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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

That UK aid issue again with Cameron ........

Please also see previous matters concerning Cameron on UK Aid and misnomers on conditions from 2011 as posted on my sister blog GLBTQJA Wordpress:


Gay pressure - US to limit aid (Observer) and more 2011 from GJW

UK couples say 'I do' as gay marriage becomes legal 2014
So here we are again this old familiar place as UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron is slated to land in Jamaica some idiotic groups claiming to be Christians as one wonders really the victimization card is used once again as the US clerk gay marriage licence fiasco is added to give it credence. The misrepresentation by some in 2011 when PM Cameron spoke to withdrawal of UK aid from countries who do not have a clean human rights record will not get aid until changes are made is back again and came in both a Jamaica Observer article and on radio by George Davis in his opening salvo on the ‘This Morning’ radio show during the What’s on my mind’ segment. Cameron has become the focus of reparations activists since evidence in their eyes that he is a descendant of former slave owners in Jamaica who benefited from a payoff of some 4000+ pounds sterling or about a couple million pounds in today’s money with other former owners as well hence the backlash on his visit and tied into that is the perception that he will dictate to Jamaica allowing gay rights and same sex marriage, Sadly anti gay groups have not come to recognize marriage equality. The UK finally moved from civil partnerships to full marriage equality in March 2003. As far as I am concerned foreign countries are free to remove aid as they see fit and even if Cameron decided to remove aid from countries that continue to have outdated anti sodomy laws (which is not true as we still get great assistance from the FCO – foreign commonwealth office and DFID) we should conduct our affairs in such a manner that we do not have to depend on aid in the first place so the folks who are repulsed by such decisions to stop aid an shut up and stop subscribing to a mendicancy position while demanding we still get aid on our terms; it does not work like as the old adage is still true he who pays the piper can and still call the tune.

also see: 
PAJ SENDS OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER SIMPSON-MILLER on the matter of no press conference activity for the press core.

Jamaica has become exceedingly efficient in my view of marketing ourselves as a third world country on the international stage with a broken wing or fractured leg economically so as to continue to benefit from certain automatic aid with such a designation especially from the EU and the UK; yet as some hints were forthcoming that we were to be lifted one tier to middle income and all kinds diplomatic dancing was done to delay or rebuff nicely such a change, only recently foreign affairs minister during his speech at the UN referred to developing states as requiring aid to continue development but he framed it as partnering so as to nice up the rhetoric. If we had handled our affairs properly to begin with s Singapore did there would be no need for aid grantors or donors to supposedly dictate the terms for such aid to be granted and persons would not be up in arms over a situation that can be changed by our prudent governmental management and planning. Grantors are free to attach any stipulation they require and we are free to deny the aid but can we afford to take the high road? Hell no or else our systems will crash as some ministries are heavily dependent on said aid.

The reparations call though on the face of it sound plausible to me reflects that same mendicancy hidden within as instead of making our country better for ourselves even in the face of the atrocities meted out to our ancestors a better response to me would be resist aid with strict conditions as we could have afforded to and instead request or even demand more cooperative arrangements in a better bargaining position so we would not be dictated to in the first place. This latest visit and talks will be frosty indeed or just one way and with a Portia Simpson Miller obviously lacking the skills in certain departments it will be a walkover almost for us to accept the aid with the so called gay agenda attached as espoused by the fear mongering class. Let us remember that aid is essentially tax payers money from other lands as leverage for bilateral cooperation and so forth and will always have attachments, taxpayers in donor countries are free to tell their representatives in their democracies that aid should be conditional or withdrawn altogether if they feel it is wasted or exploited and developing states cannot dictate terms and conditions so easily. Recall the Cotonou Agreement from the EU with ACP states?

The day we lose some of those grant aid assistance or donor funds is the day we will really begin to see our state systems crumble as truth be told most of our systems the health authorities is funded by said grants such as global fund, EU and trade matters under the Cotonou Agreement or the respective sugar deals with Europe.

