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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Legendary ‘U-Girl’ passes after bizarre shooting incident

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Sad to hear of this.



U-Girl in good times

Who knew that the day of April 12, 2016 approximately 2am will not be the same for one of the oldest queens in the business, the legendary ‘U-Girl’ who was in the hospital with gunshot wounds to the right side and back she sustained after an encounter with man aboard a car. We never expected to hear she would be dead as she made her transition on early Monday morning at the Kingston Public Hospital, KPH, especially after the good spirits she was in when persons spoke to her on Saturday night after surgery days prior while recovering.

A leggy drag diva who like many other girls (gurlz) had to turn it sometimes by pounding the pavement as educational opportunities were not there and every now and again displacement challenges forced her to try her hand at anything, including a short lived vending business; a story that can be told for so many of the other near forty displaced, homeless or unemployable friends who are forced to eek out an edgy existence including commercial sex work. She was a true survivor; U-Girl was on the streets in the business district on the time in question where she hung out for years from the days of the now closed Club Entourage formerly on Haughton Avenue operated by the late Brian Williamson, the risks with that are well known, a car with an alleged doctor on board and who allegedly had threatened some time before to shoot persons up after another queen was alleged to have stolen a phone from him; something went amiss and shots were heard sending the other persons gathered to scamper for refuge, it is not quite clear what was the subject of the short exchange as the others were said to be away from the car and Miss U-Girl was closer to the vehicle apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The challenges from within and externally towards commercial sex workers (male and female), homeless msm/transgender and their friends are numerous and I have lost count. With the recent relocation of some of the persons to the old lands of the demolished Millsborough Avenue mansion and reliance on pounding the pavement in New Kingston has had and is still having clashes in the business district; since the shooting unconfirmed strange events have been happening such as men asking for certain personalities from the group which have myself and others wondering what is this that seems to be festering?

Close friends here and abroad are worried whether the population members can return to certain parts of New Kingston but the actions of some of the group or other persons who are miscreants, commit atrocities but the homeless guys are the ones who get the blame every time which also makes this prickly for the populations day or night. Apart from a few involved in some snack selling most if not all of them are involved in some kind of commercial sex work which makes matters worse both from a police standpoint who are forced to carry out patrols, detentions and arrests (too numerous to be listed here). A clash with men allegedly coming from a party nearby at Club Escape (yet again) a week ago proves that the business/entertainment district is heating up again while persons are said to be using the previously occupied Shoemaker Gully as a sex spot as they have no where else to go for an easy engagement with clients. What is also still disturbing to some but not surprising to me as to the push to keep the incident under raps where allegedly persons have been told not to raise the matter, however persons have ignored such calls and have been loud on the passing of their friend.

It is not the first time there have been shootings, near misses, rescues by good Samaritans (prior to the negative press over the years that has seen sympathy or support wither away) but the populations simply wonder all around.
The recent murder in the Sandy Gully is another example of the issues that attend to a slowly growing population. It is as if history is just repeating itself all over again. Many are also asking what would be so important on the phone that instead of reporting the matter to the police to have them address it one would leave, return and then shoot persons; then allegedly turn up at the hospital to inquire of the phone’s where abouts and then allegedly subtly threaten U-Girl in person that if she did not spill the beans she would be sorry. Was this doctor involved in or had a hand in U-Girl’s sudden failure in her health after being in good spirits and on the mend just days before.

U-Girl was a former multiple entrant in the possibly now defunct dancehall queen hosted by another legend Macey Antibellum Grey and she placed third and as a runner up in previous competitions. She was also known for her ability to walk in very high pumps long before red bottoms became fashionable and her wigs would fall behind her back similarly to former Shalamar’s lead “Real Love” singer Jody Watley which is what I think made her name or be tagged as U-Girl in her drag aesthetic as lanky model looking lanky type.


Also the Red Rat old dancehall “Hey U Girl” (inna de tight up skirt) anthemic hit which I regularly included in my playlists when I was one of the resident DJ at Entourage was a favourite of hers; she also performed to that song and others at parties such as the annual back to school events; she would wear very short skirts with stockings or knee high bobby socks and a small girl knapsack on her back adding to the look of a school girl/grown woman combo with her trademark dark eyed makeup. Hence the name ‘U-Girl’ got stuck.

She also would have a twirl to some queen tracks I spun although she was more a dancehall fan and was a fixture from the days of Club Entourage that also operated in New Kingston long before the homeless issues spiraled out of control and was a challenge then in the mid to late nineties; Uncle Brian Williamson had major headaches clearing the gates on Haughton Avenue especially on Friday nights and Saturday mornings after the club ended as the populations gathered and dished before dispersing after some pressure to leave. She also participated in the short lived interventions by persons like the late Howard Daly who tried a more artsy driven personality development sessions but those came to an end as other alternatives came by way of some of the participants, so some interest waned.

Rest in peace sister.

It was only a couple days ago another report of the challenges that can come with commercial sex work or exposed populations; a dissatisfied customer reacted violently to a male commercial sex worker in Montego Bay; even as discussions abound on making a sort of red light district in Negril as evidenced on Power 106FM on Thursday April 14 in a series of interviews by Cliff Hughes host on his ‘Online’ talkshow live from Negril on the day in question. 


Sadly similarly to previous matters they do not get the investigative attention they deserve pursuant to getting closure and better yet the truth and justice.


Peace & tolerance

H

Monday, April 25, 2016

I don’t want to peep in your bedroom ... oh really now

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excerpt from Gleaner

So Dr Wayne West of the JCHS has come out swinging claiming he is not into peeping into bedrooms of consenting adults who practice anal sex via an article in the Gleaner; most consenting adults overall who engage in buggery practice so in their bedrooms I imagine or private spaces as outdoor sex is still seen as illegal and attracts gross indecency charges which has a monetary fine; then if he is so inclined as to not become a peeping Tom then why won’t he publicly support the amendment of the buggery law as is now proposed and pursued (finally sensibly) instead of pushing for the law’s retention?

the article said in part:

'I Don't Want To Peep In Your Bedroom' - Anti-Same-Sex Campaigner Says Fight Not About Stopping Consenting Adults

Outspoken representative of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, Dr Wayne West, has declared that his advocacy for the retention of the buggery law is primarily fuelled by his concerns for the freedom of Jamaicans rather than any interest in the bedroom happenings of consenting adults.

"The buggery law is not about peeping into anybody's bedroom. Don't let them fool you. That is what they would want you to believe, and they say, well, do you want to peep into someone's bedroom? Of course you wouldn't. Who would want to peep into anyone's bedroom?" West asked last Tuesday during a public lecture on how some international agencies are helping to sexualise children.

