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

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The line in the sand for the PNP part 5 ....... Prison deal or no deal


Lasmay cartoons from the Gleaner

also see parts 1, 23 & 4

Where in the PNP are we getting any discourse about ideas on how to develop our country or take young MPs ad such as Crawford, Hanna, Pryce and Buchanan to task or advise them or help Crawford to avoid his foot in mouth syndrome? These are young turks who need guidance and leadership, Buchanan defeated Stevenson by 14 votes and then on Saturday last comrades blasted him as arrogant to his constituents and he has failed to meet his workers, Philip Clark of the organization in St Elizabeth and the “bring back the love” group said it openly said Buchy since his ascension has not had one constituency meeting or even know the names of the persons on the board.

Bearing in mind Lloyd B Smith is out, Pryce is out, Atkinson is still pending, Hanna is holding on by a thread and now Crawford is out and social media is ablaze with all kinds of reactions that the administration and parliamentary opposition cannot ignore as was posited by the PNP party chairman sometime ago when he contemptuously described such persons as the articulate minority.

also see:

PNP Candidates To Face Party's Integrity Commission

A kind of cannibalism is taking over as persons jostle for what is surmised as the post Simpson Miller era, while in that same St Elizabeth constituency where Buchanan is having issues Bruce Golding former PM was onstage on Saturday as well at a fund raiser and he used the 25 million pounds sterling prison deal with the UK to apply more pressure on the administration; it is going out badly for them as messaging is faulty and although we need new prisons but David Cameron essentially insulted us and he was effectively was allowed to set the agenda hence the full paged ads by government for damage control. The PNP may suffer greatly from this as Mrs Simpson Miller’s leadership once again is called into question. Golding used the platform as well to say he told Cameron that he as PM could not take that on at the time when it was first proposed and he questioned why this administration just easily caved in did.

Some redemption had come regarding the he said she said who said the UK delegation requested a media blockade of sorts as the already vilified Information minister Sandrea Falconer where she made a Facebook post claiming there was a request by them which was denied by the high commission only to be retracted and an apology issued. As the furore continues and demonstrations are held outside parliament etc the PNP has gone on the defensive; Minister of National Security Peter Bunting’s presentation yesterday in parliament has left more questions than answers such as:

Lengthy negotiations for prison assistance particular to only arrive at an MOU than a signed deal as declared via a press release on the UK govt site?

The thirty million pounds gift for hospital/medical facilities an improvement what else is that for? (as asked by opposition spokespersons Marlene Malaboo-Forte)

Is the PNP nervous since the unexpected backlash since the UK prime minister’s visit hence the national security minister defends his handling of the messaging and actual MOU or hidden deal

Has funding via grants or otherwise been issued or pending barring public announcements to LGBTQI advocacies and what discussions took place if any on law reform on buggery and futuristic marriage equality?

What caused the PNP youth arm to so vigorously oppose the proposed or perceived prison deal?

Why would a UK Prime Minister travel all the way to Jamaica just to sign a prison deal MOU given the UK media’s presentation that a deal has already been signed and not an MOU?

Are the grants or gifts from the UK prime minister are in lieu of reparations as determined by Cameron et al in the face of the effantry without an apology? Let us also remember the Church of England has apologised for said slavery?

Why the red carpet treatment of the visited princess and UK PM as a kind of mendicancy? See a previous post prior to the visit: HERE

also see: 

Deal Or No Deal? - Prison Debate Leads To Opposition Walkout In Parliament

The opposition walk out yesterday as Bunting blasted Andrew Holness for demanding Jamaica not sign any such prison deal has not gone down well with even some JLP supporters as evidenced online, Bunting told Holness in no uncertain terms that he is not taking instructions from him as he is not prime minister in his short time prior and he answers to the Cabinet but it seems the goodly minister has forgotten as an elected official he answers finally to the people in whose parliament he is seconded to work. His rebuff has also seen heated reactions on larger Facebook groups that specialize in political discourse otherwise known as the articulate minority named so by the obnoxious PNP party chairman and Water minister Bobby Pickersgill.

Rev Garnet Roper has been on a roll and his voice is not to be taken lightly as he has tremendous influence in the church and theologian/academia communities literally blasting not only in print but radio his beloved PNP party, let us also not forget he is the chairman on the alleged PNP feeding tree of the Jamaica Urban Transit Cooperation, JUTC and some have snickered that he maybe kicked to the curb as punishment for his open criticism of the party and raking them over the coals on the poor response to reparations, Cameron’s visit and more. He seems incensed with Mrs Simpson Miller’s leadership on the constituency fires and very public in-fighting in recent times.

also see his take on the prison deal from the Gleaner HERE

Health minister Dr Fenton Ferguson is still politically a dart board on residual afterglow of Chick-V, the now rapidly spreading hand/foot & Mouth disease and perceptions of incompetence even as he attempted to defend himself in parliament yesterday

Those aside opposition senator Williams who was the centre of the Tufton/Williams vs JLP undated resignation letters for voting no for the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ debate in the upper house has spoken up to say that that ugly episode of internal JLP issues won’t have an impact on his vote. It seems to most that the PNP is using the CCJ vote and its timing for debate of the three bills to score points thus cultivating votes. The PNP needs at least one vote in the upper house/senate to make the legislation fly and the targeting of the two JLP outcasts as seen in the eyes of some analysts has been on for some time.

also see:
Letter Of The Day: Pro-CCJ Vote A No-Brainer

The timing of the accelerated conclusions and payments of retroactive monies due is also seen by some as bate for votes and it is coincidental that non medical staff at public health facilities that did not factor in the more visible negotiations are to receive payments. Nurses are also set to be in line shortly for their increases and retroactive payments despite the finance ministry and the apologists for the PNP slamming them and the police claiming government cannot afford such at this time as the IMF deal cannot be railroaded. Speaking of IMF deal Audley Shaw opposition spokesman on Finance spoke to the issue in an article in the Gleaner and he has made several suggestions hence at the last poverty to prosperity session aired on Nationwide radio live last week. 

flyers such as this have been making the rounds on social media showing the voter apathy out there and reaching out to like minds.

