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

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LGBT History Month: Willi Ninja (Vogue Legend & Mother of the House of Ninja)

Willi Ninja in his prime (William Roscoe Leake), dancer, born April 12 1961; died September 2 2006)

One of my direct influences and gay men of my generation during my early years as a Jamaican student of vogue, female impersonation and admiration of the cornucopia of male effeminate beauty in the arts for Willie Ninja I decided to create this entry in honour of one of the major personalities that influenced vogueing world wide even today. 

Born William Roscoe Leake in Middletown, New York, Willi was a self-taught dancer and was perfecting his vogueing style by his twenties. It was from fellow voguers in Washington Square Park that Jennie Livingston first heard his name. While he didn't create the form, he worked at refining it with clean, sharp movements to "an amazing level". His influences included Fred Astaire, olympic gymnasts, and Asian culture.

Years after his death, he continues to inspire many artists and music DJs like myself. See a Guardian article HERE

Though African American born from New York Willie Ninja could have never imagined the impact he and his house alongside his indomitable style of vogueing in the days of Paris is burning and rival houses sparring to snatch a trophy while walking a ballroom floor would have on the gay/transgender scenes globally. Not the typical British prim and proper well rehearsed of ordered steps of dance following a strict edict of etiquette but the heavily Egyptian body forming of the hands with Japanese and Chinese tai chi, karate and similar forms compiled so perfectly hence the ninja reference in his name; sensible voguers back in the day locally and abroad watched him when they could carefully as he has come to set the benchmark from which I dare say for most voguers learn from including me but we all add our own touch and uniqueness to make it personal and reflective of oneself.

The days of Club Marshall in Barbican here in Jamaica in the late 80s and then through to Club Entourage Brian Williamson founded and managed then closed in 2005 after his tragic murder and my debut ground towards my 20 year DJ/LGBT party promoter journey; the children/club kidz watched in old days VHS videos of the latest moves were recorded and sourced from the likes of Willie, Paris and such. DJs such as Ricky or the late Boswell (who preceded me at the Club Entourage as the vogue/dancemusic DJ) made sure they had the latest beats so the kids after a local dancehall set would vogue up a storm especially during pride season in the US; those who could not afford to travel but saw the magazines mimicked the moves and dished about the New York children etc. Then came that Paris is Burning documentary in 1990 which brought a once underground gay scene art form to mainstream media coupled with the live performance of Willie Ninja and others such as Jose Xtravanganza at that infamous Ford Modelling scouting campaign and AIDS fundraiser.

Vogue legends Luna Khan, WIlli Ninja, and Jose Xtravaganza

Vogue was birthed out of ‘Reading’ a spontaneous and clever insults by one effeminate usual African descented men in the US to another in a verbal knock down and sometimes dragged out battle; especially the east coast in New York which spread westwards to LA; then came ‘Shade’ essentially a more sophisticated form of reading but for the physical fights at parties and early ballroom events with rival houses such as the snooty Pepper Labeija (photo below)

Xxtravanganza (Angie Xtravaganza as house mother) , Pendavis, Adonis, Saint Laurent, Dupree, Omni, Field, Lawong, Overness, Mizrahi, Corey and Chanel to name a few vogueing combined with the aspirational influences of wealth and power as defined by soap operas of the day such as Dynasty, All My Children (Susan Lucci), Days of Our Lives; in later years ballrooms were a means of escape and fantasy for poor sometimes homeless MSM/Trans youth who play dress up, lip sync to a famous queen/diva of the day and or walk the runway (imagining being a popular model of the day) and adding the pantomime element of the art form to great effect to snatch a trophy thus building one’s legendary status. Houses were effectively named after previous multiple ballroom trophy winners with legendary achievements. Legendary status on the ballroom or gay entertainment sub scenes is akin to an Oscar nomination of award win in terms of self confidence and acceptance; bearing in mind the participants were poor or evicted from their homes for being different. Soon more uptown and Latino scenes were also not only paying attention but hosting and rivaling the major houses of the day. Sadly when I saw JFLAG’s so called first pride event earlier this year and grave historical distortion in the Jamaica Observer if not a grave insult that they were introducing vogue as a new genre many of the older club children were devastated showing how far we have gone from even understanding ourselves and own history.

