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

Friday, May 22, 2015

MP Seeks Solutions For Homeless Gay Youth In New Kingston

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It was bad enough that the displaced and homeless MSM/Transgender populations were left out of most of the homelessness week awareness activities as outlined in a previous post (Homelessness Awareness Week May 10 - 16 activities overlooks LGBT populations?) now we hear of more promises from politicians. It is not the first time we have heard concerns only when the populations are visible as they are again with recent police interactions (yet again), solutions are proffered and then silence. Yawning still at the usual academisation of the situation here comes another announcement which politicians are so good at. 

remember this from 2014?: MP Julian Robinson claims he wants help for New Kingston homeless gays

The Gleaner carried this some days ago


David Fitton (right), British high commissioner to Jamaica, looks at the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) Report on Homeless Youth with Julian Robinson (left), member of parliament for South East St Andrew; Julia Sutherland, deputy British high commissioner, and Damian Hutchinson, executive director of the PMI, at the high commission's presentation of the report at the British High Commission in New Kingston.


Member of parliament for South East St Andrew, Julian Robinson, has, through his role as a member of the board of the Peace Management Initiative (PMI), moved to provide intervention for a group of high-risk homeless youth who were accused of carrying out robberies and incidents of public disorder in the New Kingston environs.

The nature and outcomes of those interventions have been chronicled in a report released in collaboration with the British High Commission.

Speaking at the launch of the report, Robinson noted that he has been working with a number of partners to address the issues facing the group.

A Different Approach

"Over the past three years, we have grappled with the issue of a group of homeless young gay men who have taken residence in particular areas throughout the constituency ... but the reason I got to the point where I felt there had to be a different type of intervention is because the definition of madness is doing the same thing repeatedly expecting a different result," he said.

Robinson indicated that he approached the PMI to address the issues facing the group given that efforts to remove them from the Shoemaker Gully have produced little result because they merely relocate to other areas in his constituency.

"I felt it was important to have a formal intervention and to document some of the challenges, we know the challenges anecdotally but we have not had the kind of intervention that the PMI has formally done," he said.

While indicating that the intervention has gone well, Robinson said it has not yet solved the problem.

"We need continuous interventions for this group because it is a unique group. There are a number of unique characteristics of this group which require unique intervention beyond the typical homeless population and even beyond what is done for the LGBT population," he added.

Robinson outlined that the issue of shelter remains a challenge that he intends to tackle.

Human-rights lobbyist Yvonne McCalla Sobers, who was also present at the launch of the report, indicated that plans exist to build a shelter, to be called the Larry Chang Centre, but that land needs to be provided to begin the construction.

Robinson said that the report is intended to shed light on the issues facing the group and to seek solutions.

"This, I hope, will be the beginning of a broader dialogue on this issue where we can bring in other stakeholders to the table so that we can find a lasting solution," he said

ENDS


What about the Dwayne House idea as seen above at the board meeting recently with Mr Robinson and others in 2013? then there are the previous comments on camera by the goodly MP in February 2013:




video

I still say government have to provide the framework and let LGBT advocacies handle the transitional components as there are sensitivities that their systems cannot handle. Just take a look at at state run agencies and the challenges then how then this specialty group will be treated? Here is an old podcast I had done on my suggestion and concerns:


I am deeply disappointed at the state and non state actors as on this seedy issue of homelessness and as the mainstreaming of advocacy continues the grassroots segment of the struggle and the representative populations get left behind or abandoned.

see: Street MSM Stone J-FLAG – After Being Cleared From Gov’t Property, Homosexuals Launch Assault 

meanwhile JFLAG says it is happy with the study (not surprised), video from Loop Jamaica:


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Hope remains while company is true as there are some who are still concerned.

Peace and tolerance

H

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Homelessness Awareness Week May 10 - 16 activities overlooks LGBT populations?

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So it would seem as the activities and public relations rounds seems to suggest a generalization of homelessness with no reference in sight to MSM/Trans populations. Not that one is asking for special treatment for this group but the issues have been screaming for attention for some time now as continued clashes with other populations in the homeless belt prove (windshield wipers & loader men), reported homophobic attacks by members of the public and increasing numbers of displaced youth join the groups islandwide. 

The latest radio discussion on the matter this morning proved same as when the host of the Morning Watch on LOVE 101FM (a religious station I might add) Reverend Marvia Laws asked about that group specifically no proper answer came from the panelists as they preferred to generalize the challenges.

The least amongst us are still just that it appears and as JFLAG and other groups gear up for IDAHO 2015 the homeless is nowhere is sight in terms of the theme of resilience for LGBT Jamaicans. But then again we must forget the January war of words and stones at their offices from which they have since moved as the deteriorating relationship with the NGOs and sections of the MSM/Trans populations continue.

Here is the background to this year's awareness theme:


Background

This year, for the first time, the National Council on Drug Abuse through the Tek it to Dem outreach Team will be hosting HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS WEEK under the theme HOMELESSNESS: BEYOND AN OPINION, BEYOND AN IMAGE, BEYOND THE STREETS from May 10-16.

The idea behind this week of activities is to create a space where issues surrounding homelessness (contributing and exacerbating factors) can be discussed openly; where the homeless can receive recreational services, a significant part of holistic care; and, where there can be frank and open discussion about how we feel as a nation about our homeless, tackling stigma and discrimination. We also want to be looking at a coordinated response to alleviate the conditions of the homeless - housing issues, social security concerns and community education and participation.