A recent discussion with a leading pollster suggests more and more Jamaicans are simply turned off by both political parties as non-performers and won’t deliver any serious policies for impactful development that can be felt on the ground. Truth be told I too feel sluggish with all the crap happening and in fighting both sides while third parties such as Betty Ann Blaine’s New Nation Coalition, NNC (a theocracy driven entity) or the former PM’s baby National Democratic Movement, NDM are just critics in the corner with no real prospects of gaining power let alone national interest in them. Where or where has the Workers’ Party of Jamaica, WPJ and as for independents such as Rass Asta-Black although he has been online via twitter and the talkshow circuit but his activism though noted has not garnered a groundswell support on election day where he has ran.

see from RJR:
"Both political parties are the same" say voters in RJR Group/Don Anderson poll

Buggery law reform has simply disappeared from the radar for now it seems even after the anti gay rally presented as concerns for family life but they have been swept aside as the raging debate on reparations and such rule. I have no doubt private meetings were afoot so we'll have to wait and see the outcomes eh. The press conference held some moments ago prior to the preparation of this post has not even helped in easing the rage and criticisms of the administration and the national security minister.

A petition has been making the rounds but will it affect or will people recall all this on election day?

see more HERE.

meanwhile the damage control on this prison deal or no deal is on with examples such as this:

and the ting turned up even more as cynicism is the fad and world events makes us mad

see more on Real Change Jamaica FB page HERE 

It gets better as we draw closer to home.

Peace & tolerance


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Where is that "I am Not a Fish" documentary?

I was reminded by a reader of a documentary (one of several done yet the populations still languish) titled "I am not a fish" that was to be shot in Jamaica on LGBT homelessness sometime in 2014 zooming in on the former Shoemaker Gully population in particular as everyone pigeon-holes them yet no redemption for them in any meaningful way. On Sunday we were reminded via the Gleaner and a previous post on here of the truth regarding the quality of life our brethren and sistren have to endure as they have now moved from the gully to the graveyard. Also see: MSM/Trans homeless - From gully to graveyard Oct 2015 & And we continue to reap the world-wind for not addressing homelessness when it was manageable 2013

Older persons in advocacy and years of experience including me approach these matters with some trepidation due to foreigners coming here to shoot documentaries or projects, we have been burnt before as they benefit and leave the subjects of their work or research behind with no or little positive impact to write home about. Persons pretend to be interested in our 'plight' yet disappear with the materials etc when they are done and gain professional and other benefits without any real return or assistance.

In October 2014 a press release and online fundraising campaign came to hand from one named Carolyn Bick on Kickstarter, the goal for the campaign was not met yet no follow up has come as to the next step and what has happened with the funds already collected, if returned to the donors or dispersed to the named groups. Miss Bick's website does not load when visited.


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take a look at the press release from Miss Bick:

Carolyn Bick Launches Kickstarter Project to Help the LGBTQ Community

Imagine being afraid to seek health care, because there is a real possibility you will be killed over the results.

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 a target of Jamaica’s violent, deep-seated cultural prejudice against homosexuality. Since HIV/AIDS is associated with homosexuals in Jamaica, the safety of HIV/AIDS patients is also at risk.

While Jamaica's government offers treatment programs for citizens suffering from HIV/AIDS-related illness, many among 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.

What is going on in Jamaica is an atrocious violation of human rights, and the term 'fish' -- one of many derogatory names for MSMs in Jamaica -- reflects the dehumanization of the situation. 32% of Jamaican MSMs (men who have sex with men) are infected with HIV, according to the UNFPA, and the stigma against the disease, because of its connotations, will only make that number grow. But it is not just MSMs who are hurt. It is the entire island. If already-out Jamaican MSMs are afraid to seek health care, how many more Jamaican men are simply afraid to admit they are not straight? If these same men have unprotected sex with other men, and -- because of fear, or because of shame -- do not tell their partners, or get tested, this not only raises the infection rate on the island, but also increases the rate of reinfection.

I am working on a documentary about the struggles Jamaican MSMs and other Jamaicans along the LGBTQ spectrum face in obtaining proper health care safely, in the wake of such homophobia. I will be focusing primarily on one or two subjects to tell the story. As you can see in the short preview video, I spoke with many people in the eight days I was there. However, I need to speak with many more -- politicians, doctors, closeted Jamaicans -- and visit other places, such as Kingston Public Hospital, the Ministry of Health, and Comprehensive Health Centre. I will also need to spend a longer period of time with the homeless MSMs I spoke with during my trip in December. I want to document exactly what they go through, when they try to get testing and treatment -- services we in the United States often take for granted.

This isn't just about human rights. It is about an entire population's right and fight to live. Help me fight with them.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk I face is one of access, due to a) the danger to many of the people involved, and b) the fact I am an American with a fancy camera (not exactly the most inconspicuous person around). However, with the contacts I have made and maintained, as well as the fact I was able to get access through these contacts within the first few days I was in Jamaica last December, a month or more there can only mean I will not only have more opportunities to speak with people, but I will also get a chance to develop relationships with them, and speak with them multiple times. 
(As a very important note: JFLAG and members of The Colour Pink are my contacts, and I will be forever grateful to them for everything they have done and are doing to help me get this project out there. I could not have even started this project without them.)

I will also run into difficulties finding Jamaicans who are not 'out', who will be willing to talk with me, because of the problems described above. I plan to get around this issue by offering anonymity, and asking my contacts if they know of anyone who would be willing to speak with me under the condition of anonymity.


Now it is established that the online fundraising platform is not held to require refunds to backers where has all that money gone and where is the actual statement or release to allay suspicions and mistrust? Miss Bick and others need to come clean and not let cynicism encroach on their work or reputations but barring any followup it appears off.

I have lost count with the amount of documentaries, specials and features on homeless LGBTians here yet they still have not had any major improvements come their way

A word to the wise is sufficient but where oh where is that documentary or other activity in lieu of its non production and unaccounted for funds raised? 

