The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM 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 men in Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project and 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

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Youth Minister Lisa Hanna's conflation of same gender sex & abuse responded to part 2

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see part 1 HERE and also the suck up by a JFLAG representative (also CARIFLAGS) Brian Paul Welsh, I am so disappointed but not surprised the elistist tone is clear and is a main reason why we haven't moved much on LGBT rights in Jamaica. If you have the time and stomach see: Don't fault Hanna for tell-all on Alpha

Now to Miss Sobers and more sensible commentary:


Yvonne McCalla Sobers, Guest Columnist

Youth Minister Lisa Hanna is to be commended on her ministry's plan to serve vulnerable, destitute, and homeless youth. She recently announced plans specifically targeting youth rejected by their families and communities because they are seen as gay, lesbian, or transgender.

It would, therefore, be in the minister's interest to be seen as credible and sensitive when speaks about sex and sexuality.

However, her recent explanation for the closure of the Alpha Boys' Home shows that the minister may not be well advised on how to address sexual abuse without putting victims of sexual abuse in harm's way.

Questions could be asked about Minister Hanna's motive in disclosing that youth at Alpha Boys' Home were sexual predators. What did she expect the public to do with this information? How did she expect the Sisters of Mercy to respond to the disclosure? What did she expect her ministry to do with this information? Considering that the home has been an incubator for outstanding Jamaican musicians, what suggestions did she put forward for keeping the home open despite its problems?

The minister could perhaps be considered a whistle-blower in this situation. However, whistle-blowers are usually insiders who reveal misconduct, hoping that they will shame authorities into correcting the wrongdoing. So, the minister was conceivably blowing the whistle on herself, as she is the person with authority to protect boys in state homes from sexual predators.

The shock value of Minister Hanna's disclosure was predictable. Sexual misconduct, especially between male minors, is bound to create outrage in a culture where persons have been attacked and killed because of their sexual orientation. It was also foreseeable that suspicion of being sexual predators or targets of sexual predators would fall on past and present residents of Alpha Boys' Home.

The minister claims truth as a defence for revealing sexual misconduct in the home. However, court cases involving minors are held behind closed doors because some 'truths' can cause a child lifetime harm. It is time enough to go public when reports have been investigated, allegations have been tested, and adult perpetrators have been convicted.

NEGATIVE EFFECT

The Sisters of Mercy say the minister's whistle-blowing has so far had negative effect. They say the public has responded by labelling the boys as homosexuals, stoning a branded Alpha Boys' Home bus, and confronting teachers on the streets. In addition, a highly questionable newspaper cartoon depicted the rape of a minor in the home.

The impact of 'outing' these youth goes well beyond generating media headlines and social media chat. The minister will hopefully reflect on how to protect youth labelled as deviants as they leave the home to enter a society that is hostile towards them.

She needs to understand that her statement is likely to close options for youth who may have no shelter options when the home closes. They will risk being further schooled in antisocial survival strategies by others who have similarly been rejected by families, communities, and society as a whole. The social cost of the minister's 'outing' of alleged youth predators is worth calculating.

Minister Hanna's statement may, however, have had one positive effect: opening up a taboo topic to public discussion. Attorney-at-law Jacqueline Samuels-Brown has exposed systemic violation of boys in Alpha Boys' Home. The attorney wisely focused on cause (employees and other adults abusing power) rather than effect (youth acting out sexual abuse inflicted by adults). This adult sexual abuse was described as long-term and perhaps extensive.

If Mrs Samuels-Brown's sources are correct, Minister Hanna has a busy time ahead carrying out her ministry's mandate. The minister might, therefore, be wise to confine her media statements to steps taken or about to be taken to solve problems related to abuse of children in care.

PROBLEM-SOLVING APPROACH

A problem-solving approach could produce positive results. Minister Hanna could consider developing protocols for detecting and reporting grooming and suspected sexual abuse of children in care; taking steps to minimise sexual abuse of these children; and providing counselling and mental health care for children who have been sexually abused or show signs of becoming sexual predators.

Most of all, the public should hear from the minister the steps she is taking to investigate the allegation of systematic abuse by those entrusted with the care and protection of boys at Alpha Boys' Home. Adult sexual predators need to be identified and prosecuted.

Solutions might then point to possibilities of keeping open this 135-year-old shelter for troubled youth. The minister might also use her influence to persuade parents, as a whole, to keep under-18 boys at home, no matter their supposed or actual sexual orientation. Most of all, the minister could speed up provision of services to prevent newly homeless youth from joining the ranks of veteran homeless youth in parks, gullies, and abandoned buildings.

It is not enough for Minister Hanna to claim to have spoken the truth about Alpha Boys' Home. She has the authority to address the implications of the sexual abuse that allegedly contributed to the closure of the home.

She, therefore, urgently needs to begin the process of controlling damage not to her image, but to the lives of youth who are due to vacate the home shortly. Most important, Minister Hanna's words and actions need to point towards helping troubled youth to achieve their potential in a safe space.

Yvonne McCalla Sobers is a human rights campaigner and convenor of Families Against State Terrorism. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com and sobersy@yahoo.com.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Animal Study Provides First Evidence that Gel Can Prevent Multiple Virus Transmission in Both Vagina and Rectum

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NEW YORK (17 April 2014)—Population Council scientists and their partners have found that their proprietary microbicide gel is safe, stable, and can prevent the transmission of multiple sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in both the vagina and rectum in animals: HIV, herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), and human papillomavirus (HPV). The USAID-funded study also provides the first data that the gel is effective against multiple strains of HIV, and has a window of efficacy in the vagina against all three viruses of at least eight hours prior to exposure. A Phase 1 safety trial of the gel is set to begin enrollment in May 2014.


These findings were published today in PLOS ONE in an article entitled “A Potent Combination Microbicide that Targets SHIV-RT, HSV-2 and HPV.”



The gel, known as MZC, contains two potent antiviral agents: MIV-150 and zinc acetate. MIV-150 is an enzyme inhibitor that prevents HIV-infected cells from producing new virus, and zinc acetate is an antiviral agent with known activity against HIV and HSV-2. These compounds are mixed in a base of carrageenan, a compound derived from seaweed that has also been shown to have potent activity against HPV. Infection with HSV-2 or HPV is associated with increased risk of HIV infection. Microbicides that target HIV, HSV-2, and HPV may more effectively limit HIV transmission than those that target HIV alone.



