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, 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:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dub Poet DYCR Reiterates his anti gay themed ‘Gash a Fyah’ Stance on radio from an old poem “Dem Man Deh”

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Speaking on Newstalk 93FM on the morning of Thursday April 16th on the current affairs show Freshstart (didn’t get to record it as I was getting ready to go out – sorry podcast listeners) dub poet DYCR was asked about his work and how he started. He went on to explain to host Sharon Hay Webster (of the present JLP impasse) in answering that despite his Rastafarian faith subscription he actually started in a Penticostal church as a child with a poem called “She Seh She a Come but She Can’t Come Yet” which he performed in full right on the spot. He then went on to relate his attempts at singing where he was discouraged as his timing on riddims (rhythms) was heavily criticized by producers/studios/sound systems who he approached at the time, so he switched to doing dub plates (special sometimes pre-recorded exclusive tracks promoting the particular sound or party) in rhythmic speech styles for sound systems which helped to refine his dub poetry style he now uses.

When pressed about which of his pieces was the most popular in his repertoire he named ‘Dem Man Deh’ (those men over there) which is a subtly layered piece emphasis the supposed abhorrence of male homosexuality and by extension anal penetration. The religious/biblical fundamentalist anti-homosexuality imperative is twinned here with the Christian Leviticus initiative in anti gay advocacy; a rare combination given Rastafari’s opposition to a European construct of God and the bitterly opposed Catholicism by rastas as well. But for purposes of opposing homosexuality the lines are deliberately blurred to effect same. Old beliefs that the Catholic church having same gender sex in its midst also has many Rastafarians very caustic towards the papacy. DYCR was obviously beaming after the DJ working with the show’s host played the track in full as he then proceeded to explain the reason for writing the track, the usual twinning of homosexuality and unclean living/sex was emphasized showing up the usual blind fury of opposition to something he is and others are yet to comprehend.

Here is the piece called "A Fire" firstly, listen to the emphasis placed on the line ‘Gash a Fyah where he hits out at oral sex, the actual Dem Man Deh Track is hard to find online nowadays but it is played on radio still especially IRIE FM:



Homosexuality is constituted straightforwardly as a sin in the eyes of God (Jesus or Haile Sellasie dependent on who or which group) and therefore also in the view of self-perceived good and/or godly persons. It is agreed that omniscient Jehovah repeatedly declares homosexuality to be a sin in both the Old and New Testaments and that the Almighty would neither misrecognize nor misname a physical and/or emotional illness as a condition of sin. The idea that homosexuality is an illness (whether congenital or otherwise) represents the negative reading of the claim that lesbian and gay persons generally had their sexuality determined at birth, and did not therefore usually exercise unfettered choice. Its positive version holds that a certain proportion, a minority, of God’s human creatures are indeed born lesbian/gay and that their sexuality is to be seen as being as much God-ordained/created as that of the heterosexual majority. However, it also holds that homosexuality must still be repressed or at least treated. Reggae artistes are different from the deejays to the extent that fewer singers have composed songs directed against homosexuals/homosexuality and it is perhaps more difficult for the singer to address this issue by improvising in performance. Even so, the earliest directly homophobic reggae song known to me is the 1978 King Sounds and the Israelites’ ‘Spend One Night Inna Babylon’.

This song makes explicit mention of Sodom and Gomorrah and of the fact that these two ancient cities, along with Babylon and Rome, are anathematized in the Bible. King Sounds, then, is simply transferring onto modern ‘Babylon’ – as constituted in what Pollard (1994) has termed Rastafari ‘dread-talk’– the characteristic sin of Sodom. In the song King Sounds embellishes his catalogue of Babylonian abominations by adding to it bestiality. For those advancing the Christian fundamentalist imperative, the essential sin of homosexual behaviour (sodomy) is said to be forbidden by God, and is recognized as a sin so serious as to be punishable by death. A not untypical rendering of this imperative by a successful secular deejay is in Beenie Man’s ‘Bomb and Dynamite’. Like the work of Radikal Prodigal, it contains direct condemnation of designated homosexual behaviour as wrong in the sight of ‘di Almighty’, repeatedly referring to Sodom and Gomorrah, to bombing sodomy-generated social ‘confusion’ and also to AIDS as somehow divine punishment fully deserved as a result of this sin.

