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

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Challenges for homo/bisexual males continue for December 2012

November 20, 2012 was the last time I looked at some challenges facing gay and bisexual men in Jamaica especially the homeless group via a lengthy podcast while also recognising Transgender Remembrance Day, where I selected murder victim Mi’Que once again as the diva to remember and the invisibility of the transgender community while advocates conveniently use the LGBT call letters in their agitation for “buggery” rights when transgender rights and recognition call for more than that. Unfortunately before I had a chance to post this entry which was scheduled for December 13, 2012 news came via Twitter update followed by a series of phone calls from other community members that a gruesome find was made of a partially burnt body of a well respected and awarded JP. 

Becky as he is affectionately known aged 67 according to media reports was of one of our longest standing personalities in the community with his trademark cold crown decorated smile and silver jewellery and a helpful Justice of The Peace, engaged by gay and heterosexual persons as his personality superseded his perceived sexuality by a few (and there are always those speculators) a fierce advocate in his own right, in fact he was also one of those persons who would assist homeless and displaced persons too, I will nominate the late Steve Harvey who in his earlier years and difficulty was assisted by “Becky” he was also integrally involved in early days of Jamaica AIDS Support (for Life) and was a fixture at their offices for any assistance in signing documents or any other informal crisis intervention matters.
He was found by fire fighters with his throat cut, apparently his house was set on fire after the fact to supposedly destroy evidence and the body. Shock and horror are the natural responses from those who are close to him.

It is not clear the motive for the murder at this time (THIS POST MAYBE UPDATED OR A NEW ONE CREATED AS IS REQUIRED)

Rest in Peace dear Becky ............ see below for the other murder victim’s news who met his demise on November 17th.

Previous happenings to now:

I highlighted another murder that occurred a week before, November 17th to be precise on another podcast of a member of the cruising community in Kingston named Donald Liscombe popularly known as Eric, his funeral will be December 15, 2012, he was shot some 11 times according to reports though not carried on mainstream media at all and all shots were said to be from behind so he didn’t either see his attackers in time or was able to flee, it is reported that he may have trailed from the Half Way Tree area where he often meets his friends or conquests as long-standing problems in his community with allegations of him having too much “traffic” and or parties at his home where he entertained young men and teens occasionally some of whom it is said he has no sexual relations but socialize with as his daughter also stays at the home sometimes but the profiling continued so much so that alleged gangsters made their plans and carried them out. It was also reported that he was the recipient of warnings from thugs in and around the area. Repeated heckling and rumours while he traversed his community to a local wholesale where he is well liked as he was friendly and interacted with persons well. He would be often seen walking on or near the Molynes or Waltham Park Roads area at time as well to show how comfortable things were until the downturn. His masculine demeanour seemed to have helped deflect some of the unwanted profiling that took place but something else must have gone wrong as many are surmising at his surprise murder.

Certainly this year has been a bloody one for the gay/bi male community as by June we had gone 11 or so murders and then came the others with half of them being directly homophobic while the others were community or groups dynamic related, especially the homeless double murder in the Trafalgar/Lady Musgrave Rd open lands where it was internal conflicts in that group. Speaking of homelessness we saw the December 6 story on both television stations of another major eviction again despite previous ones including the very public August 28 episode from the Cargill Avenue lot, plus a disturbing clash at the Jamaica AIDS Support grounds with staff on December 3 which has many speculating that it was a call from them that led to the aforementioned eviction three days later, the intended shelter as marketed by JFLAG scheduled for opening on December 1 but after a hastily planned town hall meeting the deal has fallen through as the proper talks were not done before the announcement was paraded, the J seems to be operating like Jamaican governments lately announcements and promises without any serious follow-up. As for follow-ups those of us who attended that town hall meeting were promised a correspondence with the assessments of the men after a series of questions I posed to the Executive Director of the J on the psycho social/sexual interventions for the group, those correspondences have not arrived to date and I do not expect them to arrive anymore. The communication with the community has always been poor we often have to hear or read our won supposed LGBT happenings from foreign entities.

