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

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Whitney Houston's impact on Jamaican LGBT life ................

Writing as a fan, a DJ, Observer on the scene and just a plain mourner as we grieve from her death, Whitney Elizabeth Houston in essence is worth more than we as LGBT people in Jamaica realise if we are to seriously reflect on how her music has come to assist in the struggle in the most peculiar of ways. Her melodic tones whether it be a “You Give Good Love To Me” smoothy or a high tempo dance number such as early original studio extended and David Morales remixes of “So Emotional” “Love Will Save The Day” or “How Will I Know?” who can forget the early MTV influence as an African American artist following in Michael Jackson’s footsteps in having her video go mainstream with that cute dress, big hair, the look of innocence and the bow that had everyone talking for years about even to this day. Prior to her arrival in 1985 let us not forget the other divas such as Jennifer Holliday (who Houston adored then), Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Shannon, Janet Jackson, Sheena Easton, Patti LaBelle, Bette Midler, Paula Abdul, Shirley Bassey, Madonna and our very own Sheryl Lee Ralph who gave us that anthem “In The Evening” (remixed almost every year since its release) influences on worldwide LGBT entertainment circles all of whom still have an impact to this day on our landscape and with the steady stream of murder music from local dancehall artist some of whom are in the closet which directly had negative psychological and homophobic influences in those days which mostly called for our maiming or deaths it was sweet relief to hit the dancefloor of a hastily put together gay party at someone's home or expensively rented venue, the main clubs of the day be they Marshall’s, The Entourage (Brian Williamson), Club Heavens (which re-opened in February 2012) or the more UPT shindigs of the day where early DJs who influenced me worked with vinyl records and double turn tables at the time dropping hot remixes from the diva. Other Jamaicans who could afford to travel abroad would tell their stories of hearing the latest remix dropped at a packed Sound Factory  Gay Club in New York for example and the anthemic reactions from hundreds of mostly shirtless gay men or the underground smoky clubs in London where house and garage reworked versions of her songs were instant dancefloor fillers. 

 “I’m Every Woman” was and still is a drag performer’s ode along with “Queen of the Night” both from the Bodyguard Soundtrack although at the time of their release in 1993 meant far more than it does today as a mere classic for Miss Houston as the song literally gave a boost to an aspect gay male life especially for effeminate individuals or members of the transvestite community who fondly found solace when they were played and evidenced in the sing along smiling faces reactions from willing patrons at our events, a reaction that still exists today. 

I too was enthralled by this anthem and so too “Step By Step” (The Junior Vasquez Remix) which I recently drew from my archives on February 18th 2012 to spin for the kidz the night of her funeral service at a Rave in upper St. Andrew, the reaction was the same as when it was released back in the day with the entire patronage singing along and bopping as I delivered my twenty five minute Whitney tribute set at the event. I was pleased that dancemusic is still valued as a release for us and we do not have to resort to the hetero-normative dancehall materials sometimes that have now come to overtake our entertainment for mostly younger party fans but I guess it is their go at it now as they write their own historical realities. Some of these new dancehall releases though less caustic still have overtones of homophobia embedded in the lyrical content with some now hitting out at supposed downlow life, a reason for my decision several years ago not to spin such music in my playlist and one I stand by to this day leaving me as the only DJ on the circuit that caters to the children and queens who prefer femme beats and housemusic. It has not been an easy fifteen years.

Other more profound reasons were found to impersonate her with the songs as backdrop to the performances that had meaning such as grieving lost friends at wakes, candlelight vigils for AIDS victims where "I Will Always Love You" was a staple, "I Have Nothing" from the Bodyguard Soundtrack for more rousing shows with major acts as headlines all helped as cathartic exercises for the community as we saw and entertain ourselves. "Jesus Loves Me" was used one year by a young diva as her choice performance song which brought tears to the eyes of many at that JASL candlelight vigil for World AIDS Day some years ago "Try It On my Own" released from her 2003 "Just Whitney" CD became an anthem for resilience and self determination for many of us despite the public's lack lustre response to the CD and single and was performed expertly by legendary Diva Nastacia Waugh (with breast stuffing and shoes thrown in the audience), Macey Antibellum Grey when days were brighter, Andrea "Poochie" Aguilera when she ruled impersonations and Kerry Glama Sweetlife all brought their own interpretations to the track and receiving noted applause and tips from the audiences who witnessed them. The Thunderpuss remix one of the last the duo would do for Houston was also well received at the time of its release 2003 to 2004 but we soon began to see the trouble for the diva in her personal life and waited for the day when she would return to the top as she was on track to be till her untimely death.  

"I Learned From The Best" (HQ2 Remix) from 2000 was a club Entourage banger (no copyright infringement intended)

Thankfully the Stop Murder Music Campaigns over the years has come to silence some of the loudest voices who called for our execution and we had music like that of Miss Whitney to fall back on for alternative entertainment with a cadre of songs tastefully remixed by world renowned gay remixers, producers and DJs. Younger lip sync performers tend to pair with more older legendary divas such as Nastacia Waugh to present their renditions of “When You Believe” that duet with Miss Whitney and Mariah that instantaneously stopped the rumours that they were feuding rivals as it gave the impression Houston was upset that her position was threatened by a fast rising successful Carey then there are the other album anthems such as “Didn’t We Almost Have it All” “You’re Still My Man” “Greatest Love of All” “Where You Are” and of course the mother of all “I Will Always Love You” with the dance version becoming a major classic locally after all these years, that too was included in my set at that aforementioned Rave and even the hardcore dancehall patrons and girls were bopping all over the dancefloor to the pulsating steady 127 bpm stomper singing the lyric. Nearly everyone who was LGBT who I knew had at least one album (known then in the 80s on vinyl) or CD from Miss Houston or a CD single and songs such as “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” be it the original album version, the 12 Inch Single Extended Play or the steady stream of Remixes to follow since its release in 1987 which includes a bootleg 2012 tech-tribal version played and requested of DJs like myself or even the non housemusic spinner has had requests at parties. 