Gay marriage (
Congratulations America! Cheers To Liberty! ....... Gay Marriage at last!) though not formally requested thus far by any group or advocacy structure may be included in the behind the scenes agitation or engagement with politicians and the judiciary yet still as during my time at JFLAG as Admin/Finance/Crisis Intervention Officer in our meetings with the then JLP administration Justice, National Security and other Ministers in private meetings it came up for mention but not with a view for law reform at that time, of course with the advancement and sensibly so in more mature jurisdictions it is bound to come up in discussions; the sexual offences bill is under its usual four year review cycle and no doubt the agitation is to decriminalize (NOT REPEAL) buggery as is presented by fanatical religious extremists locally and with powerful overseas help as was demonstrated recently in the form of the daughter of Martin Luther King departing from the collective struggle of oppression mantra he stood for. Sadly JFLAG’s slow and poor communications on what they are seeking only seeks to allow misnomers and hardened positions on ignorance of the issues and reforms being sought. The far smaller anti gay rally held on Sunday in Half Way Tree when compared to last year where they boasted a 25,000 numbered attendance obviously had the bread and butter issues for households and a looming election occupy the minds of Jamaicans thus impacting on the attendance figures and many even those who supposedly opposed homosexuality are at the same time dismissing some of the paranoia from anti gay groups such as Jamaica CAUSE, Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, JCHS, Lovemarch Movement (the baby of the groups) and the veterans Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship. Even when it has been clearly demonstrated that the marriage act in Jamaica cannot be changed on a moment’s notice or by a simple two thirds majority as is being attempted with the CCJ Caribbean Court of Justice bills to make that court our final court of appeal, the aforementioned groups simply reject the facts as they are and continue to infuse fear mongering and playing the victim card n a few cases and supposed choking of freedom of speech as a spin off from the Professor Bain matter. The marriage act clearly is protected in our constitution by entrenchment and would require all 63 members in the lower house to agree just to amend the protections; then another full support in the upper house of the senate and the Charter of Rights which replaced section three of the constitution. 

The fundamental questions in my mind are simple, when was the last time in our political culture we have had all members of the house present in person for important bills and they all vote in the affirmative on a controversial constitutional matter? The answer in my view is a long time; so this near impossibility or very tedious trajectory for such changes literally makes the agitation by anti gay groups laughable, yet other societal ills go overlooked; case in point the unravelling in a formerly quiet parish as Hanover where in the very week prior to the homophobes rally in Half Way Tree, HWT some 23 persons were murdered and it is as if it was birds who were shot and not humans. We have an ongoing commission of inquiry on the Tivoli issue and these groups despite the alarming testimony on pointing to extra judicial killings and atrocities in May 2010 no word, rallies, protests and such have come from these so called concerned groups yet millions are spent for an anti gay campaign; lest we also forget the welfare matters such as homelessness, poverty and so on yet these head strong groups ignore these matters and give very little attention to them. When challenged they cough up some half hearted response to deflect criticisms but simply go back to their true calling and imperative. Did these groups participate for example in that 10,000 man March in Montego Bay given the crime wave linked to lotto scamming there? The answer is no as the organizers were said to be of a different denomination in the majority although it was a coalition of religious leaders.

Other ills overlooked that ought to have rallies as the public awareness activities:

Pastors who molest children

Pastors arrested for lotto scamming and other fraudulent activity

Obvious corruption in government

Hypocrisy in theology and hugging up political parties

Spiraling crime and sexual abuse generally

Sluggish, unbalanced justice systems

Failing national health systems

Homelessness, elderly abandonment and other welfare matters

Lack of equity in society

Diminishing morals, ethics and principles while not conflating issues such as paedophilia and homosexuality or seeing transgender folk as suffering mental illness

Members of the Love March Movement pose with placards with traditional marriage and family slogans during the rally. (PHOTOS: PAUL HENRY)

RELIGIOUS leaders and other proponents of traditional marriage and the family have cautioned the Government ahead of today's visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron against caving to the gay agenda.

