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

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Justice about truth or having the best Lawyer ...... it nuh look suh

Well with the Buju Banton trial deemed as having a hung jury the new date is proposed for December of this year, his lawyer is expected to launch a bail application today September 28, 2010.

One of the good things about this I feel is that the belief that the gay community was responsible for Mr. Mark Myrie's woes have died down significantly but it is surprising to see the excuses being concocted by media folks and some dancehall artists who have now suddenly appeared from the woodwork to cry for "Justice"

Where were they before now and one wonders if they are not jut using this as a photo opportunity to kick start their fledgling careers and we haven't heard of some of the names being banded about as being active supporters in such a long time.

There was a small protest in Half Way Tree on Saturday September 25th and yesterday as well with a sense of relief when the news came of the hung jury. The participants had dutch pot covers and a large hand painted sign simply worded "Free Buju" small debates and loud discussions could be heard at almost every point at the city centre with folks arguing for and against Buju's actions and the possible outcomes of the case, the nation is transfixed now.

Some questions that still remain are:

  • Why would a rasta be involved in dealings with the "white lady" (cocaine)?
  • How did this informant ended up beside Buju Banton on the same flight, is it a coincidence?
  • Will the two co-defendants now serving time be called to testify against Buju Banton in the re-trial as that may allow them to get deals and may even walk free after doing so ?
  • Is justice or having a trial at least to unearth the truth?
  • Is justice more about having the best legal defense to concoct or help the accused no matter how guilty they are to worm their way from the allegations?
  • What is going to happen to other young would be entertainers watching this?
  • What are the messages being sent in this matter? then we say we want morals as a nation
  • How hypocritical can one get with this?
  • How is he financing all of this?
  • Will David Markus, his attorney be around for the re-trial judging from his high price tag?
  • Is the pre-release of the new music set being used to capitalize on the collective sympathy from the public to offset legal costs?
  • Will he ever recover to re-commence touring and performing again especially in the United States?
  • How will the gay community internationally react to him after all this has subsided?

Despite the strong evidence of the tape of Mr. Myrie tasting the "white lady" and the expressed disappointment in certain circles including parts of the Rastafarian community persons are still calling for him to walk free even after engaging in dealing with a substance that is known to be dangerous to users, we are to believe that he was just "running off his mouth" I thought Rasta man supposed to be contrite and thinking on their feet given the tenets of the faith.

I am disappointed in him otherwise, you cannot be a Rasta and be involved in drugs then preach ital livity and cleanliness then here you are facing this and to think Jamaicans are so blind we are not looking at that part of it. Lest we forget when Mr. Myrie first made his sojourn into Rastafari there were some in various quarters who were skeptical of his new found faith and wondered of there were ulterior motives, some have gone as far to say he wanted to become the next Bob Marley and given his pronouncements about Marley some time ago I was surprised to see Stephen Marley was called as a character witness.

Remember this:

Buju Says Bob Marley Is Not The Greatest Jamaican Musician.............

at the launch of his ‘Rasta Got Soulalbum, Buju Banton reportedly said

You know they say that the greatest musician in Jamaica is Bob Marley. I don’t believe that, because we have greater musicians to come.

Bob was the most promoted, and well promoted and we have to appreciate that because its our culture but don’t kill our culture with one living one. Enough is Enough.

Buju’s comments reportedly received claps from the crowd

The original Jamaica Observer article carrying the complete happenings has been removed interestingly.

So one just never knows why things are done the way they are done in the entertainment industry but we will watch none the less and see how this pans out.

I am also heartened that the gay community on a whole decided to keep quiet and let it all hang out, no protests, no fanfare, no commentary as far as murder music was concerned.

Peace and tolerance.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Gay Liberation Network - LGBT Activists May Protest Jamaican DJ Capleton

By Joseph Erbentraut

A planned October 9 performance by Jamaican reggae performer Capleton at The Kinetic Playground (1113 W. Lawrence) has set the Gay Liberation Network (GLN) in motion against the singer's controversial, anti-gay lyrics.

