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

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Line in the sand for the PNP Part 2 ......... The Pryce factor & more


No sooner that I posted part one of this series a couple days ago in response to requests for a corresponding set of entries when the Jamaica Labour Party, JLP was in power and the elections were called in 2011 more controversial developments have occurred within the last days in the People’s National Party camp. I had intended to have part two address more on the Raymond Pryce factor in the sense of his more sensible comments on the Buggery law, his leading the marijuana bill in the house and his disturbing comments that NGOs should be made to legally declare their source of funding as he said he was concerned. Mr Pryce needs to be reminded that prior to his ascension to political power he was aligned to one such NGO, namely Jamaica AIDS Support as I remember his visits then by foot with his trademark ponytail which he has since had barbered. He ought to know that many if not most NGOs for purposes of transparency do already display or list their funders sometimes complete with a logo to boot on their websites, documents or other paraphernalia so such a call seems frivolous to me or was it an attempt to knock groups such as Jamaicans for Justice, JFJ, who have been a thorn in the side of several administrations on the poor justice system and challenges, police excesses with successful court rulings and raising public awareness on such matters consistently while forcing governments to answer at periodical reviews on same matters with some embarrassment.


His call for mandatory declarations of funding from NGOs has not gone down well with some and the responses have been ones with bewilderment and cynicism while PNP supporters say yes gleefully claiming civil society is anti PNP or anti “progress” whatever progress is in their eyes. 


September 4 a decision had been handed down from the no less a person than party president and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to postpone the leadership challenge in Mr Pryce’s St Elizabeth constituency to September 12 as tensions continue to flare, we can recall the allegations of him being gay and such allegations are also at the centre of the present impasse. He was targeted by the JLP in their YouTube videos back in the last elections alongside several others members of the party in a blatant show or stigmatization by a poorly executed campaign (which could explain why they lost). 



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Outrage has come from delegates in the constituency who support the challenger claiming that Mrs Miller has dissed them as it is the delegates who must decide their candidate to represent them in the general elections and not headquarters interference. In an angry response persons claiming to be such delegates in the constituency made it known that they intend to vote JLP if Mr Pryce is retained as the candidate as he has been rude, non-performing and arrogant often disrespecting the lower echelons of local government whilst having thugs enforce a kind of intimidation on those who oppose his style of leadership.

So incensed were the comrades that on Nationwide radio last evening during the Nation’s business segment three such comrades spoke candidly (much to the disbelief of the hosts Dennis Books and Atka Fitz-Henly) that they would switch allegiance to the JLP in a sort of revenge voting tactic to send a message to the PNP hierarchy. Comrades are not known over the years to switch that easily to the JLP but the other way around and this matter of Mr Pryce’s retention as the eligible representative has become a surprise firestorm as the PNP is known to be able to quash in fighting as opposed to the JLP when not a week passes and there is not some disagreement that spills over into the public. Surprisingly the JLP seems to be getting its act together at least publicly as although the Christopher Tufton matter is not resolved in terms of his challenge to an incumbent in a new seat and the cancellation by the party secretariat of that race Delroy Chuck South St Andrew member of parliament (the one who has also asked for a referendum on buggery) has rejoined the party after resigning in a huff in March of this year and claims he now supports the leader Andrew Holness despite his flaws. Mr Chuck claims Mr Holness was sounding like a school principal on the political platform instead of a leader of a government in waiting and that he was an obstacle in the party getting funding as donors were concerned about him being bankable to win the elections. Let us also not forget the senate unsigned senate saga the church apology by Holness and bitterness that ensued, there is a never dull day in the JLP’s cass cass.

In a surprise response however the now lesser respected PNP MP Dr Dayton Campbell at a PNP public meeting lambasted the JLP and the so called three of four monied businessmen who want to run the country through the JLP as hypocrites and wanting to take down Andrew Holness, Dr Campbell however qualified his statement by saying he was not supporting Mr Holness out rightly (typical party loyalty there) but if they delegates voted my Holness in as they have a right to at conference why are a few powerful behind the scenes persons seemingly making moves to unseat him as they want a puppet to become leader (Mr Audley Shaw) who may accede to these invisible powerhouses their wishes in economic affairs. While Dr Campbell’s point may sound plausible upon first listen he should remember that the PNP is no different and is now feeling some effects of a similar nature. More persons seem uneasy with Mrs Simpson Miller’s style of management of the country and that she is not hands on and enforcing as previous party leaders such as the erudite Percival James Patterson. Aka PJ.

