The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM/Transgender reviewed & more

In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ Youth in New Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Friday, May 17, 2013

More MSM teetering on homelessness

old J's office

Traditionally there seems to be still very little concern over how we treat with the least amongst us even as today is viewed as International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, with the receding impasse with the MSM homeless group in New Kingston dissipating somewhat as the men scatter in various directions and Jamaica AIDS Support and Jamaica Forum for Lesbians Allsexuals and Gays, JFLAG are officeless for now not to mention other displaced and homeless LGBTians across the island who struggle, more confirmed and unconfirmed reports continue to literally pour in to my email, on Facebook, by phone, Blackberry messenger or fielded by other influentials as well as other persons out there who are getting requests for help from mostly men who have found themselves exposed out on the front-line  What is more disturbing is that some of the persons involved do not want to report their issues to the existing agencies, a trust deficit that seems to have deepened as the homelessness crisis issue played out on the airwaves over the past four years plus and the feeling that they men in some part were abandoned. Persons so afflicted seem not to see the need to bother making any reports as they feel they won’t be helped or that there is favouritism involved as well. This does not auger well for any service NGO or group at all as persons must feel the need to want to come to said groups for assistance or interventions when required. By virtue of this emerging mistrust yet again the true impact or closest approximation of displacements and indeed homelessness may never be known as such persons suffer in silence.

The latest case coming to my attention is one nearing the Jones Town region of a seventeen year old teen whose father (mother is ill) decided he has to go since March of this year as he cannot afford to apparently raise a battyman (gay man). This new found resolve by the teen’s father came on the heels of an incident from last year with the young man and another teen in the housing scheme where an argument between the two stemming from an accusation of both young men suspected as being lovers and which also involved an alleged girl friend of the other party which has allegedly left the father of the teen being teased relentlessly at a bar he hangs out that his son will not produce him any grand children, whispers and verbal spats at the teen as he traverses the scheme and so it seems out of pressure from others he has capitulated. The displaced teen fears his father may physically abuse him so he only goes in at night when he can and does not enter the home but relies on the more openness of a cousin who may pass him some food items and clothing when he needs it but he has been staying at a friend’s but that time is soon ended as the host is asking for his space and costs are escalating.

It was only a few days ago I posted an entry on community based shelter assistance being available despite the costs and risks involved, many persons these days after hearing the horror stories of others who have opened their doors to help coupled with the perception of rowdy behaviour (a perception aided by the recent rejection in essence of the homeless groups in New Kingston by JFLAG and JASL over four years plus) the decision is made easier not to get involved at all and open their homes to help. Remote assistance may come from some who provide purchased cooked meals on weekends or second-hand or new clothes and shoes occasionally especially when nearing an upcoming LGBT event but as for a roof if only for however short a time the answer is usually a resounding No! The arson attack that occurred in the Waterhouse region last year of a popular community drag queen brings into sharp focus the realities out there that in helping certain categories of displaced MSM can come with unneeded consequences especially where profiling of persons is still a catalyst for homo-negative/phobic attacks. A more affluent gay man has picked up on this and despite the first anniversary of the murder of a former ally who also assisted me some time ago financially in providing help for persons who I came into contact with genuine reasons/cases he is researching and assisting where he can. One has to be also mindful of those who fabricate alleged forced removals and so on to play on the sympathies of concerned persons like myself, I too have been bitten by that deceptive practice but I certainly over time have developed ways of checking, rechecking and verifying such reports.

Owing to the fact that NGOs were also set up to deal with the welfare issues as well in the population not just the legalise of repealing buggery, in a previous podcast where I explored the leadership concerns post the eviction notice given to the aforementioned agencies I highlighted the unofficial residential crisis intervention as done by co-founder of JFLAG the late Brian Williamson way back in the nineties who used his own business complex as a temporary shelter for some persons where he could even as he ran a gay club and rented office space and overseeing all of that. Continuity is a missing element in terms of building on what has worked for future fallouts. Even I was the beneficiary of such temporary community based shelter assistance from a departed friend of mine who opened his apartment to me for just over a year after my own brush with the police and the law in November 1996. My own family became aloof towards the public revelation of my sexuality, buggery allegations and relations were tense for some time before it settled but not without arguments, fights and non speaking moments, so I clearly understand the place where some of the young displaced persons are at. It was not an easy road to recovery and bearing in mind agencies such as JFLAG did not exist at that time nor LGBT related counselling so I had to do so in a slow painstaking process of self re-discovery and sheer determination bearing in mind I still reside at my old address where this all came out and have not left Jamaica.