In this study, Council scientists and their partners used macaque and mouse models to examine whether MZC gel could prevent the vaginal and rectal transmission of SHIV-RT, HSV-2, and HPV. SHIV-RT is a human/simian immunodeficiency chimeric virus combining the HIV reverse transcriptase (RT) within SIV (the monkey version of HIV). MIV-150 and zinc acetate inhibit HIV-RT via different mechanisms of action. Preclinical testing in animals is required by the FDA and is important to ensure the highest level of safety and to build the evidence base for potential efficacy in humans.



“It is the versatility of MZC that makes it a desirable microbicide candidate,” said José A. Fernández Romero, a scientist at the Population Council and corresponding author of the paper. “It is effective against multiple viruses, can be used in both the vagina and the rectum, and retains its efficacy in the vagina over an extended period of time. In addition to the gel, we are also exploring sustained-release intravaginal rings and on-demand film-based delivery systems for MZC. There is a growing demand for microbicides that prevent multiple STIs, and we are committed to ensuring that women and men have options when choosing what works most effectively for their own protection.”



This research was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), GPO-A-00-04-00019-00. The contents are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.



Article citation: Kizima L, Rodríguez A, Kenney J, Derby N, Mizenina O, et al. (2014) A Potent Combination Microbicide that Targets SHIV-RT, HSV-2 and HPV. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94547. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094547




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Friday, April 18, 2014

3 Schoolboys face the court for beating other male student allegedly for calling them "battybois"

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CONFIRMED


Three schoolboys are to face wounding charges in court this week for their involvement in the vicious beating that left another boy hospitalized three weeks ago. The three who attend St Mary Technical High school cannot be named as they are minors. The alleged attackers are in grades 8, 9 and 11. The boys allegedly used wood and their fists to beat a St Mary High School student so badly he was hospitalized and in an unconscious state, Monday, March 24. The incident took place Monday, March 24, as the 13 year-old grade 8 youth walked home, near a school at Eliot close to Highgate in St Mary.

According to reports the youth who knew the other boys, all from St Mary Technical High, was returning from school and took a short cut near the Eliot Primary school when one of the other boys threw a stone that hit him. He responded by with some harsh words including labelling the other biys as fish and battybois.That precipitated and attack as the boys chased and caught up with him and used pieces of wood to him all over the body. He was left on the ground, unconscious. He was admitted at Port Maria Hospital and released two days later by which time he had regained consciousness.

The boy’s mother says a scan has revealed no fractures or damage of the skull as had been feared. The blows to his head had caused bleeding from the ear, and left large swellings on his head. Police have met with the dean of discipline of the St Mary Technical High School, the mothers for the three boys and the mother of the victim. At the meeting the parents were served with summonses for the boys to attend court.The boy who was the victim has returned to school but his mother says he is not back to his pre-attack self and she is continuing to monitor his emotional and physical state.

This case as more comes to light shows how deeply ingrained our homo-negative culture is that any threat of feminization what-so-ever is met with harsh violent reaction that even our young have mastered the reaction although born with spirits so innocent til we teach them how to hate, add to the worlds confusion we teach our kids rules that we don't adhere to ourselves right or wrong; what examples can they take, the people they learn from form the ideas we become.

It is unclear as to the sexual orientation of the students involved and whether the "battyman" comment will factor as the trial progresses, meanwhile the teen is badly hurt and whether damages will be sought by the mother is unclear knowing how slow our justice system crawls sometimes for poorer Jamaicans and the time it takes it would be worth just staying with him as he naturally recoups.

Unconfirmed lesbian school girls attacked:

It was also earlier this month another report of female students allegedly caught in a bathroom were set upon by other students but were stopped and teachers and staff intervened in another rural school. Former Press Association President Franklyn McKnight spoke to the matter on his Franklyn Speaking morning show on IRIE FM only this week in the broader context of the bru ha ha surrounding the announced closure of the Alpha Boys residential programs and the alleged predatory sexual behaviours as said by the Youth Minister Lisa Hanna.

The violence in schools overall is disturbing to hear of and watch unfold and more so towards LGBT teens as well as we were led to believe Jamaica is more tolerant via studies and aspirational pronouncements by advocacies yet the incidents on the ground point to a disturbing increases and same gender loving females are not excused despite their aesthetic features or femininity. 

Youth Minister Lisa Hanna's conflation of same gender sex & abuse responded to

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 A response has come to hand from the Convenor of Families Against State Terrorism, FAST and Chairman of the Board of Dwayne's House (pending homeless MSM/Transgender Youth response) Yvonne McCallah Sobers to the flowery aspirational announcement (as per usual) by Youth Minister Lisa Hanna made recently on addressing The pending Alpha residency closure, destitute and homeless kids MSM/Trans included but it is clear the conflation with same gender sex and abuse yet again, as also seen by anti gay groups such as The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, JCHS's public anti gay advocacy aka as the buggery obsessed folks.


also see my previous post on wordpress: SITUATIONAL HOMOSEXUALITY AND OR “PREDATORY BEHAVIOUR” REASONS FOR THE CLOSURE OF ALPHA BOYS’ HOME RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS?

Recent matters however make this aspirational public relations by the goodly minister problematic such as

1) the transferring of the homo-paedophile accusation problem from her ministry to another ministry (with a Supreme Court case pending as filed by the accused) see: Youth Ministry official accused of homo-paedophile acts takes Minister, OCA & Public Services Commission to court

2) The Alpha Boys' School/Home closure and the PR disaster looming: Alpha Boys' Nuns say Youth Minister homosexual abuse/grooming comments hurting their image/residents

3) the previous HFLE fiasco and the lack of understanding of Sex and sexuality issues: URGENT NEED TO DISCUSS SEX & SEXUALITY NATIONALLY PART 2

Now to Miss Sobers' take which I am in total agreement:


"Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna has taken a step in the right direction by considering the needs of the vulnerable, destitute, and homeless children and youth. However, she showed, in a speech she made at yesterday's stakeholder consultation, that she has a few gaps in her diversity training. 

