The Gleaner reported that the JAMAICA Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) has urged the Government to do more to protect the rights of persons who are discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.
Lewis added: "Beyond her nice, powerful words, we need some strong programmatic intervention." The same can be said for JFLAG itself too, very good at aspirational activities but implementation is missing on so many fronts.
"The policies and legal framework that will help to support some of the changes beyond the positive words that they have been able to offer. We need to ensure that there is greater protection for LGBT people," he said.
Citing several videos currently circulating on social media portraying violence towards persons suspected of being gay, he said, "The Government needs to take some active steps to put in place programming that will address these issues."
He pointed out that J-FLAG has continued to work in various communities and advocate on issues affecting the LGBT community.
"We have done sensitisation work in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth and Culture, we have also been doing some work with the Ministry of Health and the National Family Planning Board around increasing access to health-care services," he said. Homelessness is still a growing cancer yet JFLAG and the ministry seems to be only speaking to the issues, we still see challenges despite the removal by the police in January from the populations of internal conflicts spilling out in the public domain.
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