The week is based on four pillars

– Respect, Compassion, Reach and Family. 

Byhosting this week the NCDA wants people to look beyond their assumptions about the homeless and, instead, consider their vulnerability and the circumstances
that led to their existence on the streets. The four pillars Respect, Compassion, Reach, Family were chosen because we want society to:

Show respect to the homeless, rather than abuse them;

Feel compassion, rather than disdain;

Reach out, rather than ignore; and

Embrace them as family; rather than condemn them to a life of loneliness.

We are, after all, Out of Many ONE PEOPLE

Objectives:
Raise public awareness about the situation of homeless persons

Spotlight the project and the services available through the project

Expose clients to experiences necessary for mental and emotional wellness

Collaborate with civic, faith based, NGO and private sector entities to deliver medical and holistic services to the homeless

Galvanize n support for social security provisions for the homeless

Communication Objective:
Correct negative perceptions associated with homelessness
Rights based approach to working with and taking care of the homeless.

Activities include:
A trip to the Zoo for 50 homeless persons on Tuesday, May 12

Homelessness Supplement – in the Jamaica Observer for Wednesday May 13

Friday May 15 – Health Fair at Marie Atkins Night Shelter, 65 Hanover Street

Saturday May 16 – Family Day at Webster Memorial 53 Half Way Tree Road starting at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The activities seem to be based on a religious perspective more so than one of real inclusivity despite sexual orientation and or homosexuality. Allegations of some MSM/Trans homeless persons being scooped up by the local authorities prior to the US president's visit is also a major concern but what is one to do when the interest is elsehwere from both LGBT and non LGBT and governmental bodies and individuals.

Think on these things

Peace and tolerance

H

Thursday, May 7, 2015

8 reasons why you shouldn't be friends with your ex

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SOME people will tell you that their exes are their best friends, but there's a saying that if you can be friends with an ex, either you never loved them or you still do. Indeed, for some people, when there's a break-up and one partner says they can still be friends, it's the same as having a pet die and being told you can keep the body.

"It adds excess stress, excess guilt, and makes the transition to a new partner difficult or impossible," counsellor David Anderson said. "Don't be friends immediately. Take time to heal without the other person being in your life. And when you've healed, then you can consider whether you still want a friend in that person."

Anderson said that the one requesting the friendship may be doing so out of selfish desire, as while they are not willing to continue a relationship, they are also not willing to release the person to move on with their life.

Here's why you shouldn't be friends with an ex:

1. Your ex may take you for granted. No one likes to be taken for granted, but if you hold onto your ex, he/she may feel you are so caught up in them that they can treat you just about anyhow and you will always be there regardless of the bad treatment.

2. Your present partner may be insecure. Not everyone can handle a relationship in which they feel that they are competing with an ex. This situation is made even worse if there is constant bickering between you and your new partner regarding incidents involving the ex. At some point you may be forced to choose.

3. You will not put your all into your current relationship. Having someone else to lean on usually prevents you from giving your

full attention to your partner, which in turn could lead to quarrels and a 'don't care' attitude on your part. After all, having a 'back-up' will force you to take risks you would not otherwise take.

4. You will not get over your ex. It is important that you give yourself time to heal from a broken relationship, and remaining friends does not allow this to take place. As a result, you will enter into your new relationship not fully healed and with unnecessary baggage.

5. You won't be able to fully move on. Moving on means you have not only got over your ex, but also that you have come away with lessons learnt that would better enable you to deal with a new relationship. If you remain friends, this cannot take place as you are never truly free.

6. He/she may use you for sex because you are available. Even if your ex has moved on to a new relationship, the moment they feel the need to go outside their relationship you will fall back into the picture, not because they are in love with you, but because you are available.

7. You are vulnerable to excess hurt. Being friends means you will still have expectations and hopes which will only result in hurt when these are not met.

8. A feeling of attachment and obligation may remain. Being friends, especially soon after a break-up, will undoubtedly mean you still have feelings for your ex, especially if he/she was the one who called it off. You are likely to also feel a sense of obligation and will answer to their every beck and call.

Also see:
7 Reasons Why You Might Lie to Your Partner

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tension at Riverton SDA Church board as member accused of sexual assault is still active

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In a follow up to a previous post internal church discord has emerged since the accusation of sexual assault of a boy by a police officer attached to the Riverton Meadows Seventh Day Adventist Church.

It is stories like this that makes the struggle for law reform with regards to the buggery law (repeal or decriminalization) and discrimination for LGBTQians difficult. The wall of opposition has usually included as its cement that changing or repealing said laws will cause more paedophiles to be on the loose or have access to young victims when we know that that is not true but sadly it is what it is at this time. As more of our children fall prey to some weird occurrences especially in recent times including the highest recorded numbers of murders in a long time concerns have been raised by many and almost late in the day some churches as more of their own including pastors are accused of inappropriate sexual contact with prepubescent or young ones whilst being far more loud against consenting adults freedom to love, marry and personhood.

Discord is said to be high as several members have since resigned from the Riverton Meadows SDA church board sparked by the arrest and charge of one of their own police Sergeant Dalton Leslie who is accused of assaulting a 15 year old boy. Sources told Nationwide News that members of the board and church body were not pleased with how this matter has been handled and the troubling developments since. Despite facing a criminal charge the accused cop has been allegedly allowed to supervise a youth group and repeated unsupervised outings which raised concerns about access and the matter not being cleared in courts to clear the air.