For example, Minister Hanna said (with some confidence) yesterday that boys become gay as a result of rape. Here are some notes that might help the Minister through Sex and Sexuality 101:

1. Rape is not to be confused with sex. Rape is inter-personal violence carried out by someone using anger to control and intimidate a person who seems weaker or more vulnerable. In all-male environments (prison, army, schools, seminaries) rape is a way the strong dominate the weak. 

2. About 98 per cent of male rapists identify as heterosexual. This is because rape has to do with patriarchal-style violence, not sex. Anus or vagina is just another orifice to be penetrated to give the violator a transient illusion of strength and high. 

3. If rape produces an erection, that proves the man was gay. Erections can be involuntary responses to terror or to pressure on the prostate of gay or straight persons. On the other hand, sex for gay or straight people is about expressing feelings of intimacy by mutually stimulating pleasure centres and erogenous zones. 

4. Being gay is not natural, so some trauma (such as rape) must have caused it. It should therefore follow that trauma counselling would restore males to the supposedly natural state of being straight. This kind of reparative therapy has been discredited. Most of all, it should follow that homosexual behavour would be unknown in nature. On the contrary, 1,500 different animal species, including chimpanzees, dolphins and apes engage in homosexual and bisexual acts.

5. Rape changes sexual orientation. The belief that rape makes straight men gay could strengthen the other myth that a good screw will set lesbian women straight. This is a outlook that could have damaging consequences for straight and gay people, especially if this myth prevents gay and straight males and females from seeking the counselling and psychiatric help they may need when they have been violated. 

This may be enough for the Minister to get her brain around for now,. Provided she wants to confront some of the issues of sex and and sexuality that are most deeply affecting the most vulnerable, destitute, and homeless youth of minority sexual orientation."

ENDS



© 2014 GLBTQ Jamaica

This is the holy grail that some none state actors wanted to hear as they wanted government to address LGBT homelessness while they sit by in other limelights refusing to engage the displaced MSM/Transgender youth directly with excuse after excuse crafted for doing so. Frankly speaking I want NO government agency to address this, we have anecdotal and hard evidence from even first world countries that state agencies do not do well engaging such populations and that specific LGBTQ owned, managed and staffed agencies with the right people can handle transitioning and re-integration matters of this sort.

Lest we forget the several spaces designated for homeless persons (photos above in Kingston designated as future shelter by the previous JLP government) generally over the years and that a chip/numbering system would have been implemented to locate and monitor their movements.

Also see:Buggery law conscience vote for parliament soon

Mark Wignall on Buggery law review promise was a political sham

Promised (I mean suggested) Conscience vote on Buggery law not a priority right now (yet again) says PM

Promised Conscience Vote on Buggery in Jamaica was a fluke.....

PNP Wins ................Hope for LGBT People ?

The Line in the Sand for the JLP Part 14 ...... but vote ☐ PNP ☐ JLP ☑ Legalize Buggery/Anal Sex in private

Let us see how this one plays out, pardon my scepticism folks but when we have been promised by politicians with fancy speeches and nothing in the end we do not hold much hope until what is promised comes to fruition.

also see the latest developments:


Lisa Hanna Hits Back On Alpha Boys' School Issue



November 2013 at the very Alpha this happened: Gov’t Launches Project to Protect Children in State Care

Peace and tolerance

H

Not enough entries for Miss LGBT World 2013/4? ............ What!

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I ran into one of the main organisers of Miss LGBT World online lately and we chatted about past events we were involved in when it struck me that I had not seen any ads for the annual event this year, so I posed my query to the diva; she sadly informed me that there was not enough uptake this year for the show and anticipated entertainment package especially with regards to celebrating effeminacy or cisgender womanhood for transwomen; the diva too was puzzled as to why but it soon dawned on me the mostly youthful entrants for years this year are either scattered all over the island, some of whom are displaced or homeless in Kingston especially in the shoemaker gully in New Kingston and elsewhere.



The brutal unsolved murder of the 2012 winner Miss Britney Boudashious too has affected the interest, a fact that escaped me until the matter was discussed, there has been some psychological fallout as friends of the winning diva still are down and maybe see the competition/show as intimidating and a reminder of Britney as memories seem to be fresh in the minds of prospective entrants.

Another reason posed for the postponement of the show is costs as the show ages it has to become more flamboyant and pristine in order to keep interest especially from older party goers and supporters, I have been with the show since 2005 when the previous competing package Miss GLABCOM was discontinued in 2004 for similar reasons of costs and low uptake. Then the mistrust issues towards the organisers became apparent as it was a part of targeted interventions of Jamaica AIDS Support and was run by former Programs Manager now residing overseas Gareth Henry, when the then Steering Committee of GLABCOM wanted to continue the thrust they were turned down and during my tenure on the committee as well 2007 – 2010 we were advised not to pursue it as both a fundraiser and community development work but as usual there has always been some impatience or disinterest in that kind of work especially with the lower socio-economic classes and privileged LGBT advocates. 


Club Heavens LGBT Ocar Awards statuesque 2010, alse my 2010 review of the show: HERE and the 2008 report HERE

Dancehall Queen as well has been off and on for some years and last year there was no event in that regard, the loss of Club Heavens as well the cornerstone for LGBT entertainment post Club Entourage (Brian Williamson) closure in Kingston that outfit has also never got any support from more middle class LGBTians who turn their noses on such events at times, a trend that has disturbed me for years. I would hate to see the last dispensation of Miss LGBT World simply fade into nothingness with no support from the powers that be, I would have thought that HIV prevention (where all the thrust seems to be as we are doomed to get AIDS in the minds of some) strategies would benefit from more involvement or are we just for testing and condom distribution to make up numbers and reports for funders’ reports?


Tiana Miller 2009 photo I took at the now closed Club Heavens after the sashing.

There is a hive of talent in the young divas, some make their own dresses, can perform very well and some of these activities can be cathartic in terms of whatever issues they may have and serve as a distraction if for a night to see themselves as accepted and feel such as well, take Tiana Miller for example who won both Dancehall Queen in 2008 and Miss World in 2009 who is now the leading Transgender voice taking over from Laura Garcia for a while, 
then the outfit was run by the legendary Macey Antibellum Grey and the Balenciaga family the franchise was shifted to Coutoure Elements in 2010/1 then after their closure it was returned to Macey et al then to Cookie Balenciaga since until now. There have been some benefits for the winners or runner-ups apart from cash prizes some have gotten scholarships, opportunities to travel to other shows in the Caribbean and so on, I think this franchise must be kept alive and Miss Balenciaga says she is trying for another year with some new thrust.