The LGBT organization is currently in negotiations with the Uptown venue to either cancel the gig or face community protest.

In a letter sent to The Kinetic Playground's owner Jim Gouskos earlier this month, GLN spokesperson Roger Fraser addressed the group's concerns, namely the performer's promotion of violence against LGBT people in lyrics of songs like "Bun out Di Chi Chi," which translates to "Burn the Queer."

His lyrical content has put him on the radar of LGBT activists opposed to so-called "murder music" and resulted in the cancellation of shows nationwide, eventually leading to Capleton and other controversial Jamaican dancehall singers singing the Reggae Compassionate Act in 2007, promising to forgo incendiary remarks toward gay and lesbian people and other minorities.

But despite that, Capleton has, as recently as last year, reportedly exclaimed "All who have burned queers and sodomites, put your hands up!" in a Jamaican concert.

"Very few promoters want to be associated with murderous bigotry and calls from the stage to commit mayhem," Fraser wrote to Gouskos. "No respectable promoter would knowingly schedule a performer whose lyrics promoted violence and murder against blacks or Jews or Muslims.

Cancel Capleton Hate Tour 2010

We ask for and expect the same consideration be made concerning LGBT people." In response to Fraser's inquiries, Gouskos said he is not homophobic and would like to get out of his contract for the Capleton gig, but can't afford the $11,000 cancellation fee.

According to Fraser, Gouskos further indicated he could get plenty "goons to throw eggs at us," if GLN protests the show and told the GLN rep he did not represent the LGBT community.

Goons or not, it would appear the show - and the protest - will go on, though there remains no mention of the gig on the Kinetic's website or Facebook page.

GLN and other LGBT organizers were successful last year in causing the cancellation of many of Jamaican performer Buju Banton's American gigs. Banton's song "Boom Bye Bye" advocated burning gay people "up bad like an old tire wheel" before shooting them.

Banton is, incidentally, now imprisoned in Florida on a cocaine charge. GLN also forged a campaign against anti-gay neo-Nazi band Evil Incarnate, whose appearance at the End of Days Fest at White Star Lounge was canceled last December.

Sizzla's concert cancelled (France), Montpellier's mayor re-affirms firm stand in the face of homophobic calls for murder



Press release No. TR10INT11J

Paris, Friday 24 September 2010 FR


Sizzla, known for his calls for the murder of LGBT people (lesbians, gays, bi- and trans-sexuals), was due to sing yesterday at Montpellier’s Festi Plaisir.

On 9 May 2008, Tjenbé Rèd - the Afro-Caribbean association for the struggle against all forms of racism, homophobia and Aids, the French co-ordinator of the international Stop Murder Music (SMM) network - warned the mayor, Hélène MANDROUX (member of the Socialist Party), about another concert of the singer. The elected representative had then asked the Prefect to cancel this concert “because of the violent and discriminatory tenor, particularly of a homophobic nature, of certain songs”. [1]

Last August 21, our association, getting support on 20 September from Mr Michel PASSET, the Chair of the communist group on the Montpellier Municipal Council, warned Mrs MANDROUX about yesterday’s concert. She just reaffirmed her position by “solemnly warning the organisers” of this new concert [2]. We learns fortuitously that this concert has been cancelled without explanation. (The artist, it is true, is accustomed to unannounced cancellations, of which his fans complain on diverse Internet forums.) [3]

We congratulates Mrs MANDROUX and Mr PASSET for their commitments in support of human rights and invites the Municipal Council to vote on a position of principle relating to all of the singers tracked by the SMM campaign (Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Capleton, Elephant Man, Sizzla or Mavado, Dr Evil and Leftside) [4]. This position would help exercise a salutary pressure on these“singers”, veritable messengers of death. In this way, Vybz Kartel and the TOK group, initially targeted by the campaign, now respect a code of conduct: the Reggae Compassionate Act (RCA). [5]