Peace & tolerance


also see:
my latest podcast, yes I am podding again:

Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston 2012

The toss up between MSM homelessness & public order makes news again 2013

Some good news on the homeless MSM front ..... guarded & waiting part 2: Dwayne's House Project site 2013

A claim on How to help homeless LGBT Jamaicans 2013

More MSM Homelessness Issues while agencies shift responsibilities

The Public’s separation of homo-negativity and homeless LGBT welfare issues

Caretaker wants uncontrollable gay men out of Millsborough house ................J-FLAG denies abandoning 2013

Some good news on the homeless front ..... guarded and waiting 2012

Ist Anniversary of the 2nd Homeless MSM Civil disobedience .... and the men are still homeless 2012

MSM/Trans homeless employ Civil Disobedience to get JASL Board's Attention .... 2010

The Quietus ......... The Safe House Project Closes 2010 where the madness all began albeit homelessness has been with us forever.

Monday, October 5, 2015

That Buggery Law (UK 1533), Grief & The Ill-informed


also see my previous related entry on my sister blog in 2009: 
The Buggery Act in the early years (England under Henry VIII

and my latest spportive podcast:

I thought it opportune for October LGBT History Month to highlight the real reasons for the buggery law debated and passed in 1532/3 in England under King Henry VIII’s reign and his chief minister and author of the problematic legislation Thomas Cromwell which created nothing but grief over these many hundreds of years with repeals and re-enactments. He clearly presented himself as a radical evangelical reformer and a merciless politician changing his look and tone when it suits the occasion. After listening a podcast with someone claiming to be an LGBT advocate as these days any fly by night can do so and then have some online social media presence/persona while having no real world experience I said to myself no wonder why we cannot or have not reached very far in the struggle; or the crap that keeps coming as facts from them. I guess social media has come to show up the men from the boys and the similarly daft anti gay folks just add more fuel to the flames. I aint no lawyer but just sheer common sense and wide availability of materials makes or ought to make our grasp of the issues far more wider and thus making us informed.

Usually LGBTQ history month is used to highlight noted achievements or milestones but with the recent gay marriage and destruction of the family paranoia by some religious crackpots essentially and equally idiotic members of the public who simply lap up the vomit they are fed then regurgitate it with the greatest of ease we must understand that the buggery law as it is often coined was not some morally curative legal device to address some wholesale societal infection of some sort of national faggotry or sexual sins as is postured by anti gay groups in recent times. As its text was short with only 16 sentences its shelf life was to also have been short as the last sentence outlined. I am of the opinion that the very text in the act is an anathema in a sense linguistically speaking as the Brits tend to enhance loquacity both in wording and substance when it comes to legislation in particular and writing in general.

See previous LGBT History posts from Gay Jamaica Watch, GLBTQ Jamaica (Blogger), GLBTQ Jamaica (Wordpress) and GJBTQJA (Blogger)

Their calls for the buggery law to remain is so nonsensical and is laughable at best but it is a serious matter as it is done in the name of so called moral values and preserving the family when the family as we knew it and presented has been damaged already by the very same folks who enjoy marriage rights with very little help from those who are same sex attracted or of other sexual orientation/gender identity. These groups will never ever do or encourage the research on the timeline of the buggery law and its true origin and use as they may be left embarrassed and the laughing stock of the country; especially when information is so easily available literally at our fingertips. Remember my post on grooming where in just five minutes as an untrained counselor I found so much material to debunk anti gay voices deliberately conflating homosexuality with paedophilia (See more HERE when you’re done reading). Ask anyone of these homophobic religious fanatics why the law was passed they cannot tell you and conversely the very LGBTQ lobbyists and advocacies real or imagined too are ignorant to the trajectory in British parliamentary history hence they have been unable to tidy up their rebuttals to the poor researched nonsense despite there are lawyers and such supposedly on the frontline (mostly social media) but not on the ground with any real world experience to boot.

Interestingly the law was to have had a short shelf life as its last sentence in the original 16 sentenced long text outlined:

“Forasmuch as there is not yet sufficient and condign punishment appointed and limited by the due course of the Laws of this Realm for the detestable and abominable Vice of Buggery committed with mankind of beast: It may therefore please the King’s Highness with the assent of the Lords Spiritual and the Commons of this present parliament assembled, that it may be enacted by the authority of the same, that the same offence be from henceforth ajudged Felony and that such an order and form of process therein to be used against the offenders as in cases of felony at the Common law. And that the offenders being hereof convict by verdict confession or outlawry shall suffer such pains of death and losses and penalties of their good chattels debts lands tenements and hereditaments as felons do according to the Common Laws of this Realme. And that no person offending in any such offence shall be admitted to his Clergy, and that Justices of the Peace shall have power and authority within the limits of their commissions and Jurisdictions to hear and determine the said offence, as they do in the cases of other felonies. This Act to endure till the last day of the next Parliament.”

Thomas Cromwell, House of Commons

Note: This act was extended through Parliament three additional times. Notable convictions under the act included: Walter Hungerford, 1st Baron Hungerford or Heytesbury in 1540; Mervyn Tuchet, 2nd Earl of Castlehaven in 1631; John Atherton, Bishop of Waterford in 1640; Vere Street Coterie in 1810; and Percy Jocelyn, Bishop of Clogher in 1822.

The buggery law was nothing more than an extension of existing legislation in Italy (namely Florence under the Medici popes etc), France (under Phillip the fourth and used to smear the knights Templars etc) and other parts of Europe for varying reasons a legal instrument to bolster the smear campaign to label catholic priests/bishops/clergy or those who did not subscribe to the emerging protestant movement as designed by the monarch as same sex practicing or lovers of choir boys and the usual homosexuality/paedophilia conflation (words such as paedophilia or homosexual never entered the English Language as yet till hundreds of years later) and as part of the expulsion exercise under King Henry VIII also called the dissolution of the monasteries ways legal and theological were employed to bring the imperative into effect. 

Ann Boleyn queen in waiting for the rejected divorce request by King Henry VIII to the pope

The pope at that time did not grant the divorce King Henry VIII wanted from his first wife Catherine of Aragon (Henry’s deceased brother’s wife and daughter of King Ferdinand & queen Isabella of Spain and devote Catholics); Henry sought the divorce as she was thought to be beyond child bearing years and he desperately wanted a male heir. The pope realizing the implications of the catholic connections with Queen Catherine and Charles the fifth of Spain the then world power and who also happens to be the queen’s nephew.