The ideological imperative of the unnaturalness of homosexuality and the naturalness of heterosexuality also is emphasized in the “Dem Man Deh’ track though dated still has some effect as evidenced in the call back segment of the show, then again all kinds of persons have crawled out of the woodwork since the visit of President Obama and his hail of LGBT work in Jamaica. Long time reggae acts such as King Sounds and the Israelites’ song, ‘Spend One Night Inna Babylon’. King Sounds holds that to the extent that a human being is a person of wisdom and understanding, s/he is bound to know that the people of Rastafari-designated Babylon are not examples of the ‘natural man’; rather, they are the ‘evil one[s]’, and the righteous cannot and must not emulate or imitate their actions (1978). Nor is a newer artistes like Turbulence far behind. He places on view in parts of his work seamlessly stitched together elements from the deejay-created tradition of righteousness, Selassie-laudation, homophobia and hetero/sexism, with a brocade of God approved and divinely required violence that culminates in the deadly couplet identifying man and woman as the ‘perfect pair’ followed by an invocation of ‘pure gun’ the shots from which will ‘tear . . . skulls’ (2003).

Many songs that are not centrally about homosexuality nonetheless encode its censure. For example Warrior King’s ‘Virtuous Woman’ (2002), which no doubt sounds like a welcome paean of praise to the black woman, manifests patriarchy and hetero/sexism in the loudest of traditional hues. Here, not only is ‘real’ manhood inscribed exclusively within the heterosexual relationship, but woman abjures social and individual ‘power’, while silently discharging her natural-historical task of making her ‘real man’ a ‘better man’. This state of affairs is presented as ‘natural’, as confirming ‘Jah plan’, divinely ordained, and modelled by the Empress Menim in her relationship to the Emperor Haile Selassie. If Warrior King’s definition of real wo/manhood only silently excludes those involved in lesbian and gay relationships, this exclusion is made explicit in The Wickerman’s nearly contemporaneous Jamaican hit ‘Girls Gungo Walk’ (2001), a reworking of a mento song performed over Steelie and Clevie’s ‘nine night’ riddim, which mobilizes a number of other Jamaican folk-cultural forms. The song opens with the declaration that he does not want any other man to stare into his face [while making love], nor any ‘funny bway’ in his valued communal space.

The Wickerman further mobilizes folk ‘knowledge’ with the device of invoking allegedly widespread anger in order to sanction violence against gay men for menacing society with their ‘unnatural’ behaviours. He claims that homosexuals flooded Jamaica during the 1970s and that the youths had not then quite realized they would have multiplied so fast such that they are now said to ‘full up’ the island. The Wickerman introduces the images of hen and cockerel to enable a word/ sound-playing line in which the cockerel’s ‘doodle doodle do’ sound represents heterosexual sex which generates ‘wi children’ on which basis he rejects men who desire other men sexually. Here the naturalness of the procreative function of heterosex contrasts markedly with the perceived purposelessness of homosexual sex, which is said to lead to perdition. That God is being angered is the implication of the nicely understated line saying that these ‘likkle ting’ are so enormous as to be causing the Almighty to ‘ben’. Indeed, the function of this imperative in justifying homophobic and/or heterosexist violence, including rape, is unmistakable in some popular material.

