeholders with a

view to alleviate conditions that could lead to such incidence reoccurring,” the mayor said.


Trouble is such facilities are overburdened, the Salvation army's program by parade has been curtailed somewhat as a new edict by the goodly mayor some time ago also restricts open feeding of homeless persons be they LGBT or not.
With all the nice goals the Poor Relief Act espouses it has not been helpful at all to the displaced and homeless especially those who are LGBT. 








from top recent police clearance exercise, 3rd from top the Shoemaker Gully prior to the homeless moving in, the other two photos show previously identified spots for a shelter complete with signage yet it is left to be used a garbage dump as it was the present opposition party JLP's idea when they were in power, hence no continuity.

The Poor Relief Department of the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew is a welfare agency of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation. It was established as a result of the Poor Relief Act, which was enacted on April 29, 1886 and modified a number of times over the years.
The department was located at the Old Wolmer’s Ground (now an Arcade) – 65 Church Street, Kingston. It was relocated in the fifties to 65 Hanover Street – its present location.

Functions
The Poor Relief Department is the welfare of the Ministry of Local Government, Youth and Sports and is administered by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation under the Poor Relief Act. Its aims and objectives are to alleviate destitution in all its forms. Under Poor Relief Act, all persons who are physically or mentally disabled and unable to work and earn a livelihood and who are destitute are entitled to receive Poor Relief benefits.

Manning any shelters established, registering persons to be accommodated therein, and ensuring that food, bedding and health care are provided.

Investigation of persons who are reported to have suffered in the disaster.

Rehabilitation of disaster victims

Mission Statement
To serve as a catalyst for our clients, by alleviating destitution, to improve their standard of living and enhance their quality of life through counseling, rehabilitation and the use of available resources. All that we do will be in keeping with our motto “Show You Care; Do Your Share”.

Management Structure
The Board of Supervision is the legal body that supervises Poor Relief islandwide. The Poor Relief Committee (a sub-committee) is the manager of the poor on behalf of the Corporation as stipulated by the poor on behalf of the corporation as stipulated by the Poor Relief Act. The department is administered and operated by a group of social workers known as Poor Relief Officers. The chief among them is the Inspector of Poor. Others are the Deputy Inspector of Poor, the Senior Assistant Inspector of Poor and Assistant Inspectors of Poor. The Assistant Inspectors of Poor or Field Officers are in charge of one of the 13 zones that exist with the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew.
There are also some support staff that assist in carrying out the functions of Poor Relief Department. The Poor Relief Officers are guided in their work by Laws and Regulations governing the system. Some of the Laws are:-

1. Poor Relief Act
2. The Status of Children Act
3. The Married Women’s Property Act
4. The Affiliation Act
5. The Vagrancy Act
6. The Offenses Against the Person Act
7. The Children Adoption Act
8. The Maintenance Act
9. Mental Health Act
10. Juvenile Act

These functions are carried out through interviewing, investigating, counseling, visiting, reporting, rehabilitative intervention and referrals. Monitoring is done through domiciliary visits (follow-up) to evaluate client’s progress.

With growing numbers of younger MSM/Trans youth from other parishes adding to the already problematic populations we cannot ignore or overlook this group despite the negative press they have caused onto themselves over the past 7 years since the closure of the only MSM safe house by Jamaica AIDS Support/JFLAG under dubious circumstances.

Poor Relief Programs are supposed to consist of some of the items below but they seem not willing to touch the LGBT population with a long stick so for instance:


Poor Relief Assistance; Institution and Non-Institutional
Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation
Street People
Feeding Program
Indigent Housing
“Adopt a Child’
Shelter
Home Care

Eligibility
The criterion for eligibility is dependent on the program. For Poor Relief Assistance, “The persons entitled to relief are the persons within the parish who are wholly destitute of the means of subsistence, and are at the same time due to mental or physical causes, unable to work and earn a means of subsistence” (Poor Relief Act Section 29).
There are two forms of Poor Relief Assistance – the institutional and Non-Institutional.