Back to the Pryce factor, many are watching the developments closely as accusations and counter accusations abound with the challenger claiming none of his staff have threatened Mr Pryce as Pryce recently tweeted on Twitter that no threats will deter him suggesting he has been issued death threats.

A tense calm is said to be in the area as supporting factions square off, meanwhile Mrs Simpson Miller is said to have been advised that she hay have difficulty physically visiting the constituency as incensed delegates are fuming. The seat for all intents and purposes is a safe seat for the PNP for years despite who is put up as candidate but with this kind of dissent with they lose this important seat with lots of other seats looking marginal as their victory figures are in the below thousand mark. It is unclear if active or ongoing enumeration for new voters is being done, I suppose no; not in that kind of environment of animosity. One of the panelists on the aforementioned Nationwide interview last evening mentioned something I forgot that a St Ann seat that was once a safe PNP seat also went to the JLP due to similar discontent over a representative and the party’s hierarchy response. General Secretary Paul Burke came in for some criticisms as well as he is said to be favouring Mr Pryce as it is a known fact that Mrs Simpson Miller openly supports Pryce and is thought he can do no wrong in her eyes.











As time winds down to the expected announcement of the election date (some say November or December as the last time) it looks like if the issues are not resolved to include Lisa Hanna’s challenges as well one wonders if we can go to the polls this year again. The new voters list is due in November and September 30 is the deadline for new registrations at the electoral office. The JLP as I hinted above is getting the machinery in place and only yesterday as well the more strident sounding Marlene Malaboo Forte health spokesperson in a press conference called by the party blasted the Health minister Dr Fenton Ferguson on the so called audit which in all intents and purposes was an internal review of the regional health authorities confirming the shortcomings of the public health services. The decision by the minister to not release the full report to the public two days ago and only have us rely on what was presented at that press conference has incensed commentators and the JLP who are demanding a full release. The health minister who has called repeatedly for the buggery law to be decriminalized (maybe to sound good for the grantors and donors to Jamaica namely Global Fund and the EU who are really the ones who keep us afloat in terms of healthcare especially HIV/AIDS treatment) has been the poster child for his failure to properly respond to the Chic V (Chikungunya virus) crisis where he and his team were almost in denial of its veracity despite calls from all over the islandwide and the overwhelming pressure placed on facilities and hospitals. The lesser controversial Ebola preparations as well has blighted his legacy as minister and his step-n-fetch it management of such urgent matters.



The crossing of Mrs Joan Gordon Webley from the JLP to the PNP while claiming she doesn’t want to run as a member of parliament cannot be overlooked and she has had support from a few PNP voices but very loud voices including powerful executive members have taken to twitter and Facebook to register their clear objection and old wounds involving a comment Mrs Webley made allegedly labelling the PM as a Jezebel in a previous election platform. Some PNP comrades are up in arms even now as her application to the party is being reviewed under their seven month review for membership prior to a final acceptance or rejection. Members of the public have expressed they won’t vote for the PNP if she is granted membership and other comments such as the ‘labourization’ one made by again controversial Dr Dayton Campbell has taken on a life of its own where comrades complain that too many former JLP persons are crossing the floor or seeking membership in the PNP while carrying in their so called raucous behaviour.

Of note D. K. Duncan longtime stalwart has thrown in his hat by announcing his resignation, Mr Duncan who is married to the widow of Michael Manley formerly Beverly Anderson Manley and who is a strong LGBT discussion supporter as well especially during her days as a radio host on HOT102FM. Mr Duncan too has run into some mischief in a race for the seat as his own former campaign person has thought it fit to run on his own initiative.

Hugh Buchanan barely survived by some 14 votes in West St Elizabeth which raises questions about the split down the middle to carry home the bacon on Election Day? And what of East Portland where the incumbent was booted but the challenger won by a small lead as well suggesting worrying signs for the PNP. Damion Crawford who was not seeking re-election due to his divisive nature his constituency hierarchy were not interested in having him try for a second but he has been prevailed upon to run and openly supported by Minister Noel Arscott and the controversial Dr Dayton Campbell at a meeting on Sunday September 6.

Oliver Klue in a surprise last evening threatened to resign via Nationwide radio:


Definitely more to come as I watch and listen to the issues. Glad you likes part 1 in this series and will deliver when possible updates.


also see:
JLP To Wrap-Up Candidate Selection Month End

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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?

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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?

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JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness



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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

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

GLBTQJA (Blogger): 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





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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

GLBTQJA (Blogger): 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


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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





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BUSINESS DOWNTURN FOR THE WEED-WHACKING PROJECT FOR FORMER DISPLACED ST CATHERINE MSM



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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Peace

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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