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

Monday, November 30, 2009

Focus on at-risk groups says HIV Activistss

Stacy-Ann Jarrett, executive director of Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL), is calling for urgent attention to be given to HIV/AIDS at-risk groups regarding treatment prevention and care.

She says men who have sex with men (MSM), prostitutes, drug users and youths should be targeted, and the relevant assistance provided to them.

"The funding needs to go there, the activities need to go there, but because of lack of political will and fear, those who have been working in the field have not gone out as aggressively as the epidemic requires that they go out for these groups," said Jarrett.

She noted that Jamaica has further criminalised sex work in the most recent sexual offences bill, and no decision has been made in decriminalising buggery, and no media campaign has been made about anal sex, even though it is on the rise. Those facts, she says are causes for concern.

Young experimenters

"Young girls are engaged in anal sex to protect their virginity, and they don't have the information. We have young girls calling here (JASL) and asking since they cannot get pregnant from anal sex do they need a condom?" she said, adding that there was not enough dialogue to give the relevant information, especially to young people who experiment.

However, Roshane Reid, behaviour change communication (BCC) officer with the National HIV/STI programme at the Ministry of Health told The Gleaner that HIV prevalence in at-risk groups living with HIV, made individuals in that circle more vulnerable.

Reid explained that while poverty was tied to vulnerability, educational background was not a factor, as MSM become vulnerable because of the nature of the anus, and have a high prevalence level, of one in three.

She noted that one-to-one workshops have have been used to target MSM, commercial sex workers, drug users and youths. Reid told The Gleaner that issues such as lack of testing, multiple partnerships and stigma are causes for concern.

Anti-stigma campaign

In a bid to combat these issues, Reid said an anti-stigma campaign had been launched. Next year parenting, partner reduction, condom use for women and voluntary counselling and testing campaigns will also be launched.

Additionally, Reid said sometimes groups like sex workers cannot get legitimate jobs. Focussing on building skills, she says, can help to decrease the size of the group.

According to Reid there have been successes in this area but that has not brought about a domino effect for reasons particular to the industry.

"We have a few success stories, but those persons don't want to be out in the public," she said.

Religion and Civil Law (Observer Column)

Just a note it is good to see the various articles in the papers examing the issues in what seems are more level headed manner, forgive me if I have not been posting much lately please peruse the articles and comments as always are welcomed. Thanks.


A recent lead story in one of our daily newspapers reported on a confrontation between the Roman Catholic Church and the State over matters of law, and was subtitled "Catholic priests, State clash over reporting of confessed crimes". The article quotes Monsignor Kenneth Richards, rector of the Roman Catholic Cathedral. It is suggested that the rules of the Church, known as Canon Law, do not allow for the disclosure of information shared in the confessional, even if this relates to the abuse of a child. He is further quoted as stating that the seal of the confessional stands supreme and cannot be superseded by any civil law.

While this disclosure by Monsignor Richards is bound to create a lot of stir and ruffle many feathers, based on the sensational way in which the article was written, he has certainly rendered a service to the wider society by opening up the discussion on religion, which up to this point was on a very superficial level and without any form of analysis. Certainly, there are those who, under the influence of secularism and modernity, want to advance the position that religion needs to be marginalised as a relic of superstition, ignorance, and of an age that is past, notwithstanding the fact that credible research lends no credence to such assertions. That the BBC could, in recent weeks, have had a debate as to whether the Roman Catholic Church has been a force for good in the world, and got diverse responses, is indicative, at least in part, of the negative view which some have of religion.

There has also been a united response in countries which have been identified in the past as part of Christendom to the passage of laws that seek to limit the role of religion in the public sphere and in the life of the nation. They even prescribe how to deal with issues which have been traditionally defined as matters of doctrine and practice within the life of the Church. One example of this is the way in which the issue of human sexuality is being legislated by governments. There is a move afoot in the United Kingdom to make it illegal for the Church to preach that homosexuality is wrong, by making the issue one of human rights, with the consequence for violation being prosecution. In some countries, same-sex unions have now been defined as marriage. This is true in Holland and South Africa, to name a few. In Holland where the clergy are paid by the state, those who refuse to carry out such marriages face a real problem. In South Africa, I am told, the law specifically exempts the Church from any compulsion to perform such marriages.

The issue of marriage brings me to the substance of Monsignor's statement on the Roman Catholic Church. For the Roman Catholic Church, and some other Christian traditions including my own, marriage as well as the confessional (spoken of today as the Sacrament of Reconciliation) are sacraments of the Church. Sacraments belong to the Church and are neither the right/entitlement of anyone nor come under the sphere of jurisdiction of the State. While Monsignor Richards was not providing the media with a lesson in catechesis, it would be good to understand what a sacrament is. "The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace." In its simplest expression one can state that the confessional to which the Monsignor refers becomes the place and opportunity for one who has done wrong and is troubled to come in penitence and acknowledge openly, in a confidential relationship, the wrong that has been done and to seek to receive the grace of forgiveness and make reparation.

This is the point that is missed by many whose traditions do not include this sacrament as part of their discipline. The article misses this point altogether. The confessional is not an 'information bank' where persons come to deposit with the priest all the evils of his or her life. Rather it is the place where the penitents come to unburden themselves by acknowledging guilt and seek, through the grace imparted and affirmed, the strength to go and do the right and to make amends where necessary.