1. The Institutional – care is available to destitute persons who are;
a. Without a dwelling place
b. Ailing and have on one to care for them
a. The Non-Institutional – care relates to those who need Poor Relief Assistance and can manage outside of an institution.
c. Those who become destitute because of circumstances such as catastrophe, which makes them entitled toDisaster relief and Rehabilitation is assisted as described in the Poor Relief Act.

The Street People Program is administered to those persons who are homeless and are in need of shelter, daily meals, medical attention and the opportunity to have a bath and change of clothing.,

The Marie Atkins Care Center for Street People was established in November 1993. The purpose of the center is to improve the quality of life for the Homeless. Clients are able to reunite with their families in U.S.A., Canada, Great Britain and here in Jamaica.
The Feeding Program is available to destitute persons who are able to provide a meal on any given days. Food packages are provided to registered clients monthly and a hot meal at some pay stations on pay days.

The Indigent Housing Program is available to an indigent who is in need of a house or who is in need of repairs to be done to his/her dwelling. This is facilitated through the Member of Parliament/Councilor S.E.S.P. allocation. The department in collaboration with the Food for the Poor also builds hosing units.

The Adopt a Child Program is an outreach initiative, which seeks sponsorship from organizations and individuals to provide a scholarship for destitute children who are doing well in school but are failing financial deprivation.
Shelter

Assistance and Services

The Poor Relief Department by virtue of the Poor Relief Act is the primary agency to relieve destitution and in all disaster it stands prominent as the authoritative body to make assistance readily available prior to committee approval. Assistance is given in the form of money, food, clothing and shelter inter alia.

Let us see if there'll be any improvements even as Dwayne's House an outfit designed to address the matter post JFLAG et al pussyfooting struggles to raise funds.

also see: Shelter Coming for Homeless Gays to date such shelter is nowhere in sight.

flashback podcasts:











Peace and tolerance

H

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Health Minister Says Boldness Needed to Change Buggery Laws for HIV Prevention Work to be Effective with at Risk Groups

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The Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson (right), is suggesting that the country may have to take the bold step and change the buggery law, if its to further reduce HIV infection rates.


Dr. Ferguson made the suggestion yesterday morning while addressing a regional consultation put on by UN-AIDS in New Kingston.

"There are laws that are still on our books that we believe unless we have the boldness to make the changes even as we now in Jamaica enjoy a 1.7% prevalence rate; the at risk groups still remain of great concern to us, unless we move to give access; equitable access to those at risk groups in spite of the results in the last decade or more we'll just not be able to get to the zero infection that we have been talking about."

Men who have sex with men are at the highest risk of HIV infection in Jamaica.

They accounted for more than 30 per cent of new infections in 2012.


Epidemiologist and AIDS researcher, Dr. Peter Figueroa, says Jamaica has made little progress in its efforts to reduce HIV infection among homosexuals and other ‘at-risk’ groups.

"If you can start a meaningful dialogue and process so that these spheres of influence the politicians are not going to remove that by themselves because if any set of persons feel is excluded by society then it is going to be very difficult for them to actually take responsibility and ensure that we can do the things that will prevent them from becoming infected"


also see:

Health Ministry To Reach MSM, Commercial Sex Workers Through Church 2015

Caribbean Region Must Change Mindset About HIV/AIDS – Dr. Ferguson

Promised (I mean suggested) Conscience vote on Buggery law not a priority right now (yet again) says Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller


YOUNG MSM/TRANSGENDER WANT TO BE TREATED AS CITIZENS NOT POTENTIAL HIV/AIDS VICTIMS

Gay Men Are Receptive to Sexual Health Info on Hookup Sites says Scottish Study

German Study: Gay men who discuss HIV status with sexual partners are less likely to acquire HIV


St. Kitts and Nevis PM Douglas defends PANCAP’s Justice For All programme

Continued oversight or deliberate overlooking of Jamaican SGL Women in HIV Prevention?