2010 Miss World winner also crowned at Club Heavens

I am looking forward to seeing the staple return and I hope I do not have to see another needed outlet go down, Miss Glamour Girl as well was a short lived franchise in 2010 that also saw Tiana Miller winning that title as well making her the only person to win across the board the competition franchises; the Glamour Girl franchise also had Macey and the late Patrick Welsh as organizers, the latter passed the same year and was posthumously awarded an LGBT Oscar award; speaking of Oscars that too has been quiet for some time since 2012 and the Grammy in 2012 as well.



Miss Glamour Girl 2010 tiara I snatched away for a second to snap it


Tiana Miller in her legendary splits again quite informally in the usually "cratches mawnin antics known at Club Heavens that usually went up til 9am in Sunday mornings.

Awards shows on the LGBT circuit seems to be on a lull overall and the complaints from some patrons are that the events have a hetero-normative feel to them as drag culture seems stifled or waiting for something as one longtimer puts it.

Mek we wait and see nuh

also see some previous related entries:

Club Heavens The Rebirth, the last time she reopened prior to the police raid that led to her doors now closed or the audio post done then:


Western Jamaica LGBT happenings:


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Youth Ministry to develop programmes to address LGBT youth, homeless, destitute and vulnerable children

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I hope this is not hot air only to win the next election or to take the heat of their backs following the buggery review ditch by the Prime Minister recently. Diplomatic pressure we know is being brought to bear in certain respects but I would much prefer rights from a genuine place instead of being granted by severe pressure. I also hope there is NO REPARATIVE therapy agenda hidden here, I am still concerned about the expertise that seems to be most rained under religious run tertiary institutions with a sanitised imperative towards homosexuality as expressed in youth.

Firstly here is the release (more 2 cents below):

Kingston, April 15, 2013: The Minister of Youth and Culture the Hon. Lisa Hanna has disclosed that the Youth Ministry is now in the process of developing new services, initiatives and programmes to address the ever- changing and complex needs of today's children and youth. This, she says is necessary, if the Government is to adequately and effectively address the challenges, concerns and needs of the different types of youth the Ministry serves.

These groups include, but are not limited to, Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender(LGBT) youth, Men who have sex with Men (MSMs) and youth with sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) issues.

The Youth Minister was speaking at the Panos Caribbean Stakeholder Conference held at the Terra Nova Hotel this morning, April 15, 2014.

" As the Minister of Youth and Culture, I'm responsible for all children and this is not to dismiss the individual and specific challenges of any grouping but to make it clear that we will have to do away with the hypodermic needle approach and develop and implement targeted interventions for each grouping"

Minister Hanna explained that given the lack of data on LGBT youth, the stakeholder consultation is not only timely but necessary as it will provide the Ministry with a better understanding of what the issues are. Additionally, the consultation will identify workable solutions and best practices on how to care and protect those young people who are homeless, destitute and vulnerable especially those belonging to a sexual minority or who are viewed as 'different' in any way.

"Jamaica has to now understand the issues facing our children. It is not only our duty provide shelter and protection for those children who have been abandoned and abused but to also provide the therapeutic intervention to address the physical and psychological harm they have suffered."

Minister Hanna says given the diversity of our youth population, it is clear that the Government will not only have to rethink how they plan, develop and implement programmes geared towards youth development but there will also have to be a 'resetting' of the mind and of the way in which we treat each other.

The Stakeholders Consultation was sponsored by Panos Caribbean in collaboration with the World Learning Organization and USAID and was attended by members of the Ministry and the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Children, Panos Caribbean, UNICEF, the Child Development Agency, OCR,Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Education, Board-chair of the Maxfield Children's Home, JFLAG, Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network.

ENDS

Recent matters however make this aspirational public relations problematic such as

1) the transferring of the homo-paedophile accusation problem from her ministry to another ministry (with a Supreme Court case pending as filed by the accused) see: Youth Ministry official accused of homo-paedophile acts takes Minister, OCA & Public Services Commission to court 

2) The Alpha Boys' School/Home closure and the PR disaster looming: Alpha Boys' Nuns say Youth Minister homosexual abuse/grooming comments hurting their image/residents



This is the holy grail that some none state actors wanted to hear as they wanted government to address LGBT homelessness while they sit by in other limelights refusing to engage the displaced MSM/Transgender youth directly with excuse after excuse crafted for doing so. Frankly speaking I want NO government agency to address this, we have anecdotal and hard evidence from even first world countries that state agencies do not do well engaging such populations and that specific LGBTQ owned, managed and staffed agencies with the right people can handle transitioning and re-integration matters of this sort.

Lest we forget the several spaces designated for homeless persons (photos above in Kingston designated as future shelter by the previous JLP government) generally over the years and that a chip/numbering system would have been implemented to locate and monitor their movements.

Also see:
Buggery law conscience vote for parliament soon

Mark Wignall on Buggery law review promise was a political sham

Promised (I mean suggested) Conscience vote on Buggery law not a priority right now (yet again) says PM



The Line in the Sand for the JLP Part 14 ...... but vote ☐ PNP ☐ JLP ☑ Legalize Buggery/Anal Sex in private

Let us see how this one plays out, pardon my scepticism folks but when we have been promised by politicians with fancy speeches and nothing in the end we do not hold much hope until what is promised comes to fruition.

Peace and tolerance

H

Court hears case of promoter setting a patron on fire .........

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A disturbing headline appeared in yesterday's Star News and at first glance it looked weird enough however the name calling component of this case is what drew my attention and subsequent investigations suggest that "battyman" was amongst one of them as the now scarred patron was half drunk after some frolicking at the particular pool party.

The sexual orientation of the persons involved is the least here but the fact that a man accused of being gay (for to embarrass him and win the argument) could have led to his demise being fire; we know that the call to "bun out" or burn out gays has been a regular one by certain musicians for decades via murder music or homo-negative songs.

