Chief among the mishandling of this homeless MSM issue specific to Kingston is the egregious omission of the men from the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2013 on May 17th see: JFLAG excludes homeless MSM from IDAHO Symposium
Rihanna walking away from the Millsborough eviction scene earlier this year as taken by a Gleaner photographer
Bear in mind that almost monthly one can expect a report of some kind of a youngster or adult MSM forcibly evicted or running away from home for safety reasons.
additional reading: Interfaith Group Pledges continued support for St Catherine Homeless MSM
Other parishes across the island have their own share of problems and populations, St Ann, St James and St Catherine comes easily to mind. A small project in St Catherine though frothed with its own challenges and phobias with the religious actors involved is still on thankfully in a sense. It was last December that the same mixed religion group in association with myself and others hosted a treat for some of the men, See: Interfaith group treats homeless MSM in St Catherine
also see more posts on the matter of homelessness from my other blogs and here:
Displacements due to possession of women's clothes ............
The proposed shelter, Dwayne’s House, which is being named after 17-year-old cross-dresser, Dwayne Jones, who was reportedly killed by a mob in July, is said to be in its initial stages.
Human rights activist Yvonne McCalla Sobers said since October a group of activists and attorneys have been working at creating a space for the mostly teenage males who were chased out of their communities and now occupy the sewers and gullies in New Kingston.
At the beginning of this month, police raided one of the gullies that the men are said to be occupying in New Kingston and several stolen items were reportedly confiscated from the site.
McCalla Sobers said the group was working with various stakeholders to identify a secure location and funding for the construction of the home.
The shelter will reportedly cost close to $16 million to construct and will initially cater to 17 to 20 persons.
However, while the activist said the home might not be able to accommodate them all in the first stage of the project.
Representatives from the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays says more than 40 persons who were either kicked out of their homes by family members or had to flee attacks from their communities have sought assistance from the group.
Check out the Homeless MSM tab immediately below for all the posts since 2009 on the matter to include the initial eviction of the previously homeless MSM in the Safe House Pilot Project.
also my podcast in response to the Dwayne House announcement:
Some good news on the homeless MSM front ..... guarded & waiting part 2: Dwayne's House Project to include a link to the website.
Peace and tolerance