For Tjenbé Rèd, chair, David AUERBACH CHIFFRIN

+33 (0)6 10 55 63 60 (Fr. Mainland) - +596 (0)6 96 05 24 55 (FWI) - Fax: +33 (0)1 76 50 59 79



[1A] 9 mai 2008 - Alerte homophobie ! Buju Banton et Sizzla, deux chanteurs homophobes, en

tournée en France ! (Sizzla, le «butteur de pédés», est à Montreuil ce mercredi 14 mai) -

Communiqué de presse n°TR08POL03 [fr]

[1B] 28 May 2008 - Sizzla seems to re-affirm his intention to abide by the Reggae

Compassionate Act (The main obstacle to his return to France could thus be removed) -

Press release No TR08POL09 [en] [fr]

[2A] 21 août 2010 - Campagne Stop Murder Music - Sizzla à Montpellier : «Butte les pédés,

mon flingue va tirer» ?! - Communiqué de presse n°TR10INT11C [fr]

[2B] 22 September 2010 - Stop Murder Music in South of France: Tjenbé Rèd calls upon the

mayor of Montpellier to renew her commitment against homophobia in the face of the singer

Sizzla - Press release No.TR10INT11I [en] [fr] [fr]

[2C] 23/24 septembre 2010 - Discrimination : Hélène Mandroux regrette la tenue du concert

de Sizzla à Montpellier (Communication du maire de Montpellier, Hélène Mandroux)

42/RETURN/1/6-quartier-port-marianne-montpellier.htm [fr] [fr]

[3A] 23 septembre 2010 - Message non motivé d’annulation du concert de Sizzla prévu au

Festi Plaisir de Montpellier sur le site Internet (Capture d’écran par Tjenbé Rèd) [fr]

[3B] 10/24 septembre 2010 - Message motivé d’annulation du concert de Sizzla prévu au

Garance Élysée Montmartre sur le site Internet (Capture d’écran par Tjenbé Rèd) [fr]

[3C] 10 September 2010 - Stop Murder Music campaign: Sizzla’s concert cancelled, Vybz

Kartel’s still on - Press release No. TR101NT11H [en] [fr]

[4] 21 September 2010 - Stop Murder Music France (Paris): Council of 18th district of Paris

denounces homophobic calls for murder by singer Vybz Kartel - Press release No.TR10INT12 [en] [fr]

[5A] 23 September 2010 - Stop Murder Music France (Paris, Montpellier): Vybz Kartel, from

calls to murder to the Reggae Compassionate Act (The Jamaican singer commits himself never

again to call for the murder of LGBT people) - Press release No. TR10INT12A [en] [fr] [fr] [fr]

[5B] 22 September 2010 - Reggae Compassionate Act (Signed in Kingston by Vybz Kartel) [en]

[5C] 13 août 2009 - Reggae Compassionate Act (Adapted and signed in Zürich by T.O.K.) [en]

[5D] 13 juin 2007 - Reggae Compassionate Act (Version française établie par Tjenbé Rèd

le 18 octobre 2008) [fr]

[6] 13 juillet 2010 - Photographies de la manifestation de Tjenbé Rèd lors de la venue de

Capleton à l’Élysée Montmartre à Paris


English translation of this French original text. In the event of any differences between the

English translation and the French original, the French text shall prevail. Translated by T. E.

24 septembre 2010 - Stop Murder Music France (Languedoc-Roussillon) : Le concert du

chanteur Sizzla annulé, le maire de Montpellier réaffirme sa fermeté face aux appels au

meurtre homophobes - Communiqué de presse n°TR10INT11J [fr] [en]

Human Rights & J-FLAG Activists call for an end to violence against LGBT Community


Kingston --- September 24, 2010

Despite calls for tolerance by our religious, political and social leaders, attacks against Jamaica's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population continue unabated.

The latest such attacks occurred this September when knife wielding thugs carried out 'corrective rapes' of two lesbians in separate incidents within days of each other.