Chuckleberry’s ‘No Gay Man’ (1991) advises girls internationally to avoid gay or bisexual men, who are not real lovers of natural heterosex and should rightly be given ‘a gun shot’. Another Chuckleberry song, ‘Madley [Madly?] in Love’ has a refrain acknowledging his love of women and that he does not ‘rub a dub’ with men (ibid.). Simpleton’s ‘See it deh’ (1993) is another song foregrounding the naturalness of heterosexual sex while inveighing violently against homosexuality on the grounds of its unnaturalness. Is it in the sentiment in lines that stress the ‘good’ and ‘sweet’ look of the women which – while walking on the street – makes him want sexual ‘release’ (Simpleton 1993) that the interpenetration of anti-female and the anti-homosexual ideas find a disturbing expression? Is the deejay not here admitting to using the ‘sweet’ appearance of Jamaican women on the public thoroughfare as the occasion for declaring his extreme sexual arousal and is the underlying attitude not precisely that of the self-justifying rapist more than a short step away from this?

The protection of vulnerable youth imperative is not so pronounced in DYCR’s piece though but more on the emphasis on separation of gay men from the supposed holy group, the onomatopoeic pronouncement of “Gash” in the track is deliberate although not calling by lyric the execution of gays the message is clearly implied as set by other Rastafarian acts such as Capleton and Sizzla who also employ similar tactics in lyric delivery to make their point of supposed abhorrence.

I guess we may have to endure the old “more fire” push back for now but although on the face of it the call for execution is not openly promulgated the message is implied if one listens deeply.

Where there is fire there is also cooling I say let us cool it by just living and be who we are.

Peace and tolerance

H

The entitlement problem from hypermasculine MSM & negative outcomes

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So I like many other gay and bisexual men in Jamaica ran into one of these hyper-masculine types (that I really like) in early 2014 in my community and we have had a couple quick sessions mostly as partnered masturbation as preferred by him as he has a minor erectile dysfunction challenge (I swear it is a overuse of ganja caused). These fellas usually unemployed or unemployable heavy marijuana users, expensive clothes wearing types to project affluence in some respects while displaying a public homophobic stance, misplaced bravado to project strength are sometimes on the downlow (the louder they ‘bun fire’ the more likely I say) and usually tie in secrecy, expected payment of some sort (mostly financial) such as access to a more or unexposed better quality of life one may enjoy and a feeling of someone owing them some obligation or the entitlement phenomenon due to their masculinity or bravado real or imagined that they use to stamp their identity on those who they engage and also themselves as a form of self validation of manhood.

They usually use their endowment, naturally well defined bodies and even nonexistent effeminate traits (fear of the feminine) as bait or bragging chips for engagement with other more affluent yet less masculine men which right away implies hetero-normative role play in such non romantic male sexual liaisons.

In previous posts I had looked at the ‘Battyman Entitlement Phenomenon” from a different perspective that of where is crosses with advocacy and HIV prevention work as evidenced in disruptive behaviour by sub groups under the MSM umbrella hence given justification by some non state actors to refuse or hesitate to engage such groups and individuals. Take a look at the ongoing homeless MSM challenges between JFLAG, Jamaica AIDS Support and others and it is clear that version of entitlement as it comes with an public effeminacy component to embarrass such agencies seeing such displays are frowned upon by not only general society but by more privileged or elitist MSM who often sadly are the managers of such programs or NGOs. Here the class divide also presents itself as problematic.


also see more for that side of things:

The Flip Side: A response to the MSM homeless controversy and Some considerations ….. would you assist someone who has been displaced ???

with supporting audio from 3 years ago:

Earlier this month the dude I had mentioned came by my house as he occasionally would but this time unannounced (maybe he feels prior successful visits now qualifies him to turn up freely) as he would call prior to arriving and make his requests usually precursory by a money request in an Anancyist type or roundabout way (not that we were in a commercial arrangement officially) “bossy mi a ask fi a 5 bills” (my friend I am asking for $500) (“bossy” is a colloquial style of flattery suggesting a boss like or elevated position of the persons who is so named) or words to that effect. He like others would not out rightly ask for sexual favours directly unless he like others felt or have a dominant role in the liaison but when in person would hint to same or as in this case go as far as displaying his penis not erect to suggest what he came for, bearing in mind his reasons for most visits is for assistance in getting a release due to his performance challenges. Such masculine types (sometimes operating on a social construct of compromise in non romantic same gender liaisons) do not ask for sex that easily unless it is context in a position of dominance as passiveness is seen abhorrently in the quest of protectionism of their ego. We did eventually satisfied each other orally as successfully achieved before, an unusual arrangement again from my understanding of how these types operate as passiveness as hinted above is not the norm in such sometimes mechanical sexual contact as defined by them, sometimes one gets a list of don’ts prior to sex action that are too sensitive for their comfort the sex is very mechanical and must also reflect masculine ideals in a few instances in my experiences; for example no kissing, no tonguing of the ears or there erogenous zones or even touching of the buttocks as that implies passive positioning or feminine role play. He was quite comfortable and willing from the onset to return the oral favour to me which makes our sessions interesting devoid of cautiousness on what I do or want to request.

Some hyper types insist on demanding sometimes to be in the ‘top’ or dominant position in whatever sexual arrangement be they penetrative or not. After our fun he then asked (at 10pm at night) to sleep over as he claims he could not enter his community at that hour which I knew to be untrue to which I responded no as he turned up unannounced (used more simpler language) and he was lucky I had no guests or family coming by or over-nighting so he was accommodated; to this he reacted angrily. Our exchange of words lasted a while then he decided to play the soften up card where he offered more sex as a way to cool tempers but I knew where he was going; cannot fool me. Such demands or insistence of dominant role play is very important for some and they will defend it to the ground if needed with sometimes very violent reactions, my short experience in prison both as an incarcerated gay man charges for buggery and as HIV Prevention officer for a certain NGO has exposed me to those demands in more ways than one. The man don’t bow ideology is as real as the air we breathe and any suggestion otherwise gay, downlow, prison wife phenomenoned or behaviourally bisexual may elicit a violent response if he fees dissed or reduced or belittled,

Even after acceding to my bredren’s request for the $500 and the second suck-session he still asked for $300 more afterwards and said he would link me some other day soon, I cautioned him however to call as he often did before prior to turning up ad that not all of his visits would result in sex. I was a bit annoyed by the occurrence although I am used to it with others before like him in similar circumstances, friends refer to the same problem of entitlement occasionally too. I have other male buddies who jack off or get into oral sex from time to time and the pattern of entitlement is clear in most cases of masculine men who hail from mostly lower socio-economic classes who come with already pre-conceived notions of class victim-hood by virtue of their social standing and less affluence, long held or cultivated views of gay men in the middle class having more affluence and real disposable income (partially true given lesser obligations as opposed to heterosexual men in common law unions or marriages).

I do not get that type of demand or response from white collared, middle class or more affluent men who I bed as their goals and imperatives are different.

It is such hypermasculine versus other type man on man setups that sometimes lead to awful outcomes, murders included of some of our brothers (often describe as crimes of passion by anti gay voices) I as addressed it in a podcast recently as the issues of power differentials between men involved in sex with each other playing out in the complex mix of:

Class, identity,

Misplaced bravado heavily relied upon

Masculinity,

Sexuality, sexual orientation,

Fears (especially of the feminine)

Loss of power (real or imagined) psychologically

Imperative of maintaining the sex secrets and blackmail in some cases

A recent lecture at Kingston College’s 90 anniversary celebration activities and Founders week (wherever April 16th falls) as presented by Reverend Dr Marjorie Lewis (formerly involved in interfaith/LGBT talks I was apart of in 2009 – 2010 at JFLAG) of the United Theological Seminary spoke to some of the aforementioned challenges (excluding homosexuality directly) in masculinities. Ironically KC the goodly previously all male North Street school (now allows girls into sixth form) has been labelled ‘Ketch Man College’ (Catch a man college) by some including former students who are gay or bisexual as a joke suggesting gay intent and connections there jokes aside, even our young seem to buy into it as if homosexuality is contagious in part and then situational homosexuality in another via prolonged daily socialization of the males.

