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 30, 2008

More From Jay

Sometimes we have to struggle to see who needs to be in control of our lives! I took a test drive in my own drivers seat of my life. LOL let me tell you I bout crashed my car in all of 29 years of my life. Things got so bad I pulled my damaged car up to the corner of save me Jesus now and His grace and Mercy Heals souls. Crawled into the back seat and stretched out and allowed my new best friend and Life Coach to drive me around for the rest of my Life.

Falling Back in love with Jesus has been the best thing I have done this present 2 years of my new Life. so be mindful of who you allow drive your life, oops your car! Jesus can and will save you Like He Did me! Love you all see you out on the road of Life I'm in the back seat so I can wave and yell I love you!

Be Blessed Today

In The Stillness

I will be still. It is to the quiet mind that God speaks, when thoughts are stilled, when crying is done, when troubles are put in perspective, there is room to hear and help comes near.

It is to the single eye that God appears. Not when we are speaking or watching the parade of appearances, not when we are peering through clouds, not when we are figuring out which is which, when we look all beyond we see light.

It is to the trained ear that guidance comes.

Not when we are listening to the voices behind the madness but when we stop the outer ear and get in tune, then inspiration comes.

Is in the stillness I will seek, In the stillness I will find the need in the stillness I will know who I am.

I will be still and listen to the voice of God in my heart of hearts and I will see the presence of God in all things.

Commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still .... Psalm 4:4

contributed by Marlon (Jamaica)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

A better way to morality - Jamaica Observer May 29,2008


Should we laugh at this or what?

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has scored political points by stating on BBC that he will not have any homosexuals in his Cabinet. The statement might improve rather than lessen the tourist arrivals, as some might want a gay-free holiday.

But Golding's views seem to run counter to those expressed by Ossie Harding and Delroy Chuck, both of whom in 2004 called for the decriminalisation of homosexuality between consenting adults. Today, Delroy Chuck is Speaker of the House of Representatives and Ossie Harding is once again president of the Senate.

Despite the paedophilia scandals involving priests in the United States some years ago, the Roman Catholic Church has never approved of homosexual acts. Roman Catholic teaching regarding homosexuality is that "under no circumstances can they be approved" (paragraph 2357 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church). By the way, some statistics state that 61 per cent of all homosexuals in the world are white males. Interestingly, the majority of Roman Catholic priests worldwide are not white, but African or Indian.

At the same time, the position of the Roman Catholic Church is that "every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided". These people are called to fulfil God's will in their lives, and if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition (paragraph 2358 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church). If one is pro-life any at all, then judgements should be left to God, and life should be preserved.

The anti-abortion stance of the Roman Catholic Church is an important part of the pro-life position, but it is much wider than that. It takes in the right to live, which includes homosexuals. Yes, a stance should be taken against homosexual activity, but violence is not the way. As a result of violence, homosexuals tend to become more creative in hiding their activities. But do you want to stop the spread of homosexuality, or do you simply want to beat up some homosexuals?

If you want to really stop it, you might just find that the present buggery law encourages homosexuality more than it discourages it. For one thing, there is no law against cross-dressing in public. Cross-dressing to my mind is the single most important factor in spreading the homosexual lifestyle. But as long as it cannot be proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that a homosexual act took place, the cross-dressers are free to continue to advertise and encourage homosexuality by cross-dressing.

While it is debatable that it might be better to ignore what adults do in the bedroom and allow God to judge them for their actions, the law should be changed to disallow cross-dressing in public and to disallow homosexual advances to a child. The cross-dressers who believe that they are simply following a style might be for the most part heterosexuals.

But young children under 12 years old might be confused as to what they see adults do and become homosexuals. This is why I wrote and sang the song Man fe look like man, and I thank Michael Sharpe of TVJ, Mutabaruka and Elise Kelly of Irie FM for giving it airtime. I have already written that I got a vision on Good Friday that American missionaries should stay in their homeland and clean up the Internet and the cable TV. This is perhaps the main reason why homosexuality is becoming so "in-your-face", though it used to be hidden. It is certainly a better way to morality when youngsters are not exposed to such things.

Indeed, we should help people to be morally upright instead of deliberately organising people's lives in such a way that they have no choice but to act immorally. Jamaica Public Service , the electric power company runs some advertisements on radio and television: "If stealing is wrong, how come you steal electricity, how come, how come, how come?" Of course, parents should set examples, but sometimes parents have no choice.

What happens when parents have lost their jobs yet their children need to do their homework? This is not the day when the children of the poor did not go to school. Indeed, the younger generation was not even born in that day. In such circumstances, they are going to be tempted to break both civil and moral law and steal electricity. And what about refrigeration? These are not the days when salt was the main preserver of food.

And kerosene refrigerators are no longer available, whether the reason is that they are simply not manufactured anywhere anymore or they just are not imported anymore. Are people to throw away good food after eating, as is done in so many hotels? If JPS can be complaining about electricity theft and still make a profit, then what should happen is that people should have the option to apply for electricity that they would not pay for, and give community service instead. Let us help people to do the right thing.