"We don't want certain things on the streets. We don't want them in our churches, we want to be free to say thus say the Lord," said West.

STRONG OPPOSITION
 
He argued that strong opposition to the country's buggery law has caused him to help to organise several marches to protest any attempts to tamper with Jamaica's traditional understanding of the family.

There has been increasing calls in recent times to review the centuries-old law, which is considered oppressive to some citizens.

"When we speak to the buggery law, we are not speaking about peeping into any body's bedroom, as persons like to say," he said.

"We are talking about what is happening on the streets and what is going to happen in your business, what is going to happen in your church, what is going to happen in your school, or whether you will be able to keep your job or your business, because this is in the public domain, and what we are seeing really is a plan for sexual anarchy and sexual nihilism," said West.

He charged that persons who opposed the homosexual lifestyle in some countries are prosecuted, and Jamaicans need to be free to practise their democratic rights.

"If Jamaica wants to go that way, then fine, but this must not be forced upon us and certainly must not be sneaked upon us ...," said West.

"This is a democracy, so what happens is completely in the hands of the people. The people are free to share their opinions."

What does he mean when he says?

“We don’t want certain things on the streets. We don’t want them in our churches.”

Am I to understand that Dr West thinks outward displays of affection is going to simply cause persons to be homosexualised or is he blindly unaware of the fact of what can and has happened in some instances of such expressions in public. Or like some churches one can be gay or suspected to be so but remain a member so long as they keep it to themselves; no wonder he gladly embraced Queen Ifrica, after all her “Keep it to yuself” song promotes staying in the closet; he also pushing outcasting homosexuals simply due to their sexual orientation when the very master himself does not promote exclusion; lest we forget the alabaster box story and the washing of the feet of Jesus by a scorned prostitute, to which he rebuked those who expressed such disdain. So the church in West’s eyes must be pure of all sinners when the very church is supposed to be the place to win souls for the kingdom.

He who is without sin let him cast the first stone.

With the obvious backwardness as displayed recently at the anti gay group Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society JCHS of so called concerns on sex education in schools and a call for a kind of purging of same albeit in an information age then it is no wonder some of our challenges continue; thinking hiding information from minds when said info is a literal finger swipe away on a device (maybe the JCHS may want to censor the internet later) then they are fools frankly.

Where are these voices like JCHS when the very sexual assault and related fears turns up in churches of all places or carried out by pastors on church sisters and the age old issue of clerical abuse via priests? Then comes the rubbish frankly by Dr Wayne West chief protagonist of JCHS that “I don’t want to peep in your bedroom” claiming that the fight is not about consenting adults, then if it is not about peeping into bedrooms so to speak and the false dichotomy about freedom of speech then where else would buggery be mainly committed by said consenting adults?

It is this backwardness and supposedly protecting children in a misguided attempted to purify minds that have kept many in ignorance and hence the sometimes ridiculous debates, accusations and counter accusations of sexualizing children. Does not this same group really sit down and listen to the dancehall lyrics that play on open radio every day? The very violence, sexualisation and such are promulgated by the very religious right groups on some moral quest yet find it convenient to deliberately continue to conflate abuse with same gender sex in the continuous efforts to ‘other’ those who are not as they are. With pressures such as this from fanatics and an un-naturalizing of same gender loving relations then it is no wonder to me that to gain some legitimacy by adopting negative constructs seen as acceptable elsewhere.

Then comes the usual ‘sexual nihilism’ and ‘anarchy’ argument which to date he has not been able to properly substantiate while tying in freedom of speech given the Professor Bain matter and such. More rubbish again while crime spirals out of control, where are the sentiments on the madness happening out there from West et al? I am sure May coming as seen as child’s month there are going to be much online activity and newsletters as done before by JCHS and youth arm Lovemarch on a pretext of concern for children; then we can also expect JCHS partner Betty Ann Blaine also weighing in on child abuse and rightfully so but mistakenly if not deceptively conflating abuse, grooming with same gender sex. Let us see what comes next eh.

More anon.

Peace & tolerance

H

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Gays are welcomed! oh really now

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So here we go again with this patronizing nonsense about gays welcomed business; Jesus when he walked the earth as far as we have been told did not ostracize anyone of make any special conditions pursuant to exclusion that exist prior. Are we to believe that gays were never welcomed before?The Gleaner rang loudly recently on such a conversation to include reparative therapy as the way out, when we know now that such therapy does not work:

Some local pastors are standing on holy ground on the hot topic of same sex unions, making it clear that all are welcomed to their churches, but not their lifestyles.

The pastors, who were part of a panel of religious leaders at the first in The Gleaner's series of Family and Religion Editors' Forums at the media house's Kingston office yesterday. They discussed, amongst other things, the role of the churches in a Jamaican society overwhelmed with crime, criminality and other ills.

Pastor Dwight Fletcher, who heads the Transformed Lives church, said his congregation welcomed all but it was within the realm of the church to transform lives.

"That issue is an issue like all others, because we are all broken. We all come with something. So we don't want inappropriate behaviours from heterosexuals, or homosexuals. But they can come to church. We accept you as a human being and God wants the best for you. But we refuse to accept you remaining the same," said Pastor Fletcher, who extended the olive branch to all and sundry.

"Our church is a transforming lives church. We take you from where you are, if you are willing, and transform you in the Lord to where the Lord wants you to be," he told the group of fellow pastors, reporters and editors.

Fletcher said thieves must expect to be transformed, drug addicts, and all sinners, including those of same sex orientations, because "we are going to love you anyway, but we are going to refuse to let you stay where you are."

Reverend Gary Harriot, general secretary of the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches, said the church in general does not settle with people where they were, but was focused on what they could become.

"Some churches have gone ahead and openly accept same sex relationships. My sense is that the Jamaican church and society is not there. But we must respect the person, the human being and treat this person with regard and dignity," he told the forum.

According to Harriot, based on his understanding of where the Jamaican churches were, same sex relationships would not be embraced, nor celebrated.

Reverend Errol Bolt, pastor of the Kencot Christian Fellowship church, said there should be no confusion about the definition of family unions, as the Bible was the leading authority on the matter.

"The church does not define family. The bible does. And God defines family as a male and female, and a male and a female with children by the Bible's standards. The church is here to represent what God says to society," stated Bolt.

According to him, the church has a responsibility to represent what God said and not what was unsaid.

"In their own minds they know that the definition of family they embrace is not that of God's nor the church and they themselves voluntarily stay away. But if they come to church, the Christians there would never turn them away," he stated emphatically.

"We are going to teach them what God says, but it is a good thing that they want to be part of the church."