In response to these most recent attacks and the seeming inability or unwillingness of the nation's political leaders to curb them, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) and its human rights allies held a 30 minutes silent 'Stand Up to Violence' in front of Emancipation Park on Friday, September 24, 2010 which began at 7:40am.
Dane Lewis, Executive Director of J-FLAG, hailed the event as a success despite the delayed start because of the rain.

This was also measured by the broad based support received from numerous allies & agencies, including Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, members of Jamaicans for Justice, Pride in Action, Women for Women, Sex Work Association of Jamaica, Sunshine Cathedral Jamaica, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition and AIDS Free World.
International defence attorney Lord Anthony Gifford, QC, noted that "the issue of violence against gays and lesbians is a human rights issue and I was taking a stand to support that as it is important to keep the issue of rights in the public's consciousness." Susan Goffe, member of Jamaicans For Justice, said "it is important to understand the effect of homophobic rhetoric and the feeling that it is alright to target members of the LGBT community.

The state must clearly illustrate by its action that it defends and protects the rights of women and this includes all women regardless of their sexuality. The acts against these women should unambiguously be condemned."
Participants held up placards which read

'Gay or Straight, Let's all Tolerate', 'Gays have Rights,' and

'Stop the Hate Before It's Too Late', 'Live and Let Love',

'Equal Rights & Justice' and 'Out of Many One People'.
While pointing to the need for strong action to be taken against gender based violence in any form, Programme Manager at Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition, Ivan Cruickshank appealed to all well thinking Jamaicans to join in promoting and protecting the rights of all citizens regardless of their sexual orientation.


The following persons may be contacted for an interview:
Susan Goffe - 815-3648
Dane Lewis - 978-8988/ 875-2328

Dane Lewis
Executive Director
Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays - J-FLAG
Tel/ Fax: (876)978-8988

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Reggae Compassionate Act signed by Vybz Kartel ....... courageous move by the DJ



(The Jamaican singer commits himself never again to call for the murder of LGBT people)

Press release NoTR10INT12A
Paris, Thursday 23 September 2010 EN
Tjenbé Rèd, the Afro-Caribbean association for the struggle against all forms of racism, homophobia and aids, the French coordinator of the international Stop Murder Music (SMM) coalition, received yesterday at 19:03 hrs

(Kingston, Jamaica time) a copy of the Reggae Compassionate Act (RCA) signed by the hand of VYBZ KARTEL, sent from his own personal email address. Signing this Code of Practice is an example of real progress in the struggle against all forms of homophobia in Jamaica, France and the rest of the world. The SMM coalition has been waiting for this since 2004.

It commits the artist not to repeat the calls for murder of LGBT people (lesbians, gays, bi- and trans-sexuals) which he included in performances between 2003 and 2010. It constitutes a major success for the strategy of dialogue led by the SMM coalition, including, particularly, the British group OutRage! and its chair, Peter THATCHELL.

Tjenbé Rèd welcomes this courageous gesture by VYBZ KARTEL and thanks the council of the 18th district of Paris, which, on the intiative of Mr Ian BROSSAT (chair of the group of communist and Left Party elected representatives on Paris city council, counsellor for the 18th district), had voted for a formal request to be sent to the capital’s Prefect of Police asking him “to consider the risks to public order which might be provoked by” the singer’s concert in this
district on the coming Sunday. Tjenbé Rèd consequently withdraws all calls for organised action in relation to this concert.

Vigilance is still required. Several performers of murder music have signed the RCA, then denied having signed it, in particular Sizzla, who is due to appear this evening at Montpellier, whose mayor Mme Mandroux, contacted on 21 August, could restate the views she expressed in 2008 in the face of this artist.