Calls to the Sergeant’s phone by nationwide radio proved futile as they go to voicemail. In court last Tuesday April 28, 2015 the cop who is associated with the Hunts Bay police precinct was granted bail and is to return to court July 2. The judge had also warned him as mentioned in the previous post to stay away from witnesses.

The conflation of paedophilia with same gender sex is of concern as reactions on social media and radio shows with regards to this specific case show same suggesting the decriminalization of buggery will open the gates for all other kinds of none related offences in as far as consent is concerned.

The Reverend Dr Paul Lewis matter some time ago was one such case where although what appeared to be strong evidence he got away scotch free with very little outcry from child rights activists some of whom are also anti gay voices as well which raises the cherry picking or selectivity criticisms. More egregious matters get ignored or the concerns are not as vibrant or strident as those regarding anything remotely close to homosexuality, consent and person-hood. In just under a year I have posted at least five cases on this blog and other platforms and not a peep when I last checked the anti gay voices elsewhere to show equal or even greater concerns for the abuse of children.

Instead we get strong opposition in the name of righteousness misplaced towards innate homosexuals which is worlds apart from paedophiles as the latter are attracted to children and most gay/bisexual men I am aware of have no sexual interest in children, in fact many want to raise their own and some who have found themselves in marriages or heterosexual relationships of convenience have children as outcomes when really their comfort is that of being with a man.

Speaking with IRIE FM News on the issue Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison stated that she was made aware of the allegations only last Saturday following which a probe was launched, she also said though the cop is not convicted her office is concerned about the allegations

“Late Saturday evening a particular situation was brought to my attention .... of course I cannot speak to the specifics of what was reported but suffice it to say that we have concerns because we understand that a particular individual was in fact arrested and we are of the view that whenever there is a vulnerable set of circumstances surrounding a particular child we prefer to err on the side of caution and to ensure that every precaution is extended to them; but it is something we have been made aware of and we are making our specific checks.” She also highlighted that more information is to come forth from the person who filed the report originally.

Meanwhile Communications Director of the Seventh Day Adventist Church nationally Nigel Coke says he is aware of the concerns with the accused interaction with minors and that he had been ordered to desist, “I understand that there are might be a situation, I can say he is not in any leadership position in the church; the group I understand that he operated was a singing group; I understand he was spoken to before and that he had stopped going out with the group. I know up front that the church condemns such behaviour if it is actually so; and um the matter is now in court.”

Mr Coke also said the board of the church held a meeting to discuss the matter, “The board will meet as a group,; and that is the local church board, and would act basically to any form of information that might have had or new information that has emerged; so I am sure they will meet as it relates to a decision in light of what has happened.”

The Director of the church’s children’s ministry Claudette Genius says she is aware of the discontent among members.

“Yes I have heard from the church and Pastor Nathan was dealing with it which means removal should or would have taken place.”

So it seems the board and pastoral leadership were slow to act in this regard in as far as isolation of the accused in as far as contact and access to children in the church but also keeping this one internally that it had to get out there with discord as the springboard. Yet I have hardly seen the religious voices who are also involved in anti gay advocacy saying a word when one of their own is identified or alleged as a paedophile but consenting adults get fire.


Question is who vets these people for such sensitive positions as well?

Let us see where this one ends, I hope it does not fizzle away as the accused Permanent Secretary one did or the aforementioned Rev Dr Paul Lewis matter went despite what appeared to be strong biological evidence, with the draft DNA bill on the parliamentary table (outside of a joint select committee) and the length of time such intimate samples may be kept, the ease at which a buggery charge can land on an accused despite no acts were committed, the constitutional conundrum looming with regards to trespass of the citizens’ privacy and consent by the intended or accused subject to resist such samples being taken I wait to see how this will play into our creaking legal and court systems.

Peace and tolerance

H

also see:

Labourer suffer near two years in prison on false accusation of buggery DNA shows boy was molested by a family member (Jamaica Observer)

I Bet Deafening Silence from Religious Anti Gay Voices ...... Preacher served summons during service for fraud


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cops in $500k gays blackmail case mentioned in St Catherine court

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This old cartoon from the Jamaica Observer's Clovis says it and then some about corruption in the force

One of two St Catherine gay men blackmail cases involving the police was heard in a Spanish Town court two days ago. I am all too familiar with some of the details emerging in this matter as my own November 1996 matter where myself and three other co-accused were in the wrong place at the wrong time in public where we were approached by cops who we subsequently found out were summoned by others on the site who thought we as males were involved in sexual activity, when no such evidence was there (apart from myself and my friend only dressed in our shorts as no sex was taking place) the cops decided to humiliate us by taking us to the nearest station and then to other precincts.

Then when the charges of gross indecency and buggery after the doctor’s examination were laid one of my co-accused was approached by individual cops to pay over a sum in exchange for making the charges disappear despite that the matter was scheduled for a preliminary hearing days after and the tabloids had our story splashed across their front pages. The success rate of such attempts is high I have since learned as persons choose to take the risk to avoid embarrassment and a charge sticking on their police records which can have an impact on job seeking or applying for tertiary education as well surprisingly at certain campuses.

I am only guessing what the two men involved in this current matter maybe thinking or feeling, thankfully they had the assistance of the corruption prevention agency to intervene and arrest the cops, in my case we had no such avenues for redress openly as such a case would have become material for humiliation and jokes by officers.