Reverend Dr Stevenson Samuels, senior pastor of the Escarpment Road New Testament Church of God, said he was unaware of any church in Jamaica that openly accepted gay lifestyles.

"I don't think we should say the Jamaican churches. I think we should say the Jamaican society, because I am not sure that that is tolerated anywhere in Jamaica," argued Samuels.

The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexual and Gays (J-FLAG) has gained traction locally and internationally for activism on behalf of the body, even as there remains a push back from the wider society.

As Samuels spoke, there were sotto voce expressions that there was a growing homosexual population in Jamaica. He said there was a cultural bias against homosexual lifestyle in the country and the church should not be singled out as the only body unaccepting of the lifestyle.


Patrece Charles, chief executive of the National Parenting Support Commission and a devout Seventh Day Adventist, said, given the vulnerability of boys to waywardness, she would be uncomfortable exposing her sons to the lifestyles of homosexuals.

ENDS

The fact that we are still having to contend with the term 'homosexual lifestyle' says alot about who and what we are up against. To also have such a headline screaming such that gays are welcomed suggests they weren't in the first place as sinners bearing in mind the church is supposed to be opened to all. If one is same sex attracted for example or transgender or non binary one must therefore act the fool and keep it to ourselves as some suggest in order to be legitimized and or accepted?

If they say they want to celebrate 'You' and not your lifestyle then the 'You' cannot be a fake or a shadow of themselves can they? and therefore there is a major contradictory in terms here at work. Want these church groups want then is a shade of the 'You' which includes thoughts, feelings and lifestyle.

What is meant by this repeated argument about 'tolerated?' so outward displays of affections such as holding hands and such are contaminants for passing on homosexuality!

What would Jesus do? I am sure he would not have left out or seek to ostracize the very souls the church is charged to win. Why can't one be gay and Christian as the same time? so many persons I know are struggling knowing they have the holy spirit and at the same time are torn with doctrine versus feelings and church pressure.

Sometimes I wonder if these people think before they speak.

Peace & tolerance

H

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

US decries human rights practices in Caribbean

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Jamaica criticised for ‘a lack of willing witnesses and inefficiencies in the judiciary’


WASHINGTON,DC, USA (CMC) – The United States of America, which has itself been criticised for police and other abuses, continues to decry human rights practices in Caribbean Community (Caricom) member-states, saying that many of them are still engaged in egregious practices that derail democracy.

In its 2015 edition of the “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” released here last Wednesday, the US Department of State pointed to what it described as “a global governance crisis” in which it said the respect for the rule of law in some Caricom states is inadequate and this is exacerbated by a deficient judicial system and chronic corruption in some branches of Government, among other things.

In Haiti, the State Department said the most serious impediments to human rights involved weak democratic governance worsened by the dissolution of Parliament in January, when the terms of all deputies and two-thirds of the Senate expired.

The department said there was also insufficient respect for the rule of law, worsened by “a deficient judicial system and chronic corruption in all branches of Government.”

Other human rights problems in Haiti included “isolated allegations of arbitrary and unlawful killings by Government officials; allegations of use of force against suspects and protesters; overcrowding and poor sanitation in prisons; prolonged pretrial detention; an inefficient, unreliable, and inconsistent judiciary; and governmental confiscation of private property without due process,” the report said.

Additionally, the State Department said there were reports of rape, violence and societal discrimination against women; child abuse; allegations of social marginalisation of vulnerable populations; and trafficking in persons.

Violence, including gender-based violence, and crime within the remaining internally displaced persons (IDP) camps remained a problem, the report said.

“Although the Government took steps to prosecute or punish government and law enforcement officials accused of committing abuses, credible reports persisted of officials engaging in corrupt practices, and civil society groups alleged that impunity was a problem,” the State Department said.

It said the most serious human rights problem in Suriname was the “unresolved trial” of President Desire Delano Bouterse and 22 co-defendants for the 1982 extra-judicial killings of 15 political opponents, “a trial that exemplifies deeper doubts about judicial independence in the country.”

Other human rights problems in Suriname included: Police brutality; poor conditions in detention centres; self-censorship by media organisations and journalists; widespread Government corruption; and violence and abuse against women and children.

The State Department also said other issues included trafficking in persons; continued lack of recognition of land rights for Maroons – the descendants of escaped slaves who fled to the hinterland, and Amerindians; discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons and other minorities; and child labour in the informal sector.

In Jamaica, the report said “an overburdened, under-resourced and dysfunctional judicial system, which obstructed access to justice for victims of crime and their families, and allegedly unlawful killings by Government security forces” were the most serious human rights issues.

According to the report, other human rights issues in Jamaica included inadequate prison and jail conditions; violence against and sexual abuse of children; and violence and discrimination against women, and against (LGBTI) persons.

The State Department said the Jamaican Government’s efforts resulted in charging a much larger number of police officers with abuses than the previous year.

But the report said a lack of willing witnesses and inefficiencies in the judiciary “continued to plague the justice system”, adding that trials continued to languish.

Stating that civilian authorities in Guyana, at times, did not maintain effective control over the security forces in 2015, the State Department said the most significant human rights problems were “arbitrary killings by the Government or its agents; allegations of Government corruption, including among police officials”, and laws that discriminate against women and LGBTI persons.

Other human rights problems in Guyana included lengthy pretrial detention.

“There was a lack of independent and transparent procedures for handling allegations of abuses by security force members,” the report said.

“Prosecutions, when pursued, were extremely lengthy, and convictions rare, leading to a widespread perception that security force members and Government officials enjoyed impunity,” it added.

In the Bahamas, the State Department said the most serious human rights problems were “mistreatment of irregular migrants, compounded by problems in processing them; an inefficient judicial system, resulting in trial delays and an increase in retaliatory crime against both witnesses and alleged perpetrators; and the perception of impunity on the part of law enforcement and immigration officials accused of using excessive force.”

Other human rights problems in the Bahamas, the report said, included substandard detention conditions; corruption; violence and discrimination against women; sexual abuse of children; and discrimination based on ethnic descent, sexual orientation, or HIV status.

The report said, however, that, in some cases, the Government took action against police officers and other officials accused of abuse of power.

For Belize, the State Department said the most important human rights abuses included the use of excessive force by security forces, especially the police; lengthy pretrial detention; and harassment and threats based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Other human rights problems included corruption by officials, domestic violence, discrimination against women, sexual abuse of children, trafficking in persons, and child labour.

“In some cases, the Government took steps to prosecute public officers who committed abuses, both administratively and through the courts, but there were few successful prosecutions,” the report said.