Remember the uproar after UWI Lecturer Dr Carolyn Cooper’s poorly written satire of the past student advertised all male only dinner?

Reverend Dr Lewis addressed manhood via a lecture entitled Who a di real man? (Who is the real man?) ‘Reflections on Reformative Masculinities.’ It dealt with how ‘real men’ can find ways to reinvent themselves in society in positive ways supposedly. Present deputy head boy of KC Jaevon Brooks in a radio interview said that redemptive masculinity is when try to see themselves as superior one should know when to dress back or correct oneself after doing something wrong, suggesting the over reliance of bravado to stamp identity. The issue of soft men came up and that men who were ordered were assumed to be gay and non conforming to which Mr Brooks replied that men should be confident in themselves and that labels should not bother one.

The Brian Williamson case for example brings that out clearly, often described as a homophobic motive murder by LGBT advocates when the accused (now serving life in prison) ‘Wingee’ was one of the very fellas who the deceased was assisting financially as he was aided in starting his newspaper sales but the entitlement phenomenon shows up. Unannounced visits despite Brian’s insistence of not doing so, unusual security features on the property including electrifying the perimeter fence to stop persons from scaling it to attend the then Club Entourage (I was one of the resident DJs); the membership only policy to supposedly get rid of the riff raffs but it did not stop them.

It is these internal sub group challenges in socialization under the MSM umbrella that has clouded advocacy in as far as crisis reporting or communication in justifying gay on gay (or downlow) violence versus genuine homophobic cases. Thankfully my party involved in the outlined matter was not one of those (thus far) that seem to lapse into the guilt and shame contemplation activity that sometimes present itself every now and again. Sometimes there are expressions of regret after sex suggesting they were forced or overcome by the urge in the moment as they supposedly do not subscribe to gay sex or want to stop practicing altogether but fall into it yet still. Hence the attachment of money requests I suspect, of course this outside of substitutional sex as well as many of this men are either naturally gay, bisexual or at least behaviourally so. Sometimes I swear if one could open the minds of these hypermasculne types while involved in man on man action the fantasy would be about a woman in a type of psychological switch hitting fantasy whilst feeding a desire for a quick release through whatever male who is available at the time, seeing that sexual demands from women can have some hurdles to overcome some natural (menstruation), convenience (space not available or children in the way) and others refusal or sudden dislike by the woman.

Nationally the entitlement problem or idea is endorsed somewhat via dancehall music, one could argue whether it is a chicken or egg scenario as art imitates life. Songs such as the now rare Buju Banton’s ‘Oman a mine me’ (A woman is supporting him financially) is one such track that emphasizes such entitlement of men suggesting subservience of women and indirectly a similar idea in same gender non romantic liaison seeing that there is some rubbing off or burrowing of those ideals. In today's Jamaica this idealistic stance is almost so real in the majority as more women evidenced by university attendance and living single are the bread winners in heterosexual relations and are delaying having children or even a male partner more a boy toy in some sense.


It also reinforced indirectly in criminal activity through extortion in certain geographical pockets of the country, young hyper masculine men who feel they will never make the formal education and employment systems feel justified in open reliance of collecting money using duress and intimidation for flashy lifestyles, multiple partnering (female and a few instances male) and according their version power unto themselves to match affluence of mainstream successes. The MSM populations like all other sub groups are a microcosm of society and will reflect those national practices uniquely modified in said subgroups.

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H

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Lyrics, not gays, tearing down reggae or dancehall

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Once again Leighton Levy has shown me that he is evolving on LGBT related matters from once less balanced commentary, I ran into this one from the Star and at least he has separated the issues on Murder Music lyrics and the violent nature of dancehall.