For Tjenbé Rèd, Chair, David AUERBACH CHIFFRIN
+33 (0)6 10 55 63 60 (Fr. Mainland) -
+596 (0)6 96 05 24 55 (FWI) -
Fax: 01 76 50 59 79

[1A] 22 September 2010 - Stop Murder Music in South of France: Tjenbé Rèd calls upon the mayor of Montpellier to renew her commitment against homophobia in the face of the singer Sizzla - Press release

No.TR10INT11I [fr] [fr]

[1B] 31 May 2008 - Follow up to the remarks made by Benoît Collin, publications director of the Internet site, in the daily letter of the monthly magazine Têtu, the 29th of May 2008 - Communication


[1C] 28 May 2008 - Sizzla seems to re-affirm his intention to abide by the Reggae Compassionate Act
(The main obstacle to his return to France could thus be removed) - Press Release No TR08POL09

[1D] 26 mai 2008 - Non au concert xénophobe, homophobe et sexiste de Sizzla au Rockstore (Montpellier) !
(Communiqué du Collectif contre l’homophobie et pour l’égalité des droits)

[1E] 17 mai 2008 - Lettre à Rama Yade, secrétaire d’État chargée des Affaires étrangères et des Droits de l’Homme, au
sujet de la tournée du chanteur Sizzla - Communication n°TR08POL07 [fr]

[1F] 13 May 2008 - Open letter to the mayors and those in charge of the concert halls to be visited by Sizzla during his
French Tour - Press release No. TR08POL04B [fr] [fr]

[2] 22 September 2010 - Reggae Compassionate Act signed by Vybz Kartel

[2A] 22 septembre 2010 - Reggae Compassionate Act signed (Courriel de Vybz Kartel à Tjenbé Rèd, le 22 septembre
2010 à 19h03, heure de Kingston, Jamaïque)
Document confidentiel, réf. 100922-99.pdf [en]

[2B] 23 mai 2010 - Vybz Kartel - No Man {Black Street Prod} May 2010 (Ajouté sur Youtube par Mioke3) [en] [en]

[2C] 23 septembre 2009 - Vybz Kartel - Nuh Batty Ting (silent river riddim) - Ajouté sur Youtube par SpecualKeesh [en] [en] [en] [en]

[2D] 13 juin 2007 - Reggae Compassionate Act (Version française établie par Tjenbé Rèd le 18 octobre 2008)

Another set of misplaced views on homosexuality .........

Jamaica Prefers Adam & Eve!

Jamaica Prefers Adam & Eve!

How Jamaicans like to see couples: man and woman, as depicted in Laura Facey Cooper's bronze sculpture "Redemption Song."
Photo/Copyright Unknown © 2009

Ten Reasons Jamaica Will Never Accept Homosexuality

Do you agree with this writer from I had some difficulty responding directly to it on the page but you can email them at clearly this writer is a homophobe and is ignorant of the real deal.

Some of the points are still true in as far as the stigma and misunderstandings of male homosexuality in particular are concerned such as the lifestyle being viewed as a Caucasian import (item number four on the list)

Also the point on biblical literalism as well (items number six and eight)

it is however persons such as this we need to respond to to let help them to clear their minds of mindless hate mostly based on fear and ignorance as if homosexuality is some contagious disease.

Follow the listing they provided below and respond to the writer if you feel so moved.

Peace and tolerance


(1) Homosexuality is officially an illegal activity in Jamaica and anyone engaging in such acts can (and are) prosecuted. Interestingly, the offence of buggery is covered under Section 76 of Jamaica’s Offences Against the Person Act which outlines that it is illegal even for anal intercourse between a man and a woman in addition to sex between two men.

(2) The island is very steeply religious and practitioners take their religion seriously. There are as many rum bars as there are churches in Jamaica!

(3) Jamaica’s culture is to fire bu’n anything it does not like, agree with or feel is too alien to its own sense of reality.

(4) Homosexuality is still very much regarded as a white man’s activity among most people.

(5) There is a strong, vibrant anti-homosexual culture in the island.

(6) Jamaica is the land of Rastafarianism and fundamental rastas condemn such 'babylon' activities, often citing the bible as justification for its opposition.