Monday, May 26, 2008

JFLAG's Open Letter to The Prime Minister

May 26, 2008

Hon O. Bruce Golding
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
1 Devon Road
Kingston 10

Dear Mr. Golding:

Recently a number of international human rights organisations have called for a boycott of Jamaica over concerns about how gays and lesbians and those perceived to be so are treated in the country. For our part, we at J-FLAG, while disagreeing with the strategy of a tourist boycott, have stated our concern about violence against persons because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation. We note your intervention in the matter in both the local and international media, where you have suggested that the right to privacy is guaranteed and ought not to be violated by the state. Yet, you have confirmed, in a very public way and in a global arena, the view that Jamaica is a repressively homophobic society. Yourinterview on the BBC’s ‘Hardtalk’, for instance, presented the country as one where open discrimination
against gays and lesbians is not only commonplace but sanctioned by a long-standing cultural history, ostensibly enshrined in law, and now condoned by the country’s political leadership.

We believe that the atmosphere of violence against homosexuals is sustained in part through the
perception that homosexuality is illegal in Jamaica, based on the provision in the Offences Against the Person Act criminalising buggery. While the law relates to all persons engaged in anal sex, it is to be underscored that the offence, driven by a religio-cultural sense of what is biblically appropriate behaviour, is used symbolically and disproportionately against men engaging in consensual sex. This kind of legislating on the basis of religion is problematic because it lacks consistent application; it is not used against heterosexual persons. Further, no other contravention of biblical sexual values—for example, adultery or fornication—is criminalised in Jamaica. We contend that the continued existence of this law is a violation of our right to privacy and makes many consenting adults into unapprehended criminals simply for having sex.
You also seem to have misunderstood our concerns. We wish to state that one of J-FLAG’s primary concerns is the lack of redress for culturally-sanctioned violence against sexual minorities. In your public pronouncements, you have depicted this as constituting a quest ultimately to sanction same sex marriages. We wish to make it unambiguously clear that same sex marriage is not on J-FLAG’s agenda.

We perceive the dragging of this issue into the discussion as a smokescreen that distracts from the real challenges of how as a society we grapple with the violence and hostility that have come to define our engagements around controversial but important socio-cultural issues.

Your statement to the BBC that the country would not be pressured by outsiders into changing its values around homosexuality begs the question of whether you have instead been willing to listen to the many local voices raised about the same concerns. We know that this has not been the case and note that the shutting down of such a dialogue by retreating into a discourse on the cultural right to prejudicial behaviour makes it difficult if not impossible to achieve substantive progress on difficult questions in the society.


Jason McFarlane,
Programmes Manager,
Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays

What are your views?

A Word From Linford

Dear All:
On Friday May 23, 2008, my home country of Jamaica celebrated Labor Day and today May 26 in America we are celebrating Memorial Day.
My quote below suggests that no matter what I shall be happy however today is not one of those days. I am looking at how much I have accomplished and still looking at so many things that need to be accomplished and might I had I may not have the courage or the strength unless I draw some from you all. I miss my mother, my grandmother, my brothers, my friends, my colleagues and most of all I miss my country. Do not take for granted the things that you have today as you never know when they will be taken away from you.
I just want to take this time to remind us all that let us not believe that our labor will be in vain but in the end, we shall continue to accomplish great things.
Both days share significance for both countries and while Jamaica celebrates Heroes Day instead of Memorial Day, it is necessary to remember that there were many among us that has gone before us as they labored for our rights and freedom and liberty and justice for all. Some of those included members of the LGBT, Religious, and Political communities among others.
Let us put aside our personal biases and remember them, those present and past, and stand to honor them as they had fought and continue to fight the good fight.

Peace and Love

Linford Cunningham

Love Quotes from the Bible

And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: -- Thessalonians 3:12

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear. -- John 4:18

Let brotherly love continue. -- Hebrews 13:1

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. -- Proverbs 10:12

And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. --John 3:23

These things I command you, that ye love one another. -- John 15:17

Love rules the court, the camp and the grove,And men below, and the saints above;For love is heaven and heaven is love. -- Sir Walter Scott

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself -- Galatians 5:14

Love without faith is as bad as faith without love. -- Henry Ward Beecher

He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. -- John 4:8

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. -- I John 3:18

23rd Psalm

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil:For thou art with me;Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou annointest my head with oil;My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

Heaven Proverbs and Quotes

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 18:3

Narrow is the road and wide is the gate that leads to heaven. -- Anonymous

The road to hell is paved with good intentions; the road to heaven is paved with good deeds. -- Anonymous

Heaven send us misfortunes as a moral tonic. -- Lady Blessington

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. -- Henry David Thoreau

Heaven is not to be looked upon only as the reward, but as a natural effect, of a religious life. -- Joseph Addison

Where the unveiled glories of the Deity shall beat full upon us, and we for ever sun ourseves in the smiles of God. — Ezekiel Hopkins from Inspirational Christian Quotes

Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. -- Mark 13:31

Love rules the camp, the court, the grove -- for love is Heaven, and Heaven is love.-- Lord Byron from Heavenly Quotes

As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. -- Corinthians 15:48

Heaven must be in me before I can be in heaven. -- Charles Stanford

The generous who is always just, and the just who is always generous, may, unannounced, approach the throne of heaven. -- Johann K. Lavater

And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. --Matthew 3:2

Forgiveness Quotations

The daily bread of grace, without which nothing can be achieved, is given to the extent to which we ourselves give and forgive. -- Aldous Huxley

Good to forgive--Best to forget.-- Robert Browning

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. -- Book of Common Prayer: The Lord's Prayer

We forgive to the extent that we love. -- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would reach heaven: for every one has need to be forgiven. -- Thomas Fuller