To paint a clearer, if not a bit offensive picture, the person coming to confess that he or she has, for example, committed a murder would not be advised by the priest to make sure that the body is properly hidden or buried, but would seek to explore the extent to which the person sees his or her actions as immoral, is disturbed of conscience, and would want to do what is necessary to relieve a troubled conscience and to be right with God. As the Monsignor indicated, this could mean that one seeks to have a long-term relationship with the penitent so that matters related to the consequences of his or her actions may be explored and be addressed. This could lead to a situation in which the priest becomes involved in the situation to the extent that he may be the one to accompany the penitent to the police by mutual consent.

While not directly related to the confessional, I found myself in a situation in recent times in which, while conducting a public service in church, a man came forward to the sanctuary and requested that the assisting parish priest accompany him to the police station because he had just stabbed a woman and she may have died. Put in the simplest form, one could say that the disturbance of conscience from his actions, and acknowledgement of the crime he committed, led him to seek out the religious figure with whom he could share that burden, even in a public setting.

What is probably most troubling for many, in the remarks of the ................ CONTINUE HERE

Perverted ...... (Observer Letter)

Dear Editor,

As one of your writers said, Jamaica is a Christian country with Christian values. Homosexuality must never be accepted on our island. Homosexuality is a sick lifestyle. I see no reason why people all over the world are targeting Jamaica.

Jamaicans must be resolute on this issue. We must not allow boycotts and other forms of international pressure to make us adjust to this sinful and perverted act.
We have our children to think about.There is no future in accepting homosexuality. It must remain illegal in Jamaica.

V McKreith

My two cents off the bat:
Firstly homosexuality is not legal in Jamaica, it is buggery which is also practiced by heterosexual couples as well. Homosexuality already exists whether the writer likes it or not and probably more so under the guise of Christianity with pastors and other clergy hiding behind the cloth to portrait a clean life so to speak when in fact they are just as bad as the folks they preach brimstone and fire on.

Grow up.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Spilling homosexual blood - Why do gay lovers kill each other so viciously?

The following rang loudly on the frontpage of the Observer even as I made my way from a party; the newsstand had only three copies left as is expected as such headlines cause a rush by the public; there has been an attempt to simply dismiss the push for change by using a few cases such as the Brian Williamson & Peter King matters albeit they were hookups and liaisons gone bad that all other matters are similar; as if genuine homophobic matters do not exist.

Here is the article:

THE ghastly gouging out of the eyes of self-confessed homosexual Claude Pryce by his enraged lover last week, brought into sharp focus the often spine-chilling, bloody end that awaits, when love goes wrong among gays.

Police investigations of gay deaths are replete with scenes in which the knife - the apparent weapon of choice - is plunged over and over into the body of the victim, leaving a trail of blood that frequently leads to prominent doors in affluent St Andrew.

Former trade ambassador Peter King, described by one member of the homosexual community as an "aggressive male hunter", was arguably the most high-profile Jamaican to have perished in that tragic style.

Police said they found several tapes containing explicit sexual scenes in King's house and the names of prominent Jamaicans apparently caught on tape, have been mentioned.

King, who at one time headed the trade board and led Jamaica's talks in countless international fora, was found lying face-up on his blood-soaked mattress at his St Andrew residence on March 20, 2006. His throat was slashed and his body had numerous stab wounds.

"In the gay community, there are people whose passion finds expression through bizarre sexual experiences and through the infliction of pain," said top psychiatrist Dr Aggrey Irons.

"And so it is not unusual to find acts of cutting off the genitals, gouging out of eyes, personal attacks that have to do with knives and other sharp objects, and so when there is a homosexual to homosexual crime of passion, it is going to seem to be of a bizarre and exaggerated nature," Irons told the Sunday Observer in an interview.

Popular radio talk show host and psychologist, Rev Dr Aaron 'Dear Pastor' Dumas, attested that the knife was the preferred weapon in times of dispute among gays, not only because the gun was harder to get, but death by the knife seemingly allowed for "a greater sense of satisfaction" by the killer.

"They use the knife frequently, because the knife, unlike the gun which is an easier way to kill, is more punishing. When they stab, they don't want the person to survive. Callous and cold-blooded murder seems to depict a lot of these guys," said Dumas, a Baptist pastor who counsels troubled gays.

Homosexual spin doctors in lobby groups such as Kingston-based Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All Sexuals & Gays (J-FLAG) and London-based Outrage! often attempt to deflect blame onto 'homophobic' Jamaicans, a ploy, critics suggest, to pressure the Government into relaxing anti-gay laws.

Homosexual groups claim that there have been over 50 acts of fatal violence against their members in the last five years, although they failed to say how many of those were committed in their own camp.

The common feature - the spilling of blood by the knife - and the gruesome nature of the killings, have been more difficult to explain.
Claude Pryce's alleged lover gouged out his eyes in a fit of rage, police said, because he (Pryce) had "slept out" the night before.

. The body of well-known lecturer, Dr Cliff Lashley, 57, was found in a gully along Lady Musgrave Road in Kingston in February 1993. His head had been severed and his hands and legs chopped off and stuffed in a bag. Peter Rowe, identified in court as Lashley's young lover, was convicted of non-capital murder for the crime.

. Vincent Tulloch, a well-known newspaperman, had over 40 stab wounds when police found his body at his Calabar Mews, St Andrew home in September 1994. The case remains unsolved, but police have not closed the files.

