NEWSFLASH it is not only gay men that are in the Shoemaker Gully in New Kingston but also Bisexual and Transgender youth as well, I do wish the JFLAG people would stop supporting this invisibility foolishness and overlooking the other identities as if it's only gay men who need rights and rehabilitation assistance.
Must read as well: Jamaican Artistes wanted to 'clean up' the streets, Say homeless gays not a good look for Jamaica, JFLAG yet to respond
2nd Anniversary of Displaced Gay Men Double Murder in New Kingston ......... yet no real solutions despite a previous Safe House
On the second anniversary of the double murder of two of our homeless in New Kingston (link) comes this, so are we to accept this concern for our displaced and homeless LGBTQI persons as legitimate or pre-local government election gimmickry here? ... and to look good on the international stage owing to the fact that the issue has gotten prominence via several films and expose. Mr Robinson needs to understand he inherited a problem of abandonment by the relevant LGBT/HIV NGOs prior to his election win in 2011. The numbers of newer displacements are frightening as well but I will take that on in due course as the verification process continues on reports.
also see: Community Influentials raise concerns about displaced & homeless post Bebe’s murder
See: Channel 4 Documentary on the issue take note the safe house and the demolished Jamaica AIDS Support for Life/JFLAG offices were overlooked as if they never happened. So much for the deceptive gloss over of one of our darkest parts of advocacy history.
September 21 2012 more lip service from JFLAG, Mr Robinson and the police:
the breakdown of the relationship between JFLAG and the older homeless MSM/Trans youth: Street MSM Stone J-FLAG – After Being Cleared From Gov’t Property, Homosexuals Launch Assault some persons in advocacy who are more about their image want us to simply forget these awful episodes and not learn WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY
Julian Robinson had been involved in this before especially during the grief years after the closure of the Safe House Pilot 2009 by Jamaica AIDS Support for Life's Board, ironically a member of that board Reverend Garth Minott spoke on radio this morning on HOT102FM's Morning Edition about tolerance and the possible buggery review and NEVER mentioned anything about homelessness, so much for that.
MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for South East St Andrew Julian Robinson says a national focus may be needed to resolve the issue of about 30-40 homeless gay men in his constituency.
Robinson was referring to the group of homosexuals in the New Kingston area of his constituency who previously "captured" unoccupied homes in the area, and who are now occupying a gully on Trafalgar Road, where they live and offer sex for sale.
Speaking in the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Robinson said that he felt that the issue was of sufficient national and international attention to trigger a statement from him.
"I am highlighting it here, because it has received tremendous national and even international exposure and it has been an intractable problem that we haven't been able to find a solution to and it is something that requires national focus and attention," the MP said.
He told the House that the group consisted of between 30 and 40 homeless homosexual young men who congregate in a gully just off Trafalgar Road.
"It is a problem which has existed for over two years. They have moved from property to property across the constituency, every empty building. They have now located in this gully," Robinson said.
"The issues here are complex; they are not just about the sexual orientation of the individuals. Many of them are youngsters who have suffered abuses -- physical, psychological, sexual -- they have been ostracised from their families, some of them are homeless and many of them engage in prostitution," he said.
Also, regrettably, according to Robinson, is that some of them are perpetrators of criminal activities, including thefts, break-ins, and physical assault. The solutions, he said, are not easy, although a number of efforts have been made to deal with the group.
"They have been removed on numerous occasions, but they return," he said, adding that there is now a group of church leaders who are looking at solving this problem.
yet left abandoned it is now Mr Robinson chooses to speak, as the previous Executive Director of Jamaica AIDS Support Ms Stacy Ann Jarrett under whose leadership the the defunct Safe House Project 2009 "...this isn't about solutions as the solution is as clear as day...Julian needs a national focus to address the homelessness of 30-40 people out of a population of over 2.5million...dwl...this is serious how ineffective both the government and gay rights groups are! Research says over 7% of any population is gay so over 175k people in Jamaica are gay....but 30-40 need national attention...this is a joke."
He was also silent when these two videos came out:
previous podcasts on the issue:
see: Community based crisis sheltering is still an option for the displaced
JFLAG excludes homeless MSM from IDAHO Symposium on guess what? .......... HOMELESSNESS!
Please check the Homeless MSM tab immediately below for a complete list of posts from 2009 on the issue and from GLBTQ Jamaica HERE also see:
Office of the Children's Advocate, OCA's Child Justice Guidelines recognises discrimination/sexual orientation but
And we continue to reap the world-wind for not addressing homelessness when it was manageable
online petition more tokenism?