Life to me appears too short to be nursing animosity or registering wrongs. -- Charlotte Bronte
They who forgive most shall be most forgiven. -- Josiah Bailey

Life is an adventure in forgiveness. -- Norman Cousins

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies --Voltaire. -- Voltaire from Tentmakers Forgiveness Quotes

Forgiveness is man's deepest need and highest achievement. -- Horace Bushnell

If thou wouldst find much favor and peace with God and man, be very low in thine eyes; forgive thyself little and others much. -- Robert Leighton

When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him. -- Norman Vincent Peale

The brave only know how to forgive. -- Sterne

He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love. -- Johann Kaspar Lavatar

It err is human; to forgive, divine. -- Alexander Pope

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. -- Luke 17:3

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. - Edward Herbert

Life, that ever needs forgiveness, has for its first duty to forgive. -- Edward Bulwer Lytton

God's way of forgiving is thorough and hearty,—both to forgive and to forget; and if thine be not so, thou hast no portion of His.-- Leighton

Angel Quotes

The more materialistic science becomes, the more angels shall I paint; their wings are my protest in favor of immortality of the soul. -- E.C. Burne-Jones

'Tis only when they spring to Heaven that angelsReveal themselves to you. -- Robert Browning
We should pray to the angels, for they are given to us as guardians. - St. Ambrose

The angels are so enamored of the language that is spoken in heaven that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether their be any who understand it or not. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson from the Quote Garden

My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. -- Daniel 6:22

If there is anything that keeps the mind open to angel visits, and repels the ministry to evil, it is pure human love. -- N.P.Willis

If you woo the company of the angels in your waking hours, they will be sure to come to you in your sleep. -- G.D. Prentice

The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty. -- The Lord's Prayer, The Book of Common Prayer

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earthUnseen, both when we wake and when we sleep. -- John Milton

Peace Quotes

People in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than governments. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If there is any peace it will come through being, not knowing. -- Henry Miller

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. -- Psalm 34:14

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good. -- Matthew 7:21

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. -- John 14:27

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. -- Isaiah 32:17-18

A Prayer from Jay M

I pray all day that the word of God in me comes out and it used for the good!

To heal souls and allow our generation to see that serving the Lord is the most respectful life to live. This is a great day!

Glory be to God! It is nice to see that one mans word and thoughts have been taken to heart and shared for the good of the Kingdom of God.

Faith Quotes and Proverbs

Strike from mankind the principle of faith and men would have no more history than sheep.-- Mark Beltare

Faith is a living and unshakable confidence. a belief in God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake. -- Martin Luther

Not Truth, but Faith, it is that keeps the world alive. -- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Doubt springs from the mind. Faith is the daughter of the soul. -- J. Pete Senn

Beware of doubt — faith is the subtle chain that binds us to the infinite. -- E. 0. Smith

For we walk bt faith, not by sight. -- Corinthians 5:7

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. -- Timothy 6:12

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. -- Saint Augustine

For with God nothing shall be impossible. -- Luke 1:37

Some things have to be believed to be seen. - Ralph Hodgson

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. -- Hebrews 11:1
Faith leads us beyond ourselves. It leads us directly to God. -- Pope John Paul II

No cloud can overshadow a true Christian but his faith will discern a rainbow in it. -- Bishop Horne

The person who has a firm trust in the Supreme Being is powerful in his power, wise by his wisdom, happy by his happiness. -- Joseph Addison

I am one of those who would rather sink with faith than swim without it. -- Stanley Baldwin

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. -- Helen Keller

Faith in God, faith in man, faith in work: this is the short formula in which we may sum up the teachings of the founders of New England,—a creed ample enough for this life and the next. -- James Russell Lowell

Let us have faith that right makes might; and, let us to the end dare to do our duty. -- Abraham Lincoln

More Words of Wisdom

A word fitly spoken in like apples of gold in pictures of silver. -- Proverbs 25:11

Let thy words be few. -- Ecclesiastes 5:2

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. -- Ecclesiastes 10:12

Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city. -- Ecclesiastes 7:19

And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding -- Daniel 2:21

Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: for oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others. -- Ecclesiastes 7:21-22

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches. -- Corinthians 2:13

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.

She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Proverbs 4:7-13

Glory Be To God

Glory be to God who washed all my Sins away. just looking for a couple folks out there in this world that are feed up tired of walking around dirty in sin, sinking to rise no more I have a word from God, Your sins are in the past leave them there never to return to them by the Blood that was released in the world By the Holy Lamb our Lord Jesus Christ you can be washed cleaned today in the name Of Jesus!

There is nothing I siad nothing to big that My God can not fix. You have to Trust God Believe in His word Seek His face and Focus on His face! Cancel out fear and dout and shame. Some one out there is coming out of a test with crack coccaine I tell you only God took me throught my test I have been clean from crack cocaine now 1year and 5 months some one needs to go into a dance right now

Glory be to God. A change for the better is coming over your whole life in the name of Jesus! Today turn around and look just where you came from you will see God has always keep His Holy Hand apon you man. Leave that defeated lazy unwealty mindset in this hour and pick up The New! Holy Healed More than enough Worth Smile Shout Dance! Victory is our man !