The murder case of the naked man found in the Gordon Pen area of St. Catherine in July is still a mystery to many it seems as the even the newsclip for the item has gone offline, the man was found naked in his house with stab wounds, house undisturbed except for an open door and rumours in the community of his uncertainty sexual orientation abound. My own beat/foot patrol in the area as I am familiar with the terrain has revealed that there are some circumstances that are yet to be properly explained and understood. The alleged graffiti subsequently sprayed on the house hinting an antigay message has been painted out quickly by others. Meanwhile in South central Jamaica one of the two doctor’s killed in Manchester is also a cause for concern whether it was homophobic or not as he too was found naked in his bathroom, a feature of suspicious murders with msm victims and a reality we have to accept is that victims are found nude, his Lexxus motor vehicle was found burnt out in East Kingston some 70 or so miles away. The arson that occurred in Waterhouse in November has had obvious fallout where displacements have come with assistance from other community influentials chipping in and taking up the slack for those involved while the household head has since relocated elsewhere. The matter I am told is still being investigated, no photos have come to hand this time around if we can recall the Clarendon matter some years ago where the victims took photos of the damage as evidence.

Some homeless men were chased and their belongings destroyed on December 14th by men allegedly who gather on the hip strip in New Kingston, phones and other personal belongings were said to be stolen but others accuse this set of creating mischief as an old feud between the two parties reignites as the publicised December 3 eviction activity has left a bitter taste in the mouths of the men who blame insiders for causing their untimely removal. The men are still struggling to find shelter and JFLAG is said to be trying to find a space for the men much to the anger of some in the community who say that they are insincere in their pronouncements as the shelter that was proposed to be opened on December 1 as mentioned above did not materialise. Some community influentials and long-timers have assisted by providing food, phone cards and clothes but are not willing to go any further following problems before with aiding some of the men and mistrust issues. 

An eighteen year old is the newest on the lost according to reports as his perceived sexuality caused great unease in his community leading to rejection from family members, how many stories like this are we going to continue to hear without the necessary rehabilitation and stabilization interventions in place to help them recover I ask again? The aforementioned arson attack on a popular house mother as well on December 1 has left some of her roommates struggling for permanent shelter even as they are unemployed or unemployable and are not doing any extra schooling so as to upgrade their qualifications, the buggery review is not the only things that matters of challenges to travel laws elsewhere or the narcissism that attends to advocacy these days but the loves of the least amongst us who ought to be allowed second third or sometimes fourth chances to be on the road to normalcy.

Out of town homeless challenges:

In that same town hall meeting I posed a question about a possible street based intervention for those persons outside of Kingston who are teetering on or are homeless, there was no definitive plan for same it seems based on the roundabout response and now comes news of another challenge with two young men by Williams Street in Spanish Town where an attempt was made to attack the young men after they were profiled as gay due to their aesthetics, mode of dress - very tight pencil feet jeans and lightened skin despite Jamaica’s metrosexual revolution but it was their effeminate stance that was the added factor that seemed to have triggered the public’s negative response, however cops and soldiers on patrol seeing it’s the holiday season ended the impending doom but one of the men was said to have complained of some of the soldiers whispering behind the scenes. The men who were evicted from Syndenham Villas from a house they had illegally occupied are not in another section of the parish and have somehow raised money to purchase small items to sell for the holiday season to make some cash.

Montego Bay proper and other related areas are continuing to see challenges of the men there and the commercial sex workers have been seeing a downturn in their trade as cops clamp down on most forms of loitering and the traffic issue as was made public recently, see HERE for an earlier entry in response to some readers from that side of the rock, the lotto scamming crackdown by the authorities is also still proving problematic for some as the money and associated lifestyle splurge is not longer sustainable and those from the gay community involved are falling through the cracks. Without the necessary catchment social programs to effectively rescue the young persons involved (although HEART Academy is not so attractive to some) the men just linger with some consequences. It was made known to me that three men were verbally abused by persons in that side of town a week ago while going about their business. They were cursed out and describe in essence as boy rapists and what would happen to them if they or anyone accused of being gay touched their children or kids overall. The public agitations by a gay lawyer who hails from that side of Jamaica has not gone unnoticed as well and they blamed his actions as one of the reasons why gays feel they can wave their lifestyle in public or justify their sexuality while upsetting everyone else.