The Medieval Basis of Modern Law

Although the Middle Ages, extending from about the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries, is not a single cohesive epoch, the copious citation of trials and laws would merely accumulate evidence of homophobia rather than give us insight into its causes. Throughout this period anti-homosexual attitudes and stereotypes changed only in so far as they became more rigid, and were used increasingly to bolster certain social institutions such as the papacy and state governments. The real reason for the persecution of the Templars — the most powerful crusading order of its time — derived from political and economic hostility, greed and envy. The Church and the State defeated a real threat to their authority, confiscated their great wealth, and achieved an object lesson which struck terror into the hearts of much less powerful potential enemies. The unquestioned authority of Church and State was reaffirmed.

Since medieval asceticism was virtually identical with an obsession about sex, it was inevitable that charges of heresy and treason were always accompanied by charges of sexual deviation. Popular writers such as Dante used the same technique to attack their personal enemies. It is embarrassingly clear that certain men are condemned as sodomites in his Inferno, Canto XV, simply because it was a convenient smear tactic. Most of those literary men and clerks assigned to the seventh level of hell were Dante's political opponents; some, such as Guerra, Rusticucci, Aldrobandi, Latina, and perhaps Borsiere, were Guelfs, those responsible for Dante's exile from Florence.

In order for the Church and State to maintain control over what they perceived as a disorderly population, medieval people were increasingly forbidden to deviate from the right path in anything. Religious orthodoxy, political orthodoxy, and intellectual orthodoxy were all firmly bolstered by the savage imposition of sexual orthodoxy. Medieval secular law almost universally deferred to ecclesiastic law, in ever more rigid sanctions.

In French legislation, in Beauvais sodomites were burned and their property confiscated; in Touraine-Angou, they were burned and their goods fell to the local baron. In Italy, in such cities as Perugia, Bologna, and Ancona, lay confraternities were created in 1233 and entrusted with the task of ensuring religious and sexual conformity with particular attention to sodomy. In Perugia, the law provided for 40 men (8 from each of the 5 sections of the city) to investigate and denounce sodomites. At Ascoli Piceno a bounty was given to those who denounced sodomites. At Pisa, people who harboured sodomites were fined 100 lire. At Bologna, whoever dwelt in a building where sodomy was practised might be burnt along with the house. In Sienna, if a sodomite could not pay the 300 lire fine for a first offence, he was suspended by his genitals.

In fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Florence — where men were fond of sodomy to such an extent that the Germans dubbed pederasts Florenzer and the German word for sodomy became florenzen — the laws were precise with a vengeance: pederasts were castrated; consenting boys under 14 were beaten, driven naked through the city, and fine 50 lire; youths between 14 and 18 were fined 100 lire; houses or fields where the act took place were laid waste; men found in suspicious circumstances were presumed guilty; torture could be used to elicit a confession; conviction resulted in burning at the stake. The chief city officials could investigate, punish, and torture in any way they saw fit, and could ban suspects from the city; even songs about sodomy were fined 100 lire. It is not much of an exaggeration to call this a campaign of extermination, although the penalties were gradually lowered toward the end of the fifteenth century, and a fine was often sufficient for those enforcers of the law who were more interested in money than in morals.

The persecution of homosexuals was one of the tools in the repertoire of repressive measures by which the Inquisition strengthened the Church and contributed to the centralization of the papacy. Modern defenders of Christianity, who point out that canon law emphasized the punishment of homosexuals within the clergy, usually ignore the fact that the law confraternities and mendicant orders had a brief to seek out and punish homosexuals in all sectors of the community. The fact that that ecclesiastical authorities turned over the heretics / witches / sodomites to the civil authorities for execution or punishment was of course a pious hypocrisy. The Inquisition's spawn of lay confraternities and the mendicant orders established sexual oppression throughout much of northern Europe as well as Italy, and every secular law justified itself with references to the Church Fathers, Scripture, and the papal decrees. Burning at the stake, and laying waste the fields were sodomy occurred, were directly inspired by the Christian interpretation of the store of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the severity of the anti-homosexual secular laws was a Judaeo-Christian inheritance.

The more specific detailing of homosexual crimes and punishments may be due to the rapid rise of political democratization in Italy, the reduced power of the oligarchy and the ethics of the petit bourgeois — though again, the Church's hatred and fear of material pleasures formed the basis of this morality.

The Penitential System had a devastating effect upon the laws of England (and consequently the laws of America). In 960 St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, began a moral reform of the Church and society, and under his influence ecclesiastical law became the core for civil law. Thus "penances" came to be enforced as "sentences" in the courts of law. The eleventh-century court of the Normal William Rufus and Robert Duke of Normandy was believed to have been rife with homosexuality, and the successor King Henry I set about cleaning it up. At a Council in London he laid down new penalties for "those who commit the shameful sin of sodomy, and especially for those who of their own free will take pleasure in doing so." Homosexual clerics were to be expelled from their orders, and homosexual laymen were to be deprived of their civil rights. Henry's orders were moderated by Archbishop (later Saint) Anselm (himself probably at least a repressed homosexual, to judge by his love letters to several young men), who directed the clergy to exercise discretion: "It must be remembered that this sin has been publicly committed to such an extent that it scarcely makes anyone blush, and that many have fallen into it in ignorance of its gravity."

The first significant reference to civil laws against homosexuality in England occurred in 1376, when the God Parliament unsuccessfully petitioned King Edward III to banish all "Lombard brokers" because they were usurers, and other foreign artisans and traders, particularly "Jews and Saracens," who were accused to having introduced "the too horrible vice which is not to be named" which they thought would destroy the realm. But it was not until 1533 that a statute was actually enacted against homosexuals. The Act (25 Henry 8, chapter 6) adjudges buggery a felony punishable by hanging until dead. The Buggery Act was piloted through Parliament by Thomas Cromwell in an effort to support Henry VIII's plan for reducing the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts, as the first step towards depriving them of the right to try certain offences, which supported his policy of seizing Church property. 