The cops accused in the present matter are Corporal Tyrone Harvey and Constables Lamore Small & Fabian Durrant of the Portmore police station allegations are that on January 27, 2013 at about 3:30am the policemen were on patrol along the Hellshire main road in the parish of St Catherine when they came into sight of what appeared to be two men in a compromising position in a car in a wooded area. The lawmen threatened to charge the men with gross indecency and demanded $500,000.00 to not arrest them, they were allegedly given a portion of the money and arrangements were made to collect the balance of the money. A report was made to the anti-corruption branch and following investigations the men were arrested, they were charged following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP. The case is to be mentioned today, I hope the men involved are prepared to go all the way with this one, we saw for example the University of Technology beating matter died in the water as the victim never turned up for court and then the guards accused were eventually freed for lack of prosecution.

The stronger charge of buggery apparently was not done as it seems a doctor’s examination was not done or as part of the deal the cops may have delayed that process to prove there was anal sex by one or both parties, usually the penetrator and not the ‘penetratee’ is charged with the stronger charge while the latter is left with a gross indecency one where a fine is usually the outcome once found guilty. The doctor’s report has to find certain things present such as the sphincter muscle being loose due to forced entry of some kind and spermatozoa cells possibly present in or around the anal orifice which can be problematic as some kinds of anal play via finger can also cause the transfer of such materials, a non-penile entry session where the hands of one partner can transfer unknowingly spermatozoa to another by simply touching the urethra (head of the penis) then to the anus or anal opening as such biological materials are invisible to the naked eye.

My case also benefitted from our stick-to-itiveness as we attended all hearing dates, made sure we were dressed appropriately, answered questions when asked by the judge(s) even in the face of humiliation and jokes made by some of them sadly but I understand the lack of interest after a time as our creaking court systems would make disillusionment set in easily when we are used to seeing court proceedings in other jurisdictions namely the US via cable moving much faster and judges with alacrity. Other blackmail allegations by police seem to have fizzled or died away or get drowned out by other more pressing matters that appear on the horizon hence the follow up or updates is shoddy.


A sine die adjournment (can be re-called up in 7 years if new evidence is found) or a full throw out may occur here seeing the charge cannot stick as the cops were caught. Adjournment sine die (from the Latin "without day") means "without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing"

A word to the wise is sufficient as I had done when this case first broke, on my Facebook profile and in my main group GLBTQ Jamaica Chat I advised that while we cannot tell persons where to have their fun as outdoor sex is required sometimes for purposes of convenience and financial inability to rent a good hotel room persons need to be mindful where they go for not only police interference but possibility of robbery and murders. Only on Monday April 20th a reported matter in St Catherine also a gunman attempted to relieve a man of his laptop after he was seeking to connect to a free WIFI service, his friend was also present and they allegedly kissed prior to the miscreant’s arrival where he also used the blackmail strategy so as to gain material value illegally. The men managed to fight him off as it was soon discovered that the gun was not loaded based on the mannerisms of the attacker and his emphasis on bravado and loquaciousness than the apparent pain of murder. He rode off uttering threats that he will kill them next time, the matter was brought to the attention of the regular patrol corps that passes through the community. 


The accused are to return to court in two months time.

Think on these things.

Be safe out there brothers (and sisters as butch identified women also face some similar challenges)

Peace and tolerance

H

Judge warns cop who allegedly molested boy to leave witnesses in case

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As we draw to the close of Sexual Assault Awareness month a series of cases involving a homo-paedophile construct in the allegation have come to public light. The latest is a case of a policeman who was charged for molesting a boy earlier this year was warned by resident magistrate Judith Pusey to not interfere with witnesses close to the case and stay away as best as possible from the victim. Sadly locally the restraining orders or such types of legal protections are not as strong as other jurisdictions. Charged is Police officer Dalton Leslie who was granted bail of $250,000.00 with surety. 



The Director of Public Prosecution, DPP ruled that the cop be charged after a file was prepared with statements gained from witnesses Leslie is to return to court on July 22, 2015.

The matter was said to have occurred in St Mary where the cop came into contact allegedly with the victim repeatedly and unusual behavioural patterns on the part of the boy aroused suspicions by family members who after engaging the youth he explained his situation, investigations were launched and hence the matter in court.

Sadly anti gay groups seem numb or muted when it comes to these matters even when one of their own in terms of pastors or police or other persons who are in a position of trust sexually abusing persons in their care, reach or charge. The chrry picking is sad and only when it gets really bad as it has in recent weeks where children are murdered then we hear some hiccupped response late in the day.

Such cases once public sadly serve to be used as cannon fodder by said antigay voices mostly from religiosity to resist LGBT advocacy goals for protection and recognition claiming that changes in laws will allow unchecked paedophilia and abuse and that men will target boys as this case hints to. Paedophilia (worth repeating) is the designated disorder not homosexuality as deemed so by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, DSM the Bible for the psychiatric and psychological communities, also is the corresponding ICD (now in version 10) that defines the differences clearly.

There are various courses that can be employed to address such issues and challenges such as pharmacological interventions to reduce libido and sexual interest in pre-pubescent individuals which is the challenge here, the orientation of the perpetrator or victim is not important as we get caught up in who is who more so than addressing the deviant interest in kids.