Don't Play With God

"Dont Play With Me" See God is a Know all God. He see's all of us right now doing what we are doing. When I lived a life of the devils work, saturday night was a night Full of mess. I went to places and did things I Knew where wrong over and over again. How many folk out there can raise their hands and say Thank you Lord I am not who I use to Be!

So I warn you tonight the devil is going from end to end of the earth LOOKING for souls to have with him in hell. Please Dont play with God and do things you Know are not right and give satan a chance to come in your life and steal your blessings.

TURN from your wicked ways my brotheres and sisters. If you need something to do I am here to chat with sang with and have a good time!

Please DO Not Play With God!

Love you all I am Here!

A Day of Change

Just know that Today is a day of good Change! No way you can start out today one way and end it the same. I speak today you have your healing you have that dream come true that you prayed on and for some special someone a person that left out your life broken but today they will reurn in your life today Healed in Jesus name!

Make sure you have your Shield of Faith on and your Helmet of Salvation Breast plate of righteousness and clothe your whole body in Truth!

Go get your Joy back Go get your Peace back Go get your Health Back go Get your Right Mind back In Jesus Name today Go get what the Devil tried to steal from you. Love you all I am going to dance a Victory dance.

Because I know My God is able to do just what ever you ask of Him in Jesus name. Cancel out fear ,doubt and shame.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Star Article May 22, 2008

GAYS WON'T BOYCOTT JAMAICA - Will not encourage tourists to shun the island

Gay rights group EGALE has decided not to call for the boycott of Jamaica as they had previously threatened.
In a release Tuesday, the human rights organisation said it would not suggest that Canadians shun Jamaica as a tourist destination but added that they would continue their campaign against perceived homophobia here.

"We will continue to raise the level of education, and awareness around homophobia in Jamaica, and continuing to fight for sexual freedom on the island and the right to live free from fear as a queer in Jamaica," Egale representative Akim Ade Larcher said.
In March, Egale, a Canadian group, issued an ultimatum in an open letter to Anne-Marie Bonner, Jamaica's consul general in Toronto.

Buggery laws

In the letter, spokespersons for Egale, along with Rev Brent Hawkes, said they wanted the Government of Jamaica to produce public service announcements denouncing homophobic/transphobic violence.
They also called for a national homophobia/transphobia education campaign, and the repealing of the buggery laws and other legislation that further stigmatise, discriminate and criminalise consensual same-sex acts.

Same-sex acts

In the letter the group had promised to make a public announcement on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, calling for, among other things, a Canadian Tourism boycott on Jamaica and a blockade of goods and services from here.
However, earlier this week Egale, while promising to continue its campaign, refrained from advocating a boycott.

"We have a responsibility to continue to educate the Canada LGBT (lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals and transsexual) community on countries which criminalise same-sex acts and we also have a responsibility to LGBT Jamaicans who have sought refuge in Canada to tell their story of persecution and violence whilst in Jamaica. Every Canadian citizen can then make an informed choice whether to travel to such countries," the release stated.

Egale's decision had come after Bonner had sent an official response to the group last Thursday. In the response she stated that the Jamaican Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) did not support a boycott of Jamaica's tourism and trade. She added that the Government has taken action to reduce incidence of violence by the security forces and condemns all forms of violence.

Strong condemnation

"You would be aware of the public statement issued by the government on 14th April 2008 reiterating its strong condemnation of mob attacks and violence against any individual or groups for any reason whatsoever," the statement said
The statement added, "The Constitution and laws of Jamaica provide protection and rights for all. There is not an intention to write into the Constitution specific reference to any particular group, as all groups and individuals have equality under the law."

Canadian Boycott Called Off


The tourist boycott of Jamaica has been called off despite an official response from the island's government that barely mentions homosexuality.

Stop Murder Music Canada (SMMC), the group organizing the boycott, cancelled the action after receiving an official response from Anne-Marie Bonner, the Jamaican consul general.

The response refuses to specifically recognize gays and lesbians as a protected group in Jamaica's constitution and doesn't even mention repealing laws against homosexuality.

But Akim Larcher, the founder of SMMC, says the response was enough to call off the boycott. The response was dated May 15, three days after the deadline set by SMMC.

"The letter may not suffice in every respect but it is definitely a step forward that they see a responsibility to protect their citizens," says Larcher. "There are quite a number of positive things, especially around police and law enforcement."

SMMC — a coalition of groups including Egale Canada and the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto — had demanded that the Jamaican government immediately denounce homophobic violence in the country and begin work on repealing laws criminalizing homosexuality, including sexual orientation in the Charter of Rights and developing education campaigns for the country and for the police.

Bonner's response doesn't specifically address any of those demands, although it does address questions of police accountability and structural reform. She writes that she wants to "draw attention to some of the relevant actions being taken by the government of Jamaica:

"A bill for consideration by Parliament at this session to establish an independent authority to have statutory responsibility for investigating instances of abuse by members of the security forces;

"A bill to establish a special coroner to conduct speedy inquests in cases where a citizen dies at the hands of agents of the state...

"Budget provided for continuation of the Citizens Security and Justice Program (CSJP), which had a positive impact on community strengthening and crime reduction."

The Jamaican Ministry of National Security describes CSJP as a "national crime and violence prevention strategy."

Bonner writes that "The government is focused on the need to dramatically reduce the incidence of crime in the country, regardless of cause.... You would be aware of the public statement issued by the government on Apr 14, 2008 reiterating its strong condemnation of 'mob attacks and violence against any individuals or groups for any reason whatsoever,' whilst underscoring the obligations of the state, in particular the police in such cases.