King Henry VIII by his favourite artist Hans Holbein

Thus it was defined as a felony without benefit of clergy, which denied homosexuals in holy orders the right to be tried in the ecclesiastical courts, with the result that a conviction entailed loss of property to the Crown. The statute was re-enacted in 1536, 1539 and 1541 under Henry VIII; it was repealed in the first Parliament of Edward VI, along with all new felonies established by Henry VIII, but re-enacted in 1548 with amendments which no longer forfeited the felon's property to the Crown, and stipulations that indictments had to be framed within six months of the commission of the alleged act, and that no person who would benefit from the death of the accused could give evidence against him. With Mary's succession in 1553 it was repealed, along with many other statutes, thus giving jurisdiction back to the ecclesiastic courts. In 1563 it was revived by Queen Elizabeth I, in the harsh terms of the 1533 Act rather than with the amendments of 1548, because according to the Preamble, since the repeal of the Act in 1553 "divers ill disposed persons have been the more bold to commit the said most horrible and detestable Vice of Buggery aforesaid, to the high displeasure of Almighty God." Historical evidence fails to reveal any such excessive "boldness" for the years 1553 to 1563, and the only circumstance which prompted this severe reaction of Elizabeth's ministers was probably Elizabeth's desire to establish her claim to the throne as direct heir of Henry VIII: always politically astute, Elizabeth naturally re-enacted her father's laws rather than those of intermediate monarchs.

The long and short of it is King Henry VIII and his chief enforcer prior to his death Sir Thomas Wolsey and hired sidekick Thomas Cromwell who excellently displayed his skills prior that brought him some notoriety then promoted to his master’s post decided to split from the Vatican and form his own church as the church of England or Protestantism. Ironically Cromwell managed to survive the fall and death of his master and previous chief minister Sir Thomas Wolsey who in failing to gain the divorce King Henry needed ended up getting the boot aided and abetted by queen in waiting Ann Boleyn. 

Thomas Wolsey painting

In 1529 Wolsey was charged for exercising a foreign authority over the king for purely doing his job as the pope’s representative but it was more about the poison fed to the king via the queen in waiting Ann Boleyn. Cromwell then thrives in the aftermath and goes on to get rid of the very queen Ann Boleyn via false accusations of adultery and incest with her brother George Boleyn and five other men (Cromwell’s political enemies conveniently) which led to her and that of the five trial and execution. Queen Boleyn also lost some power as her inability to bare a son went against her. That episode proved how ruthless this man was yet while displaying a false piety. Cromwell came to the attention of the Cardinal and others after he successfully negotiated an extension of a license in 1517 known as the ‘stairway to heaven’ sold as a spiritual indulgence that allowed persons dead or alive to fly out of purgatory into heaven for a price. Only certain abbies were allowed to do so as granted by the pope himself, in this case it was Leo 10th and the great Boston Stump in Leicester was one such church where they made a killing from church congregations when prior to this indulgence licensing the church made money by reading sheep’s wool.

Those who refused to adhere to the new order under Henry were executed and church property looted, seized and sold by Cromwell that came to be known as the dissolution period; the sale of the monasteries brought in unprecedented wealth and assured England fortification of the south coast nearing the English Channel and the isle of white. The immediate effect however of the 1533 Act is unknown. It was on the books primarily as a symbolic token of the supremacy of the secular courts over the ecclesiastical courts. The prosecution of homosexuals was rare during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England, and as far as one can discover, homosexual acts were not prosecuted with vigor until the second and third decades of the eighteenth century. The first recorded instance of any legal action was in 1541 (one of the years in which the Buggery Act was re-enacted), when Nicholas Udall, headmaster of Eton, was convicted of buggery; but strings were pulled in high places, and he was set free within a year. Homosexual prosecutions throughout the sixteenth century are sparse; in 1570 John Swan and John Lister, who were smiths and servants of the same master, with whom they lived, were charged with mutually consenting sodomy in Edinburgh, and in 1580 Matthew Heaton, a clergyman in East Grinstead, was prosecuted at the Sussex Assizes for a relationship with a boy in his parish. Fewer than a dozen prosecutions are recorded up through 1660, though this may reflect inadequate research into the subject, and a scarcity of extant legal records.

Convictions and punishments in other countries seem to have been more frequent and more severe. When William Lithgow visited Malta in 1616 he "saw a Spanish soldier and a Maltese boy burnt in ashes, for the public profession of sodomy," and by the end of the following day more than one hundred young men had fled to Sicily for fear of suffering a similar fate. In Geneva there were frequent prosecutions for sodomy from 1560 to 1610, linked to peaks of religious revival; a typical case was that of Pierre Canal, who in 1610 was tortured for high treason and murder, and before this inquisition was finished he had accused some 20 men of sodomy. Most of the sodomy charges throughout this period of Genevan history were levelled against French religious refugees. In Ireland, in 1640 John Atherton, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, and his lover and tithe proctor John Child were convicted of buggery and hanged.

One of the tragedies of the New World is that it took over much of the legal system of the Old World. The Buggery Act of Henry VIII (as re-enacted by Elizabeth I in 1563) was adopted, often verbatim, by the original thirteen Colonies, and buggery was punished by death. The records of convictions are scarce, but they were not systematically recorded and are therefore difficult to discover. In 1624 Richard William Cornish, Master of the ship Ambrose, anchored in the James River, Virginia, was hanged for committing sodomy with the 29-year-old cabin boy William Couse. We know that sodomites were prosecuted in Plymouth Plantation in the 1640s. In 1646, in Massachusetts Bay Colony, William Plaine was executed for having committed sodomy with two persons in England before going over to the colonies; and in the same year, in Manhattan, New Netherland Colony, Jan Creoli, a negro, was sentenced to be choked to death and burned to ashes for a second offence of sodomy. In New Netherlands Colony there is a reference to attempted sodomy by N. G. Hillebrant or Hillebrantsen in 1658; and to alleged homosexual rape by J. Q. van der Linde (or Lijnden) in 1660 — he was tied in a sack and drowned in a river, while his partner was whipped and "sent to some other place." In 1674, in Massachusetts, a young man named Benjamin Goad was castrated for a crime which seems to have involved masturbating himself in front of, or with, other boys. Over the years, the death penalty was gradually replaced by whipping, imprisonment, castration, and forfeiture of all lands and goods, though in several states the death penalty was reintroduced.