Jamaica Increasing Funding For HIV/AIDS Programmes

13,328 Jamaican MSM Reached by HIV Prevention says report on National HIV Program ........ but

New Efforts To Halt Spread Of HIV Among Gay Jamaica Men

Concerns for HIV prevalence rate in MSM in Jamaica & connected matters

Incestuous messes, poor NGO monitoring & ever deepening mistrust about "gay rights"

Why did CVCC & JFJ not Fund a Project/Home for Homeless LGBT Youth in New Kingston instead of the Children’s Home Fiasco ...........

YOUNG MSM/TRANSGENDER WANT TO BE TREATED AS CITIZENS NOT POTENTIAL HIV/AIDS VICTIMS from March 2014

HIV and MSM community: Should we care? — Pt 2

Layered Stigma among Health Facility and Social Services Staff toward Most-at-Risk Populations in Jamaica

Big AIDS fight boost - Ja gets US$3.8 million from US$7-b fund

2007 MSM Study Reminder

New HIV infections rising in region, Unprotected straight, anal and bisexual intercourse blamed 2011

Review condom policy for prisoners

Continued oversight of same gender loving women in HIV response

Easier access to public health care for HIV-infected gay men (Observer)


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Teen Sentenced for Stabbing Gay Jamaican in the UK

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Martin Thomas stab killing: 

Man and youths get custodial terms


Martin Thomas was stabbed to death at his Roehampton home in April 2014

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A boy who stabbed to death a gay man whom he believed was interested in him has been sentenced to at least 15 years in custody.

Usher Sawyers was 15 when he robbed and murdered Martin Thomas, 39, at his home in Roehampton, south-west London.

His accomplices, a boy of 14 and Odel Munroe, 20, were handed seven years and 12 years respectively for manslaughter.

The Old Bailey heard 6ft 2ins tall Sawyers dropped his bloody deerstalker hat as he fled the scene, last April.


Usher Sawyers, Odel Munroe and the then 13-year-old boy were all found guilty of robbery

Sawyers, now aged 16 and from Putney, south London, stabbed Mr Thomas five times with a kitchen knife he found at his victim's home.

Sentencing, Judge Gerald Gordon said: "You ended the life of a man who had come to this country seeking safety from persecution for his lifestyle and thought he had found it."

He told Sawyers he had identified his victim as the "perfect target" because he believed there was - on his part - a sexual element to their relationship.


"What is clear by that day, you had identified him as a person who would be unlikely to report you to police afterwards and therefore a perfect target for robbery," Judge Gordon said.

He ordered Sawyers be detained at her majesty's pleasure for a minimum of 15 years for the murder, plus 10 years for robbery. Both sentences will run concurrently.

Judge Gordon further ordered the 14-year-old boy to serve seven years for manslaughter and five years for robbery while Munroe, of Wandsworth High Street, south-west London, was sentenced to 12 years for manslaughter plus nine years for robbery, both to run concurrently.

Peace and tolerance

H

Friday, March 6, 2015

Disturbing Paedophile Case & Conflation of Same Gender Sex with Abuse

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Another unfortunate and awful story involving a young boy and a thirty year old man has prompted some to suggest that LGBT rights must not be granted to the lobby as this as happened unfortunately to this youngster is what will result. Moral panic as usual clouds sensible judgement and discussions and then so called Christians unethically use these cases to bolster their anti gay positions.


Firstly here is the Star News version of the story:

Held in cave for several hours
A seven-year-old boy was allegedly abducted and brutally sodomised yesterday in the Evan Street area of May Pen, Clarendon, reportedly by a 30-year-old man from the community.
The alleged attacker was later held and severely beaten by members of the community.
The child's mother told THE WEEKEND STAR that the youngster went to a nearby gully to catch fish, when he was tied up, taken to a cave some three miles away and sodomised for hours.
She said after noticing her son was gone for an unusually long period, she went outside and saw a crowd of people coming towards her house with the boy crying uncontrollably. He reportedly gave vivid details and was immediately taken to the May Pen Police Station, then the May Pen Hospital, where he was treated by doctors.
"Parents keep your eyes on your children, don't let them out of your sight for a minute ... it's not only girls it a happen to, them a rape off the young boys them too," she said in an impassioned plea.
Was shocked
An uncle of the traumatised boy, who is a grade-one student at a primary school in the parish, said he was shocked when he saw the crowd coming towards him with his nephew crying.
He said upon being questioned, the child described his assailant. An angry crowd went searching for the suspect, who was then seen with one of his brothers. Both men were beaten mercilessly.
"After the people them go up a him house, him and his brother start run, but the people run them down and beat them badly before the police come rescue them and carry them go hospital," the uncle explained.
Police confirmed that they have received a report of the incident and that the two men have been admitted to hospital as they continue their investigations.