"In the context of your specific concerns it is to be noted that the constitution and laws of Jamaica provide protection for the rights of all. There is not an intention to write into the constitution specific reference to any particular group, as all groups and individuals have equality under the law."

Larcher says he is not disappointed by the letter's failure to mention homosexuality.

"That was totally pretty much expected," he says.

Larcher admits that the defiant response of Jamaican prime minister Bruce Golding also made SMMC think twice about a boycott, as has the possibility Golding may soon call a snap election.

On Apr 23 Golding told reporters asking him about a possible boycott that he had "seen nothing yet to convince" him to repeal Jamaica's antisodomy laws, saying, "There is a road down which I'm not going to allow this country to go under my leadership."

But Larcher says the boycott call has had positive effects.

"It has not left us where we were," he says. "It's forced the Jamaican government to face the issue head-on. It's put them on alert. In terms of the international support it has raised the level of support."

Larcher says SMMC will try to force the Canadian government to use its trade relationship with Jamaica to effect change.

"We will continue to raise the education level here in Canada," he says. "We will continue putting pressure on the government here to raise human rights and sexuality in the current situation in Jamaica."

Bonner's letter also makes reference to the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, Allsexuals and Gays (JFLAG) — the country's queer lobby group. It is, in fact, the only time the letter uses any words to do with homosexuality.

"You would, I am sure, be aware, that the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, Allsexuals and Gays does not support your strategy for a boycott of Jamaica's tourism and trade...." she writes. "It is to be assumed that, naturally, the views of the persons whose interests are ostensibly being promoted will be respected."

"We are continuing to have an ongoing dialogue with JFLAG," Larcher says. "We are going to try to provide more strategic support for them."

The program coordinator of JFLAG says the boycott proposal has led to additional homophobic violence.

"We've had about four cases [of attacks attributed to the boycott] which have come to us," says Jason MacFarlane. "Our perspective is still the same. A boycott is not helpful, especially since the prime minister has made a statement that he won't be going down that road."

Travel agents say that a tourist boycott was not likely to have a major impact anyway.

"I'm not sure if they're getting a lot of queer dollars so I'm not sure how much impact a boycott will have," says Deb Parent of Toronto's Conxity travel agency.

Parent also says a boycott might have hurt gay Jamaicans more than it helped them.

"There are many poor countries around the world where poor queers are part of that tourist economy," she says. "It might be better to actually make a point of going and hanging out with queers who are on the front line in a way that I, as a Canadian, am not."

John Tanzella, the president of the Florida-based International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, agrees a boycott would accomplish little.

"Zero," he says. "If anything it's going to hurt the gays and lesbians in Jamaica who are trying to survive on visits from gay and lesbian visitors. It wouldn't be proper for us to go against the wishes of the local gay organization. It would be kind of arrogant."

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Battle is Not Yours, Its The Lords

Have you found yourself fighting a battle and still no victory? I come to tell you, the battle its not yours, its the Lords! Now you know how the enemy works on your mind, get out your praise sword, sing out a loud praise unto the lord.

The Victory is yours now! When you give the Lord Jesus Christ your burdens and battles and stress He alone will fight for you! Don't wait till the battle is over, Right Now Dance your Victory Dance Today Go head and prepare your Victory Feast that wall is coming down! REJOICE, today walk in your Victory! Love you all.

I can hear David now singing his song, I Will Bless the Lord at all times (((((Key: at ALL TIMES))) His praise shall continually be in my mouth. I warn you today watch what is coming in and going out your mouth, speak the word of God!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

California Marriage Decision

THURSDAY . May 15, 2008


What happened today?
The California Supreme Court struck down all language in California's state laws excluding gays and lesbians from marrying. They ruled that marriage is a right that must be made available to gays and lesbians. The ruling applies only to the State of California.

What does the ruling mean?
California today became the second U.S. state, after Massachusetts, to legalize same-sex marriage.

When will the ruling take effect?The Court ordered that the State of California implement its ruling "forthwith." Unlike Massachusetts, the issue was not referred back to the state legislature. The Court is requiring the state to move quickly to implement its ruling.

Can today's ruling be overturned?
Not by the courts. But right-wing activists have announced plans for a state initiative for later this year in which Californians will vote on an amendment to the state constitution. The proposed amendment, if approved by voters, would overturn today's court's decision. This has been in progress for some time -- and has already been qualified for November's ballot. A major battle will loom in California over the next six months to defeat the amendment.
Gov. Schwarzenegger has already announced he opposes the amendment and will uphold the court's ruling.

What was Troy Perry's role in this case?
Troy and his spouse, Phillip, joined with Robin Tyler and her partner, Diane, to file the first marriage lawsuit in the California courts. Their lawsuit asked the State of California to make marriage available to gays and lesbians and to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in such places as Canada. (They won both of their requests in today's ruling.) Shortly after they filed their lawsuit, the City of San Francisco issued marriage licenses to LGBT couples -- that situation ended up in the courts. Troy's case was combined with the San Francisco case when it went before the California Supreme Court.

Key quote from today's California ruling:
"(R)etaining the designation of marriage exclusively for opposite sex couples and providing only a separate and distinct designation for same-sex couples may well have the effect of perpetuating a more general premise - now emphatically rejected by this state - that gay individuals and same-sex couples are in some respects "second-class citizens" who may, under the law, be treated differently from, and less favorably than, heterosexual individuals or opposite-sex couples." (from the opinion authored by Chief Justice Ronald M. George.)