“While many lower-ranking officials faced disciplinary action and/or criminal charges for alleged abuses, higher-ranking officials were less likely to face punishment, resulting in a perception of impunity,” it added.

The State Department identified police mistreatment of suspects, detainees and prisoners; poor prison conditions and a slow judicial system; and violence and discrimination against women as the most serious human rights issues in Trinidad and Tobago.

It said other human rights problems in the twin-island republic involved high-profile cases of alleged bribery and corruption; inadequate services for vulnerable populations, such as children and persons with disabilities; and laws that discriminate against LGBTI persons.

“The Government took some steps to punish security force members and other officials charged with killings or other abuse, but there continued to be a perception of impunity based on the open-ended nature of many investigations and the generally slow pace of criminal judicial proceedings,” the report said.

It said other human rights problems included child abuse and discrimination against persons with disabilities.

In St Lucia, the report said the most serious human rights problems included long delays in investigating reports of unlawful police killings, abuse of suspects and prisoners by the police, and continued postponements of trials and sentencing.

Other human rights problems included violence against women, child abuse, and discrimination against persons based on their “real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” the report said.

“Although the Government took limited steps to prosecute officials and employees who committed abuses, the procedure for investigating police officers was lengthy, cumbersome, and often inconclusive,” it added.

In St Vincent and the Grenadines, the State Department said gender-based violence and police impunity were the most serious human rights problems.

The department said other human rights problems included official corruption; lack of Government transparency; discrimination; child abuse; and laws that discriminate against LGBTI persons.

Government procedures exist to investigate violations, but few reports of violations were made,” the department said.

In St Kitts and Nevis, the most serious human rights problems were poor prison conditions and discrimination and violence against women, the State Department said.

Other human rights problems, it said, included Government corruption, child abuse, and discrimination against the LGBTI community.

The report said the Timothy Harris Administration took steps to prosecute and convict officials who committed abuses, but added that “some cases remained unresolved”.

The most significant human rights abuses in Dominica, according to the State Department, included domestic and sexual violence against women and children.

Other human rights problems included laws that discriminated against LGBTI persons and discrimination against persons with disabilities, the department said.

It said the Dominica Government took steps to prosecute officials who committed abuses, and that there were no known cases of impunity.

On the other hand, the most significant human rights abuses in Grenada included poor prison conditions, violence against women, child abuse, and laws against LGBTI persons, according to the report.

“Unprofessional conduct” by police, violence against women and discrimination against LGBTI individuals were the most serious human rights problems in Barbados, the report said.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Deejay Che Fyah to Feature Queen Ifrica in 'Battyman' Duet Single

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So in what appears to be another example exportation of Jamaican homophobia via collaborations with other recording artists a Gambian artist is to feature Queen Ifrica in an upcoming duet simply titled 'Battyman'



Deejay Che Fyah, a Gambian deejay and artiste, is looking forward to dropping a new single called “Battyman” with Queen Ifrica, a Jamaican international female artiste. This just feels like another way for reggae and dancehall acts who cannot release or have difficulty performing anti gay and homophobic inciting violence materials to export it to Africa and get loads of support with very little resistance. Other acts such as Sizzla thrive on such a strategy. 

Even acts on the continent also use it to boost their popularity as this previous post shows: Ugandan Dancehall/Afro DJ/artist Bobi Wine now reformed! ...... says he has evolved from homophobia

In an encounter with a local news outlet Observer Light, Che Fyah, revealed that the release of this song is prominent to his career, as he is featuring a great female international artiste, who is well known for dropping conscious vibes with superb lyrics.

“The song is all about discouraging Gay (battyman) and Lesbian styles. I did a song with Lutan Fyah and I’m still working to do more with other international artistes too,” he said.

According to him, his mission in music is huge and being a deejay and artiste, he has a great role to play in the development and improvement of the Gambia’s music industry.


“It is very important do collaboration with good and international artistes as it will avail you the opportunity to get your voice heard by many international audiences,” he concluded.

We need to recall how this thing specific to Ifrica started though and remember sometimes a wrong strategy can lead to unneeded issues as this latest development in my mind shows.

Here is an old interview with Ifrica, JFLAG's Dane Lewis and Tony Rebel on Nationwide on the issue with here performance at the Stadium and her promarriage remarks.



also see:
Barbershop chat: People still seh Buju was set up by gays

Queen Ifrica claims ...Gay people loved her music

Queen Ifrica calls on gay community to out paedophiles from amongst its midst

Anti Gay Religious group launches pro buggery law DVD 2013

Sizzla bats for Queen Ifrica as expected 2013

Queen Ifrica's "Freedom of Speech" & advocacy found wanting

'I SPOKE FOR WHAT I BELIEVED IN' - Queen Ifrica defends Grand Gala performance after JFLAG backlash


Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel call out Jamaican government on buggery law 2012 


Gays must reserve thier disappointment says emailer on the Queen Ifrica matter

Queen Ifrica Stands Her Ground on homosexuality 2014

Let us see where this 'Battyman' single takes us.

Peace & tolerance

H

Study: Use Politicians, Employers In New 'Strategy' To Address Attitudes Towards Gays

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As the reporting on the awareness and attitudes study as commissioned by JFLAG last year continued to be shared in a drip drop format public commentators are asking where is the actual study document as released in previous said study? for the public to fully review; a question I concur with as denotes a feeling of controlling what is sent out to the public more so than openness. 

Sometimes I wonder yet still if the good folks at JFLAG are thinking? and understand how they are perceived by the public whose minds there is need to engage and change from homo-negativity.

the 2012 document

The Gleaner carried this:

Jamaican employers and politicians have more "positive and open" attitudes towards some gay issues than the general public, and interests groups such as the gay lobby are being encouraged to leverage that perception to their benefit.

Market Research Services Ltd made the recommendation in the 2015 Awareness, Attitude & Perception Survey about Issues Related to Same-Sex Relationships, conducted for Jamaica's leading gay lobby, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG).

The survey of employers, politicians, and members of the general public was done between June and July last year.

RESULTS POSITIVE
It has returned some results which the researchers believe are "positive" and can be used by J-FLAG to develop a "strategy" to address the general negative attitudes towards same-sex issues.

For example, employers (39 per cent) and politicians (42 per cent) appeared to be more open to the idea of expanding the meaning of sexual intercourse than the general public.

The level of tolerance is also higher among politicians and employers than the members of the general public.

Meanwhile, although the majority of employers and politicians shared the view that gays experience the 'same emotions' as heterosexuals, the majority of the general public disagreed.

The researchers say the favourable results should prompt "J-Flag and other similar interest groups to consider first engaging employers and politicians in discussions".