The call was made during a mass rally Sunday in Half-Way-Tree, at which the Portia Simpson Miller-led Administration was urged to resist international pressures to put the nation on a path to repealing the buggery law and legalising same-sex marriage.

Dr Alveta King, the granddaughter of famed American civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr, urged Jamaicans, in a video message at the rally, to maintain the resistance, as she described same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) push as an "evil agenda authored by the father of confusion and lies".

She said this "anti-procreation" agenda distorts the meaning of human rights and destroys lives, families, and the communities.

"I urge you to resist this agenda with all your might. Please, do not fall for the deception of this anti-procreation agenda. Rather, expose their lies and affirm the truth that God made us equal as human beings, but not all behaviour have equivalent worth and outcomes," said King, who is director of African American Outreach for Priest for Life.

Cameron's pending visit has been a cause for unease among the church and those who hold a traditional view of marriage and the family due to his position on the issue.

Gay marriage became legal in the United Kingdom at midnight on March 29, 2014, due to the push by the Cameron Administration.

"I am proud that we have made same-sex marriage happen. I am delighted that the love two people have for each other and the commitment they want to make can now be recognised as equal," the UK Evening Standard newspaper quoted Cameron in 2013.

During Sunday's rally, staged by Jamaica Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation (Jamaica CAUSE), Cameron's position on same-sex marriage was highlighted by several speakers.

Fear that Jamaica may cave to the tide of the LGBT push has been further heightened by the fact that Jamaica's weak economy relies heavily on grants from European countries that tout gay rights.

"Be careful who you take grants from...," Bishop Alvin Bailey, chairman of the Jamaica Evangelical Alliance, told the rally.

Bailey also warned against the Government making "secret" deals that could take the country down what he said was the wrong path.

"David Cameron is coming, but we have to know where we stand on this thing," said Daniel Thomas, president of the Christian youth group Love March Movement.

He urged Christians to get enumerated in order to vote for candidates who share their views on marriage and the family.

Dr Everett Brown, president of Jamaica's largest denomination, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, called on the Government to resist any international efforts to impose same-sex marriages and homosexuality on the country. He said these "evil" and an abomination, and said they are product of minds void of understanding.

Father Richard Ho Lung, of the Roman Catholic faith and head of Missionaries of the Poor, quoted scriptures and urged attendants at the rally to resist the LGBT agenda, which he said is from the devil. He urged the sea of people decked in the national colours of black, green and gold to stand up for God's truth, even if it eventually cost their freedom and lives.

Helene Coley-Nicholson, president of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, told the audience that the Jamaican Constitution recognizes marriages between a man and a woman and quoted Martin Luther King Jr, saying that the people had a moral duty to disobey unjust laws.

Representatives from a Christian delegation from the Eastern Caribbean also addressed the rally.


More fear mongering and clouding the issues as Betty Ann Blaine without any proper proof to substantiate her claim repeated her allegations that all murders over the years and cases of asylum are predicated on lies taking another blow at the overall crisis communication component of public advocacy. She also continued that Jamaica is not homophobic while speaking at Sunday's so called ally for the family. Les Green's (former police Dept Commissioner) designation of such cases as not homophobic is what Blaine is still relying on from so many years ago and yet Mr Green could not have had all the records of such cases to begin with when the police/LGBTQ relations were frosty at least and abusive at its worse.