"We are still working on that case, and we are seeking someone who we are told was his lover," a senior investigator told this newspaper last week.

. Psychic Safa Asontuwa, popularly known as Safa, was brutally beaten and stabbed on June 25, 2002 in Seaview Gardens in Kingston's westend. His body was later cremated.

. Founder of the J-Flag, Brian Williamson, was stabbed to death on June 9, 2004 by a man from Jones Town who was later charged with his murder. Eyewitnesses stated that the man visited Williamson at his home regularly, until he slaughtered Williamson, following a lover's quarrel.

Psychiatrists, trying to get to the bottom of that homosexual mystery conclude that gay-on-gay violence often resembled that between heterosexuals.

"Homosexuals are no different than heterosexuals in terms of the distribution of other psychiatric disorders, especially personality disorders," said Dr Irons, who also counsels homosexuals.

"Homosexuality in and of itself is not considered a psychiatric disorder, but within the homosexual community there are certain persons with psychiatric disorders. Unfortunately, many of them have personality disorders attendant on their homosexuality and because homosexuals are so focused, perhaps even more so on the importance of attention and affection, especially from other men, they are renounced nationally and internationally for their jealousy. "When you add to that a paranoid element or an anti-social element, that multiplies the rage and jealousy and you see that expressed in their particular crime of passion," he said.

Dr Irons said that attacks by homosexuals on their own could rise to unthinkable levels of gory conduct.

"Stabbing is not specific to homosexual behaviour, it is a sort of tautological connection," said Irons. "But with each stab would come some kind of exclamation, some expression of hatred or disgust. This is physical, emotional and verbal. So with repeated stabbing, you would find bizarre amputations as well and even relocations.

"I have had to counsel patients who have been battered by their same sex lovers. I don't do it often, but I have had to do so and I treat all patients equally, regardless of whether or not they are homosexuals. If you are having a problem with a relationship or within the context of your life, then the appropriate treatment is offered to you," said Irons.

Dr Dumas argued that homosexuals were still in the minority and tended to be very protective.

"To leave one for the other is to play with one's life," he said. "I have counselled many homosexuals, both male and female. Some have told me that if they are out driving with their partners and one looks at another person, the partner is ready to attack. It is a big problem. Just like how a man will take care of his woman, homosexual lovers are like that too.

"Many of the guys who have been fortunate to have good education will tell you that they are afraid to leave the homosexual community because of the reprisals. Some want to start their own families, but fear that if they do that, they could be in danger," Dr Dumas added.

Roman Catholic deacon and counsellor Peter Espeut, while acknowledging that violent homosexual behaviour was outrageous, argued that homosexual conduct was a reflection of the wider society and no different from heterosexual violence occurring here.

"Not only gay lovers are violent, but heterosexual ones too. They chop up and poison each other like the gays do," he said.

"I don't know if it is true that homosexuals are more violent than heterosexuals. We in Jamaica seem to have a way of turning to violence to resolve certain things and we need to ask ourselves why this is so, because the same thing does not happen in countries like the Cayman Islands, St Vincent and Dominica."


I hope we learn from this and do not allow ourselves to be misled and conflate gay on gay matters with genuine homophobic cases and each case MUST be taken in its own merit before rushing to judgement on all fronts; including our side of the fence.

Not because a matter has a male murdered and the circumstances are ghastly surrounding the murder it does not mean it is a homophobic case and we miss the mark when we rush only to have credibility so badly needed in crisis communication wither away.

Think on these things.

Peace & tolerance



Friday, November 20, 2009

Do gays have a choice? by Ian Boyne

Originally published November 15, 2009

Ian Boyne

It's nigh impossible to conduct a cold, rational, dispassionate discourse on homosexuality. It's not just the religious fundamentalists who seem hardwired for irrationality and emotionalism. Many homosexuals are also irredeemably intolerant, glandular and visceral, with scant respect for the canons of reason.

They have also taken to manipulating science in their propaganda war, making unsubstantiated claims which they pass off as gospel. They have been very successful as evidenced by the fact that a number of persons have softened their opposition to homosexuality, claiming matter-of-factly that 'homosexuals don't have a choice. They are born that way.' Now let's be clinical about this matter of choice.

I would grant that most homosexuals did not choose their sexuality the way they choose their careers, neighbourhoods and foods. They didn't decide that, "Hey, I think I want to be attracted to someone of my own gender rather than the opposite sex". And how many would do such a suicidal thing in a place like Jamaica?

As a boy, I did not choose to be attracted to girls. I found myself that way. Acknowledging that people don't 'choose' their orientation, however, is not the same as asserting that sexual orientation is purely genetic. (Some people, like most bisexuals, do choose, reflecting what Dr Norman Doidge calls "the plasticity of sexual desire" in his book The Brain That Changes Itself.)

It is now repeated as established scientific fact that people are born either gay or straight. Religious people and others who oppose homosexuality are derided as not just dangerous bigots and haters, but hopelessly ignorant. It's accepted mantra in the United States (US) National and Gay and Lesbian Task Force that gays don't really have a choice and, therefore, those who oppose homosexuality are oppressors, fools or both.


Charter of Rights debate ends - Legislation to sit for three months before vote

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Tuesday closed the debate on the Charter of Rights, paving the way for a landmark vote on the proposed battery of constitutional amendments.