"These entities (employers and politicians) are opinion leaders and influencers on the general public. Positive attitudes among these groups may be leveraged to advantageously impact attitudes among the general public," Market Researchers Services argued.

The survey involved a sample group of 1,003 comprising 33 politicians, 28 employers, and 942 people from the general populace.


It covered all parishes and has a margin of error of plus/minus three per cent.

ENDS

But with politicians dithering yet still on the matter I wonder if during the engagement they only answered the questions to suit the thrust of the study so as not to be blamed for encouraging pervasive homophobia and then avoid being accused of double standards.

Recent utterances however has shown any sensible person with common sense that they have two mouths.

Also see:

New opposition spokesman on Justice says referendum not needed to amend Buggery Law

Homosexuality is sinful but should not be criminal says former Information Minister

No To Gays! - Adventists Urge Government To Keep God In Deliberations On Buggery Law

As the referendum is pending let us see where things go.

Peace & tolerance

H

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Over 50% of J'cans would kick out there gay kids study finds

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So in confirming what we already know and in pursuit of 'evidenced based advocacy' a follow up article on the study on LGBT awareness was highlighted in today's Gleaner today. The numerous reports since the beginning of this year and official figures from JFLAG from last year reflect the steady nature of forced evictions.


also see yesterday's entry: Survey of employers, politicians etc says 4% jump in Jamaicans 'hate or reject' homosexual relationships

Almost half of Jamaicans say they would throw their children out of their homes for being gay, resurrecting the issue of homelessness reportedly affecting members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Jamaica.

The finding is contained in the 2015 Awareness, Attitude & Perception Survey about Issues Related to Same Sex Relationships.

The survey of employers, politicians, and members of the general public was done between June and July last year by Market Research Services for Jamaica's leading gay lobby, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG).

Forty-seven per cent of the 942 people who made up the general public cohort indicated that they would not allow their child to live in their houses if he or she was gay or lesbian.

Seventeen per cent was indifferent, and the remaining 36 per cent said they would allow their gay child to remain in the household.

That view is cemented by the 75 per cent of the general public who say they would feel uncomfortable living with gays.

CONTRASTING POSITION

Employers and politicians, however, shared a contrasting position when questioned whether they would allow their gay child to stay at home. Fifty-two per cent of the 33 politicians said they would keep their gay child.

A higher percentage (57) said they would allow their gay children to remain in their household; the rest were either indifferent or completely disagreed.

Meanwhile, even if some Jamaicans would allow their gay children to remain in the household, most of them, according to the survey, were indifferent to, or totally disagreed with, allowing any mixing with their siblings.

In 2013, following the police-removal of alleged homeless gays from sections of upper St Andrew, J-FLAG argued that LGBT identity in Jamaica was "shaped and coloured by displacement".

The lobby said then that the Government was not doing enough to respond to homelessness and called for a specific strategy to deal with the situation.

The general attitude by Jamaican households towards gays should not be surprising given that the 2015 survey has also pointed to increasing levels of 'hatred' for homosexuals, as well as a stagnant low level of tolerance.

The survey involved a sample group of 1,003 comprising 33 politicians, 28 employers, and 942 people from the general populace. It covered all parishes and has a margin of error of plus/minus three per cent.

here is Dane Lewis of JFLAG expanding on the issues from a recording via a remote device on Newstalk 93FM with host Sharon Hay Webster (linked to the JLP):


Frankly JFLAG needs to always be reminded that their decision to not stand up to the Jamaica AIDS Support's board in 2009 to close the only shelter idea specific to homlessness via stigma, discrimination and homophobia has not been forgotten. It is precisely one of the reasons why some of the issues have persisted for so long; the problem is the moral authority or lack thereof with regards to the goodly J and speaking to the issues.


The MIllsborough house that was illegally occupied by the populations in Kgn in 2013, they have since returned to it as this previous post shows: 

Bearing in mind the Safe House space then was a blessing in disguise as the previous occupant a Reverend gentleman gave it up when he was approached on the tenets of the project and he agreed with the impetus. Now we have been repeatedly told that a space cannot be found and funding is low even as previously held funding was eventually returned to the donour.

As we wait for the next phase in this part of matters and announcements after announcements yet nothing materialises. 

also see from sister blog GLBTQ Jamaica:
Jamaican edition of Gaycation TV series angers viewers

The Challenges of Running a Queer Homeless Shelter in Jamaica

Insensitive Parents & displaced Adolescent MSM part 4

Peace & tolerance

H

Another forced eviction to report ............

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Hope remains while company is true.

So another forced eviction incident has come to hand which occurred in July of last year, it came to hand as I stood in the long line in Scotiabank why the lines are so long I do not know when I felt a tap on my shoulder and there was an old party patron I have not seen in ages who looked rather well and we greeted in a quite friendly manner and dished ever so covertly non effeminately about parties passed, queens on shows and stuff. We chatted and after being served in the bank moved our conversation to the car park at Oasis Plaza by his vehicle.

Then he floored me but thankfully my constitution was strong not to actually fall when he related a tale of his forced eviction in the Syndenham Area (an area that has factored before in previous cases of forced evictions and homelessness squatting and homophobic threats issued) due to robbery and subsequent discovery by the robbers of photos and other paraphernalia with other men, this sounds similar to the Steve Harvey home invasion in 2005 by gunmen who in turned took him away after supposedly discovering photos on a laptop, other paraphernalia and all males living in the shared rented house. He was found dead with several gunshot wounds and cuts suggesting there was some torture before the execution of Harvey. In this instance though the impacted man was not home and upon his return he found that there was a break in. 


Things were missing such as an unused phone, jewellery, shoes and clothes, small appliances such as an iron and the house was ransacked even in the bathroom with items such as bath soaps, bath gels and even tissue, The front door knob was pried open and the house is not grilled hence easier access. The man had gone out on an errand he said and he now surmised he was being watched and possibly timed upon his departure on the day in question; this was near midday which gives credence to his supposition. However the matter was not reported to the police as he had planned to do so the next day after assessing the situation and actually determining what was taken and the damage done, possibly dollar value estimates as well. The night in question he received a knock on his door and voices outside, he asked who was it and the person said we know who robbed you; upon opening the door he was met by two men who claimed he was gay (a battyman) and that the men who came were looking for him and he should leave the house. They also hurled insults upon their departure and the man stood struck by the surprise incident.