Her influence in live performances where she has set the bar so high in terms of riffs and melismatic skills is present with nearly every other diva who followed (melismas are those quick runs up or down the scale on one syllable) and it is refreshing to hear the comments from them on her influence in their own careers, everyone from Beyonce to GaGa and even Madonna we heard had an impromptu dance breakout at an audition she was having for dancers where she rocked to "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" both ruled the 80s and onwards intermittently there was even talk of rivalry between the camps although in years following both ladies have drawn a truce of sorts publicly. Both also have large throngs of gay followers.

In as far as DJs were concerned we were never out of material of Miss Whitney in fact now that I reflect on this in preparing this post it dawned on me that nearly every set mix one of us did and there have been seven jocks to my certain knowledge since my arrival in late 1996 we always had to spin a Houston dance track mostly or if it were a more romantic theme then the slow jams were the order of the play-list. The change over from vinyl records to digital formats for mixing the same selections applied as being the first DJ on the circuit to have used Automix then on to other mixing software we still draw the tracks that made the floor rock although tastes have changed but some things remain constant. More modern hits from Miss Houston have made the cut proving she still has an effect and her last two smash hits proved this “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength" has been on my play list ever since and has been joined by the last CD's title track “I Look To You” as reworked by two Brazilian DJs unfortunately “Million Dollar Bill” has not been able to resonate with audiences even as a remix. The reactions are the same as to “Step By Step” the sing along smiling faces and the words flowing effortlessly from her fans as the beats are pumped behind powerful diva vocal delivery. No pro-tools or voice enhancing technology required for Miss Houston she is clear as a bell. 

“It’s Not Right But It’s Ok” is in a class by itself as is in its original Rodney Jerkins produced format or that massive deep hard house refix by the incomparable duo Thunderpuss which even today rocks any event once requested and it is still requested despite its immense popularity, other smash hits as reworked for the gay dancefloors from that 1998 album/cd “My Love is Your Love” include Heartbeark Hotel” with Kelly Price coincidentally the last person she performed with just before her death, “I Learned From the Best” (a former Club Entourage manager’s favourite) “You’ll Never Stand Alone” an album favourite though not released as a major single but was lovingly remixed by that Latin God DJ/remixer Tony Moran who gave it the treatment it deserved with a ten minute plus opus. 

Then there are the other dance rarities and goodies such as her duet with Aretha Franklin in 1989 remixed as well entitled “It Isn’t It Wasn’t (Aint Ever Gonna Be)" taken from Aretha’s “Through The Storm” album and another Houston duet with George Michael which was a minor hit originally appearing on the “My Love is Your Love” CD entitled “If I Told You That” which was also redone by Tony Moran in an 11 minute trance house stomper version. Lesser dance remixes include “Fine” which appeared as an original on her double greatest hits CD in 2000, “Greatest Love of All” (The 12 minute Club 69 Remix), “I’m Your Baby Tonight” which struggled in the 1990s to stay on the dance charts, “Someone For Me” from her 1985 debut album which was an underground favourite and also from the same album “Thinking About You” where the extended version was and still is for radio a DJ’s favourite 12 inch pastime especially on Kool 97FM and MegaJamz FM. “Love is a Contact Sport” had a short run when a bootleg 12 inch came on stream in 1988 but it never went far, more modern bootleggers are coming especially since her death as DJs and remixers worldwide give their treatment to her classic and not so classic songs, like Madonna we are going to see a plethora of versions to select from but the more popular versions will always remain sure for our enjoyment.  

Her timing could not have been better in 1985 and she lasted for us while sharing the hits to see murder music literally deplete before our eyes, thanks Nippy for the tunes we know and love. 

 May her soul rest in peace. 

 Loving DJ Howie 

 Peace and tolerance



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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

also see if you can

JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness


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

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

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


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

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

a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

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

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

d) Don’t do anything to aggravate the situation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also see:

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

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

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


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

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

New Kingston Cop Proposes Shelter for Shoemaker Gully LGBT Homeless Population

Superintendent Murdock

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

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

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

Gender Identity/Transgederism Radio discussion Jamaica March 2014

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

CLICK HERE for a recording of the show


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

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

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

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

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

What to Do .....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following may apply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes on Bail & Court Appearance issues

If in doubt speak to your attorney

Bail and its importance -

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

There are two standards that must be met:

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

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

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

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

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

"Bail is not a matter for daylight

Locked up and appearing in court

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

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

Other Points of Interest

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

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

 Avoid being viewed as police may deliberately expose detainees

 Bail is not offered to persons allegedly with gun charges

 Persons who allegedly interfere with minors do not get bail

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

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

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

a) Is the accused a flight risk?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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