The bill passed committee stage with five amendments. It will now sit on the table of Parliament for three months before third reading, at which time Parliamentarians will vote on it.

Providing the bill receives two-thirds support in the House, it will be sent to the Senate for consideration and debate.

The Bill must be passed before Parliament is prorogued in March of next year, failing which, the process of amending the Constitution will have to be restarted.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding said the Charter does not represent perfection.

"There are some persons who feel, and some members of the House have reflected that opinion, that it needs to be stronger than we have made it," Golding said.

Additional rights

The prime minister acknow-ledged that there are several areas where people would want additional rights but he told Parliament that practicality should dictate the actions of legislators.

"There is no point in putting rights in that you will not have the capacity to guarantee," Golding said.

The Charter of Rights represents an attempt by Parliament to guarantee inalienable and justiciable rights to citizens. It has been on the political agenda since 1977 and is only now being debated in the House of Representatives.

The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) had threatened to block the Charter unless Government was willing to reconsider its stance on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and a removal of the strictures relating to the Pratt and Morgan ruling.

The PNP had proceeded in the debate under the understanding that the governing JLP would reconsider removing the five-year strictures imposed by the Pratt and Morgan ruling for the carrying out of the death penalty.

CCJ appeal

The Opposition also asked Government to change its position and allow the CCJ to be the country's final court of appeal.

On Tuesday, Golding told Parliament that a committee was established in his party to consider the issues. He has promised to communicate the party's position on the two issues to Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller before the vote is taken on the Charter next February.

"We are running pretty close on time. We have to close the debate, we have to wait for three months before we vote on the bill and we have to get the bill as passed to the Senate in order that they can have their debate on it and pass it before the House is prorogued in March," Golding said.

Meanwhile no word on any new developments followinr Prime Minister Golding's statement on no to gay marriage, the smoke screen argument that was put forward just before President Obama signed the Hate Crimes Bill in the US, some say perfect timing by the PM to quash any comparisons to the debate in the US on rights for persons related to sexual orientation.


(parts from the Gleaner)

Beenieman yanked from NZ show following gay pressure

with Yasmin
Jamaica Observer
Monday, November 16, 2009

Following headlines over the weekend that gay lobby groups in New Zealand were presuring the promoters of music festival, Big Day Out, to pull Beenie Man from the line-up, and subsequent defence of their decision to use him as the only reggae act, the promoters have now backpedalled and have yanked the deejay from the concert.

Beenie Man... yanked from line-up for music festival Big Day Out
Internet reports say that New Zealand MP Kevin Hague was among those objecting to the inclusion of the King of the Dancehall based on his anti-gay lyrics. Hague noted that hate-mongering is not welcome in New Zealand, and reportedly urged the Big Day Out to uninvite Beenie.

"Music is a powerful shaper of culture, values, attitudes and behaviour," said Hague. "Music that denigrates gay men and lesbians in the most extreme way imaginable sends some very powerful signals both to young gay and lesbian people but also to their peers. It is not true that 'sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me'.

"Hate speech like that of Beenie Man gives permission to prejudice and discrimination and creates it where it didn't previously exist. It blights and diminishes the lives of all who are exposed to it, most particularly young lesbian and gay people who suffer violence, harassment, lowered self-esteem and all the consequent health and social problems."

Gay reaction stemmed from a song recorded by the deejay in which he says, "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays."

The promoters had said in a previous release that they were aware of Beenie Man's controversial past, but he had renounced those feelings and was now promoting "peaceful and humanistic values".

However, a release posted yesterday said, "The depth of feeling and hurt amongst these groups has convinced us that for us to proceed with his Big Day Out appearances was, and would continue to be, divisive among our audience members and would mar the enjoyment of the event for many."

Beenie Man, as is the norm, could not be reached for comment.

The sad part about this is that it's not just Beenie who has lost out, it's the music. This is a lost opportunity to promote reggae/dancehall in a major way and would no doubt have been a big boost - financially and otherwise - for Beenie Man himself. The fact is that there must have been big demand for this artiste for the promoters to have included him in a line-up with names such as Lily Allen, Muse, Eskimo Joe, The Mars Volta, Calvin Harris, Lisa Mitchell, the Horrors, and others. Between January 15 and 31, the Big Day Out will be held in Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and the Gold Coast, and according to the concert's website, many of the venues are already sold out.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Jamaica AIDS Support applauds Obama - US entry ban on HIV-positive persons nears end

Kimesha Walters,

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) has welcomed a move by United States President Barack Obama to end a 22-year-old ban on persons who have tested positive for HIV from entering that country.

"We are ecstatic about it," said Stacy-Ann Jarrett, executive director of JASL. "It actually speaks to addressing the issue of universal access to all of our target groups, to persons who are living with AIDS."

She added: "It is the beginning of things to happen in terms of non-discrimination, the inclusion of HIV-positive people."

Obama had promised to end the ban before the end of the year, but said a rule cancelling the ban would be published on Tuesday and take effect early next year.

Once lifted, foreigners applying to become residents in the United States will no longer be required to take a test for AIDS.

Ending the stigma

According to The Associated Press, "Obama said that by lifting the ban, the US will take a step toward ending the stigma against people with HIV/AIDS, something he said has stopped people from getting tested and has helped spread the disease."