(7) Seeing two people of the same sex acting outwardly affectionate with each other enrages the spirit of most Jamaicans. Many can (and do) tolerate the idea of individuals doing whatever they want in the privacy of their own space but not right under their noses!

(8) Jamaicans love their bibles a lot and right there in Leviticus it clearly says: “men shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind, that’s an abomination.”

(9) The word “battyman”, the most offensive term for homosexuals, has become a status symbol and certain crowd pleaser among entertainers and politicians alike! Its almost like shorthand for laughing at homosexuality yet interestingly sometimes those laughing the hardest among the crowd are the biggest homosexuals ever!

(10) There are many hypocritical people who because of their positions or status in Jamaican society, cannot or will not come out of the closset with their homosexuality for fear of being harmed in some way, given the prevailing climate against the practice.

Can you think of any other reasons or have you got an alternative view on homosexuality?

Answer the writer for this HERE:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Council of 18th district of Paris denounces homophobic calls for murder by singer Vybz Kartel

Press release No.TR10INT12
Paris, Tuesday 21 September 2010 FR EN

Tjenbé Rèd, an Afro-Caribbean association for the struggle against all forms of racism, homophobia and AIDS, the French coordinator of the international Stop Murder Music (SMM) campaign, is delighted at the action by the council of the 18th district of Paris in favour of human rights in France, Jamaica and the rest of the world.

Yesterday evening, the representatives of the 18th district voted unanimously on a formal request to the capital’s prefect of police asking that «he consider the risks to public order which might be provoked by» the Jamaican singer Vybyz Kartel’s concert in their district, at the Garance Élysée Montmartre on the coming 26 September.

This formal request, tabled by the socialist representatives, and deriving from an intiative of Mr Ian Brossat (chair of the group of communist and Left Party representatives in Paris city council, counsellor for the 18th District), recalls that Vybz Kartel includes in his repertoire several «overtly homophobic» songs, of which one «declares that gays and lesbians ought to be murdered».

Tjenbé Rèd once again calls upon Vybz Kartel and others who perform murder music to sign the Reggae Compassionate Act.

Pour Tjenbé Rèd,
le président, David AUERBACH CHIFFRIN
+33 (0)6 10 55 63 60 (France Mainland)
+596 (0)6 96 05 24 55 (French West Indies)
Fax: +33 (0)1 76 50 59 79

[1B] 10 September 2010 - Stop Murder Music campaign:
Sizzla’s concert cancelled,
Vybz Kartel’s still on - Press release No. TR101NT11H [en] [fr] [en]

[2A] In Bedroom Slaughteration
Vybz Kartel performs: «Bow cat, sodomite, batty man fi gat assassination»
(«Oral sexer, lesbian and queer must be assassinated»); in Gunz Like Mine, he let them some more hope: «Kartel buss one inna batty bwoy spine»
(«Kartel puts a bullet in a queer’s spine»); in Pussy Jaw, he withdraw a part of this hope:
«Faggot fi get copper to di heart... Don run anybody wey fuck batty...
Me a shot e... From yuh funny, yuh a guh bury...» («Faggot must get bullet to the heart... Don’t chase away the man who fucks arse... I am trying to shoot him... If you are queer, you get buried...»).

In 2004, Vybz Kartel had his MOBO Award (Music of Black Origin Award) nomination withdrawn after the organisers declined to promote artists inciting homophobic violence.

13 juin 2007 - Reggae Compassionate Act (original English text) [en] [en]

Buju defence witness refuses to testify .............. Buju says he’s nervous, scared

TAMPA, Florida — The defence in the Buju Banton trial suffered a minor setback this morning when a possible witness pleaded the Fifth Amendment, deciding not to testify on behalf of the Jamaican singer.
The defence had requested that James Mack, Buju's former co-accused, give evidence for him, but Mack, fearful that he might jeopardise his chances of getting a lighter sentence, opted not to.
American law allows a witness to refuse to testify under oath on the ground that the answers could be used as evidence by prosecutors seeking to convict the witness for a criminal offence Mack was arrested in December 2009 the same day that Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie, was arrested and slapped with cocaine charges.
He recently copped a plead deal for a lighter sentence. Also arrested along with Mack in a sting operation was Ian Thomas, who also copped a plea deal. Both men will be sentenced in November.