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UPDATE June 26, 2013 DOMA IS DEAD:
The US Supreme Court DOMA Decision

Keep Hope on Jesus

If you have Hope for any thing, Keep all hope in Jesus. If you are lost and cant find the way, Know Jesus is the right Way. If you just cant seem to see or understand what is going on in your life, right now ask Jesus to open your spiritual eyes.

If you just need a friend to call on to listen to your problems, Call on the Jesus He is our present Help. If you Just want to say thank you to you family and your many miles away, open up your Mouth and Say Thank You Jesus.

If your lost in sin its OK Jesus can bring you through and out. Just know He is the first gentleman He is not the type to just break in your life and do things you didn't ask for. Just call on Him. He is able, sooooo Able to pick you up and turn your whole life around. Love you all, today Keep your mind On Jesus!

Contributed by Jay and Howard

Monday, May 12, 2008

Verses to Overcome Fear

Jesus spoke the Word of God throughout his ministry. When faced with the devil's lies and temptations, he countered with the truth of God's Word. The spoken Word of God is like a living, powerful sword in our mouths (Hebrews 4:12), and if Jesus depended upon it to face challenges in life, so can we. If you need encouragement from God's Word to overcome your fears, take strength from these fear-busting Bible verses about courage.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (NKJV)

Joshua 1:3-9
I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you ...

1 Chronicles 28:20
David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished. (NIV)
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? (NKJV)

Psalm 56:3-4
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? (NIV)

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (NIV)

Isaiah 41:13
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (NIV)

Isaiah 54:4
“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. (NKJV)

Matthew 10:26
Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. (NKJV)

Matthew 10:28
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (NKJV)

Romans 8:15
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 4:7-11
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. (NIV)

Philippians 1:12-14
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. (NIV)

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (NLT)

Hebrews 13:5-6
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (NKJV)

1 Peter 3:13-14
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." (NIV)

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (NIV)

Bible Topics For Every Need

You are sad, read - John 14

You have sinned, read - Psalm 51

You are facing danger, read - Psalm 91

People have failed you, read - Psalm 2

It feels as though God is far from you, read - Psalm 139

Your faith needs stimulation, read - Hebrews 11

You are alone and scared, read - Psalm 23

You are worried, read - Matthew 8:19-34

You are hurt and critical, read - 1 Corinthians 13

You wonder about Christianity, read - 2 Corinthians 5:15-18

You feel like an outcast, read - Romans 8:31-39

You are seeking peace, read - Matthew 11:25-30

It feels as if the world is biggethanGod,read - Psalm 9

You need Christ like insurance, read - Romans 8:1-30

You are leaving home for a trip, read - Psalm 121

You are praying for yourself, read - Psalm 87

You require courage for a task, read - Joshua 1

Inflation’s and investments are hogging your thoughts, read - Mark 10:17-31

You are depressive, read - Psalm 27

Your bank account is empty, read - Psalm 37

You lose faith in mankind, read - Corinthians 13

It looks like people are unfriendly, read - John 15

You are losing hope, read - Psalm 126

You feel the world is small compared to you, read - Psalm 19

You want to carry fruit, read - John 15

Paul’s secret for happiness, read - Colossians 3:12-17

With big opportunity/discovery, read - Isaiah 55

To get along with other people, read - Romans 12

For dealing with fear, read - Psalm 3:47

For security, read - Psalm 121:3

For assurance, read - Mark 8:35

For reassurance, read - Psalm 145:18

Uplifting verses

Isaiah 58:9
Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer;thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am.

Isaiah 40:11
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:he shall gather the lambs with his arm,and carry them in his bosom,and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Psalm 16:11
Thou wilt show me the path of life:in thy presence is fullness of joy;at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 84:11
For the Lord God is a sun and shield:the Lord will give grace and glory:no good thing will be withhold from them that walk uprightly

The Women in our lives

99.99% of our lives have been impacted by women in a good way. Today we just take the time to say a special Thank You for all you have done.

God can use a chosen vessel to help Mold the world. Will you allow God today to have your full attention?

He can use you to mold a person a place or thing for the Good of the Kingdom of God.

If Yes, keep your eyes of Faith open. He will order your steps, to do His will. Love you all!

God is Love

Friday, May 9, 2008

Moldovan Crisis


Safety, Lives of LGBT Moldovans Under Immediate Threat; Action Needed Now!The safety and human rights of LGBT people in the Eastern European nation of Moldova are under threat right now.The government of Moldova is threatening to arrest Rev. Elder Diane Fisher and Eastern European LGBT activist Florin Buhuceanu if they hold worship services for the LGBT community this weekend.And they are refusing to provide police protection, despite numerous death threats made against Diane and Florin and the LGBT community there.The government is also refusing police protection for this weekend's LGBT Pride March in Moldova's capital city of Chisinau, where members of the International Lesbian and Gay Association of Europe and Romania's human rights organization, ACCEPT, are also gathered.