The visitors were adamant he should leave as soon as possible but how they came to such knowledge to date boggles the mind and he suspects that after the robbery persons may have entered the premises and searched the strunned materials etc. the matter was reported to the Spanish Town police precinct and they arrived to examine the scene; but he may never get it solved as the scene may have been contaminated by the ‘visitors’ or persons linked to them and the man did not know them as residents in the area as he does not really interact with many persons except immediate neighbours; a challenge some Jamaicans have in middle class neighbourhoods and when things happen hardly any help can come or cooperation. The police tried the man said but as the place was dusted for fingerprints and materials collected (after he removed homo-hinting materials) the cops said it maybe difficult to find suspects and a lack of eyewitnesses.

So this one looks like another cold case for now until some new or substantiated evidence or witness statement comes to hand; apparently at the time of day of the robbery no neighbours were home to see strange movements. Some miscreant(s) somewhere may simply get away with this one, thankfully the man has found a new place to rebuild his life and good friends are better than pocket money; that one I can attest to when it comes to informal crisis intervention or temporary shelter options.

Good to see this one with a positive outcome although justice has not been fully served.

Peace & tolerance

H

Male CSW slapped up for ‘poor services’

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A male commercial sex worker in Montego Bay and who was one of the persons who was released some weeks ago after a net-fishing exercise by police in a bid to clean up the streets as it were was met with some violence by a dissatisfied client on the weekend nearing the infamous ‘Dump Up’ beach as both men left to find more privacy around 2am last weekend. According to confirmed reports the particular commercial sex worker after leaving a group of colleagues gathered after successfully negotiating the attention of the client was seen returning to the group he left some ten minutes later.

The aggressor is an intermittent customer and is known to both the males and female commercial sex workers but not with an aggressive streak; he engaged the male commercial sex worker and then walked off to find a suitable spot but an argument ensued on what seemed to be unsatisfactory services provided or the conditions of the service provided was not to the customer’s liking. The report from the side of the ‘customer’ was the male commercial sex worker had effectively halitosis (bad breath) which did not sit well with him as it was oral sex he had requested; the commercial sew worker however whether from embarrassment or otherwise claimed that the man wanted more without increasing the agreed figure relative to the services offered.

The aggressor reportedly slapped up the commercial sex worker and pushed him to the ground with light bruises on the right elbow as evidence. His story is also coming on the strength of an unconfirmed report of a shooting in New Kingston of a longtimer who is now battling for life in hospital on the early morning of April 12am; she reportedly according to two sources was peddling her wares as usual when a male customer engaged her but it turned out to be a disguise for an attack on the msm/transgender persons who congregate at various points in the area even after the clearing of the Shoemaker Gully in 2014 and subsequent movements to older spots such as the previously demolished Millsborough Ave House lands.

See this previous post:

Such are the perils of our least amongst us while more privileged persons are more interested in image building or branding via social media; the Mobay commercial sex worker though shaken up by the incident as the man quarrelled most loudly of his dissatisfaction. There was some laughter from rival commercial sex workers mostly female who ‘bitched’ on his failure to secure a client and that women are better. Police have been patrolling the spots yet still in a bid to dissuade the men and women who often cannot find work or are employable. Some interventions were attempted by various groups and individuals but sometimes the usual slacktivism turns up; the Peace Management Initiative PMI initiative for example turned out to be nothing more than a lovely report to impress the UK funders as nicely said by host of CVM TV’ Live@ 7 on May 15, 2015 when representatives appeared on the show.

Other outfits such as the Sex Workers Association of Jamaica, SWAJ when I spoke to its president concerning a different matter two weeks ago suggested he is constrained by lack of funding; a common complaint by such outfits who really want to move on grassroots issues. Other more resourced outfits though claiming they have grassroots work going do not seem to touch the grass blades let alone the ground from which the grass springs. The slap up obviously was not reported to the police either which raises another matter as when CSWs actually have a genuine complaint will the cops actually listen or take a report while not connecting suspect ‘prostitution’ as grounds for detention and non engagement.

We may recall the encounter with one of the homeless msm/csw and a police man and how that played out; shows us that we need way more work to be done in providing some way out for said populations without appearing to want to ‘save them’ a challenge that is hard to border on as the issues slap us all in the face.

Think on these things.

Peace & tolerance

H

also see:

Monday, April 11, 2016

Survey of employers, politicians etc says 4% jump in Jamaicans 'hate or reject' homosexual relationships

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According to the Gleaner today:



Gays in Jamaica can expect to face increased levels of 'hate or rejection', although many of the people who hate their lifestyle believe they can be 'fixed' through a conversion process.

Those findings are contained in the 2015 Awareness, Attitude & Perception Survey about Issues Related to Same Sex Relationships.

The survey of employers, politicians, and members of the general public was done between June and July last year by Market Research Services for Jamaica's leading gay lobby, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG).

Among the range of findings is a 14 percentage-point jump in the number of Jamaicans who 'hate or reject' homosexual relationships when compared with the results of the previous survey done in 2012. Sixty per cent of Jamaicans say they reject the lifestyle compared to the 46 per cent in 2012. In 2011, the figure was 40 per cent.

When broken down into the sampling group, 61 per cent of the general public shared the view, while it was 30 per cent among politicians and 14 per cent among employers. Religion and moral concerns dominated the reasons for the strong negative reaction.

UNWELCOME FINDINGS

There were more unwelcome findings for the gay community as the level of tolerance among Jamaicans remains at 12 per cent, the same from the 2012 survey. Unlike 2012, when only one per cent among the population said they would encourage it, it was zero in 2015.

However, despite the increased unfavourable views of most Jamaicans towards homosexuality, the majority who did the survey shared the view that gays and lesbians may be 'converted to heterosexuals'.

The view was especially strong among politicians and the general public, who said gays "can just change".

For most politicians and employers, the Bible was critical to why believed gays and lesbians could be converted to heterosexuals.

They also were of the view that gay desires are born out of social factors and can be adjusted.

Questioning the inclusion of the word 'hate' in the survey, Dr Wayne West, chairman of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, said he was not surprised by the finding that more Jamaicans are hating or rejecting homosexual relationships.

"Jamaicans, like myself, are becoming more and more aware that what we are contending with is not simply what people do in their private lives. This is a political movement. It has implications for public organisation and public order. People will reject it the more they hear of the public consequences," he argued, while raising questions about challenges to freedom of expression.

The gay lobby argues that the findings of the survey of 2015 attitudes towards same-sex relationships are "instructive".

"They show the tremendous amount of work we need to do to engender a society where everyone can feel safe and know that the laws will secure justice for them if their rights have been infringed," Dane Lewis, JFLAG's executive director, said in a statement to The Gleaner.

The same-sex survey involved a sample group of 1,003 comprising 33 politicians, 28 employers, and 942 people from the 'general populace'. It covered all parishes and has a margin of error of plus/minus three per cent.