Indeed the reform of anti-homosexual laws has been exceedingly difficult despite the increasingly liberal attitudes of more recent times. The Judaeo-Christian abhorrence of homosexuality and the buggery laws are likely to be with us for a long time to come, exacerbated by the fear of AIDS and as clear shown in modern times via groups such as Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, JCHS and Dr Wayne West. In March 1991 for example, during the debate in the parliament of the Isle of Man as to whether or not to decriminalize homosexual acts in accordance with the British Government and the European Convention on Human Rights, the majority of the Council of Ministers wished to retain their law against homosexuality. The argument of the select committee which rejected a proposal to bring their law into line with the rest of Western Europe pretends to be modern in its assertion that private homosexual activity should be banned in order to protect public health by preventing the spread of AIDS, but the vocabulary of prejudice has not changed over the centuries. It was summarized in the words of Mr Edgar Quine, opposed to reform of the Manx laws, who said "Dress it up as we will we are still talking about the unnatural offensive and abominable act of buggery."

Fast forward to modern times the same strategy is used despite wider knowledge of HIV/AIDS and the debunking of the epidemic as a gay disease; crackpots such as Dr Wayne West continue to misuse studies and old papers to justify hatred.

Cromwell was promoted in 1532 to chief minister after his successes in getting the divorce through and the supremacy launching the church of England effectively while given more power over the management of monasteries hence as part of the smear campaign to vilify Catholics the timing of the buggery law was most convenient, as a removed or absent Vatican control with its ecclesiastical courts and moral control a vacuum came following the passage of both the Act of Restraint of Appeals to essentially block Queen Catherine from appealing to Rome attempting to block the divorce and greater Acts of Supremacy overall both predicated on the patriotic fantasies of writers such as 

Geoffrey of Monmouth and his work on Merlin, King Arthur and the Knights of the roundtable which was a fictional piece and not viewed as legit by historians. With the breach secure a previously near impotent parliament that had as its main activity raising funds on behalf of the monarch now found itself with powers to decide more personal freedom matters. The deception effectively that carried both acts through parliament was that England was always an empire and the monarch an emperor but some amnesia made him forget this power hence no power can usurp and emperor’s authority, not even the pope. Cromwell wanted to discredit the monasteries so apart from the labeling of them being centres of gay activity playing on the celibacy tradition and nearly all male positions of power held he also tapped into the widely held perception of church corruption to bolster his campaign. Frankly I think he pretended to be a pious man in order to achieve his goals as he knew all too well what can happen to those who do not please the king, case in point his very late master Wolsey. The Hailes monastery in Gloucester that claimed to have the holy blood of Christ became a showcase example for Cromwell addressing ‘church corruption’ he sent the blood to be examined in 1538 and after centuries of veneration it was declared as honey clarified in saffron. A year later the monastery was closed down and ironical one year after that Cromwell himself was executed for treason in 1540; some conclude he got his just desserts especially after his clash with the Duke of Norfolk Thomas Howard his arch enemy on the council who battled with him for years on various matters including theological ones. Cromwell in what was seen by some historians as his rapid self destruction he basically managed to close down one of the last two remaining monasteries known as Thetford Priory where the ancestors of Norfolk were buried which angered the Duke who had to exhume and rebury the bones in a most humiliating exercise in 1540; after which the Duke plotted his revenge. Cromwell was responsible for dissolving over 800 monasteries and church houses which effectively led to the greatest privatization exercise in the history of governance at the time with property sold off to a new gentry class thus securing King Henry VIII’s firmness on the throne as he did not trust the existing nobles who in a civil war when his own father came to the throne. Monasteries occupied some one sixth of all of England so the wealth from the land sales poured into the strengthening of the army, newly create a navy and the aforementioned fortification of the south susceptible to French and Spanish invasion prior. The Duke got through parliament a bill of attainder thus stripping Cromwell of his titles and estates and precipitously he came crashing down added to the King blaming him for the mismatch and falsity in the embellished meeting and subsequent wedding of Henry to Ann of Cleves based on a portrait that bore no resemblance to the actual woman when she arrived in England.

Ann of Cleves in English headdress instead of her German attire she wore for the actual portrait and full frontal face shot instead of the traditional angled presentations in contemporary art

King Henry was forced to testify in front of a church court (his own Church of England as its head embarrassingly) that replaced the now evicted ecclesiastical systems under Catholicism as to why he could not consummate the marriage with Ann of Cleves who he eventually divorced and named her as his sister instead in the settlement papers much to her embarrassment but with wealth afforded to her until Henry died. In granting the testimony of impotence King Henry VIII needed to blame someone especially for a king who prided himself with his virility so he laid it all at Cromwell’s feet and with the combination his end was inevitable in my eyes. Deception effectively made him and deception ended up being his downfall. The very church corruption he pretended to fight in later years was what brought him to power.

28 July 1540 – The Executions of Thomas Cromwell and Walter Hungerford -While Henry VIII was busy marrying wife number 5, his former chief minister Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, was being beheaded on Tower Hill. Cromwell had passed against him awful charges on 29th June 1540 for the crimes of corruption, heresy and treason.

Cromwell climbed the scaffold on Tower Hill and addressed the gathered crowd:

“I am come hether to dye, and not to purge my self, as maie happen, some thynke that I will, for if I should do so, I wer a very wretche and miser: I am by the Lawe comdempned to die, and thanke my lorde God that hath appoynted me this deathe, for myne offence: For sithence the tyme that I have had yeres of discrecion, I have lived a synner, and offended my Lorde God, for the whiche I aske hym hartely forgevenes. And it is not unknowne to many of you, that I have been a great traveler in this worlde, and beyng but of a base degree, was called to high estate, and sithes the tyme I came thereunto, I have offended my prince, for the whiche I aske hym hartely forgevenes, and beseche you all to praie to God with me, that he will forgeve me.

O father forgeve me. O sonne forgeve me, O holy Ghost forgeve me: O thre persons in one God forgeve me. And now I praie you that be here, to beare me record, I die in the Catholicke faithe, not doubtyng in any article of my faith, no nor doubtyng in any Sacrament of the Churche. Many hath sclaundered me, and reported that I have been a bearer, of suche as hath mainteigned evill opinions, whiche is untrue, but I confesse that like as God by his holy spirite, doth instruct us in the truthe, so the devill is redy to seduce us, and I have been seduced: but beare me witnes that I dye in the Catholicke faithe of the holy Churche. And I hartely desire you to praie for the Kynges grace, that he maie long live with you, maie long reigne over you. And once again I desire you to pray for me, that so long as life remaigneth in this fleshe, I waver nothyng in my faithe.”