Here is the Star's report:


A promoter who allegedly came out of hiding some four months after being accused of setting a patron ablaze at a pool party in Kingston was dragged before the Corporate Area Resident's Magistrate's Court last Friday.

The accused, 20-year-old Omari Riley, of a downtown Kingston address, is charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Riley pleaded not guilty when the matter was called up.

The court heard that Riley, the promoter of a pool party, allegedly wrapped a sleeping patron in plastic and set fire to him at an Oxford Road location, where he attended his party.

The complainant appeared in court with burnt marks that were visible all over his skin.

While he stood to state his claim, the courtroom was in complete silence as everyone wanted to hear what transpired that could have yielded such an outcome.

He told the court that he was admitted to hospital for four months during which the accused perpetrator had been hiding from investigators with whom he had made a report.

The complainant said, "Him and him friend wrap me up ina plastic bag ... and dem use thinner to light me a fire. When me jump up and rush to the pipe it melted in my hands, me start bawl murder and the people call the police and dem carry me go KPH."

The court was also told that the complainant was kicked by Riley, who he allegedly heard call his name before he was engulfed in flames.

"Your Honour, me answer and say me good but me did really want sleep," the complainant said.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey asked why the man was not before the courts until now, and was told that he had left the community for a while and was nabbed after he resurfaced thinking that things were calm.

Riley was further remanded and is to return to court on April 29.

He was ordered to give his fingerprints to the police.

ENDS

Why would the accused go to such extreme to set the man ablaze?

I hope this case is treated with urgency and if he is guilty be met with the strictest force as the law allows, setting persons on fire is not a usual practice here in Jamaica and is reserved for jungle justice matters where a thief is caught usually in a rural area.

Peace and tolerance

H

Young “Sports” please, please, please avoid “area men”

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The concept of “area men” or the colloquial “area man” first came about in the 80s I believe on the concept of gangsterism in Jamaica at first with the idea of donmanship nestled in hyper-masculinity with an alpha male who commands, owns and decides for others how an area’s economic, social and even spiritual life is experienced, donmanship of course is a broader burrowed concept from the Italian mafia whether in Italy or the Americanised version where one person would control a mostly criminal network with legitimate business and misogynistic ideals to project strength; multiple female partnering is crucial to projecting this strength as it were, non gangster types also aspire to some of these ideals as espoused in song via Reggae and subsequently glorified in dancehall so the ideal man is this imposing character with some physical prowess controlling a space (his home or avenue or community) psychologically instilling fear, reverence and respect in some sense. The sense of community “area” is real and protection of the space is key and those who reside in it; the notion that while Jamaica’s homo-negativity or homophobia is more pronounced in lower socio-economic strata there is a level of protection that kicks in via the “born and grow” idea suggesting belonging or ownership or a sense of community that automatically rings the ideal of safety via familiarity. Effeminacy which is a key marker to profile or teased alleged gay men maybe overlooked sometimes in that space although if an “outsider” or non permanent resident attempts to do so they might find themselves the brunt of surprise resistance from the other “born and grows”

The word “Sports” in the post title is an old colloquial term used to describe a usually young frisky gay man; usually a cruiser or implying some sexual procedural intent and has transcended generations with derivatives such as “chile” (child) a burrowed African American ballroom term used also by drag queens more so suggesting the effeminate counterpart to “sport” ; then there are:

“Puddin’ pan” – suggesting an object linked to femininity in this case the kitchen as used by women or the pudding itself which psychologically implies some feminine cisgender imperative.

“She” a more derogatory connotation for the most part when used in a sentence to describe another gay man in a lesser light ascribing femininity as understood in societal constructs as women are the weaker sex. Emphasis on the pronunciation is key, an elongated tone implies more disdain towards the intended subject while more normal or original tone suggest just a feminine description of the intended subject(s) with an air of familiarity.

With those said the idea of young gay or transwomen in lower to middle income communities who are either forcibly evicted, beaten or vilified in those spaces is real based on anecdotal data or hard evidence there opposite is also true when taking into account area familiarity and protection mechanisms that go into effect. Homosexual relations in such circumstances do happen but tend to come with pain of serious punishment or exposure by the party involved as exposure to the rest of the community of that nature usually based on cases seen before triggers a more caustic response, how could one have such a “secret” right in the midst of the community is usually the question that pops up when examining such cases; disturbance of such kinds in the community’s status quo is not treated kindly, hyper-masculine types especially who want to control their sexual partners while living a behaviourally bisexual lifestyle imposes the strict adherence to the code of secrecy with guarded jealousy especially when those partners are in any way effeminate.

One tends to see more hyper-masculine types who engage in same gender sex usually on the down-low also staying within their group in order to avoid effeminacy of any kind as the guilty by association mantra may apply, especially when any incident causes exposure then he would not run the risk of the “after exposure speculation” by the rest of the community to fit the pieces of the previously unknown secret. The reason I wrote this post was a recent incident has brought the matter to some discussion on social media where a young bisexual man found himself in a non romantic sexual relationship with a so called gangster in his community, apparently they both resided in the area but were unaware of each other’s tastes, the relationship continued with immediate consummation but it soon soured to violence and attempts of control and extortion in a sense as the other party demanded that under pain of exposure the young bisexual was to alloy a set amount of funds on a timely basis, do his laundry and other demands including deciding sexual positions and role play. This burrowing of hetero-patriarchal relationship concepts into same gender sexual relations is recipe for disaster as evidenced from previous non homophobic murders.

The dominant partner in this case is depending on the perception of his masculine image as a man’s man thus he could never be involved in homosexual activity while the bisexual man with his more docile demeanour may not be so lucky to escape scrutiny given the masculine measurements applied in such profiling. I have heard this warning of avoiding “area men” from my own experience in my younger days and older persons would warn us I guess based on their own experiences; the clash of cultures and personality types is crucial where the sparks may fly.

So just a warning to you and your friends if you happen to have a brethren in or very close to your own community, be careful of familiarity that close.

Peace and tolerance

H

Alpha Boys' Nuns say Youth Minister homosexual abuse/grooming comments hurting their image/residents

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also see my previous post on wordpress: SITUATIONAL HOMOSEXUALITY AND OR “PREDATORY BEHAVIOUR” REASONS FOR THE CLOSURE OF ALPHA BOYS’ HOME RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS? 