Then there is isolation intervention as is practiced in Florida where a sex offenders residency exists and they are monitored via ankle bracelets linked to the global GPRS systems and restriction via court order does not allow said accused to be or go near schools, parks where children socialize or even the victim’s home within a designated number of feet or yards relative to them.


more on the laws here

The numbers of abuse cases though is of deep concern only this morning a series of Ananda alerts were read out on radio with 6 girls and 1 boy making the list which suggests something is horribly wrong out there islandwide as it is not restricted to parish capitals or capital city Kingston.

Once again I want to recommend a book that has helped me an untrained layman in this department to understand the mind of offenders albeit it is an overseas publication but the circumstances are very much similar.

Nicholas Groth’s – The Psychology of the Offender


I will also draw from excerpts of a previous post on the Ananda Alert and why it is named as such for an unsolved murder case of Ananda Dean some years ago and while in fairness folks like Betty Ann Blaine have spoken out on such matters they get muted or dumb except for the occasional press release and FB posts the outrage is way less but let it be on homosexuality and the fire comes out.

See more:
Disgusting, why are so many parents pimping their children?

Healthy coalition nonsense! indeed 

CISOCA Head: buggery cases for boys decreasing, interventions less successful in abused 



Peace and tolerance

H

Friday, April 24, 2015

Healthy coalition nonsense! indeed

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In light of the upsurge of the hysteria and uninformed commentary from certain anti gay voices mostly said to be Christians but most fundamentalist, the attempt to protest Obama's visit that fizzled, see more on that HERE I have to agree in most part to this letter that appeared in the Observer April 9th as to the selectivity and deceptive cherry picking by said groups namely Jamaica CAUSE, The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society aided and abetted by the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship the veterans in the field stoking fear-mongering and falsehoods in the name of religion and by extension God I might add.

Problem is they make the rest of the church look bad hence persons just blast the church collectively.

Blog posts by chief cook and bottle washer Dr Wayne West supposedly in the name of morality and God centered beliefs are disturbing to say the least and reflects the kid of mind we are dealing with here: PM rejects moral nihilism and sexual anarchy : No to LGBTTTIQ….PZism ! No to fisting, felching, farming, scat, chariot racing etc ! as if to suggest demand law change willl also allow more far out practices than just anal sex but it also shows his ignorance on sexual orientation, a challenge the lobby has nationally as well as fear also causes our education systems over many years to address sex and sexuality. Remember the HFLE fiasco anyone?


First the letter then my follow up two cents:

Dear Editor,

After reading comments by the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS) all over the media, I am forced to respond to what is obviously mass propaganda and hysteria. We never hear of this group when gruesome child abuse cases are reported, but mention the word 'gay' and everyone jumps. Who are they to attempt to define the rights of any human being based on their sexuality?

These people like to rebuke the suggestion that Jamaica is indeed homophobic and they commend PM Simpson Miller for her defiant response to gay activists who heckled and interrupted her recent speech in New York on what is still a very serious issue.

JCHS suggests that gays tell lies on Jamaica and attempts to embarrass the PM who said, "No one ever hears the Government of Jamaica beating up gays". This was a simplistic response, if not absurd. What should be said is that the Government has not done enough to denounce gay discrimination and related hate crimes, they are silent on these issues and refuse to proceed with the promise made to review the antiquated buggery law which criminalises gay acts between consenting adults. This law feeds into a culture of hate and prejudice which is mostly perpetuated by the uneducated and uninformed.

more from the PM HERE on that matter and PM scolds gay-rights protesters in New York ...

If Jamaica is not homophobic, as some suggest, why did former PM Bruce Golding tell the BBC that gays cannot serve in his Cabinet? And why did Opposition Leader Andrew Holness avoid answering the question during the last electoral debate? Have they forgotten about the cross-dressing teen, Dwayne Jones, who was viciously murdered by a mob? J-FLAG reports hundreds of incidents in recent years. We also see and hear of incidents reported on the news. Isn't this homophobia? A government must be custodian for its citizens and cannot turn a blind eye to discrimination. Any government that creates, endorses and enforces laws which criminalise gay acts between consenting adults in privacy is not serious about defending human rights. This is not an issue to be put to the people, it's an issue to teach the people.

So, yes, Obama is very likely to raise human rights concerns with PM Simpson Miller, as he does everywhere he goes. She promised to review the buggery laws. No other PM to my knowledge has ever done this. Yes, we agree some progress has been made, but if the PM now believes Jamaica is no longer homophobic and that gays are spreading lies, I urge her not to delay any further the buggery law review which she promised years ago. And she can still do so defiantly with "the blood of Nanny of the Maroons and the spirit of Marcus Mosiah Garvey", as both were great heroes who fought defiantly to defend human rights.

Pete Delisser
pdelisser1988@yahoo.com.

ENDS

Problem is though the letter writer misses the boat when it comes to who is actually liable for buggery when proven as the perpetrator or penetrator is the one who is charged whether he penetrated anally (gay sex or not) or with a device (also maybe reduced to grievous sexual assault or gross indecency) not the passive partner or the recipient of such penile entry (although both are tested by a doctor on behalf of the arresting officer(s) or the state.