ENDS

Sadly the worrying trend it seems of children being sexually abused or killed as a recent beheading story of a 14 year old girl shows is indeed worrying but to deliberately attached that to the decriminalization or repeal of buggery as justification to block/deny such moves is downright deceptive as was hinted to in a radio discussion this morning on one of the religious radio stations.


It is well established both in layman's terms as well as the DSM, diagnostic statistical manual and WIKIPEDIA that paedophilia is a sexual attraction of adults to children that is diagnosable and treatable but homosexuality is not a disorder and or 'treatable'

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pedophilia Classification and external resources
ICD-10 F65.4
ICD-9 302.2
MeSH D010378


Pedophilia or paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger.[1][2] As a medical diagnosis, specific criteria for the disorder extend the cut-off point for prepubescence to age 13.[1] A person who is diagnosed with pedophilia must be at least 16 years of age, but adolescents must be at least five years older than the prepubescent child for the attraction to be diagnosed as pedophilia.[1][2]

Pedophilia is termed pedophilic disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), and the manual defines it as a paraphilia in which adults or adolescents 16 years of age or older have intense and recurrent sexual urges towards and fantasies about prepubescent children that they have either acted on or which cause them distress or interpersonal difficulty.[1] 

The International Classification of Diseases(ICD-10) defines it as a sexual preference for children of prepubertal or early pubertal age.[3]

In popular usage, the word pedophilia is often applied to any sexual interest in children or the act of child sexual abuse.[4][5] This use conflates the sexual attraction (pedophilia) with the act of abuse (child molestation), and does not distinguish between attraction to prepubescent and pubescent or post-pubescent minors.[6][7] Researchers recommend that these imprecise uses be avoided because although people who commit child sexual abuse sometimes exhibit the disorder,[5][8] many child sexual abuse offenders are not pedophiles,[6][9][10] and not all pedophiles molest children.[4][5][11][12]

Pedophilia was first formally recognized and named in the late 19th century. A significant amount of research in the area has taken place since the 1980s. Although mostly documented in men, there are also women who exhibit the disorder,[13][14] and researchers assume available estimates underrepresent the true number of female pedophiles.[15]No cure for pedophilia has been developed, but there are therapies that can reduce the incidence of a person committing child sexual abuse.[5][16] In the United States, following Kansas v. Hendricks, sex offenders who are diagnosed with certain mental disorders, particularly pedophilia, can be subject to indefinite civil commitment.[17] The exact causes of pedophilia have not been conclusively established.[18] Some studies of pedophilia in child sex offenders have correlated it with various neurological abnormalities and psychological pathologies.

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The Deliberate Misuse of the “Sexual Grooming” Term by Antigay Fanatics to Promote Their Hysteria So I hope those folks who like to coattail on this unfortunate circumstances to justify their moral stance as it were.

Coincidentally this story appeared on LGBTweekly on March 3 - HRC calls on 'Psychology Today' to reject ads from practitioners of LGBT 'Conversion Therapy'

Think on these things

Peace and tolerance

H

Housing Minister seeks funds for Shelter from NHT Money ....... Will the LGBT Homeless be Assisted?

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Even as the Outameni purchase furore following the use of National Housing Trust, NHT funds to do projects outside of its scope lingers in the minds of many Jamaicans here comes another report of another minister wanting to deep into the kitty of funds contributed by us and that many of us (while able to get a refund 7 years after the year contributed) may never get a house as the mortgages are out of this world.