Originally published February 2015

He wrote:


In the past week or so, there have been some interesting comments about reggae/dancehall music and why it seems to be struggling to regain its foothold globally. In some quarters, there is the belief that the genres have become too violent, while others blame the gay community.

I am likely to consider the former because gays have nothing to do with reggae or dancehall music being what it is today.

The problem I feel lies within the people who regulate the industry and those producing the songs. Entertainment manager Copeland Forbes said this week that the entertainment industry in Jamaica has lost the war with the gay community. To my mind, it was a war that needn't have been fought, and it only became a war for the wrong reasons.

Gay people control a large block of the world's wealth and they command a significant amount of influence, too. This war which Forbes mentions, was really never a war to begin with because in war, there is a perception that each warring faction, at the outset, has an equal opportunity for victory.

Good music

What many of our entertainers have done in singing about 'b...man fi dead' and all that garbage is basically bring knives to a nuclear fight. There is only one outcome.

I don't know if some people in the entertainment industry are slow learners, but they have been doing the same thing year after year and they and their artistes can't buss. Why? Well, for starters, they are catering to an audience that does not buy music, one that has also lost any semblance of understanding of what constitutes good music.

I have said this before and I will say it again. Bob Marley has had an album on the Billboard charts forever. Other local entertainers, the old school ones, still command a significant following across the globe. Last year, Ken Boothe played to a sold-out audience in Mexico. Johnny Osbourne has a huge following in certain parts of Europe.

Come April, Marcy Chin, who nobody knows in Jamaica, is among the headliners on the first ever dancehall show to be held in Chile. Meanwhile, entertainers like Chris Martin, D-Major, Busy Signal, Chronixx and Protoje continue to win over audiences all over the globe.

You will find that those artistes who continue to struggle to make any impact globally are huge on their respective corners. The thing that is their lyrics are designed to win the corner, but international audiences are rejecting them. Here's a tip. What about singing or deejaying about some uplifting topics or stuff that makes people laugh? Stitchie, Professor Nuts and Tiger all did that with great success.

Glorifies violence

Music provides an escape for people, and not everybody, especially the buying public, wants to buy music that glorifies violence, sexual abuse and basic evil. Speaking personally, I would listen to Chronixx, Duane Stephenson or a Chris Martin whole day, but not to much of the other stuff out there.

What is hurting many of our entertainers is that they are catering to a market that is small and doesn't buy music when what they should actually be doing is finding music that appeals to a more global market. Sean Paul has successfully blazed a trail over the past few years, Shaggy, too, but not many are following their lead.

And that is what is hurting the industry. Giving the people what they want does not mean giving the local community who does not buy music what they want to hear. The world outside of Jamaica has evolved. It has matured. It is time for many of our entertainers to do the same.

Send comments to levyl@hotmail.com.

ENDS


I have to agree with Leighton as I said in my introduction, take a look for example at Sizzla (one of the leading murder musicians) has a song (and several others)for a Rastafarian that is clear of its intent of execution style killing and bravado of same:

'Badman Fire Gunshot' track title

(Intro)
Badness mi profession and mi gun a black white
Talk bout dem a badman, a could a who dem a fool
In a class everyday dem go school
Watch out real gangsters fool

(Verse 1)
Well level tic a the clock
Extra clip over glock
When wi attack bullet attack
How wi do fool head back

Hey nuh gimmi nuh chat unuh a sprat
Unuh quat
When mi a roll wid mi gun led deh under frock
Come a run up yo mouth
Some a gun up you mouth
Bullet fly, blood a run out
Gun a pawn the face
I got my gun always
Bullet in yo head and meck it come through yo ears

(Chorus)
Tell dem wi bad like a wa plus real bwoy
Gangster deh fire guns hot and kill bwoy

Tell dem wi mad like a wa plus real bwoy
Gangster deh fire guns hot and kill bwoy