ENDS


So it is known the crap that can happen out there and the earthy homophobia out there, but if we were to follow the throw off attempt by JFLAG's own advocacy officer although he does not identify himself as such when he writes for the Gleaner Jaevion Nelson chose to dismiss or read down those who in their own way highlight homophobia as published on March 31, 2015 as in: Jaevion Nelson: Starting A Different Conversation On Homophobia, yet here is the same JFLAG as presented here speaking on all things "Homophobia"


Oh boy one has to wonder sometimes, he must have been aware of the study or is it only JFLAG must speak on the issues? as he and others seek to instruct others as to how to proceed.

Bearing in mind JFLAG's own statistics in regards to reports:


Finally watch this symposium where parts of the article where presented in February at the University of The West Indies:


Peace and tolerance

H

Sunday, April 10, 2016

60% of the general public said they would prevent their children from having gay friends

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Coming off the fiasco that was the guidance counsellors and selective contact with LGBT students and sadly the J knew these results when such a fiasco unfolded this would have been good data to counteract the shouting match that ensued while opening the eyes of all of us. The release of the results is a little late in coming but let us see where this takes us; but the thrust for evidenced based advocacy is commendable and serves to prove what we all already know, including anti gay activists.

photo from archives


A study conducted by the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) shows that Jamaicans would be uncomfortable with their children being taught by gay and lesbian teachers.

The study, entitled Awareness, Attitude & Perception Survey about Issues Related to Same Sex Relationships was undertaken in 2015.

It sampled members of the general public, politicians and employers who gave their perceptions of same sex unions and practices.

Almost 80 per cent of the public signalled that they would be uncomfortable if their child's teacher was gay or lesbian.

The politicians who were interviewed showed the same level of discomfort.

Almost 60 percent expressed that they would be uncomfortable with both gay and lesbian teachers for their children.

The study also showed that Jamaicans do not want their children in the company of gays.

Almost 60 per cent of the general public said they would prevent their children from having gay friends, 43 per cent of employers said the same and almost 50 per cent of the politicians objected to gay peers for their children.

Despite the intolerance of gays in the education system and within peer groups, the survey showed that some Jamaicans have a willingness to love their gay children the same as their heterosexual children.

Of the three groups of people who were interviewed, politicians and employers said they would allow their gay children around their heterosexual children.

However over 40 per cent of the general public indicated that they would not allow their gay children to interact with their heterosexual children.

ENDS

Clearly there is a lot of work left to be done in as far as changing hearts and minds outside of buggery law reform. I am not surprised as people just still seem to think that homosexuality is some contagious disease or something or just by exposure to materials or persons there is some virus to spread; if that were so we'll all be gay by now, I am sure we all handle money at some time.

Also see from sister blog GLBTQ Jamaica:

Friday, April 8, 2016

Mr Vegas blames Bounty for gay rumours

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I saw this developing online but I was busy dealing with other matters and frankly these beefs I wonder sometimes if they are manufactured to get ratings and such on one side while the other is paid; it has happened overseas and strongly suspected locally in previous similar beefs. Remeber the so called war between Vybz Kartel and Movado? yet they both suddenly became friends and all chummy.


Dancehall artiste Mr Vegas recently dispelled allegations made by veteran dancehall artiste Bounty Killer that he has been involved in homosexuality. According to the artiste, Bounty Killer started the rumour during their musical feud, but he believes his real fans are aware that he only has interests in women.

The issue was raised by popular radio host Angela Yee during an interview at New York morning show, The Breakfast Club. Mr Vegas, who faced tough questions from controversial hosts Charlamange Tha God and DJ Envy, responded to the gay rumours saying, “Am a straight gyalis, but I don’t have nothing against gay people. Yuh hear my record? Gyalis straight. 

I found the video as it was not included on the article originally:


But when you are successful people are going to try and tear you down. They have been trying to tear down people with stuff like that for years. Do I listen to that? Does that break me? No. I know what I do and who I love. But if you listen to stuff like that it tears you down.”

In 2013, Bounty Killer and Mr Vegas traded insults on social media. During the verbal exchange, Bounty Killer used names like ‘Gaygas’ and ‘Fish’ to refer to the Heads High artiste. The argument developed after Bounty Killer made fun of Mr Vegas’ old school clothing on Digicel Rising Stars, as he believed the outfit was not masculine. During the recent interview, Mr Vegas also said persons have misjudged him because he tries to live a positive life.

“If you grow up a certain way and you try to speak properly and you live a certain way, they say you are gay. If someone begs you something and you are not the type of person who does handout, they say you are gay. A lot of the times, people who always call somebody gay they are usually the gay and are in the closet. If every guy should be gay then I would live like Solomon,” said Mr Vegas, who is currently promoting a song called Identify My Love.

As it relates to Bounty Killer’s role in starting the rumour, Mr Vegas told The Breakfast Club that the icon tried the same strategy during his feud with Beenie Man, but that did not deter his success.“Bounty Killer tried that with me, he tried the same thing with Beenie Man, and Beenie Man is still touring. I am still touring, still making records, and I am still feeding my kids,” he said.“I got seven kids and I am taking care of them. How are you going to make stupid persons make you end up in the same place as Vybz Kartel? If a man calls you gay, what you gonna do, take a gun and go kill that man? You are going to go to prison.”


Oh boi.

Let's see where this one ends but sometimes some folks are closeted as well and have to protect their interests so it would not suit them to come out even if they were gay as a picnic basket.

Peace & tolerance

H

See these previous posts:
Out a Road: DJs who "hit out" hiding something? 2010

Elephant Man called a "Fish" in dancehall rivalry 2009


Vybz Kartel lashes back with "Woman Wi Love" song, has he forgotten it is he who blurred the lines

Anything to Remain Current ........... Bounty Killer Backs Anti Gay Religious Groups Stance

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The selectivity of the anti gay religious voices on so called societal ills is examined in this podcast as other major issues that require the "church" to have spoken up including sexual abuse by pastors in recent times yet mere silence on those matters is highlighted.

Why are these groups and so called child rights activists creating mass hysteria and have so much strength for HOMOSEXUALITY but are quiet on corruption in government, missing children, crime in the country and so much more but want to stop same gender loving persons from enjoying peace of mind and PRIVACY?

Also is the disturbing tactic of deliberately conflating paedophilia with same gender sex as if to suggest reforming the buggery law will cause an influx of buggered children when we know that is NOT TRUE.

MSM/Trans homeless - From gully to graveyard



When are lives interrupted be allowed a real honest chance to move from interruption to independence and stability? I just cannot tell you friends.