Meanwhile, Jarrett noted that there were several benefits awaiting HIV-positive persons who want to travel to the United States. Among those benefits were opportunities to visit family and attend international conferences.

The JASL head noted that conference organisers have, in the past, had to re-route people through other territories, costing more money than if they were able to stop over in the US.

"It's going to cost less to participate in international conferences or meetings and other support group sessions that are made to empower persons who are living with the virus all over the world," Jarrett explained.

Jarrett said people would now have easier access to drugs and diagnostic tests that are not readily available in Jamaica.

Now that one stepping stone has been laid, Jarrett is looking forward, noting that people who were HIV-positive were not able to access health coverage or health insurance plans.

"The next step that we are anticipating is for insurance companies to start having more policies geared at supporting persons who are living with HIV and AIDS," she said.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Misunderstanding hate-crime legislation (Gleaner Letter 03.11.09)

The Editor, Sir:
I think Ian Boyne could not be more wrong on the point of the effect of hate-crime legislation on the lives of those who object to homosexuality on moral or religious grounds. Where he says, "Those who refuse to go along with this principle then become encoded in law as hateful, discriminatory bigots", the law cannot and does not say any such thing.

Many people oppose many laws here as a matter of principle, faith or intellect. This is the simple result of any democratic nation comprised of individuals of widely varying experiences and beliefs. In order to be thought of in the terms Boyne describes, they would have to actively discriminate based on any contrary beliefs, not simply hold them.

Boyne goes on to quote a Mr Gagnon as saying "homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality are ... an aspect of human diversity that must be affirmed and celebrated". While I don't personally view this as a problem, for those who do, I can assure you that in my 36 years, the federal government has never mandated I "affirm" or "celebrate" anything. The assertion of this possibility would be laughably dark and Orwellian were it not for the purpose to which it is being put.

Neo-nazi and KKK groups

Hate-crime legislation in the US has not deterred neo-nazi and KKK groups from marching and proclaiming their message - however hate-filled - provided they do not commit or promote an act of violence directly. Their First Amendment right to free expression has meant, in fact, they are more often than not accompanied by a sizeable police contingency when they march. I must admit I am more than a bit gratified that the police are there to protect these marchers from a very real threat of violence.

What's more, David Duke, a known racist was elected member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 81st district for a term 1989-1992.

I think Boyne's citing the Old Testament is perhaps even more telling (and indicative of why our government separates liturgy and policy). While the passages he quoted cannot be denied, they may be found alongside sections commanding adulterous women to be stoned to death in public squares (their partners are spared but may have to pay for the "lost property" of the injured husband) and the proper treatment of slaves.

Earnest belief

I'm sure Boyne doesn't mean to espouse all beliefs as found literally in the Old Testament, but to cherry-pick in service of one's argument is all the more cynical. I don't think he can earnestly believe quoting scripture, regardless of context, will ever be likely to face persecution. (I can be certain of that protection here in the US, but I am a bit less familiar with the religious and speech protections in Jamaica).

I like to employ a simple intellectual exercise to any such situation. If I exchange the group in question for one I can more plainly identify with: what are my feelings on the subject?

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Pastor Martin Niemoller (German clergyman) wrote this in response to the perceived political apathy of the German people during World War II.

I'm afraid the same people who can selectively quote from the literal text of their favourite translation of the Old Testament will similarly continue to adore Obama for the virtues they identify with and ignore the messages that don't suit them.

I am, etc.,


Brooklyn, NY

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tell me pastor at it again ....

'Thou shalt not lie with mankind'

Dear Pastor,
I am a black, bisexual man living in the United Kingdom (UK). I have been practising my sexuality openly for the last 22 years, and have done so without fear or persecution here in the UK. I write this to get your view on my sexuality.

I have been bisexual since 16. I believe my sexuality is not a choice, but rather the way I was born. I am lucky to be here in the UK where I am free to practise my sexuality without fear or persecution, unlike in my homeland, Nigeria, where homosexuals are killed. Nigeria is one of the seven remaining countries in the world, according to Amnesty International/ILGA (International Lesbian and Gay Association), that still have the death penalty for homosexuals in their law.

Sodom and Gomorrah

I am also a born-again Christian. I go to church regularly. I do go to both homosexual and heterosexual churches in the UK. I am a member of the UK Gay and Lesbian Christian Group. I believe there is no difference between homosexual and heterosexual Christians, since we all believe in Jesus and God. We are all children of God, destined to go to heaven. There are, however, differences between so-called normal churches and gay and lesbian churches in the United Kingdom. The old and traditional so-called normal churches preach hatred against homosexuals. They say all homosexuals will go to hell and they always preach about Sodom and Gomorrah when referring to homosexuals. Is this really true? Or is it a misconception of the truth? These churches always tend to quote references in the Bible that claim to be against homosexuality.

In contrast, the gay and lesbian church always preaches tolerance of other people. Have the so-called normal churches become intolerant? What about the whole essence of Jesus as love? All Christians should exhibit love towards all people, even enemies. Black churches in the UK are even more intolerant of homosexuals becoming members of their churches.

Is homosexuality a hindrance to a man/woman going to heaven? I would like your view on this matter. Thank you.

D.G., London, England

Pastor's response
Dear D.G.,

Why don't you speak the truth? Why don't you admit that you are making excuses for being gay? You are homosexual and you should know that if a person quotes passages in the Bible that teach that homosexuality is wrong, that he/she is not preaching hatred against homosexuals. If you want to practise homosexuality, that is totally up to you, but it is wrong for you to give the impression that anybody against your lifestyle is preaching hatred against gay people. Cut out the crap!