(Verse 2)
A nuh toy, dem still nuh seh nothing yet
Mi tell you everything dead when the but
ton press
You nuh hear bout dem
A copper supn get crock skull
Cut throat, brains fly, nothing less cause we’re the best
Anytime wi step to unuh a dreadful supn
Guns dem go off and him whole head missing
Bwoy dem full a chat and now dem dead like kitten
All over da bullet yah him damn name written
From dem seh war wi ready any day
From yo dis gangster you a go dead anyway
AK seh a the whole a dem a spray
Better yo gwaan a church and go pray

(Repeat Chorus)

(Verse 3)
From dem fight against the youths dem blessed and riches
Squelchy pon the turf a buby trap dem praises
Ambush still bwoy
Send dem a hospital meck gangsters full dem up a stitches
Yo bwal when da bullet yah run through yo head
Poison gunshot man pump through yo head
If you test Sizzla Colonji you know you a go dead
Fi mi gun mix up a copper and led

(Repeat Chorus)
(Repeat Verse 1)
(Repeat Chorus)


Such acts also try to justify their intent by claiming pressure on poor blacks (indeed gays/advocacy) from the paper Casting The First Stone: 

Locating the exceptionality of Jamaican homophobia
In Jamaican society, working-class and peasant (especially male) homosexuals face a high level of physical brutality, not infrequently including murder, as has recently been powerfully demonstrated by Robert Carr (2003). However, a certain clarity is required in characterizing and comparing Jamaica internationally in relation to homophobia. 

A difference between Jamaica and certainly the urban sector of metropolitan societies is undeniable and is largely explainable in terms of social change in the latter over recent decades. But neither in Jamaica nor in any other non-metropolitan society has a formal, systematic statistical study been conducted of the attacks and threats in all their variety such as might produce results constituting reliable evidence upon which to make well-founded comparison that might then provide a sound basis for declaring Jamaica the worst offender, or among the worst offenders, in this specific regard. 

Indeed, if the focus were to shift from homophobic violence onto homophobia more generally, there yet remains a very problematic basis for declaring Jamaica exceptional. In fact, Jamaican and other societies of the Caribbean combine their fierce social policing of homo/sexuality with a certain permissiveness, producing a situation to which Herbert Marcuse’s expression ‘repressive tolerance’ – suitably reinterpreted – may well be applicable. 

Rastafarians subscribe to the religious/biblical fundamentalist anti-homosexuality imperative riding on the old Sodom & Gommorah story as justification to call for the execution of gay men in particular.

also see:
Deejays seek Obama's help for visa ..... there are consequences for actions & words

Leave the Gays - Some Music industry insiders say artistes can focus on other things

More on the carnival & gays ........... A country of hypocrites!

Research suggests Murder Music is a predictor of homophobia in Jamaica

So Shaggy said 'Jamaicans aren't killing gays' & He is a Lesbian ...... really! 

Sizzla Rejects J-FLAG Olive Branch .......... oh really?



I-Wayne's "Burn Out Sodom" hits at gay adoption, homosexuality & accuses msms of paedophilia

Busy Signal's "We Nah Dweet" hits out at Down Low life & a certain Kartellic act

Elephant Man's "Wi nuh like gays" lyrics (flashback)

Artistes Afraid To Tackle Issues says the Gleaner .... including murder music

Dancehall meets house music: Is Tolerance already there in the fusion but unrecognised?

'Deejays and gay groups need to call a truce' - McKenzie

Other sides to Murder music - 'Informer' holds place of revulsion in Jamaican music (Gleaner article)

"Keep it to yuself mentality" on homosexuality

Murder Music Still available (Beenieman's 'That's Right) calls for execution of gay men 2009

Beenie Man's ”Battyman Fi Dead” 2006 Lyrics 

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



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

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

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


John Maxwell's House

Alleged Gay Vice Principal Story & Securing Personal Digital Data




some angry residents reacting to the matter nearing the school

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

He says the images have been tampered with.


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

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

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

Peace and tolerance

SEE the CVM TV report HERE