She has proven herself as one of those folks who lap up the vomit she is fed and then glibly regurgitate it without any fact checking.

see some previous entries with Blaine:
The Deliberate Misuse of the “Sexual Grooming” Term by Antigay Fanatics to Promote Their Hysteria

More Overreaction to the Jamaicans for Justice Sex Education Course & Media Senationalism

Hardened Positions by Religious Fanatics & Their LGBT Detractors Will Only Leave More Blood on the Floor

The long standing hole in the crisis communication via the lobbyists and advocates has once again reared its head remember the last time we saw a decrying of such agitation of murders of gay persons as lies by Betty Ann Blaine and then outgoing UK seconded police commissioner Les Green at the time with his parting shot Gay lobby claims not true, I had dealt with the matter via two audio posts/podcasts (pretty lengthy):

Big Lies, Crisis Archiving & More MSM Homlessness Issues 12.07.12 and

Big Gay Lie ... responses continued and

Homophobic Killings versus Non Homophobic Killings 12.07.12 (highly recommended)

Let us also bear in mind the public's perception that is yet to be dented that it is gay men who are really killing each other due to jealousy as this old Jamaica Observer vox pop brings to bear: 
NO GAY RAGE - Homosexuals Are Not Targeted For Violent Crime, Say Experts
Betty Ann Blaine Deliberately Conflates Same Gender Attraction & Child Abuse 2014 last year's rally

Betty Ann Blaine on Poverty, children and the Buggery Law .... and that awful confusion of homosexuality 2012

Betty Ann Blaine & foreign religious zealots continue their paranoia & misrepresentations 2012

The battle is on to change hearts and minds but it seems there is cloudiness on all sides pro and anti LGBTQI lines; how can we ever even start a proper conversation instead of the shouting match that now obtains as parties hold hard ends?

Peace & tolerance




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Bad Man Nuh F*** Batty (Masculine Men Don't F*** Ass) (The Fear of The Feminine in JA ) 16.04.15

A look at the fear of the feminine (Effemophobia) by Jamaican standards & how it drives the homo-negative perceptions/homophobia in Jamaican culture/national psyche.

After catching midway a radio discussion on the subject of Jamaica being labelled as homophobic I did a quick look at the long held belief in Jamaica by anti gay advocates, sections of media and homophobes that several murders of alleged gay victims are in fact 'crimes of passion' or have jealousy as their motives but it is not as simple or generalized as that.

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Not all views expressed are those of GJW

This blog contains pictures and images that may be disturbing. As we seek to highlight the plight of victims of homophobic violence here in Jamaica, the purpose of the pics is to show physical evidence of claims of said violence over the years and to bring a voice of the same victims to the world.

Many recover over time, at pains, as relocation and hiding are options in that process. Please view with care or use the Happenings section to select other posts of a different nature.

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Recent Homophobic Incidents CLICK HERE for related posts/labels from glbtqjamaica's blog & HERE for those I am aware of.


APJ Website Launch & Link

Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica, APJ launched their website on December 1 2015 on World AIDS Day where they hosted a docu-film and after discussions on the film Human Vol 1

audience members interacting during a break in the event

film in progress

visit the new APJ website HERE

See posts on APJ's work: HERE (newer entries will appear first so scroll to see older ones)

The Hypocrisy of Jamaican Anti Gay Groups & Selective Actions of Societal Ills

The selectivity of the anti gay religious voices on so called societal ills is examined in this podcast as other major issues that require the "church" to have spoken up including sexual abuse by pastors in recent times yet mere silence on those matters is highlighted.

Why are these groups and so called child rights activists creating mass hysteria and have so much strength for HOMOSEXUALITY but are quiet on corruption in government, missing children, crime in the country and so much more but want to stop same gender loving persons from enjoying peace of mind and PRIVACY?

Also is the disturbing tactic of deliberately conflating paedophilia with same gender sex as if to suggest reforming the buggery law will cause an influx of buggered children when we know that is NOT TRUE.

MSM/Trans homeless - From gully to graveyard

When are lives interrupted be allowed a real honest chance to move from interruption to independence and stability? I just cannot tell you friends.

An article appeared in the gleaner today that just sent me into sadness mode again with this ugly business of LGBTQI homelessness. The author of the piece needs an intervention too as he (Ryon Jones) uses terms such as cross dressers and or homeless men which if transgender persons are present they cannot be described or seen as such, sigh another clear display of the lack of impact and reach of so called advocacies and advocates who are more interested in parading as working but really aint having much impact as they ought to or claim.