You asked whether homosexuality was practised in Sodom and Gomorrah and the answer is yes, and God condemned it. That does not mean those who practise homosexuality can never be forgiven. But homosexuals should not believe they have the right to condemn everyone who does not accept their lifestyle and that every country should change its laws to suit them.

God expects every Christian to use his/her body to honour the Lord. Evidently, you believe that by having sex with another man, you can honour the Lord by such deeds. What a shame!

absolutely forbidden

Am I condemning you or telling you what the Bibles says? Have you ever looked at Leviticus 18:22? God says in this passage: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination." The Living Bible makes it clearer. It says: "Homosexuality is absolutely forbidden, for it is an enormous sin." In Leviticus 20:13, we read: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

Please take time to study 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10, 1 Timothy 1:9-10 and Romans 1:26-27. These passages will clearly answer your question as to whether a practising homosexual is on his/her way to heaven or hell.


Will same-sex marriages ever be accepted in Jamaica?


The front page of The Sunday Gleaner, October 25, "One Love at risk ... Amnesty wants 'full freedom for Jamaican gays'," added more ammunition to the already heated discussion about gays in Jamaica. The recent discussions have centred around Jamaican entertainer, Buju Banton's meeting with representatives of the gay community in San Francisco, California.

The Sunday Gleaner reported that Amnesty International wants an amendment to the Constitution, to give full freedom of choice to all Jamaicans. Carla Gulatta, of Amnesty International, argued that even though it appeared that such freedom was guaranteed, there were clauses which took that back.

The story further stated that Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding, had made it clear that the laws of the country would not be bent to accommodate gay lifestyles.

"Therefore, there is the possibility that in the future, Parliament could pass a law that says same-sex unions are legal, but it won't be done in this Parliament - not as long as I sit here," Golding said Tuesday, October 20. The prime minister was at the opening of the debate on the Charter of Rights.

Due to the overwhelming discussion, Flair asked a few persons from different professional backgrounds, their opinion on the subject. Here are the responses to the question:

Will gay marriages be allowed?

Dr Asquith Reid, psychiatrist: "Jamaicans are against that kind of (homosexual) lifestyle. I think that no one really wants to touch this topic because they don't want others to think that they themselves are homosexuals, especially if they do not oppose it. This makes it difficult to reach a conclusion on this topic. It is not about whether homosexual marriage is right or wrong, but it's whether the institutions or government will ever do anything about it. 

Though a given politician may not have anything personally against it (homosexual marriage), Jamaicans as a society do. This would make it a bad political move. This is equally so with the Church. They have to take a moral stance and I can't see the Church agreeing with such marriages either. On the other hand, females may not privately be in opposition to this idea but may not even openly express it. With all that in mind, I do not see homosexual marriages happening in Jamaica in the foreseeable future."

Future unpredictable

Pastor Aaron Dumas: One can never predict the future, but I don't think homosexual marriages will happen in the near future. And I hope not to see that day either. But, the question is, will a couple be so brave to do that? And marriage ought to be between a man and a woman as God ordained it to be.

Tony Rebel, entertainer: The truth is, I have never thought about it and I really don't want to start.

Dr Sidney McGill, sex therapist: Unlike First-World countries, Jamaica is behind as it relates to social equality of homosexuals. The general level of homo-negativity is at an extraordinary high. Therefore, homosexual relationships have to be accepted by the general public as heterosexual relationships are before we can speak of homosexuals' rights to marriage. Homosexual marriages are long in coming.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We contacted principals of boys' and girls' high schools, talk-show hosts, a gynaecologist and other prominent members of our society, but they refused to comment on the topic.

The Jamaican gay issue (Gleaner lifestyle article)

The Soloist
It's back in the news again. Seems like we just can't get away from it or get enough of it. It's this homosexual issue and this time it's all this talk about fairness, equality and rights as well as respect.

My beef this time is whether as a sovereign nation, a foreign organisation has the right to tell us how to conduct our affairs. And if the majority of our citizens take issue with homosexual relationships, does anyone outside our shores have the right even to suggest they change their views? For arguments sake, cricket, not baseball is our sport of choice, does that give another country the right to come here and tell us we are wrong to love cricket? No! So if we decide that we do not like the idea of two men having sex, marrying, and even adopting children, in the same way that a man and woman does, what gives an outsider the right to dictate otherwise?

Equal under law

So let's say, all men are equal under the law and all men have the right to be who or what they want to be. And let's say, all consenting adults have the right to engage in sexual intercourse with members of the same sex or opposite sex if they choose, why does anyone even care?

And let's say we care enough to object, why do homosexuals among these same foreigners, who have seen our reaction and natural cultural beliefs about sexual behaviour, still choose to live and move and be among us? Why leave their unrestricted habitats to come live in a closet? Why not keep your baseball and allow us to play our cricket?

Has anyone stopped to look more closely into the whispers about the so-called violence against gays in the society, where violence is usually commonplace, and crimes against gays are usually perpetrated by their lovers, based on relationship conflicts? Has anyone stopped to consider that Jamaicans simply (gay or straight), have a bad habit of settling disputes violently?