Cromwell then knelt at the block and was beheaded “by a ragged and Boocherly miser, whiche very ungoodly perfourmed the office” – a botched execution in other words.

Walter, Lord Hungerford of Heytesbury, a client of Cromwell’s, was also executed on that day. He has gone down in history as the only man to be executed for the crime of “treason of buggery” in the Tudor period, but the charges against him also included:

• Treason for pretending to arrest Pilgrimage of Grace supporter William Bird, Vicar of Bradford-on-Avon, when he actually supported him by employing him as chaplain.

• Using magic, along with Sir Hugh Wood and Dr Maudlin, to predict how long Henry VIII would live.

As for the “buggery” charge, Hungerford had allegedly “exercised and frequented, and used the abominable and detestable vice and sin of buggery with William Master, Thomas Smith” and others in his household.”

Hungerford was also beheaded on Tower Hill, following Cromwell on to the scaffold, and his head joined Cromwell’s on London Bridge for public display. Retha Warnicke believes that it was the information that the King’s council gleaned about Hungerford, and his association with sorcerers and witches, that caused the heresy charges to be added to Cromwell’s bill of attainder because there was a “connection between sodomites and heretics.” Cromwell’s connection with Hungerford was definitely a way to blacken his name.

Henry VIII did come to regret Thomas Cromwell’s fall and execution. Marillac, the French ambassador, reported that the King had said that the King reproached his council for using “false accusations” to bring down Cromwell, complaining that “they made him put to death the most faithful servant he ever had.” 

St Peter ad Vincular burial place for traitors

Ironically Cromwell ended up in the same cemetery for traitors St Peter ad Vincular just yards away from executed queen Ann Boleyn whose death he single-handedly orchestrated, headless of course as his head was placed on a spike for display at London bridge.

Although centuries later we must not overlook the fact that James VI of Scotland (King James Bible) son to Mary Queen of Scots who came to the English throne after the death of Elizabeth 1 with the law still in place was openly bisexual and was not prosecuted for buggery; yet it was under him that the most successful English translation of the Bible came forth out of the puritanical debate in 1610 and theological clashes concerning piety, abundance of wealth in the church and monarchy. His infamous line during one of the one on one sessions still lingers “No bishop no king” as he recognized that the nakedness of the church in terms of reduction in wealth and display would essentially wipe out the look and feel of the monarchy as it had become.

If the country of origin has so changed their arrangements finally to permit equality to homosexuals and such then why are we still holding on four hundred plus aged outdated legislation given the calls for reparations for slavery and dropping the UK Privy Council as our final court?

I hope some persons who take up spokes-person duties would please do some research before embarrassing themselves effectively on such matters; if we do not understand how we got here then we cannot plan and execute said plans for the future.

Peace and tolerance



Some SOURCES: Derrick Sherwin Bailey, Homosexuality and the Western Christian Tradition (London and New York, 1955); Vern L. Bullough, "Heresy, Witchcraft, and Sexuality," Journal of Homosexuality, 1, 2 (1974), 183-201; Michael Goodich, "Sodomy in Ecclesiastical Law and Theory," Journal of Homosexuality, 1, 4 (1976), 427-34; Michael Goodish, "Sodomy in Medieval Secular Law," Journal of Homosexuality, 1, 3 (1976), 295-302; Montgomery H. Hyde, The Other Love (London: Heinemann, 1976); Jonathan Katz, Gay American History (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1976); John J. McNeil SJ, The Church and the Homosexual (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1977); William E. Monter, "La sodomie à l'epoque moderne en Suisse romande," Annals: E. S. C., 29 (1974), 1023-33; Rictor Norton, "The Biblical Roots of Homophobia" and "A Rejoinder”

MSM/Trans homeless - From gully to graveyard


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I was planning on addressing LGBTQ homelessness next month as I have done before during homelessness posts month which is observed in November as numerous reports of forced evictions, street violence and such are still coming my way despite my low visibility this year and repeated indeed disturbing complaints of a frosty customer service experiences for some when they engage such groups; JFLAG namely with a crisis interventions department by persons seeking assistance. Now I am forced to move forward some of my concerns that have lingered for some 8 years of my tracking this challenge formally and even prior to my blogging exercises.

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? 

 man hanging out clothes to dry at the cholera cemetery site

Firstly here is the article:
Having been forcefully removed from the Shoemaker Gully in New Kingston little over a year ago, a group of homeless men, some of whom are cross-dressers, has resorted to living among the dead. 
The men have made the Cholera Cemetery, which is across from the Canadian Embassy on Waterloo Road in St Andrew, their new home.
But as has been the case wherever they have settled, they are unwelcome neighbours.
"The Gores own that property, and as long as they are aware that anybody is on it, we actually get calls or some emails from them," said Town Clerk Robert Hill.
"[The] Public Health [Department] has squared it (Cholera Cemetery) off that it no longer poses a public-health threat. It is mainly used for billboard advertising now, but there are some plans for developments there. So the persons (homeless men) have really been causing some amount of disturbance, and it is in the confines of an embassy, which may cause some sort of security issue," added Hill.
According to Hill, his office has been working with the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, and meetings have been held with that organisation, the mayor, and representatives of Jamaica Aids Support as they seek to identify long-term accommodation for the particular set of homeless men.


"We are still going through the technical ramification of trying to find a location. We really haven't found anywhere, but we are also monitoring the situation at the Cholera Cemetery and getting them removed," said Hill.
"We know they are hanging out clothes and all kinds of things up there and causing some amount of discomfort and disquiet with the surrounding neighbourhood."
"We have, on more than one occasion, moved them from there, and, of course, the report is that their families don't want them and they don't have anywhere to live," added Hill.
The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation is also looking at lands it owns with the aim of identifying a suitable location for accommodations to be built for the group of nomadic young men.
"If we give them four or five locations within the municipality and they select the one they want, some funding agency would have to find the money, whether an international lobby group or whatever, and they find their engineers and architects and build what they wish within the permissions of the city engineer department and my department," said Hill.
But according to South East St Andrew Member of Parliament Julian Robinson, who had, through his role as a member of the board of the Peace Management Initiative (PMI), moved to provide an intervention for the group of young men, it is difficult to find a solution for them due to their behaviour.
Robinson intervened after the homeless men were accused of carrying out robberies and incidents of public disorder in the New Kingston environs, which forms part of his constituency,
"There are not many people who want them to be housed anywhere near them because of their behaviour. That's just the hard-core reality," Robinson told The Sunday Gleaner.
He said the focus has been dealing with the issue of their behaviour, a task that has been undertaken by the PMI through funding from the British High Commission.
But not all the men have reacted favourably to the intervention, according to Berthlyn Plummer, the PMI's senior social worker.
"The psychosocial intervention has included counselling, personal development, conflict resolution, and mediation," said Plummer. "It is 30 of them that we have been working with on and off. Some of them are very receptive, some are a little hesitant, and some are not receptive at all because they have different issues and different expectations of anything you are doing with them."
Plummer pointed out that the PMI has been working with them since last year because they are a marginalised group as the organisation is neither an activist nor an advocate for homosexuality.
"We have worked with other marginalised groups and we will see family [members] come forward and they are embraced by their community and things like that, but not this group," said Plummer. "It is either they don't want to stay in the communities or the communities don't want them." 