An article appeared in the gleaner today that just sent me into sadness mode again with this ugly business of LGBTQI homelessness. The author of the piece needs an intervention too as he (Ryon Jones) uses terms such as cross dressers and or homeless men which if transgender persons are present they cannot be described or seen as such, sigh another clear display of the lack of impact and reach of so called advocacies and advocates who are more interested in parading as working but really aint having much impact as they ought to or claim.

We are told of houses being put together from time in memorial; the Dwayne’s House project seems dead in the water, the Larry Chang (named after a JFLAG cofounder) seems stuck in the mud and Colour Pink’s so called Rainbow House seems insignificant in relation to the size and scope of the national problem. JFLAG as presented on this blog is obviously not interested in getting their hands dirty really on homelessness save and except for using the populations as cannon fodder and delegating same; as far as I am concerned presenting them as victims of homophobia which is true but where are the programs and the perceived millions donated or granted since President Obama’s visit to address LGBTQ matters?

More HERE

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


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The Deliberate Misuse of the “Sexual Grooming” Term by Antigay Fanatics to Promote Their Hysteria



Just as I researched on-line in NOT EVEN five minutes and found a plethora of information and FACTS on Sexual Grooming (and thanks to Dr Karen Carpenter for some valuable insight I found out what Sexual Grooming was) so too must these fanatics go and do the same and stop creating panic in the country.

The hysteria continues from the Professor Bain so called protests to protect freedom of speech and bites at the credibility of the LGBT lobby collectively continues via Duppies Dupe UWI articles when the bigger principle of the conflict of interest in regards to the greater imperative of removing/preserving archaic buggery laws in the Caribbean dependent on which side one sits is of greater import when the professor’s court testimony in Belize went against the imperative of CHART/PANCAP goals is the more germane matter of which he was former head now temporarily reinstated via a court ex-parte injunction. The unnecessary uproar and shouting from the same hysterical uninformed quarters claiming moral concerns ....... MORE CLICK HERE

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JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness



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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 realize the issue he held so dear in his time was treated with such disrespect and dishonor. 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

Steps to take when confronted by the police & your rights compromised:


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 tense

d) 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

i) 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

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, see: MP Seeks Solutions For Homeless Gay Youth In New Kingston


New Kingston Cop Proposes Shelter for Shoemaker Gully LGBT Homeless Population




Superintendent Murdock

The same cop who has factored in so many run-ins with the youngsters in the Shoemaker Gully (often described as a sewer by some activists) has delivered on a promise of his powerpoint presentation on a solution to the issue in New Kingston, problem is it is the same folks who abandoned the men (their predecessors) from the powerful cogs of LGBT/HIV that are in earshot of his plan.

This ugly business of LGBTQ homelessness and displacements or self imposed exile by persons has had several solutions put forth, problem is the non state actors in particular do not want to get their hands dirty as the more combative and political issues to do with buggery's decriminalization or repeal have risen to the level of importance more so than this. Let us also remember this is like the umpteenth meeting with the cops, some of the LGBT homeless persons and the advocacy structure.

Remember JFLAG's exclusion of the group from that IDAHO symposium on LGBT homelessess? See HERE, how can we ask the same people who only want to academise and editorialise the issue to also try to address their own when they do not want to get their hands dirty but publish wonderful reports as was done earlier this month, see HERE: (re)Presenting and Redressing LGBT Homelessness in Jamaica: Towards a Multifaceted Approach to Addressing Anti-Gay Related Displacement also LGBT homelessness has always been with us from the records of Gay Freedom Movement(1974) to present but the current issues started from 2009, see: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009 as carried on sister blog Gay Jamaica Watch. CLICK HERE for FULL post of this story.

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

BUSINESS DOWNTURN FOR THE WEED-WHACKING PROJECT FOR FORMER DISPLACED ST CATHERINE MSM



As promised here is another periodical update on an income generating/diligence building project now in effect for some now seven former homeless and displaced MSM in St Catherine, it originally had twelve persons but some have gotten jobs elsewhere, others have simply walked away and one has relocated to another parish, to date their weed whacking earning business capacity has been struggling as previous posts on the subject has brought to bear.

Although some LGBT persons residing in the parish have been approached by yours truly and others to increase client count for the men costs such as gas and maintenance of the four machines that are rotated between the enrolled men are rising weekly literally while the demand is instead decreasing due to various reasons.



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 .....




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.

Notes on Bail & Court Appearance issues


If in doubt speak to your attorney

Bail and its importance -

If one is locked up then the following may apply:
Locked up over a weekend - Arrested pursuant to being charged or detained There must be reasonable suspicion i.e. about to commit a crime, committing a crime or have committed a crime.

There are two standards that must be met:

1). Subjective standard: what the officer(s) believed to have happened

2). Objective standard: proper and diligent collection of evidence that implicates the accused To remove or restrain a citizen’s liberty it cannot be done on mere suspicion and must have the above two standards

 Police officers can offer bail with exceptions for murder, treason and alleged gun offences, under the Justice of the Peace Act a JP can also come to the police station and bail a person, this provision as incorporated into the bail act in the late nineties

 Once a citizen is arrested bail must be considered within twelve hours of entering the station – the agents of the state must give consideration as to whether or not the circumstances of the case requires that bail be given

 The accused can ask that a Justice of the Peace be brought to the station any time of the day. By virtue of taking the office excluding health and age they are obliged to assist in securing bail

"Bail is not a matter for daylight

Locked up and appearing in court

 Bail is offered at the courts office provided it was extended by the court; it is the court that has the jurisdiction over the police with persons in custody is concerned.

 Bail can still be offered if you were arrested and charged without being taken to court a JP can still intervene and assist with the bail process.

Other Points of Interest

 The accused has a right to know of the exact allegation

 The detainee could protect himself, he must be careful not to be exposed to any potential witness

 Avoid being viewed as police may deliberately expose detainees

 Bail is not offered to persons allegedly with gun charges

 Persons who allegedly interfere with minors do not get bail

 If over a long period without charge a writ of habeas corpus however be careful of the police doing last minute charges so as to avoid an error

 Every instance that a matter is brought before the court and bail was refused before the accused can apply for bail as it is set out in the bail act as every court appearance is a chance to ask for bail

 Each case is determined by its own merit – questions to be considered for bail:

a) Is the accused a flight risk?

b) Are there any other charges that the police may place against the accused?

c) Is the accused likely to interfere with any witnesses?

d) What is the strength of the crown’s/prosecution’s case?

 Poor performing judges can be dealt with at the Judicial Review Court level or a letter to the Chief Justice can start the process

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Peace

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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