Some good news had come in the form of this Alpha Boys School to become Vocational Training Centre

Now comes this strong denial from the administrators of the home yet again denying that the claims of sexual grooming and predatory are not true; bearing in mind 
The Minister’s exact words regarding the same sex activities she said she was told by the Nuns at Alpha (Roman Catholic sisters of Mercy) in February was as follows:

“The sisters of mercy cited the grave anti social behaviour ….. the sexual predatory nature of the boys on one another on a daily basis ……… the incapability of human capital to respond to the many and changing faces of the issues manifested today, the challenge is further compounded by the high cost of care for each child.”

Are the sisters going by their own assessment of the situation from a church standpoint thus interpreting the matter as predatory (not saying it is all together true) there was some denial of the reasons for the discontinued residency component by one PR representative Joshua Chamberlain who said on radio “There is absolutely no truth from those suggesting the home is shutting down partly due to inappropriate behaviour among Alpha Boys, residential care if transitioning to day care……” I guess the goodly PR rep is trying to avoid a generalization that the boys are wholesale perverts as slightly suggested by the Youth Minister.

The Observer today reports (with a previous cartoon to boot):


ALPHA Boys' Home administrators yester-day made it clear that their decision to close the institution's residential programme was influenced by "many factors related to finance and personnel".

The revelation was made in a statement issued by the Sisters of Mercy — a Catholic order of nuns responsible for the operations of the home -- in response to what they described as "unfortunate statements... and resulting media commentaries, including a shocking cartoon, which have been disrespectful and have caused great stress to our students".

"We wish to express our sadness at these turn of events on behalf of Alpha students and children in State care everywhere in Jamaica," the Sisters of Mercy said.

The nuns did not name Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna in their statement. However, it was clear that their disapproval was also directed at her announcement last week that the residential programme was being closed due to antisocial and psychotic behaviour by boys living at Alpha.

Hanna had called a press conference and said that "the Sisters of Mercy cited the grave antisocial behaviour of children in the care system, the sexual predatory nature of the boys on one another, children who are witnesses of serious crimes or are victims of heinous acts, and who are non-responsive to traditional interventions for which their institutions have been equipped to provide".

But yesterday, the nuns suggested that those "untruths and half-truths... voiced and published in the press about the closure of the residential programme" have caused serious damage to the boys living at Alpha.

"They feel rejected, their pain is great," Sister Marie Chin, area administrator for the Sisters of Mercy, said in reference to the boys in a discussion with the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

She said that since the "irresponsible" announcement last week, the boys are being labelled as homosexuals, a branded Alpha Boys' Home bus was stoned, people have been yelling at the driver, and teachers at the school have been confronted by individuals on the streets.

Sister Marie reiterated that cost was a major factor in the nuns' decision and confirmed information relayed to the Observer that Alpha was being granted a quarter of the funds allocated to Government-run orphanages monthly, despite repeated pleas by the nuns to be brought on par.

"The $6,000 per child is used to cover their education, food, clothing -- all their needs," Sister Marie said.

"We are deeply committed to taking care of boys at risk, but we need help," she said.

In their statement yesterday, the Sisters of Mercy pointed out that the issues of financing and adequate personnel were not new and were raised with successive governments over several years.

The nuns reiterated that St John Bosco Children's Home in Mandeville, which they also operate, will continue to provide residential care to over 100 boys.

However, the decision in relation to Alpha, they said, is timely, given the Child Development Agency's new thrust toward foster care and family reintegration.

"The restructuring of Alpha will facilitate the Sisters of Mercy along with the Ministry of Education and HEART to offer remedial education for more than 200 boys, along with technical and vocational education," the nuns said.

"Our renowned music education will also be expanded to include radio, sound production and commercial components,"

they said.

ENDS

Meanwhile on radio since the news broke some commentators have misconstrued the described same gender sex activity as a plot to homosexualize the boys, take this clip from Newstalk 93FM:


Let us watch this one to see where it goes folks but I do not like the tone and colour of this conversation at all when placed on the backdrop of LGBT rights and perceived homo-paedophile intent. Abuse is abuse no matter the gender of the perpetrator or victim, any adult that is attracted to a child below the age of consent has a diagnosable disorder according to the diagnostic criteria for such disorders in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, DSM. 

Situation homosexuality among peers in my view is a totally different scenario although some cases my have duress or abuse as features as well but they must be addressed as needed.

Peace and tolerance

H

Friday, April 11, 2014

Oh really! ............ Penile/anal penetration is NOT SEX Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society?

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FIRSTLY It is a pleasurable experience I dare say with the right tools, preparation and protection. The anus can in fact is an erogenous zone.

SECONDLY I though “Sex” was more than just genitalia or orifices (mouth included) colliding but the psychological, emotional, the subconscious and pleasurable feelings that come.

Yesterday on Power 106FM’s Justice program host Marlene Malahoo Forte had as her guest a representative from the anti gay Christian membered group The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society in a bid to challenge the recently launched conference on a campaign named Justice for All designed in part to deal with PLWHA’s dignity and so on the rep tried to show that there is a hidden LGBT agenda by the “Imperialist Gay Lobby” yes the name calling as usual led by the founder of the JCHS Dr Wayne West who has a fixation on anal SEX via his blog it seems and makes me wonder sometimes. He is transfixed on certain practices such as fisting (use of one’s fist to penetrate another’s anus for sexual pleasure) scat (playing with or use of faecal matter as lube for penile, object, sex-toy or fist penetration or eating of such residue) and felching (eating sperm from another’s rectum aka breeding for barebacking persons) while yet describing all of them as ANAL SEX of some type yet here comes a representative saying anal/penile penetration or any event with a toy or object is not SEX; said practices are more common in European or sub groups in MSM culture in the US for e.g. skinheads, White Supremacists, Biker and leather communities with the latter having some persons of African descent as members. I guess repeating it long enough it may sink in to his blind following as fact then he complains about deception? He has now added gay pride to his list of items he continually attacks with near belligerent name calling while focusing on nudists who make up a small percentage of the total number of types that attend the annual event all over. The event happens all over the world and which also includes curious heterosexuals (non sexual interest) who watch and laugh or jeer much to the delight or ignoring by the revellers or marchers.