Ethical questions also come to mind as is it right to use those surplus NHT funds as a feeding tree for government department failures for social services?

RJR carried this report following the finance debate in parliament:




The Government is again exploring the possibility of using funds from the National Housing Trust, NHT, to finance another project.

This was revealed yesterday during the meeting of Parliament's Standing Finance Committee which examined the 2015/2016 Estimates of Expenditure. Local Government Minister Noel Arscott, announced plans for the rehabilitation of a building, which would be used as a transitional shelter in downtown Kingston, to cater to the increasing number of homeless persons in Jamaica.


Mr Arscott was responding to questions from Opposition Spokesman on Local Government, Desmond McKenzie.
He stated that there are more than 1400 homeless persons islandwide with the Corporate Area accounting for more than 600. A building has been identified for the possible shelter but funds are needed. 

He said currently these funds are being sought from the NHT for the home located at Hanover Street. No figure on the estimated cost was presented.

Old Jamaica AIDS Support for Life site now demolished and where the Safe House pilot Project run by JASL was dubiously closed.


The present site for the problems with LGBT displaced and homeless persons (photo taken prior to them moving in the Shoemaker Gully in the business district)



Questions come to mind easily for me as the previous JLP administration has eyed this site for a shelter (not known if LGBT persons were to be included) yet the site as the photos above show taken in 2014 it is now a dump site for garbage, animals and even homeless persons use it as toilet.

What about this site on 167 King Street that has been identified as a building for homeless persons? 

Is this response from government for homelessness only a ploy for to avoid criticisms of the various departments failing in social services?

Will LGBT persons be allowed at the Hanover St given the troubles highlighted in the media over the last few years?

The member of parliament in the area Julian Robinson where the present homeless men reside for the most part also claimed to want to assist yet months after the spiraling of the group continues with no real meaningful interventions, 

Julian Robinson MP (left at a board meeting of Dwayne's House 2014)

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MP Julian Robinson claims he wants help for New Kingston homeless gays and New Kingston Cop Proposes Shelter for Shoemaker Gully LGBT Homeless Population and And we continue to reap the world-wind for not addressing homelessness when it was manageable. Sad that while we ask for tolerance from the public it looks rather ugly from the side of government and powerful LGBT groups that this group of displaced and homeless are left to languish.

When will this issue in Kingston be dealt with even as numbers increase on the rest of the island?



A recent raid in December following a report of a disc jock who was robbed allegedly only serves to make matters worse as sympathies ebbed away by the actions of some of the men. In a media report - Drag queens trick, rob selector

Drag queens were recently used as decoy to distract a motorist, who was then abducted and robbed by a group of gays in New Kingston, The Star understands.

The victim, a selector, is furious as he seeks justice to recover his personal belongings, while describing the level of support by the authorities as unsatisfactory.

The selector recalled that while making his way down Trafalgar Road, two persons dressed as women walked into the path of his car and began dancing. The dancers, he said, entered his car through the back doors, pointed something at his head and told him to drive.

“Dem tell mi fi drive down a one way and we drive to a secluded car park. Mi a try negotiate wid dem but dem have cutlass and ting. One tek up mi phone off the front seat,” he revealed.

He was relieved of his jewellery and cash, while having to beg the perpetrators not to take his car.

“After everything happen and mi go a di police post, it tek mi half hour fi get anybody, di police lock up inside a sleep. Then when mi get through, mi afi wait a next 30 minutes for a vehicle to come from Half-Way Tree to go and look for the robbers dem,” the selector said.
“The police know some of dem by name, when we were driving we saw one of dem and di police call him and him say him never rob me, but him get $500 from the robbery.”

The St Andrew Central police confirmed that the matter is under investigation’s. The police also revealed that prior to the selector incident, a British citizen was robbed by drag queens of a high-end cell phone and $100,000.

Sigh.