Let me remind persons of the dancehall DJ Zebra's case for example where he raped a female and also buggered her because the matter was tried at the home circuit court he got the full brunt of the sentences rape and buggery (in the RM the accused when found guilty can get up to ten years) see: DJ Zebra gets 30 years for rape

Problem is that the twinning of atheism, secularism with law change for decriminalization and or repeal of old laws such as buggery has clouded the aims of the struggle originally and as all kinds of unqualified and inexperienced self appointed advocates come forth not understanding strategy and too headstrong those costly errors have derailed and indeed paralysed some of the incremental gains.

podcast related to the clouding of the struggle in twinning atheism and LGBT rights:


Emotional outburst and improperly planned protests have to go and more properly thought through strategies and engagement employed.

also see:
JCSC Highlights Danger Of Debate About Buggery may lead to strife

Jamaica CAUSE issues Veiled threat to Govt to keep the buggery law or else

Another St Thomas Pastor Accused of Rape ....... where are these same groups?

Gay Lobby May Have Lost Potential Allies (after the JFJ sex education saga)

Church Cherry Picking on Issues again


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

Anti Gay Religious group launches pro buggery DVD

Dr Wayne West’s continued intellectual dishonesty ...

Jamaican Pastor says the LGBT issue is not about rights but acceptance of lifestyle


The False Dichotomy of the religious right on the LGBT advocacy Godlessness

Listen to Wayne West of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, JCHS evade every direct question about whether the position he is trumpeting is not in fact stirring up prejudices and may lead to mob violence. 

Despicable.


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

UWI had no choice but to dismiss Prof Bain' says Professor Rosemarie Bell Antoine

Gleaner letter June 21 2014: Bain was Biased

Buggery the only thing that makes church butts sore?

JAMAICA COALITION FOR A HEALTHY SOCIETY, JCHS CONTINUED CONFUSION OF PAEDOPHILIA & CONSENTING HOMOSEXUALITY.

BUY NO RINGS, YOU WON’T WED; RELIGIOUS FEAR-MONGERING ON GAY MARRIAGE & THE BUGGERY LAW CONTINUES

LAWYERS’ CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP’S CONTINUED FEAR MONGERING ON CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION POST BUGGERY LAW AMENDMENT & RE-SOCIALIZATION

THE USE OF JAMAICAN DIALECT TO FURTHER STIGMATISE HOMOSEXUALS IN THE NEW PATOIS BIBLE

URGENT NEED TO DISCUSS SEX & SEXUALITY NATIONALLY PART 2

BETTY ANN BLAINE’S ARRANT NONSENSE REQUEST OF PETER KING TAPES

CHURCH STANDS RESOLUTE AGAINST BUGGERY BACKERS SAYS AL MILLER ………… LOVE MARCH MOVEMENT LACKS MORAL COMPASS SAYS LGBT VOICE

LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE …….. PARLIAMENT URGED TO PUT BUGGERY LAW ISSUE TO A REFERENDUM

BETTY ANN BLAINE ON ……………… SOLD OUT FOR 30 PIECES OF SILVER?

GOVERNMENT COMMITS TO STOMP OUT HIV/AIDS STIGMA … WE HOPE IT’S NOT JUST PAPER LEFT FOR FILING (

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


Dr Wayne West’s continued intellectual dishonesty on fisting felching & chariot racing by homosexuals in Jamaica
and

Betty Ann Blaine & foreign religious zealots continue their paranoia & misrepresentations of male homosexuality

My answer to Peter Espeut's rubbish on Homophobia Exposed from December 2012


The Dance of Difference: The New Frontier of Sexual Orientation



When did anyone ask for gay marriage rights in Jamaica when we can't get basic tolerance ......... more smokescreen to deny recognition

Continued misconceptions of adult homosexuals being paedophiles



The Pink Report on JFLAG's handling of the Charter of Rights issue

PNP 2006, No plans to Legalise Same Sex Union (FLASHBACK)

No Same Sex Marriage says Prime Minister in Charter of Rights Bill Debate (Bruce Golding)

Church angry, gays happy PNP on collision course with Christians ………………. but some of us are not impressed

President of the Senate warns against discrimination based on language, sexual orientation

Mark Wignall ....... Gay Lobby will wait in vain

NOT READY FOR GAYS ……. GAY MARRIAGE SMOKE SCREEN REINTRODUCED ……………. POLITICAL DODGING 2011

BUGGERY LAW BACKLASH – BLAIR: THE CHURCH HAS BEEN SLEEPING – BLAIR WARNS REVIEW COULD LEAD TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGES 2011



















and the post for Sexual Assault Awareness Month prior to this: Disgusting, why are so many parents pimping their children?

I don't think I need to add more but I hope the point has been made

Sad we have a long way to go it seems in reaching hearts and minds who we thought were more sensible.

Peace and tolerance

H

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Disgusting, why are so many parents pimping their children?

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Why are we devaluing our children so much?

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month continues I was again deeply disturbed by recent revelations of some serious infractions and abuse of children by of all people their own parents. I have known that the problem exists having worked with other child agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the past but it seems a lot has changed and for the worst.

Trouble is that such paedophile and abuse matters are often used a fodder for anti gay groups to obfuscate the debate around the buggery law’s decriminalization or removal as the suggestion is sexual grooming by adults, more buggery cases with boys as victims and other sexually based crimes involving children. Paedophilia is whole different issue and in fact designated a disorder by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, DSM the bible for psychologists by the American Psychiatric Association and other related bodies.