We are told of houses being put together from time in memorial; the Dwayne’s House project seems dead in the water, the Larry Chang (named after a JFLAG cofounder) seems stuck in the mud and Colour Pink’s so called Rainbow House seems insignificant in relation to the size and scope of the national problem. JFLAG as presented on this blog is obviously not interested in getting their hands dirty really on homelessness save and except for using the populations as cannon fodder and delegating same; as far as I am concerned presenting them as victims of homophobia which is true but where are the programs and the perceived millions donated or granted since President Obama’s visit to address LGBTQ matters?


Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Homophobia - What are we afraid of?

Former host of Dr Sexy Live on Nationwide radio and Sexologist tackles in a simplistic but to the point style homophobia and asks the poignant question of the age, What really are we as a nation afraid of?

It seems like homosexuality is on everyone's tongue. From articles in the newspapers to countless news stories and commentaries, it seems like everyone is talking about the gays. Since Jamaica identifies as a Christian nation, the obvious thought about homosexuality is that it is wrong but only male homosexuality seems to influence the more passionate responses. It seems we are more open to accepting lesbianism but gay men are greeted with much disapproval.

Dancehall has certainly been very clear where it stands when it comes to this issue with various songs voicing clear condemnation of this lifestyle. Currently, quite a few artistes are facing continuous protests because of their anti-gay lyrics. Even the law makers are involved in the gayness as there have been several calls for the repeal of the buggery law. Recently Parliament announced plans to review the Sexual Offences Act which, I am sure, will no doubt address homosexuality.

Jamaica has been described as a homophobic nation. The question I want to ask is: What are we afraid of? There are usually many reasons why homosexuality is such a pain in the a@. Here are some of the more popular arguments MORE HERE

also see:
Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation

Sexuality - What is yours?

The Deliberate Misuse of the “Sexual Grooming” Term by Antigay Fanatics to Promote Their Hysteria

Just as I researched on-line in NOT EVEN five minutes and found a plethora of information and FACTS on Sexual Grooming (and thanks to Dr Karen Carpenter for some valuable insight I found out what Sexual Grooming was) so too must these fanatics go and do the same and stop creating panic in the country.

The hysteria continues from the Professor Bain so called protests to protect freedom of speech and bites at the credibility of the LGBT lobby collectively continues via Duppies Dupe UWI articles when the bigger principle of the conflict of interest in regards to the greater imperative of removing/preserving archaic buggery laws in the Caribbean dependent on which side one sits is of greater import when the professor’s court testimony in Belize went against the imperative of CHART/PANCAP goals is the more germane matter of which he was former head now temporarily reinstated via a court ex-parte injunction. The unnecessary uproar and shouting from the same hysterical uninformed quarters claiming moral concerns ....... MORE CLICK HERE

also see if you can

JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness


In a shocking move JFLAG decided not to invite or include homeless MSM in their IDAHO activity for 2013 thus leaving many in wonderment as to the reason for their existence or if the symposium was for "experts" only while offering mere tokenism to homeless persons in the reported feeding program. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ENTRY HERE sad that the activity was also named in honour of one of JFLAG's founders who joined the event via Skype only to realize the issue he held so dear in his time was treated with such disrespect and dishonor. Have LGBT NGOs lost their way and are so mainstream they have forgotten their true calling?

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

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

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

a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

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

Vacant at Last! ShoemakerGully: Displaced MSM/Trans Persons were is cleared December 2014

CVM TV carried a raid and subsequent temporary blockade exercise of the Shoemaker Gully in the New Kingston district as the authorities respond to the bad eggs in the group of homeless/displaced or idling MSM/Trans persons who loiter there for years.