A fund raising attempt to highlight the population's challenges called "I am Not a Fish" by one Carolyn Bick on Kickstarter has not met the target to do so:

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The press release at the time in October 2014 said:
Hardly anyone can imagine being afraid of seeking urgently-needed healthcare for fear of being attacked or even killed. But that’s exactly what some people in Jamaica face every day.
Jermaine Burton, founder of the homeless, gay help and advocacy group The Colour Pink, remembers the day at Comprehensive Health Centre when she learned she was HIV-positive. Despite the grave news, her nurse warned her not to look upset when she left.
“I was crying,” said Burton, who identifies as a woman, and used to be homeless on the streets of Kingston. “[The nurse] said, ‘Don’t go out and cry, because, if you go out and cry, people are going to know you are HIV-positive’." Her life was at risk because she could be the next target target of Jamaica’s violent, deep-seated cultural prejudice against homosexuality. Since HIV/AIDS is associated with homosexuals in Jamaica those seeking treatment for HIV/AIDS aren’t safe. That’s because they risk assault and even death every time they leave a medical clinic.
While Jamaica's government offers treatment programs for citizens suffering from HIV/AIDS, many people in the LGBTQ community who are HIV-positive, or may be at risk, refuse to seek testing or treatment out of fear they will be killed over their sexual orientation.
This Kickstarter project is aptly named “Not a Fish” in defiance of this egregious and ongoing violation of basic human rights. The term 'fish' is a derogatory term for homosexual men in Jamaica among other insensitive labels these victims of society are slapped with every day. Carolyn Bick is seeking crowdfunding to complete a documentary about the struggles Jamaican MSMs (Men who have Sex with Men) and other Jamaicans along the LGBTQ spectrum face in obtaining proper health care safely and without retribution driven by primitive homophobia. She wants to document exactly what they go through when they try to get testing and treatment -- services available to everyone in the United States without a second thought for our personal safety.
This crowdfunding campaign ends on October 3, 2014.

The I am not a fish Kickstarter Page - http://kck.st/1tmZPOH
Only 34 backers pledged $1,570 out of a $7,000 goal.

Peace and tolerance

H

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JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness






In a shocking move JFLAG decided not to invite or include homeless MSM in their IDAHO activity for 2013 thus leaving many in wonderment as to the reason for their existence or if the symposium was for "experts" only while offering mere tokenism to homeless persons in the reported feeding program. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ENTRY HERE sad that the activity was also named in honour of one of JFLAG's founders who joined the event via Skype only to realise the issue he held so dear in his time was treated with such disrespect and dishonour. Have LGBT NGOs lost their way and are so mainstream they have forgotten their true calling?

also see a flashback to some of the issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless LGBT 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

Gender Identity/Transgederism Radio discussion Jamaica March 2014





Radio program Everywoman on Nationwide Radio 90FM March 20th 2014 with Dr Karen Carpenter as stand-in host with a transgender activist and co-founder of Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica and a gender non conforming/lesbian guest as well on the matters of identity, sex reassignment surgery and transexuality.

CLICK HERE for a recording of the show

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.


What to Do .....

When Arrested and taken to a Police Station you have the right to:

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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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.

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Activities & Plans: ongoing and future

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

  • Exposing homophobic activities and suggesting corrective solutions

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

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

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

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

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Battle Lines Javed Jaghai versus the state & the Jamaica Buggery Law



Originally aired on CVM TV December 8th 2013, apologies for some of the glitches as the source feed was not so hot and it kept dropping from source or via the ISP, NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED and is solely for educational and not for profit use and review. The issue of the pending legal challenge in the Constitutional Court in Jamaica as filed by Javed Jaghai an outspoken activist who happens also to be openly aetheist.

The opposing sides are covered as well such as
The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society
The Love March
Movement Jamaica

The feature seems destined for persons who are just catching up to the issues and repositioning JFLAG in particular in the public domain as their image has taken a beating in some respects especially on the matter of the homeless MSM front. They need to be careful that an elitist perception is not held after this after some comments above simplistic discourse, the use of public agitation as beneath some folks and the obvious overlooking of the ordinary citizen who are realy the ones who need convincing to effect the mindset change needed and the national psyche's responses to homosexuality in general.


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