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

Monday, March 3, 2014

"Rimming" promoting DJ gets blamed for freaky singjay's ostracism & death threats

So as two newer dancehall DJs continue to push the envelope in terms of once tabooed freakish promotions in their song lyrics one is now complaining that he and his music has been ostracised and disc jocks on sound systems are very reluctant to play his song, J Amsterdam has been reported in today's Star News Entertainment section that he underestimated the backlash from his provocative "Wine Inna Mi Face" (sit or squat while rotating hips in ones face) song which is targeted for the heterosexual market, the song has gotten some attention in as far as the sex industry is concerned as I have heard the track on several trips to strip clubs in Kingston and St Catherine but according to J Amsterdam it goes no further, here is the article first from the Star bearing in mind that oral sex like homosexuality were once strongly resisted by dancehall acts back in the day:'Local DJs refuse to play my music'



Freaky dancehall singjay J Amsterdam says local DJs are refusing to play his music because they are afraid of the stigma.

According to the Wine Inna Mi Face singer, Jamaica's music industry is not prepared for his level of 'freakishness'.

"I think they don't want to play the song because they don't want to be associated with that kind of thing, and that's why so many people were going against it on Facebook," he said.

The singjay also said while he does not blame DJs for not playing his song in an attempt to protect their reputation, its blatant hypocrisy.

"If DJs played it, they would get 'fire bun' and honestly, I don't think they would want to risk their career," J Amsterdam said.

He also told THE STAR that he misjudged the level of backlash he would get for releasing the controversial single, and even made an attempt to retract his admission to having performed oral sex.

"I can't go anywhere right now, and I have been getting death threats. I have stayed in my house for three days without going outside. I have not done the things I said in the song, I was just trying to fulfil my dreams of having a lucrative career. When I did the song I thought the freaks would have supported me, but they have not," he said.

J Amsterdam also commented on Alkaline's 'anal licking' lyrics saying, "Alkaline is making it bad for me right now because people feel that he did the anal licking line because of me, Demarco and Ricky Carty. But what he did in his song with one line is worse than my entire song. This did me more harm than good because I have received no bookings, not even Tiana or D'Angel want to be associated with me. Persons have to be hypocrites to survive in this industry ... Jamaica is not ready for it, and even though I said oral sex in the song, I have never performed it," J Amsterdam added.

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ENDS


In an industry where sex sells, more dancehall artistes and fans are accepting and becoming liberal about oral sex.
Probably sparked by the increase in the number of 'freaky' songs by Vybz Kartel, many artistes are now openly singing about a more risqué lifestyle.


While male artistes had previously openly sang about receiving oral sex, more female artistes are now also boasting about this in their lyrics.


Artiste CéCile received backlash after releasing her song, "Do It To Me Baby," several years ago, and artiste Lisa Hyper was also chastised after images of her were released on the Internet participating in oral sex.


Fast forward to 2013 and at least three female artistes have revisited the topic of oral sex, citing their love of either performing or receiving it.
However, there is far less resistance to those advocating the act. Instead, it seems they have received the stamp of approval from dancehall. The women believe this is an indication of a new dancehall paradigm.
Up-and-coming dancehall artiste Angelina performed her single Head Mistress at Sting 2012. The song, which blatantly explains her oral sex experiences, was well received by the audience.


Demarco referred to in the article also found himself for some flack as his newest video/song "Ride" was considered too racy that he was cut from the Youth View Awards in January, of course older DJs such as Babycham already pushed the envelope with his older track "Boom Tune" but what J Amsterdam, Alkaline (Anal Licking song fame) are up to is child's play, the video, which features Demarco alongside two females who appear to be performing oral sex and other sexual acts on each other, has been described as pornography, distasteful and tacky. Still, others have hailed him as being groundbreaking and different.

Following the backlash, Demarco released a statement to THE STAR stating that the video was meant for mature audiences only.

"Amidst all the tattering (which is much ado about nothing), it is important to note that my video is intended for mature audiences only. This is explicitly stated at the beginning of the visuals, which contain nothing most 'mature' individuals have not seen or been exposed to in their lifetime. As a further precautionary measure, the video was never released via any of my official outlets (Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), but unfortunately perpetuated to social media platforms by overzealous individuals," the release read.

Demarco added that it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to safeguard minors against such offerings through proper parenting and vigilance.

"The hypocrisy of our society is so paradoxical; accusing me of lechery, yet here's the real truth - only weeks earlier I was the good Samaritan saving a woman's from the clutches of death after she cracked her skull in a severe car accident outside my studio compound. myself and my team rushed her to hospital.

"Aside from a selected few, no one saw the need to highlight this. I also donated a sizeable contribution in back-to-school supplies to various inner-city children in Kenya and Jamaica, another deed treated with utmost inattention."

Making mention of the fact that he released a song titled It's Not Right, campaigning against various atrocities committed against children with little to no media attention, Demarco stated that there are more important issues affecting our nation that need attention.