The ICD 10 also speaks to the deviance (homosexuality is not seen as such) and frankly it is common sense once one is an adult and is sexually aroused by a prepubescent individual then that cannot be seen as regular behaviour; that is worlds apart however from innate same sex attraction to other adults but groups such as Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, Jamaica CAUSE, Love March Movement, Betty Ann Blaine (of Hear The Children’s Cry), Rev Al Miller (now in court for 2 matters) and the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship would have Jamaicans believe otherwise to the effect that homosexuals have predatory paedophile intent to catch little boys before their time or when their bodies are ready for sex.


here is one of the latest deliberate conflation of same gender sex, abuse and over simplification of other sexual practices with church imperative(just the title says it all) by Dr Wayne West relying on a call by the PM for kids to go to church:  PM rejects moral nihilism and sexual anarchy : No to LGBTTTIQ….PZism ! No to fisting, felching, farming, scat, chariot racing etc !

also see this letter from the Observer:
Healthy coalition nonsense!
This conflation of same gender sex with abuse that is interwoven deceptively into anti gay advocacy (they cannot declare ignorance in this day of information and ease of access to same) by the aforementioned groups and is one of the main walls blocking progress as it feeds into The religious/biblical fundamentalist anti-homosexuality Imperative, the Christian Church with its fundamentalist doctrines, and the reggae-dancehall genre. A third influential feature in the exceptionality of Jamaican homophobia derives from Christian fundamentalist doctrine which finds constant outlets not just in churches, but in popular culture (in Christian radio and TV programmes), as well as in the rituals of many secular institutions.

also see:
Disturbing Paedophile Case & Conflation of Same Gender Sex with Abuse

Another St Thomas Pastor Accused of Rape ........... Where are Anti Gay Religious Groups?



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

One can remember a famous remark often quoted:

“Some of you think that homosexuality is a greater sin than malice keeping.

No way in the sight of God.”



(Bishop Herro Blair, sermon on Television Jamaica (TVJ), 3 March 2003).

The proven brutality and physical and psychological violence of homophobia shows the clear link towards homo-negative messaging from sections of the religious movement, these groups/individuals have been almost mute on other societal ills including horrific murders or when one their own also allegedly commits the very sexual crimes on boys that they use as justification to deny supposed “gay rights.” It is the overt virulence of the homophobia at the expressive level within both secular and religious popular culture. The declaration by Bishop Blair – who is a figure of some political and religious influence – that there is no substantive theological basis for the selective highlighting of homosexuality as the ‘sin of sins,’ and which is our epigraph here, is not one that is often publicly made in Jamaica. The overtly virulent expressive homophobia arguably encourages the documented tendency towards and the practice of physical brutality and violence against homosexuals.

It is reinforced, even operationalized, by three other specific features of the Jamaican situation.

The religious fundamentalist anti-homosexuality imperative has primacy within African-Jamaican popular culture, dramatically manifesting in both the religious and the musical popular. Duality is immediately evident in the medium called ‘street gospel’, a form of Christian dancehall (‘Street gospel’) of which the work of artist Radikal Prodigal (Prodigal Son) is a striking example. The culturally African-Jamaican nature of the form is affirmed and given theological sanction when he declares that God has called out to him and personally anointed him to worldwide missionary discipleship. God has told him not to try to preach like an American, but to be bold in being a ‘radikal yardie’ instead – and to be known as Radikal Prodigal

Thus divinely anointed, Radikal Prodigal then offers a diet of fundamentalist

Christian-based homophobia. The artist attests to the power of the God he serves, drawing specific attention to the anti-homosexual story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. A few tracks later, he has warmed to the task. As a ‘radikal’ Christian, he can and will ‘trample’ a whole list of God’s enemies including ‘b’man’ (presumable homosexuals) and demons, and the less immediately identifiable entities ‘pokeyman(from the word poke suggesting anal sex) and he-man’. This misplaced use of spiritual power is another problematic blockade for reaching understanding and tolerance.

He directly quotes Luke 10: 19, which says:

Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

On this basis, he offers ringing condemnation of those who are mixed-up in ‘buggery’, as well as in vanity and idolatry

The revelation of the pimping, child sex slave ring that was revealed at the back of a market in St Ann found almost by accident or a buck up coincidence is one such matter that has rocked me big time and then the recent near back to back murders of those four boys in Clarendon, the incest case in St Thomas of that nine year old girl by her father and also the numerous allegations of persons in position of trust breaching such trust, namely pastors, police officers (three cases since this year I am aware of but three too many) and so on. Claudette Pious Executive Director of Childrens’ First speaking on a radio interview yesterday April 21 on Newstalk 93FM Freshstart during their counterpoint section made some more disturbing revelations for example:

The pimping of kids as young as 9 years old by parent(s) for money and not seeing them again, she mentioned one case of a boy was pimped as his mother acceded to the wishes of a man who wanted him, the boy was around 15 at the time and the mother got some $30k from which she bought a refrigerator. Other community members upon hearing of the episode have since ostracised her and named her the fridge woman as she gave away her son for one. The boy has not been seen since and this was some three years ago.

The court cases or the creaking legal systems, corruption in such places for such privileged types also in the end allow perpetrators to literally go free, cases languish, all kinds of character references (manufactured backgrounds or even real ones where there was alleged abuse when they were young) are used to protect the accused, arresting officers (even after being subpoenaed after absences from hearings) stop coming to court, an alleged faulty evidentiary material, witness refuse to come to court or lie or change their testimony than that appearing in their statement.

The Reverend Paul Lewis case proved the challenges, conclusive DNA evidence was present but he was set free and is one of the few matters I have heard other clergy men or anti gay religious voices spoke to; maybe because the media kept up with it which also shows up the lack of follow up by media as well, cases die in the minds of the public as other matters compete for our attention of the newer cases are so gruesome they simply outshine the older ones.