Question is what will happen to the population now as they struggle for a roof over their heads and food etc. The Superintendent who proposed a shelter idea (that seemingly has been ignored by JFLAG et al) was the one who led the raid/eviction.

Also see:

the CVM NEWS Story HERE on the eviction/raid taken by the police

also see a flashback to some of the troubling issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless GBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

May 22, 2015, see: MP Seeks Solutions For Homeless Gay Youth In New Kingston

New Kingston Cop Proposes Shelter for Shoemaker Gully LGBT Homeless Population

Superintendent Murdock

The same cop who has factored in so many run-ins with the youngsters in the Shoemaker Gully (often described as a sewer by some activists) has delivered on a promise of his powerpoint presentation on a solution to the issue in New Kingston, problem is it is the same folks who abandoned the men (their predecessors) from the powerful cogs of LGBT/HIV that are in earshot of his plan.

This ugly business of LGBTQ homelessness and displacements or self imposed exile by persons has had several solutions put forth, problem is the non state actors in particular do not want to get their hands dirty as the more combative and political issues to do with buggery's decriminalization or repeal have risen to the level of importance more so than this. Let us also remember this is like the umpteenth meeting with the cops, some of the LGBT homeless persons and the advocacy structure.

Remember JFLAG's exclusion of the group from that IDAHO symposium on LGBT homelessess? See HERE, how can we ask the same people who only want to academise and editorialise the issue to also try to address their own when they do not want to get their hands dirty but publish wonderful reports as was done earlier this month, see HERE: (re)Presenting and Redressing LGBT Homelessness in Jamaica: Towards a Multifaceted Approach to Addressing Anti-Gay Related Displacement also LGBT homelessness has always been with us from the records of Gay Freedom Movement(1974) to present but the current issues started from 2009, see: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009 as carried on sister blog Gay Jamaica Watch. CLICK HERE for FULL post of this story.

Gender Identity/Transgederism Radio discussion Jamaica March 2014

Radio program Everywoman on Nationwide Radio 90FM March 20th 2014 with Dr Karen Carpenter as stand-in host with a transgender activist and co-founder of Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica and a gender non conforming/lesbian guest as well on the matters of identity, sex reassignment surgery and transexuality.

CLICK HERE for a recording of the show


As promised here is another periodical update on an income generating/diligence building project now in effect for some now seven former homeless and displaced MSM in St Catherine, it originally had twelve persons but some have gotten jobs elsewhere, others have simply walked away and one has relocated to another parish, to date their weed whacking earning business capacity has been struggling as previous posts on the subject has brought to bear.

Although some LGBT persons residing in the parish have been approached by yours truly and others to increase client count for the men costs such as gas and maintenance of the four machines that are rotated between the enrolled men are rising weekly literally while the demand is instead decreasing due to various reasons.

Newstalk 93FM's Issues On Fire: Polygamy Should Be Legalized In Jamaica 08.04.14

debate by hosts and UWI students on the weekly program Issues on Fire on legalizing polygamy with Jamaica's multiple partner cultural norms this debate is timely.

Also with recent public discourse on polyamorous relationships, threesomes (FAME FM Uncensored) and on social.

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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  • To continue this venture towards website development with an E-zine focus

  • Work with other Non Governmental organizations old and new towards similar focus and objectives

  • To find common ground on issues affecting GLBTQ and straight friendly persons in Jamaica towards tolerance and harmony

  • Exposing homophobic activities and suggesting corrective solutions

  • To formalise GLBTQ Jamaica's activities in the long term

  • Continuing discussion on issues affecting GLBTQ people in Jamaica and elsewhere

  • Welcoming, examining and implemeting suggestions and ideas from you the viewing public

  • Present issues on HIV/AIDS related matters in a timely and accurate manner

  • Assist where possible victims of homophobic violence and abuse financially, temporary shelter(my home) and otherwise

  • Track human rights issues in general with a view to support for ALL

Thanks again
Mr. H or Howie

Tel: 1-876-841-2923


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.

John Maxwell's House