I have offered my spare bedroom here at my house before since the passing of my father in February 2012 as many other ordinary LGBT folk also do at times but some of whom can no longer do so for directly homeless persons due to escalating costs and an ever shrinking income, maybe for someone who is still employed or have some limited income to contribute to the expenses, donations generally are not as fast and as frequent as before and as more persons become insular as well you find that networking to intervene in cases such as this is less available. With the new figures as well on unemployment by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, STATIN one in every three persons between the ages of fourteen and thirty five (post graduate level included) is unemployed as at January 2012 or about 37% and is said to rise, included in that are younger LGBT people who are either studying full/part time at some tertiary institution and or working or on student loans. The residual effect can be seen on Facebook especially on certain job search and career groups/pages but in LGBT groups or pages it is clear as more and more persons reach out openly for assistance with job seeking or employment wanted status messages as a starter. A recent open cry for help one of many others before in a Facebook group where JFLAG operatives are members went unanswered openly as the individual repeated the call and by the looks of it he was not privately messaged either when I engaged him. I have had several private messages as well and feel so helpless in responding as how there should be given the age of the struggle versus the resources and funding allocated over the years.

Unconfirmed reports also suggest the population mentioned in the introduction that for the most part were staying in New Kingston and at the rear of the former JFLAG/JASL offices have had some challenges of verbal and physical abuse by persons, that option of illegal occupying the premises does not exist anymore as guards are posted there now and the new owners take over. The supermarket staff for example where it was reported that some of the gay men had barged in and tried to rob have vowed some retaliation, while other allegations laid at the feet of the men turned out to be concocted by other non MSM miscreants in the business district as well who use the glare of the men’s bad reputation to carry out criminal activity, it is hard to report hearsay but given our culture of the grapevine if it does not go as reported it is exactly that. Other persons in the meantime have been struggling with job loss hence reduced incomes and as personal finances dwindle so does the lifestyles of those persons. Persons have been evicted by landlords or fear such action for owed rent etc with no immediate outlet for recovery. The fallout as well from the state’s crackdown on the illegal lotto scamming which some MSM are alleged to be involved seem evident as once “rich” persons have joined the street cohort of displaced and homeless. Same gender loving women also have been seeing some challenges as well according to an ally in that section of the population, stereotypical profiling in reverse if you will where a butch identified woman was said to have been relieved of her job as she was alleged to be too aggressive to her former female boss.

Other cases that myself and others have been tracking number four as other persons try to intervene and one was reported to JFLAG, the outcome of that one is still unclear but the young men involved have been getting by for now, how long they will remain displaced and not move over into full homelessness is another matter. There are some older cases from last year that are also ongoing but at the displaced category, others have been meandering between being displaced and homeless as no proper life skills knowledge is at hand the minimal feeding program that one NGO claims to regularly provide does not address the psycho social issues nearly enough, the young man for example who stayed at my home for some days is still moving around and has a temporary job for now but instability can be a challenge by not having a roof over ones head. Talk therapy, temporary shelter and food by themselves address the immediate needs but the psychological, emotional and long term needs are another matter especially when the assistance is not buffered with expertise to help the individual return to some level of independence. The St Catherine populations have seen some temporary help come their way but only for five persons by an interfaith group out of the estimated twenty plus, that religious group is also struggling with some theological, ideological and indeed anthropological issues as they engage the men but refuse to directly engage the more effeminate members of the population, some find shelter at a popular revivalist’s centre but cannot stay for extended periods and their movement is heavily restricted to avoid nosy eyes as per the host’s instructions, the landscaping activity that the lucky “masculine” five have been doing with loaned weed whackers is losing traction as the dry season reduces vegetation growth hence no lawns to cut for income.

Western Jamaica namely Montego Bay and its environs have seen the aforementioned fallout from the lotto scamming crackdown as well, according to reports from influentials on that side of the island things are not looking so rosy for some persons and a police raid nabbed three persons just this week. Other challenges include the access to medication namely ARVs/HAART for HIV+ members of the group.

Solutions at the community level seems to be an open option still after all these years when more strategic programs to address this business of displacements that pre-dates any struggle for LGBT rights and recognition in the first place are obviously missing and should have been in place given the amount of programs written over decades, anecdotal information is available just by the oral histories from older gay men who from memory hint to forced evictions though not as frequent and as caustic as today yet very little improvement has come in that department. When will we see some proper responses to this perennial problem when it has always been one of the most visible evidence of hate for MSM in this country?

Please help if you can.

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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