Similar comments have been made repeatedly on media radio on television especially the call in segments of talk shows, yesterday a caller for example on Newstalk93 FM’s Straight-Up hosted by Jerry Small openly called for an execution chamber for gays but the skilful way Mr Small has been handling his show lately he quickly got the caller to in essence retract the offending remark others continue to confuse “lifestyle” as opposed to orientation and dishonestly linking both to auto-paedophilia by such persons.

Same Gender Loving women too are facing some challenges:

Our biologically born female counterparts are also facing some challenges navigating or nation daily a recent forced eviction of sorts in Portmore nearing the Christian Pen, Gregory Park area (St Catherine again) as a lesbian couple took evasive action after learning of growing unease with their presence despite one half of the couple being an “area born” resident and is known. Ever since her partner had to relocate from another parish in order to seek employment in the nearby call centre business the couple has seen some unkind responses to their cohabitation. Thankfully they avoided any serious outcomes.

While all these and more occur religious antigay/abortion groups push their agenda:

Anti gay Christian groups such as the JCHS continue to push this line of argument to bolster their agenda with persons like the group’s head Dr Wayne West (not a Jamaican) push lines that tolerance is equal to fisting and felching or persons who agitate for tolerance are asking to legalize those activities. He continues to push that the LGBT lobby wants to seize the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to allow depravity and illegal acts. Such practices are not popular here in Jamaica and are more seen in sub-groups in Europe such as the biker, leather or skinhead gay communities, he also went on in a recent radio interview that the philosophical end to the agitation for the repealing of buggery is to make all sexual practice normative whether they be right or not as imposed by aetheists with a worldview where no design is the mantra. Interesting he does not agitate this much in his country of birth Trinidad. Yet we also do not see the groups agitating for the least amongst us, the homeless and children in state care, the work by Jamaicans for Justice and Civil Society Coalition to publicise that perennial problem and the steps taken or that ought to be taken to do so these religious groups abstain or are silent from those actions which in essence directly impact a healthy society’s development.

Dr Wayne West for example recently equated the thrust for the buggery law repeal as well by saying the following:

“....the argument that you need to remove your buggery law to reduce HIV rates is eminently not true ............... the epidemiological data removing your buggery law is not necessarily nor is it sufficient to decrease HIV, what is important is behaviour.” He believes that the Jamaican people must be made to understand that the gay lobby, us, are intent on making deviant sexual practices normative as if all we are defined as is who and how we have sex and nothing else, so the likes of Mr West do not place any value of our orientation, choices, freedoms alienable or properly created and having a plural society where all persons can co-exist as long as their actions do not impede others. It is consensual sex in a private space is all we are asking for outward displays of affections are not culturally palatable here overall."

He concludes:

“ .....when persons come and say you need to remove the law to decrease HIV what you are actually hearing is you need to remove your law so we can modify the society and integrate all types of sexual orientations as the same and equivalent, that’s what that statement .... every time a Jamaican citizen hears that statement you need to remove your buggery laws to decrease HIV they should be hearing we want you to remove the buggery law so we can integrate all sexual orientations, all sexual behaviours into your activities and into your school curriculums....”

Now he dishonestly equates the recent Home and Family Life Fiasco, HFLE matter to join the chorus that there was motive for the questions posed in the manual as I had agreed it may have been age appropriate but is needed to discuss sex and sexuality. Then it is no wonder why we are having the challenges in our society of homophobia and homo-negativity while LGBT people continue to suffer from these kinds of institutional bigotry from the religious impositions by their supposed noveau intelligentsia or theological communities aided and abetted by other religious groups who by the way cannot do this kind of activity in their own jurisdictions so they export their hate with millions of dollars to boot for full paged ads and more.

Priorities please religious friends.