Reacting to the development, Buju's lawyer David Markus expressed some disappointment as he spoke with the Observer.

"He would have helped," Markus said.
Meanwhile, Markus continued his grilling of Alexander Johnson, the prosecution's main witness.

Markus, with his line of questioning painted a picture of a man who was in financial debt and was pushing to entrap Buju because of the money he stood to earn from the case, if the entertainer was arrested.
The court was told that Johnson was behind on his credit card bills, mortgage payment and owed the US government over $100,000 in taxes.
Markus pointed out from transcripts of Johnson's recorded conversations with Buju, that he was the one constantly bringing up talks of drugs and that the entertainer was not interested.

Johnson also said that he did not inform Buju that he was going to look at drugs on December 8 when the entertainer was caught on tape tasting the cocaine. He said the artiste was under the impression that he was going to see a sailboat he (Johnson) owned.

Buju was arrested at his home at Tamarac, South Florida hours after his former co-accused Thomas and Mack, were arrested during an alleged drug bust in an undercover operation at a warehouse in Sarasota, Florida in December last year.
All three were charged with conspiracy to possess more than five kilogrammes of cocaine with intent to distribute, while Mack was charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offence.
The drug charge carries a minimum sentence of 20 years to life in addition to a fine of up to US$4 million, while the firearm charge carries a sentence of five years to life and a fine of up to US$250,000.

Both Mack and Thomas, in their plea deals, have agreed to give evidence to assist the US Government in building a case against Banton, in exchange for lesser sentences.

Buju says he’s nervous, scared
"Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was called to the stand about 2:45 pm Florida time by his attorney David Oscar Markus.

“I was just talking crap. I’m not a drug dealer,” Banton admitted.

He said that he did not want to be outtalked by Johnson, and said Johnson seemed to be a nice person who he liked hanging out with.

Banton admitted also that he had made a false move by sampling cocaine in a warehouse in Tampa. He said he was unaware that he was going to see cocaine as Johnson told him that he was going to inspect a boat.

He said he was fascinated with boats and was very surprised when he saw cocaine."

more HERE

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dancehall community mum from Buju’s woes began ....................


Lest we forget the accusations that gays were out to get Buju Banton for his Boom Bye Bye song lyrics were out there long before his present ordeal with the US Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA. From the early days of the Stop Murder Music Campaigns in Europe and GLAAD in the United States the complaints have been coming from his and other targeted so called murder music artists whose shows were cancelled, postponed or moved to more accommodating venues as is the case now in France where Sizzla and Vybz Kartel shows were cut and the pressure now on to Capleton in his upcoming tour of sections of the US.

When Buju Banton was first arrested everyone was stunned especially when it came to light he was charged for the unbelievable dealings with the “white lady” cocaine which Rastafarians are supposed to shy or avoid based on their religious principles and the teachings of Haile Sellasie. So the gay community in the USA and by extension Jamaica were used as scapegoats to blame for his woes however the initial outcry was loud and thunderous but now even within the ranks of the homophobes based on statements made on dancehall forums, radio feedback and other public spaces the believability factor has dropped dramatically as persons are now asking the questions they should have asked from the beginning. Why was he involved in dealings with these other known drug dealers in the first place when you are supposed to be a holy righteous Rastaman preaching love and healthy ital livity?

“Driver, Don’t Stop at all ............”