Yvonne McCallah Sobers of FAST Families Against State Terrorism and Dwayne's House as carried on CVM TV's Live @ 7 show earlier this year May 21, 2015 HERE

Reports continue to come to hand of fights, new additions to the group in Kingston, Montego Bay and St Catherine with all kinds of ghastly outcomes as recent as two weeks ago in a injury matter where someone was cut with a knife after an incident involving two persons over money. Why are the populations still appearing in the news such as the above mentioned article when were told of interventions and what can now be described as deceptive public relations dress-ups. There was a shelter lest we forget and the same organizations named as seeking solutions were the very ones who turned their backs on the then populations so much so that it descended into both Jamaica AIDS Support, JASL and JFLAG getting kicked out their rented office space as the deteriorating relationships and outright indiscipline by a few of the persons.

Homelessness and forced evictions have still not yet risen to level of importance as it should instead it has become a black eye on LGBTQ advocacy; law reform and more formalised middle class imaging of homosexuals and transgender folks in particular has superseded the concern required and honestly rolled out to the benefit of such persons. The tokenism and piecemeal interventions handed out to the populations and paraded as long term is only a piece of deception that lasts until the next major article such as today’s shows up the truth.

Smaller outfits who want to try to help are shunned or not paid attention especially if they cannot be penetrated or controlled by the powers that control the cogs of HIV and LGBT advocacy and they are usually one in the same persons as they cross sit on boards and committees that govern said entities; so how can we ever find a viable solution to this ugly business of spiralling homeless LGBTQ brethrens and sistrens?

Other so called advocates are more interested in ramping up social media likes and managing their online images of addressing issues more so than meeting the populations directly and genuinely caring about their needs; it is sad that this is what it has become and it is such a turn off for older folks like myself both locally and abroad; thankfully more and more the eyes of the previously duped persons who criticised my concerns about the lack of real genuine interest for our homeless and their welfare is now opened especially since today’s article and the comments I have been able to see; questions are being posed as to the relevance of a JFLAG or the parading advocates and their impact on the ground in such matters.

Please check out my previous posts and podcasts below on the subject as my opinions then still stand today and it is sad I have to say that but it is what it is given how they our displaced and homeless colleagues have been treated and sidelined.

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Sadly designated sites (167 King Street) for general homeless assistance still remain unused since as evidenced above they were launched by a JLP government so continuity is not the name of the game for the benefit of the least amongst us.

also see: Some good news on the homeless MSM front ..... guarded & waiting part 2: Dwayne's House Project

New Kingston Cop Proposes Shelter for Shoemaker MSM/Trans homeless persons

MP Julian Robinson claims he wants help for New Kingston homeless gays 2013

And we continue to reap the world-wind for not addressing homelessness when it was manageable 2013

The toss up between MSM homelessness & public order makes news again

Street MSM Stone J-FLAG – After Being Cleared From Gov’t Property, Homosexuals Launch Assault another such clash occurred earlier this year in January which forced JFLAG to vacate yet another office space.

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

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 mostly youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

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

from 2012: Homeless impatient with agencies over slow progress of promised shelter and THE PROBLEMATIC “BATTYMAN ENTITLEMENT” PHENOM, HOMELESSNESS & LGBT SAFE SPACES

JFLAG has no moral authority to speak on homeless gay men in New Kingston says members of the public. 2014

Tense stand-off between homeless MSM and Security team in New Kingston

'Don't come back here' - Maxfield residents warn gay man after publicized eviction

More forced evictions reported for 2013

see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

The Quietus ......... The Safe House Project Closes

Homeless MSM to feel the pinch as JASL issues ultimatum (where it all began to go downhill in 2008/9 onwards)

also view Jamaica Rejects Buggery from CVM TV's Live @ 7 May 22, 2015 HERE


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The Hypocrisy of Jamaican Anti Gay Groups & Selective Actions of Societal Ills

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.

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

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Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation

Sexuality - What is yours?

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


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


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

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


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.

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Hello readers,

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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  • Work with other Non Governmental organizations old and new towards similar focus and objectives

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  • Exposing homophobic activities and suggesting corrective solutions

  • To formalise GLBTQ Jamaica's activities in the long term

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  • 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

Thanks again
Mr. H or Howie

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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.

John Maxwell's House

Alleged Gay Vice Principal Story & Securing Personal Digital Data

some angry residents reacting to the matter nearing the school

Another case of persons not managing their personal pictures and other materials via devices so much so that they end up making the rounds on social media. Such was the case of the Vice Principal - Mr. Wellington, who’s substantive post at the school is Vice Principal, told Nationwide news centre that he’s the victim of a cybercrime.

He says the images have been tampered with.

Dervon Wellington, Acting Principal of the Christiana High School in Manchester speaking to Nationwide’s Abka Fitz-Henley said but the shots looked quite clear to most and not photoshopped as is being contested.

In the meantime the Chairman of the Board of Christiana High, Calvin Lyn says a meeting was being organized then in December to address an issue which he says has implications for the institution.

All in all the gentlemen involved have since relocated overseas to avoid issues but a word to the wise is sufficient secure ones personal digital materials so that they do not get leaked, or hacked or stolen and then inadvertently find themselves online.

Peace and tolerance

SEE the CVM TV report HERE