Anal penile penetration (SEX) is not the untidy affair as he would want to make it out to be I have repeatedly said this via my own blogs and podcasts as many pharmacies nationally even in rural areas no longer hiding related paraphernalia behind the counter anymore where one would have to whisper to the clerk for them but now even in the caustic climate that we are in can purchase lube, fleet and disposable enema kits and flushing packages quite openly barring the failure of nerves and prying eyes of those who perceive such products are only bought by gays. I have had my own share of stares when making my purchase but I feel proud doing so at least I am fresh and prepared for any eventuality. After all enemas are not only for pre-anal sex cleansing but also for persons with bowel movement issues, persons with constipation problems and some elderly patients who need supervised living services via homes and a caregiver.

also see causes and symptoms of haemorrhoids 

Rimming (oral anal contact which does not necessarily mean penetration by such method – a tongue) is also not such a wide practice locally just by cultural observation, scientifically it may be difficult to capture how wide spread this is done but given the above mentioned enema methods now part and parcel of some of the HIV prevention strategies for MSM though much more is needed I can imagine there is some interest. As for chariot racing

Even if we were to look at fisting and the others that Dr West so readily use to promote his arguments not to free up buggery (when he could very well be promoting them for us and the public to become used to in the long run) fisters have their own set of products for preparation of such a far more painful but somewhat pleasurable episode as we know the anal region is lined with mucous membranes that assist with sensation (how else could you know if you want to use the bathroom?) just Google fisting products and see the results and to numb the pain the resourceful poppers are available which is also used by heterosexual couples who practice double penile penetration, Dr West is silent on that part where straight couples do other forms of penetrative acts. 


Worth repeating:

Fisters, felchers et al exists in sub sub cultures of the greater men who have sex communities mostly in Euro and Caucasian populations in such groups as bikers, skinheads (racist or not), leather communities (which may include persons of African descent in the US) and a few others so I just want to smash in any way this notion being paraded by the goodly doctor that such practices are universally practiced. His colleague Reverend Clinton Chisholm recently held a seminar on Homosexuality Clinical and Biblical Perspectives where old US based NARTH, National Association for Psychoanalytic Research and Therapy of Homosexuals commissioned studies were readily presented and believed by mostly supporters in attendance and of course the sanitised and monitored question and answer section showed the need to tailor the narrative dishonestly to suit the anti-gay push, very little room was allowed for pro-gay audience members to speak. Let us also not forget his Gleaner article on February 5, 2012 entitled Homosexuality: Clinical Realities where he promoted for the most part reparative therapy also using NARTH’s misrepresented studies bearing in mind several researchers have complained, distance themselves and even taken legal action against the entity but such studies are still being paraded as the pariah to justify their opposition to homosexuality and related matters.

Since the matter of sexual orientation is often overlooked in their zeal to obstruct the discourse around the decriminalization or repeal of buggery in Jamaica let us examine anal SEX for what it is, oops I forgot it is not SEX so let us use anal penetration for now until otherwise when we get to an orgasm.

See my post on that and the audio on sister blog GLBTQ Jamaica: 
Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society continues its “HIV is a gay disease” campaign with more deception

However the representative made a comment that I had to do a triple take to digest it and it dawned on me that how a female heterosexual (I presume) woman who has never been anally penetrated perhaps begin to understand the pleasure of the “act” she and others find reprehensible? I know I run the risk of exposing myself legally to discuss this openly but Buggery’s proof if contingent on a doctor’s report closer to the time when the accused is caught in the act allegedly, firstly here among other things was what the representative said after she was asked about the history of the buggery law and what in their original legislators infinite wisdom made them draft it she answered: “One of the things that people confuse is that they try to suggest that anal penetration is sex and it is my understanding that the intestine is not a sex organ it can’t procreate, buggery, it is the misuse of the anus ......it can do physical harm to the recipient in terms of the sphincter muscle going, people say you’re not gonna get HIV AIDS if you use a condom but the person being penetrated has on a condom is at risk and harm because the insides of the intestine were not never meant withstand the types of friction from that type of penetration, it tears easily and then you end up with a myriad of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV which is most easily transmitted in this type of environment, it must be noted that HIV is not only an epidemic it is a pandemic ........ The buggery law must remain as a danger sign because it does harm not only to the individual but to society and the world at large ..........”

Questions come to mind:

So if millions of men (and women) who want to go into “.....the misuse of the anus” why the hell is that any concern to the JCHS providing it is private consent, why try to peek through my keyhole in effect to police my private decisions?

So when we hear of oral sex what it that pray tell? I want to ask her, (going to send the JCHS an email copy of this post) if we are to follow this logic the mouth would not be an organ either bas it too sometimes excretes voluntarily (spit, baby’s puke) or responsively (vomit) or takes in food but only her holy vagina, so what term must we give that kind of act then where oral anal or oral genital sex (oops there I go again) I mean stimulation or penetration is involved?

Intercrural (or fake penetration/leggings/dry sex) Sex; what should we call that seeing that the crotch of anyone is used for such a practice especially women when they are at their cycle and do not want either to be penetrated or their partner does not want to enter the vagina until the cycle has ended.



Tribadism: Vaginal rubbing though risky in terms of HIV, yeasts and other STIs transmission but that can be considered SEX then seeing if we are to go by the JCHS rep’s conclusion vagina’s are the holy grail here; by the way females can actually reach an orgasm while being penetrated anally I might add but I guess that is not SEX despite the possible pleasurable outcome. The anus and indeed rectum’s makeup includes many receptive modules it may have been intelligent design’s intent for pleasure.

What explains the pleasure a man feels especially with an erect penis placed squarely inside the rectum and the head of the member stimulates the back of the scrotum from inside? I forgot she is a woman and wouldn't understand as she sees the ass as a shit pit only, I though sex is meant to be enjoyed by various means then maybe it is no wonder why some of these marriages are boring and die or are lifeless as the only thing (if we are to go by the JCHS rep) sexual they know and practice is vaginal penetration (won’t call it sex)

Does the JCHS or this rep understand how buggery is proven? It is not simply by their disgust at anal SEX or breaking their necks to peek through my keyhole to cock block oops I am sorry, penis block (how remiss of me to use street language) to see if a cock/penis is in ones ass oops I mean rectum as assuming a copulative position is not enough; seeing that the above mentioned intercrural SEX is an alternate method of same gender male sex but a doctor’s examination is the determinant evidential material with certain key pointers on the report showing clearly that penetration took place with certain chemicals present. Having been charged falsely for the crime in 1996 I am all too aware of the procedural, judicial and legal manoeuvrings that entail having gone through them for three plus years in our sluggish court systems and understanding that precedence has been set at the level of common law of consenting adults caught (once proven in court) or charged usually have their cases adjourned sine die (lack of prosecutorial evidence but can be recalled within 7 years as my case was) or simply thrown out if it passes through the hands of a sensible resident magistrate.