Frankly the proposed buggery review is in effect in my view a shortcut for the government to avoid the brave constitutional changes and removing that savings clause, what if the conscience vote comes out in the affirmative? A plus for the gay community, the debate will have to continue anyway in terms of how the legislation would look. With legal gymnastics by these same religious/legal pundits with simple use of language to divert protection under the Charter of Rights and The Sexual Offences Bill when they were debated what other obfuscations will be employed to further derail or stop dead the process post the conscience vote? Does anyone remember the invented gay marriage debate used to also help remove the discrimination due to sexual orientation protection clause though limited but essential? No such rights were asked for by JFLAG or any other group when we can't even get passed just basic tolerance, respect and privacy.

Here in part is what the committee recommended at the time:

"Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation Another issue raised was whether the Constitution should also guarantee freedom from discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation. This issue was raised, in written presentation and by oral address to the Committee, by a group called the Jamaican Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J. Flag). The written presentation is attached as Appendix 

Representatives of J. Flag quoted what was said to be a statement by Professor Edwin Cameron, now a Judge of the South African Constitutional Court, at page 450 of the 1993 volume of the South African Law Times, that “sexual orientation is defined by reference to erotic attraction: in the case of heterosexuals, to members of the opposite sex; in the case of gays and lesbians, to members of the same sex”. 

They argued that the Constitutional Bill of Rights and Freedoms should seek to protect the inherent human identity from abuse and that what was included in human identity were those features of a person, or characteristics, that that person was born with. Sexual orientation, they said, was one of those features or characteristics of human identity, in the sense that everyone has a sexual orientation and that that sexual orientation was largely, if not entirely, outside the individual’s control. Homosexuality, they said, was, to the homosexual, as natural and unchangeable as heterosexuality was to the heterosexual. The balance of scientific opinion, they argued, was weighted in favour of the view that sexuality, including sexual expression, was indivisible from individual identity, and was in the same category as race, gender, or brown or blue eyes. Furthermore, they said, there was no credible evidence or convincing argument that sexual orientation could be changed. 

On that basis, the representatives of J. Flag argued that sexual orientation should not form the basis of discrimination against, or abuse of, any human being and proposed that the best way to achieve this was to include, in the Constitution, provision for protection against discrimination on that ground. That proposal, they added, was consistent with current international trends. The Constitution of South Africa, it is to be noted, includes sexual orientation among the grounds on which the state and persons are prohibited from unfairly discriminating directly or indirectly against anyone. The Committee is concerned, however, as to the effect which implementation of that proposal would have in relation to the Marriage Act and the institution of marriage and on parenting. The representatives of J. Flag had themselves conceded that the Marriage Act would be inconsistent with such a constitutional provision. 

Other matters which the Committee has taken into account include the view of some of its members that the proposal by J. Flag challenges Christian society, and that, as heterosexuality is what assures the perpetuation of the human race, homosexuality could be regarded as a challenge to the existence of the human race. These views, of course, are not shared by the representatives of J. Flag. It is important to record that the representatives of J. Flag have stated that they regard the legislation which criminalizes buggery between persons as the essence of discrimination against homosexuals, particularly in relation to its enforcement against male homosexuals, and, therefore, that if a recommendation for the repeal of that legislation in relation to consenting adults in private is as far as the Committee would be prepared to go, they would be grateful for that concession. 

The Committee urges J. Flag to carry out further research as to 

(i) the Constitutions which guarantee protection against discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation; 
(ii) the laws which would be inconsistent with such a constitutional provision; 
(iii) scientific data as to the causes of homosexuality; and 
(iv) whether there has been an increase in homosexuality following on such a liberalization of the law in other countries. 

The Committee is not at present disposed, however, to include in the Charter of Rights a guarantee of protection from discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation, because of the implications which this would have, in particular, its implications in relation to the institution of marriage and questions of parenting. It would, however, bring to the attention of the Government, as a matter for consideration, the issue of the repeal of the provisions of the Offences Against the Person Act in so far as it relates to the offence of buggery between consenting adults in private."

Alot to ponder this season and as we turn towards a new year.

Let us stay strong

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

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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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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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