Could this song be the reason why the Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA found it necessary to launch an operation to capture the Grammy winning reggae star? After all the song details how one can get away transporting the “white lady” and possible other drugs passed the authorities without being detected. The song of course is catchy as it struck a chord with many as not only did it show how to beat the system but appealed to our Anancyism traits in our culture of beating the formal systems, nothing like committing a wrong and getting away with it for a Jamaican it is the ultimate act of heroism and praise is bestowed on the one who can accomplish this, let us not remember this is precisely why the culture of donmanship thrives here.

The damning tape played today September 21, 2010 in his ongoing trial in Florida of Buju Banton allegedly saying he was involved in previous questionable activity which included movement of drugs from Europe to Africa supposedly in the name of taking care of his fifteen children around in Jamaica. Buju Banton allegedly asked one of the men who was in his presence that he wanted to finance some deal and he should avoid one Lloyd Evans as snitches are everywhere, many in the courtroom were in shock according to reports while others covered their ears when the audio was played.

Some questions:

  1. Why is it that even when the initial reactions of disbelief came from the public on Buju’s arrest certain powerful sections of the dancehall fraternity were so quiet and still are today?
  2. Could it be that others in the knowing in the dancehall fraternity already knew of Mr. Myrie’s dealings with the underworld so it came as no surprise to some?
  3. Is there a level of disappointment from the Rastafarian community in particular as he is considered a let down as he broke the righteous teachings of his majesty and perceived to have gotten involved in drug running?
  4. Even when agitations were made to help raise funds etc and rally around Buju under the short lived Free Buju campaign where were the other artists to give sustained public support?
  5. Is Buju being left to hang to dry on his own in this matter as fear of speaking out on his behalf may lead to the fear that the Stop Murder Music Campaign turning on the participants?
  6. Is there more to tell regarding the dancehall community’s silence on Buju’s present legal problems?
  7. If the gay community supposedly “set up” Buju Banton for this as a reprisal for his Boom Bye Bye lyrics from some 22 years ago why would they have waited so long to exact this action?
  8. If the gay community supposedly “set up” Buju Banton then are the two alleged men now turned state witnesses gay?

Given the parody video now out of Buju being a closeted gay man is the dancehall community aware of such an accusations hence their distance from him in this matter?

It just seems so strange that the outcry is not louder given the sensitivities involved and our supposed homophobic state seeing many of the dancehall acts accused of being murder music performers have already broken the Reggae Compassionate Act (UK) including Buju himself. The Act was supposedly designed to have dancehall acts agree to not promoting or performing anti gay songs anywhere I would have thought they would have used Jamaica as an offshore area to be strident in their stance in defence of Buju Banton since he is under pressure from "Babylon" since most of them have already broken the Act.

I would not be surprised though if he is acquitted that the silence would turn to great jubilation not for him as a Rasta getting away from a drug charge per say but him escaping the so called trap the gay community has set out for him. The varying spins that this story has taken is just beyond me, as for the reporting on the trial itself it is clear the local media have drawn their lines and are taking his side with very friendly articles on the proceedings.

I would also be equally not surprised if he is found guilty and the same quiet dancehall spectators turns loud and blames the gays for his demise, I wonder what would happen then?

Interesting times we are living in friends let’s watch this one closely.

UPDATE: Sept 22, 2010 - 6:50am a reader submitted this which is worth considering as well:

1) He was not set up by gays - who aren't that powerful, anyway.
2) I do not know how devout is his Rastafarianism, but, in any case, it suits him to appear devoutly religious right now.
3) It seems like he might be a dealer of long standing, which raises the issue, to me at least: how many other Dancehall artists are involved in drug trafficking?
4) How come he winds up sitting next to a DEA informant on a flight from Madrid to Miami? There must have been stuff going on prior to this, or the Feds would not have facilitated his sitting next to the informer.
5) One possible outcome is a deadlocked jury. In that case a whole new act would open in this drama.
6) Maybe entertainers are not supporting him vociferously, because they don't much like him.

Tell me what you think.

Peace and tolerance



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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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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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Hello readers,

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.

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  • 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

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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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