Is the JCHS aware that nearly every pharmacy in Jamaica one can get anal hygiene implements (seeing the rep is preoccupied with faeces or the presence thereof in anal SEX) to purchase and that sex toy stores popping up all over do cater to the same gender sex male communities as well for not only toys but hygiene and care products?

Does the JCHS’s rep understand the delicate nature of mucosa linings of the ass oops I mean anus or rectum and the sensations that obtain during SEX when they are stimulated repeatedly and that a man while being penetrated can reach an orgasm or ejaculate without self pleasuring or masturbation? I have had such luck many a moons with various types of men, the “G” spot principle also applies here too but not all SGL men who practice receptive sex

Maybe someone needs to send these people a copy of the Joy of Gay Sex book/DVD or Greek Homosexuality or better yet some hardcore black gay porn as they need a rude awakening here additionally a monthly newsletter or something to save these people from their own ignorance and fear, going beyond sexual orientation one must fulfil their urge for sexual pleasure. Bearing in mind also that non penetrative sex between same gender attracted or curious males is real for e.g. that found in prisons (situational homosexuality/prison wife phenomenon/substitutional sex) places of safety, barracks.

Anal SEX has been happening for oh so long if one checks the documented sexual history one will see either via hieroglyphics, papyrus scrolls, pottery or carvings in caves and condoms from as early as 2500 years ago as sheep intestine through to the latex and other materials we see today.

related post with anti gay positions from associated names/groups: 


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

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Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson addresses day-two of the PAN-Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS’ (PANCAP) consultation on justice and human rights being held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston from April 9 to 11. The forum is being held under the theme: ‘Advancing Justice for All and Human Rights in the Caribbean’.
Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson addresses day-two of the PAN-Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS’ (PANCAP) consultation on justice and human rights being held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston from April 9 to 11. The forum is being held under the theme: ‘Advancing Justice for All and Human Rights in the Caribbean’.
Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has called for a change in mindset and greater solidarity among peoples of the Caribbean to end stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS.

This is particularly necessary among key populations that are at higher risk of infection, he insists.

“Our culture remains one of the biggest barriers to the type of success we want, in terms of ending stigma and discrimination. Strong cultural and religious beliefs have led to the isolation of some high risk groups,” he stated.

Dr. Ferguson, who was speaking at Thursday’s (April 10) second of a three-day Caribbean Consultation on Justice for All and Human Rights Agenda, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston from April 9 to 11, said these majority sentiments continue to interfere with HIV-reduction and treatment among certain groups across the region.

He noted that it will not be easy to tackle many of the deeply embedded systems that form part of the cultural and religious principles of many persons in the region, but said it must be done in order to ensure justice, human rights and proper treatment for all.

Dr. Ferguson further argued that Caribbean leaders have a role to play in ensuring the dignity of all persons and providing equal opportunity for all to strive in society.

“As leaders, we have to put aside our personal beliefs, discomfort, and prejudices. We, therefore, have to initiate frank dialogue on stigma and discrimination,” he stated, further noting that leaders must not shy away from the many issues confronting them, regardless of how “uncomfortable it may be for some of us”.

“HIV and AIDS cannot be about personal interest, it has to be about the greater good,” he stated.

The Health Minister, therefore, said the three-day consultation was timely and important as the region seeks to identify concrete programmes and policies to dismantle structural barriers that deny human rights and impact vulnerability.

He said Caribbean leaders must use the opportunity to identify key elements of the Caribbean road map on the justice for all and human rights agenda as well as determine the measures to be put in place to reduce HIV-related stigma and the elimination of discrimination.

“We also aim to create a facilitative environment and removing discriminatory laws and practices,” he stated.

The Caribbean is the second-most affected region in the world in terms of HIV prevalence, with an estimated 260,000 people living with the disease. Key populations including men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who use drugs and transgender people remain most affected by HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The three-day consultative workshop is part of the PAN-Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS’ (PANCAP) Justice for All and Human Rights campaign and is being held under the theme: ‘Advancing justice for all and human rights in the Caribbean’.

It aims to advance the Caribbean human rights agenda and is the culmination of a series of national consultations held over the past six months, in several Caribbean countries.

Those in attendance at Thursday’s sitting included Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas; Montserrat’s Minister of Health, Education, Community Services and Labour, Colin Riley; and Grenada’s Minister of Health, Dr. Hon. Clarice Modeste Curwen.

The consultation is being coordinated by the PANCAP Coordinating Unit in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), the Government of Jamaica, and the University of the West Indies, with financial support from the Global Fund.

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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 realise the issue he held so dear in his time was treated with such disrespect and dishonour. Have LGBT NGOs lost their way and are so mainstream they have forgotten their true calling?

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.

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



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

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


What to Do .....

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

a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone
b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council
c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state
d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police
e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number
f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided
g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence
h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail
i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail
j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence
Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

The following may apply:
1) Call 119 or go to the station or the police arrives depending on the severity of the injuries

2) The report must be about the incident as it happened, once the report is admitted as evidence it becomes the basis for the trial

3) Critical evidence must be gathered as to the injuries received which may include a Doctor’s report of the injuries.

4) The description must be clearly stated; describing injuries directly and identifying them clearly, show the doctor the injuries clearly upon the visit it must be able to stand up under cross examination in court.

5) Misguided evidence threatens the credibility of the witness during a trial; avoid the questioning of the witnesses credibility, the tribunal of fact must be able to rely on the witness’s word in presenting evidence

6) The court is guided by credible evidence on which it will make it’s finding of facts

7) Bolster the credibility of a case by a report from an independent disinterested party.

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