All legal procedures were followed to obtain the appropriate permits, and despite early promises, the mayor of Chisinau has withdrawn approval for the march permits.At last report, the government will allow a maximum of 50 LGBT people and their supporters to march -- but will allow an unlimited number of anti-gay protestors to gather -- all without police protection.Moldova's government urgently needs to hear -- NOW! -- from people of goodwill around the globe!Your e-mails will help to protect LGBT Moldovans and their supporters who are taking the first bold steps toward forming a community and seeking equality under the law.And your e-mails can help stop the threats of arrest and harassment made against Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, activist Florin Buhuceanu, and Moldova's growing, fledgling LGBT community.Here are four steps you can take to make an immediate difference:

1. Write a brief e-mail to the Moldovan government. Ask them to honor their nation's laws and to allow the peaceful gathering of LGBT people and their supporters. Ask that the rights of LGBT people be protected. Let them know the eyes of the world are focused on Moldova this week.

2. Send your e-mail to as many of the following contacts as possible:--
Moldovan Ministry of Justice -- --
Moldovan Ministry of Social Protection -- --
Moldovan Advocate for Human Rights -- --
Moldova's Embassy in Washington, DC --
Chisinau City Hall (Moldova's Capital City) -

3. Forward this Action Alert to friends, LGBT groups, and listservs.

4. All people of faith are encouraged to hold LGBT Moldovans and their supporters in your prayers, and to pray for a breakthrough from the Moldovan government.The situation is critical. Time is of the essence. Your help can make a difference. Please, please take action now.

From the MCC Global Justice Team The Reverend Pat Bumgardner, Chair
Moldovan Ministry of Justice --
Moldovan Ministry of Social Protection --
Moldovan Advocate for Human Rights --
Moldova's Embassy in Washington, DC --
Chisinau City Hall (Moldova's Capital City) -

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

God's Child

Even while you are going through a test (a hard time in life when you just can not understand why what ever is going on is going on)

You have to say "Thank You Lord"! A test comes so God can give you a Testimony. Today shout Thank You Lord for keeping me! Love you all.

You are Gods child (John 1:12)******* Please stop calling yourself and others names that are not fitting for The Children of God!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Don't Be Hard on Yourself

Don't be so hard on yourself! I to have to tell myself this daily! at times we can make nothing into this huge problem. So relax let go , let God fight this battle! He can do it and will not loose!

Be a person that smiles today! I love you all! Be confident that the good works God has begun in you will be perfected (Phil, 1:15)

Contributed by James in NY

Thinking of You

Today I am Thinking of you as I Give God the praise and turn in to rest.

1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. You are special and unique.
8. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.

A Day of Good change! Today you have a choice seeing by the Grace of God you are awake and reading my note of the day. Today there is a test that is placed ahead with two major ending results. One is bad and one is Good in Jesus name. Now the two paths may seem not to look be so different, but I warn you the out comes are life and death! So knowing this Life is a test witch path are we going to pick today.

I tell you it is a good idea to desire Life, wish to Live for God, please turn from your old wicked ways. When you see others today come to that cross road, help them go the right direction . Do not spend Gods time temping others to sin with you. Come on my blessed friends lets help others today to learn to prefer to live for Jesus Christ our Lord. Love you all! Change 4 the Good today!

Contributed by Howard (Jamaica) and James (NY)

My Personal Review for Today


Is there anyone out there that in the physical body seem to be in good health but when you exam the mental and Spiritual areas in your body and felt so much pain and sickness? I have my hand raised! At times I can not understand why I have awful dreams that result in night mares.

So today I noticed an act that I did the night before. Some web sites and even things I watch open a small door crack and allow Satan to creep in and cause havoc! So be mindful of what you guys are watching and listening to!

This morning I anointed my and noise with oil and went into prayer. There is a battle in your mind rebuke Satan and his ideas and suggestions replace it with the Holy Spirit and the Truth the living Word of God! Be blessed and highly favored!

I Give You Jesus

If you can just give your all if it be just a tiny bit or a lot just if you can give it to Jesus He can multiply it use it to bless others!

Today my buddies male and females! I give you all to Jesus! Pray He does just what He said and Heal your mind body and souls!

I speak life. When I see you again know we are Blessed by the Lord Christ Jesus.

Be a wonderful light in the world. I can hear God saying "I have giving you things that you asked for child, But what will you do with them?" Today I step out on Faith and turn you guys back over to Jesus.

Movin On Up

Moving on up.

Today is a great day . I move on.

Now I can see what I am doing and who is watching me .

Now I move on. Yesterday is history so I strive to make a better future.

Now I move on. The blessings I received and the gifts I give excites me.

Now I move on. There where some bad things I had to go through.

Now I move on.I had to leave behind a lot of things I man made myself to be.

Now I move on. Some questions I have still have no answers to but I still believe.

Now I move on. Today you will come out of a test that was your storm. And Now you must move on.


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Bad Man Nuh F*** Batty (Masculine Men Don't F*** Ass) (The Fear of The Feminine in JA ) 16.04.15

A look at the fear of the feminine (Effemophobia) by Jamaican standards & how it drives the homo-negative perceptions/homophobia in Jamaican culture/national psyche.

After catching midway a radio discussion on the subject of Jamaica being labelled as homophobic I did a quick look at the long held belief in Jamaica by anti gay advocates, sections of media and homophobes that several murders of alleged gay victims are in fact 'crimes of passion' or have jealousy as their motives but it is not as simple or generalized as that.

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Information & Disclaimer

Not all views expressed are those of GJW

This blog contains pictures and images that may be disturbing. As we seek to highlight the plight of victims of homophobic violence here in Jamaica, the purpose of the pics is to show physical evidence of claims of said violence over the years and to bring a voice of the same victims to the world.