"The focus that is being thrust upon this video should be given to matters such as the disenfranchised youths of this country, the rising rate of unemployment, lack of proper infrastructure for our children to learn, squatting, the crime epidemic, among other social issues." Who can also forget the Vybz Kartel photo and discussion surrounding the demand of oral sex being performed on men but not vice versa which has been readily accepted. 

I find it interesting from a DJ's standpoint mainly that the tide has turned so radically excluding homosexuality's coverage in dancehall of course but to see a once tabooed matter getting open proponents in song would have been unheard of ten years ago this is outside of the acceptance and fad of bleaching by men once linked to male homosexuals and tight fitting pants or jeans as well led by of course Vybz Kartel. I guess there are certain lines that may not be crossed in this lifetime but will true tolerance from a local DJ for homosexuality ever come? Let us see.


Times are a changing folks. Speaking of rimming also see on sister blog GLBTQJA: Safer rimming or anilingus .......... tips & suggestions for those who like such practices. It has been a growing phenomenon in the MSM world as more persons come out openly on either side as recipients or givers as it were, it must however be done after proper preparation and or sanitization.

The there is Ricky Carty's Tek Cocky Take a Penis) very explicit video:


video

Is this art or desperation for attention by unheard of artists, I agree with Clyde Williams musicologist, former producer in the dancehall arena and judge on Digicel's Rising Star show where he said we need to be careful that the cure does not become worse than the cause since some religious folks have suggested censorship and banning of any material with even the slightest hint to sexual content. Poor parenting is the main culprit identified in a recent radio discourse he was apart of also present was Daniel Thomas from the anti gay group Love March who suggested outright theocracy; he was however cautioned by Cordel Green of the Broadcasting Commission that while the free availability of Xrated materials it should be made NOT available to minors with the ease of which they are out there now; financial sanctions are also being considered but the matter of other materials such as books does one regulate strictly that medium too?

More on Clyde Williams here in 2009: 'Deejays and gay groups need to call a truce'

Clyde McKenzie warns against stupidity of anti-gay lyrics (2010)

UPDATE March 14, 2014



His song, 'One Gyal', has received more than 100,000 views on YouTube, but dancehall artiste Gage said fans should not expect a video.

Known for its raunchy lyrics, One Gyal chronicles the deejay's experience with a female, who performs oral sex on him.

However, because of its raunchy nature, Gage doesn't believe a video will happen soon.

Though the lyrics explicitly describe the encounter and is only suitable for a mature audience, Gage insisted that was not his intention.

"Mi neva really plan fi write di song fi one audience, mi just put pen to paper and the lyrics come out. It just happen that only an adult can listen to it," he said.

The artiste said despite the song's sexually charged lyrical content, it has been doing well on the local scene.

"A crazy talk bout it in the streets. I would say 99 per cent of people like it, and that's what matters because everybody nah go like it."

When asked about the sexually aggressive turn dancehall has taken, Gage said some artistes have taken things too far.

"Mi feel like dancehall stray from Mavado and Kartel days. Dem man deh make lyrics talk fi dem but nowadays artiste feel like dem affi do something outta di box fi get a hype," he said.

Admitting that he doesn't necessarily support this idea, the entertainer said each artiste is responsible for his career.

"Mi nuh really support some a di tings weh nuff artiste a do, but every man affi do what they think is best for their career, including myself."

Gage, who recently resumed bleaching said that decision was made to improve his image and not to get attention.

"Mi know say mi ago get good feedback and bad feedback. I don't want to be a white man, I'm just doing me, and mi neva hear bleaching do nobody nuttin yet," he said.

Though unsure of the release dates, Gage is working on a number of singles including Hey Mama pt 2, Candyman, Fashion Police and City Rock.


and



The Star carried this March 14 as well ...............(from the video above)

Controversial dancehall artiste Ricky Carty, who opened the floodgates for critics recently with one of the most explicit music videos in dancehall, has released a more positive single.

The single, Sure Love, is poised to create a positive vibration for the artiste as he seeks to mute his doubters.

Ricky Carty has also rebuffed the stance of the Christian Brethren Assemblies of Jamaica (CBAJ), who recently bashed him for what they called promoting "sexual and moral depravity that has eroded basic concepts or respect, dignity and discipline from our culture".

The Christian group also stated that the authorities should put an end to what it claims are "controversial music videos" laced with strong sexual images, including group orgies, lesbian simulation, and oral sex.

In response, Ricky Carty said, "Even among the church dignitaries, they are doing far lewder acts. People who go to the church for assistance, they take advantage of them because no one will know. When it comes on to Ricky Carty and his video, he is not doing anything strange or ludicrous."

He added that he has other positive songs which are not being highlighted.

"It's nothing we haven't seen, many artistes have positive music, even I myself have positive music releasing shortly, but they don't highlight that. They didn't do a press release thanking these artistes about their positive work in helping the youth and helping to build the country. They try to beat down and belittle artistes getting a buzz, and it is very strange," said Ricky Carty.

ENDS

Well the debate continues I guess

Peace and tolerance

H

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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

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


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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

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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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