Death threats issued to witnesses and families of victims is another matter in and of itself. The sentences for those that go to full conviction are almost a joke.

The finding of a foetus in Seaview Gardens only yesterday, the other matter where a baby was found in a barrel (upright) chopped into pieces earlier this week and stuffed alongside food items contained therein are just two of the more horrible outcomes of our young yet the veracity and intensity of concern that is to come from the religious corner notably the Council of Churches is so low or missing. Yet on homosexuality they are at their loudest. Yes I agree that we must be outraged on ills but the selectivity and deceptive cherry picking by some is even more egregious in the name of morality.

The missing active Christianity that is to highlight God centred principles could not be more highlighted than a story in today’s newspaper where an elderly man was assisted by an entertainer who was moved by his story of poverty where he was living in a fowl coup. Yet no churches or religious groups upon checks and rechecks have moved or joined the assistance save and except for Food for the Poor and other newspaper readers, so church groups again missing their mark and in action that are supposed to be meaningful.

Have we as a nation become so numb to the atrocities?

One can even get more perplexed or disturbed at the numerous missing teenage girls that appear nightly on our TV screens during prime time and a growing number of boys as well which makes it more worrying despite the somewhat calming news in my previous post on CISOCA’s latest report that reported cases of buggery of boys is falling. Old excuses of survival or it’s only some sex it won’t hurt came up as well on the radio program which strongly suggest Jamaicans in some quarters do not see this kind of pimping of children a crime. 


young Ananda Dean who was murdered years ago and unsolved

In fact the other side to this is that the missing teens listed on the aforementioned nightly TV Ananda Alerts (named after a girl of 11 Ananda Dean who was savagely killed many years ago and to date the murder has not been solved there were also 3 more cases in St Thomas, 4 others in Kingston in one week) are actually relocated deliberately by parents/guardians so as to avoid older men coming after them, there is a cultural belief that once a young girl ‘burst breasts’ literally then she is ripe for sex; so gang leaders (dons) and other men with often misplaced bravado (more imagined than real and centred in the supposed power of the penis) influenced by generational sexualized messaging feel they can legitimately makes such demands on girls and now boys as of late by sending a message to parents to send them to the demanding party.

The old Negril beach boy problem that was first studied in 2001 was highlighted by Miss Pious as well (also linked is the rent-a-dread concept though not discussed in the radio show) but the changes are that the boys are younger and or are also involved in cross dressing or maybe pre-operative transgender as the market diversifies itself more openly these days. I can remember one of my last visits to the hip strip in Portmore St Catherine prior to the citizenry backlash and the police stepped up intervention there were some MSM/transgender youth there; a spill over from the population in Kingston and others from the parish capital Spanish Town.

It is going to be very difficult as said by Miss Pious and I agree to break down those cultural blocks and to think in a modern day society one would have thought such ideas would have died, the old lingering one that directly impacts HIV/STI prevention is the sex with a very young virgin as outlined in my previous post of a present case by CISOCA of a young girl who now has an STI by a 20 year old man (age is important given that education and information are readily at hand).

Stories like those again influence the homo-paedophile construct that anti gay groups latch on too easily and then use same to justify their arguments sadly.

I will once again recommend a book I have found helpful to me to understand the psychology of sexual predators.



The recent gender based attacks on the University of the West Indies and same gender loving women who are also attacked or verbally abused have also received very little response for or against by religious groups but mainly from secular entities/LGBT groups which once again fires the conflation or false dichotomies of godless LGBT rights proponents versus Christians and the perception of stifling freedoms of speech.

Working solutions (not aspirational announcements as usual) must be found not just the trial and incarceration or even suggested chemical castration made by some (mostly anti gay voices) we can probably use the Florida model of a residency that addresses paedophiles by various means in including

Pharmacological treatment to reduce libido and subsequent interest in children tempered with self releasing activity such as masturbation but adult materials as the catalyst, not sure how that works.

State monitoring via GPRS typed ankle bracelets hence restriction of movement towards places where children socialize a lot

Supportive legislation so that while freedoms are curtailed the desired effect of treatment of interventions are effected present legislation such as the Child Care & Protection Act, Human Trafficking Acts and aspects of the Sexual Offences bill cannot be effective by themselves such as touching and so on but the people also need awareness programs and so on. They have not quenched the problem. Judicial decree cannot change the heart and like many other laws we have them on the books and they are not enforced.

Psycho sexual counselling and interventions on an ongoing basis

Help victims avoid also becoming predators in later life

Education programs for children (as early as primary school as suggested by Miss Pious) to know how to spot and differentiate play from inappropriate touching

I am one of those gay activists who believe we cannot be narrow minded or wearing visors limited only LGBT advocacy we must also pay attention to other issues though not directly linked to the struggle. A late in the day response when the rest of the country has come from Betty Ann Blaine (Hear The Childrens’ Cry from linked to the aforementioned Ananda Dean case) in a press release seems to be just catching up but Miss Betty was quite fiery and never needed a press release during the anti gay march in Half Way Tree last year and the energy placed in that regard pales in comparison to the sexual abuse or murder of our young.

Peace and tolerance

also see from sister blog GLBTQ Jamaica on sexual assault awareness month:

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a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone

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c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state

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e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number

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


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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