Many recover over time, at pains, as relocation and hiding are options in that process. Please view with care or use the Happenings section to select other posts of a different nature.

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Other Blogs I write to:

Recent Homophobic Incidents CLICK HERE for related posts/labels from glbtqjamaica's blog & HERE for those I am aware of.


APJ Website Launch & Link

Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica, APJ launched their website on December 1 2015 on World AIDS Day where they hosted a docu-film and after discussions on the film Human Vol 1

audience members interacting during a break in the event

film in progress

visit the new APJ website HERE

See posts on APJ's work: HERE (newer entries will appear first so scroll to see older ones)

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

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

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

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

MSM/Trans homeless - From gully to graveyard

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

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

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


Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Homophobia - What are we afraid of?

Former host of Dr Sexy Live on Nationwide radio and Sexologist tackles in a simplistic but to the point style homophobia and asks the poignant question of the age, What really are we as a nation afraid of?

It seems like homosexuality is on everyone's tongue. From articles in the newspapers to countless news stories and commentaries, it seems like everyone is talking about the gays. Since Jamaica identifies as a Christian nation, the obvious thought about homosexuality is that it is wrong but only male homosexuality seems to influence the more passionate responses. It seems we are more open to accepting lesbianism but gay men are greeted with much disapproval.

Dancehall has certainly been very clear where it stands when it comes to this issue with various songs voicing clear condemnation of this lifestyle. Currently, quite a few artistes are facing continuous protests because of their anti-gay lyrics. Even the law makers are involved in the gayness as there have been several calls for the repeal of the buggery law. Recently Parliament announced plans to review the Sexual Offences Act which, I am sure, will no doubt address homosexuality.

Jamaica has been described as a homophobic nation. The question I want to ask is: What are we afraid of? There are usually many reasons why homosexuality is such a pain in the a@. Here are some of the more popular arguments MORE HERE

also see:
Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation

Sexuality - What is yours?

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

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

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

also see if you can

JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness


In a shocking move JFLAG decided not to invite or include homeless MSM in their IDAHO activity for 2013 thus leaving many in wonderment as to the reason for their existence or if the symposium was for "experts" only while offering mere tokenism to homeless persons in the reported feeding program. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ENTRY HERE sad that the activity was also named in honour of one of JFLAG's founders who joined the event via Skype only to realize the issue he held so dear in his time was treated with such disrespect and dishonor. Have LGBT NGOs lost their way and are so mainstream they have forgotten their true calling?

also see a flashback to some of the issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless LGBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

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

a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

b) Only give name and address and no other information until a lawyer is present to assist

c) Try to be polite even if the scenario is tense

d) Don’t do anything to aggravate the situation

e) Every complaint lodged at a police station should be filed and a receipt produced, this is not a legal requirement but an administrative one for the police to track reports

f) Never sign to a statement other than the one produced by you in the presence of the officer(s)

g) Try to capture a recording of the exchange or incident or call someone so they can hear what occurs, place on speed dial important numbers or text someone as soon as possible

h) File a civil suit if you feel your rights have been violated

i) When making a statement to the police have all or most of the facts and details together for e.g. "a car" vs. "the car" represents two different descriptions

j) Avoid having the police writing the statement on your behalf except incases of injuries, make sure what you want to say is recorded carefully, ask for a copy if it means that you have to return for it

Vacant at Last! ShoemakerGully: Displaced MSM/Trans Persons were is cleared December 2014

CVM TV carried a raid and subsequent temporary blockade exercise of the Shoemaker Gully in the New Kingston district as the authorities respond to the bad eggs in the group of homeless/displaced or idling MSM/Trans persons who loiter there for years.

Question is what will happen to the population now as they struggle for a roof over their heads and food etc. The Superintendent who proposed a shelter idea (that seemingly has been ignored by JFLAG et al) was the one who led the raid/eviction.

Also see:

the CVM NEWS Story HERE on the eviction/raid taken by the police

also see a flashback to some of the troubling issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless GBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

May 22, 2015, see: MP Seeks Solutions For Homeless Gay Youth In New Kingston

New Kingston Cop Proposes Shelter for Shoemaker Gully LGBT Homeless Population

Superintendent Murdock

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

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

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

Gender Identity/Transgederism Radio discussion Jamaica March 2014

Radio program Everywoman on Nationwide Radio 90FM March 20th 2014 with Dr Karen Carpenter as stand-in host with a transgender activist and co-founder of Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica and a gender non conforming/lesbian guest as well on the matters of identity, sex reassignment surgery and transexuality.

CLICK HERE for a recording of the show


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

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

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

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

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

What to Do .....

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

b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council

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

d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police

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

f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided

g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence

h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail

i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail

j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence

Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

The following may apply:

1) Call 119 or go to the station or the police arrives depending on the severity of the injuries

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes on Bail & Court Appearance issues

If in doubt speak to your attorney

Bail and its importance -

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

There are two standards that must be met:

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

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

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

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

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

"Bail is not a matter for daylight

Locked up and appearing in court

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

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

Other Points of Interest

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

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

 Avoid being viewed as police may deliberately expose detainees

 Bail is not offered to persons allegedly with gun charges

 Persons who allegedly interfere with minors do not get bail

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

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

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

a) Is the accused a flight risk?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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