Jamaica was accused of promoting violence against persons based on their sexual orientation.
According to one Jamaican representative in attendance, the forum erupted after she sought to defend Jamaica as a country with deep religious values.
Helene Coley-Nicholson was one member of a Jamaican group of civil society activists attending the summit in Panama City.
She was there as President of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, LCF.
During a forum that was supposed to be focused on Citizen Participation, tensions erupted between the LGBTI lobbyists and Christian groups, including the LCF.
According to Mrs. Coley-Nicholson, a transgender spokesperson presented a series of prepared recommendations.
These included a call for non-discrimination and recognition of all types of families, including same-sex families, as well as punishment for states that do not take affirmative action on behalf of LGBTI people.
Mrs. Coley-Nicholson says she was also opposed to the attempt to dictate to sovereign states, what type of government they should have.
She says the LGBTI lobbyists didn’t react well to that response.
Although they were unable to agree on a single position, the LBGTI group’s recommendations were removed from the document.
The group instead drafted a document seeking to protect the religious views of persons.
The document was presented to the 35 Heads of State at the Summit.
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here is Mrs Nicholson follow up interview on Nationwide pretending to have concerns about rights for all, the tone of her scholarship here has changed and is not at pressing as before, has some changes been forced on anti gay grous such as this as they are seen as confrontational?:
She wore a T-shirt emblazened with the words "CHRISTIAN" changing the essence of their advocacy to one of a victim of pressure towards religious voices.
also see my previous podcasts prior to the issue they used to solidify their anti gay advocacy:
Don't give up on the church, pastor tells gays (Observer)
'Harlem Shake' Goes Anti-Gay With Bizarre Clip Produced By Jamaica's Love March Movement
Church claims future victimization if buggery is decriminalized in Jamaica
Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society continues its “HIV is a gay disease” campaign with more deception added
Jamaican Pastor says the LGBT issue is not about rights but acceptance of lifestyle
I had warned about the clouding of the issues regarding religion versus LGBT rights:
Will these voices ever actually evolve on this genuinely?
Only time will tell.
Peace and tolerance
some additional readings for historical contexting:
Church Cherry Picking on Issues again, Western Jamaica Bain Protests .
Espeut, West says “Homophobia” was invented to abuse Christians as hate speech
US Pastor Charged With Sexually Assaulting Men During Ex-Gay therpy Session
BUY NO RINGS, YOU WON’T WED; RELIGIOUS FEAR-MONGERING ON GAY MARRIAGE & THE BUGGERY LAW CONTINUES
LAWYERS’ CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP’S CONTINUED FEAR MONGERING ON CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION POST BUGGERY LAW AMENDMENT & RE-SOCIALIZATION
THE USE OF JAMAICAN DIALECT TO FURTHER STIGMATISE HOMOSEXUALS IN THE NEW PATOIS BIBLE
Anti Gay Group Jamaica CAUSE told We're Not Into You! Gays No Threat To Straight Folk