'Gay hater'

So to all those who are looking on with a view to blocking our progress in any shape or form because we are a homophobic society, remember the following: The average Jamaican 'gay hater' is so paranoid:

1. He would not knowingly drink from the same glass used by a gay man in a bar.

2. He would not knowingly join the same sports team with a gay person.

3. He would not willingly sit beside a gay man in a room.

4. He would not let him hug or kiss his child.

5. He would most certainly not take his clothes off in the same changing room with him.

No matter how nubile, muscular, handsome and sexy they may look, I would advise prominent and well-heeled gay men to stay away from partners who are prone to have a violent nature.

These guys are so desperate to escape their circumstances, they will use you to escape their plight. In other words, they lead you on, then blackmail you, then kill you. Stop giving my Jamaica a more violent name than it already has. So the next time you hear about a prominent gay man being killed violently, check the facts surrounding how he lived and died.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Obama, Buju & gays

Ian Boyne writes in the Gleaner

Jamaica's President of choice in the United States, the deeply loved Barack Obama, facilitated an historic and far-reaching victory for gays on Wednesday when he signed the first major piece of gay-rights legislation into federal law, an act seen as path-breaking as the 1960s civil rights legislation.

Large numbers of Jamaicans, who share a cult-like adoration of Obama and an even more vehement aversion to homosexuals, must be in what the psychologists call cognitive dissonance. It's just hard to hold those two things together in one heart. Rationalisation is usually the way out. What seems undeniable, though, is that Obama is the most gay-friendly president the United Sates has had - at least publicly.

From his presidential campaign he made it clear that he would advance the cause of gays as part of his overall mantra of inclusiveness. He had promised to support this new legislation, labelling as 'hate crime' violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, putting it on par with crimes against persons for racial, religious and ethnic reasons. Gay-rights activists see this as a major victory on the road to full integration in American society.

For a crime is a crime and violence is violence, so if someone gets murdered, for whatever reasons, the law has provisions to deal with that. As well-known homosexual columnist Andrew Sullivan has written: "The real reasons for the hate crime laws are not a defence of human beings from crime. There are already laws against that - Matthew Shepard's murderers were successfully prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in a state with no hate-crimes law at the time".

The amendment made into law on Wednesday was partially in honour of Matthew Shepherd, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, who died after a 1998 beating targeting him because he was gay. His parents led the struggle for this legislation. "This hate-crimes bill is the proverbial foot in the door or camel nose in the tent that makes possible - indeed inevitable - all future laws involving 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity', screams the Harvard and Princeton-educated theologian Robert Gagnon, who has written the finest theological work critiquing homosexuality (The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics).

Gagnon, in a paper titled, 'Why a sexual orientation and gender identity hate crimes law is bad for you', posits that this legislation "ensconces in federal law the principle that homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality are as benign as race, gender and disability - an aspect of human diversity that must be affirmed and celebrated. Those who refuse to go along with this principle then become encoded in law as hateful, discriminatory bigots."

The founder of the gay rights advocacy group Equality Forum, Malcolm Lazin, was not unmindful of the significance of the Obama-signed legislation on Wednesday. He was quoted in the media as saying, "This is really the first federal gay-rights bill. So it is a literally historic moment. This is America acknowledging homophobia as a social problem". For Republicans and conservative religious folks, this is a major retreat for America, morally, as the gay lobby advances in its mission of gaining full acceptance - and even persecuting those who would beg to differ.

Fears are being expressed that free speech could be endangered by this legislation, in that strong opposition to homosexual behaviour could be construed as incitement to violence. For example, if someone quotes the Old Testament which says homosexuals are to be killed (and it does say that) and a homosexual gets killed nearby afterward, could that person be charged with inciting violence? Or if one preaches that homosexuality is an "abomination", which the Bible says, could he be prosecuted for a hate crime?


Jamaicans for Justice on Charter of Rights, Human rights: let's not get them wrong

The following article was submitted by civic action group, Jamaicans for Justice.

Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) is writing in hopes of bringing a human rights perspective to a number of important issues which have come to public attention in the last few weeks including the Charter of Rights and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

JFJ is deeply disappointed in how the vital issue of enacting a new Charter of Rights for Jamaica has been handled to this point. This Charter of Rights has a long history dating back to the appointment of a Constitutional Commission in 1992. That Commission had many sittings and consultations, provided an interim report in 1993, was re-appointed in 1993 specifically to consider the "Charter of Rights and Fundamental Freedoms" and provided a final report under the Chairmanship of Dr Lloyd Barnett in February 1994.

This report was provided to a joint select committee of Parliament, where it languished for five years before a new draft bill entitled the 'Charter of Rights' was produced and a call for public submissions was published. Submissions were heard sporadically during 2002, and over the succeeding years numerous modifications have been made to the initial bill. What was tabled without much fanfare in April 2009 by Prime Minister Golding was the latest version, presumably agreed by members of a joint select committee of Parliament (i.e, 12 or 14 elected members of Parliament and Senators) for action by both Houses of Parliament.

new Charter of Rights

What has been completely missing over the last 16 years is any discussion of the proposed new Charter of Rights with the people. There have been no public meetings held across the island, no systematic public education campaign and very few opportunities for ordinary citizens to have any input on the text of the bill and the assumptions which underlie it. Given all that has changed in the last 16 years, shouldn't we challenge this fact?

Equally clear from the three presentations on this new version in Parliament to date is that the parliamentarians don't get it. They fail to understand that rights are not given by them to a grateful and subservient people waiting like Oliver Twist with a begging bowl, saying "please Sir, may I have some more". They clearly don't get that rights belong to every single human being in Jamaica equally, and that the people acquire them by virtue of being human, not because it suits some current political agenda.

There have been several speeches made in Parliament on this issue. First by the prime minister who spent the longest part of his talk explaining that homosexuals would not be getting any rights from him or his Government! This edifying contribution was followed by one from Robert Pickersgill for the Opposition, stating emphatically that they wouldn't be voting for any Charter of Rights that wasn't married to a provision to take away from persons on death row their right not to be subjected to cruel and inhumane punishment (a necessity they said arising from the Pratt and Morgan decision of the Privy Council).

This bizarre position seems to have been abandoned by the time Portia Simpson Miller made her presentation. Unfortunately, she too seems to believe that rights are hers for the bestowing on the grateful poor. Rather than marrying the Charter of Rights to the Pratt and Morgan decision, she instead tied them to the CCJ. If the Government gives the loyal Opposition the CCJ, (something it wasn't prepared to give itself in the intervening period since the Privy Council told them what they needed to do) then they will magnanimously vote for the Charter of Rights. (And don't worry, homosexuals will not be getting any rights from the People's National Party either.)

The parliamentarians have demonstrated that they will not be providing leadership built on values of tolerance, empathy and respect. They will be following the lowest common denominator and prejudice, fearing to empower the people, calling us to our better selves and improving the lot of all in our land.

Aside from the deeply disappointing approach of the parliamentarians, the bill in parliament has a number of flaws. We urge everyone to get a copy and read it, even if the archaic legal language makes it difficult to understand, which is one of its major flaws. (Wouldn't you like to be able to read your Charter of Rights and understand what it is guaranteeing you?) This document is meant to be shaping the nation's destiny for the 21st century. JFJ doesn't believe that this bill is currently in a state that could accomplish that goal in a positive way. Let us go back to the people, and not just go with something substandard because we are tired of looking ineffectual for not passing it.

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)

The PNP has now 'married' the Charter of Rights to the CCJ, once again subjecting the rights of citizens to political bargaining. JFJ has serious objections in principle to this modus operandi of our political parties because it ignores the intrinsic value of the legislation in favour of scoring political points. It speaks to the quality of our parliamentary representation.

Having said that, we agree that both these issues affect fundamental rights of the people. In the case of the CCJ, it is the people's right to have a say in the composition and character of their final court of appeal. JFJ has a long history of advocacy on this issue.

Our position on the CCJ, which is equally applicable to the Charter of Rights, is that the public must be educated about the issue; there must be robust public debate on the issue and then there must be public consultation. Every citizen has a right to have a say in how his or her country is run. This right is even more crucial when the matters to be decided are as fundamental to democracy as the alteration of one of the three pillars of government, which are the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. Democratic 'Best Practice' requires that the people be consulted on matters of fundamental importance to them.

During the process of education and debate leading to consultation there should be time to discuss how we can strengthen the protections for the CCJ so that the terms and conditions which affect the judiciary cannot be altered by simple majority of Caricom heads of government as they alter the Treaty of Chaguaramas. And this is not a theoretical concern; it was already done when the terms and conditions of the Judicial Services commission for the CCJ was altered a short time ago.

get it right

It is critical for our democracy that we have a court that will "stand between the power of the state government to formulate and execute legislation and policy and the citizen's right to the exercise of his fundamental rights". It is equally critical that we have a comprehensive and clearly worded Charter of Rights to be interpreted and enforced by the court as it fulfils that role.

JFJ has always said that because we, the people, are fully capable of getting it right, we must get it right and the people must be consulted. We, the people, not the politicians, must be the ones to decide the future for our children and grandchildren.


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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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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

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JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness


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

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

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


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

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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thank you for your donations via Paypal in helping to keep this blog going, my limited frontline community work, temporary shelter assistance at my home and related costs. Please continue to support me and my allies in this venture that has now become a full time activity. When I first started blogging in late 2007 it was just as a pass time to highlight GLBTQ issues in Jamaica under then JFLAG's blogspot page but now clearly there is a need for more forumatic activity which I want to continue to play my part while raising more real life issues pertinent to us.

Donations presently are accepted via Paypal where buttons are placed at points on this blog(immediately below, GLBTQJA (Blogspot), GLBTQJA (Wordpress) and the Gay Jamaica Watch's blog as well. If you wish to send donations otherwise please contact: or Tel: 1-876-841-2923 (leave a message just in case)

Activities & Plans: ongoing and future

  • To continue this venture towards website development with an E-zine focus

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

  • To find common ground on issues affecting GLBTQ and straight friendly persons in Jamaica towards tolerance and harmony

  • Exposing homophobic activities and suggesting corrective solutions

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

  • Continuing discussion on issues affecting GLBTQ people in Jamaica and elsewhere

  • Welcoming, examining and implemeting suggestions and ideas from you the viewing public

  • Present issues on HIV/AIDS related matters in a timely and accurate manner

  • Assist where possible victims of homophobic violence and abuse financially, temporary shelter(my home) and otherwise

  • Track human rights issues in general with a view to support for ALL

Thanks again
Mr. H or Howie

Tel: 1-876-841-2923


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