Anyway I am not going to be shady or do a reading I’ll just be fierce for this entry. We are they gagging so? ......... I’ll never know.

Vogue as reintroduced in a sense by Madonna in her infamous 1990 number one worldwide platinum selling hit and was a mainstreaming of the art form in that high production music video and as it peaked and captured non homosexual audiences the impact knocked everyone down in its path; the delicate body formations with gentile effeminate poses with self confidence evidenced by serious facial expressions had choreographers, dancers and critics alike all talking for years thus bringing attention to stigma and discrimination but seen as a way of escape and affirmation especially in the middle of the HIV/AIDS epidemic were brothers were dropping like flies. But Willi did not appear in the Madonna video but Jose and company were there and influence was clear as crystal as they served up a storm. 

Madonna was astounded by the energy and impact of the vogue dancers at a McLaren event in Los Angeles in 1990, co-wrote her song Vogue and recruited Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the family that was the House of Ninja. They injected the real dancing into Madonna's performances and her record label upgraded the song from a B-side. It became a worldwide hit. The house-rave scene was already underway in Britain and across Europe, but it was enormously boosted by these developments.

Vogueing had echoes of the defiant 19th-century African-American Sunday parading and the not-so-pretended putdown glares of female partners passing each other in Afro-Caribbean styles of the quadrille. The evolution of the spectacular faggots' balls - as everyone called them - at the Rockland Palace and Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in the 1920s provided a location where those older dance expressions could infuse the glamorous aspirations of the largely cross-dressing participants.

The 1980s vogueing scene injected more dance by returning to the fluid styles of lindy hopping from the 1930s era of swing, rather than the alternative "stepping styles" that hip-hop had utilized so extensively. Thus as the initial hip-hop scene declined in the 1980s, its characteristic "challenge circle" was replaced by the gay scene's runway style of confrontation.

a young Rupaul and Willi

Although appreciative of McLaren's "foxy talents", as Ninja once put it to me, it was Jenni Livingstone's award-winning film of New York's drag ball-vogueing scene, Paris Is Burning (1990), that put Ninja in a more congenial position in the gay fashion scene. It captured the 1987-89 vogueing scene, expressing its defiant acceptance of everyone rejected by those attempting to morally homogenise the US. The excitement of that drag-vogueing scene receded in the 1990s but interest in Ninja and his milieu persisted. Fashion work became a staple, although he was increasingly disenchanted with the exploitation of fashion no-hopers charged extortionate fees to "prepare" for modelling.

It took modern dancers as courageous as Doug Elkin and Karol Armitage to include him in their productions, for Ninja was a hard act to follow. There were television appearances too, and Sally Sommer recorded Ninja and other house dancers for her epic work, Check Your Body at the Door, that should be completed soon. Ninja made one of his last appearances on Barbara Orton's BBC production Bruce Goes Dancing in 2005 in which he commented on the "cart horse" attempts of pop stars at runway walking on pop videos.

He did not always abide by the cautions he gave to his own house family, young gay men and voguers about the dangers of "living for the fast life". But he bravely faced his end with the equanimity that characterized his life.

Ninja never let his extraordinary talent divert him from playing a positive role, whether dealing with gay scene rivals, homophobic hip-hop dancers, or pop stars who wanted to use him. Modest, riveting when dancing, he displayed a proper concern for young people who joined the House of Ninja.

The name Vogue is a statement in and of itself and burrows from the poses of the models as well in the magazine which was around then, the artform strives for perfect form and lines of the body with some gymnastic influences to complete the package.

Willie’s distinctive style is the arching of his body and hands emulating the Egyptian hieroglyphs in the early years on the scene but he soon drew influence from the ninja craze from Hollywood then in movies acting as a precursor to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie then cartoon and merchandising series which has lasted to today. Willie stood out from the other gurlz/queens/divos and when he was on the floor it is clear who is in charge as all else for all intents and purposes stops for him to see which or where are the newest moves he would be bringing. 

Leomi or Leyomi Mizrahi one of reigning ball kidz also draws from Willi despite being known more for her death-drops than old way vogueing as delivered by Miss Willie. Her visit to Jamaica in 2012 at Club Heavens essentially reenergised the scene as it was dying down as dancehall took precedence. Willie Ninja had big dreams to take vogueing globally and while he lived modestly he did have his dream come true even in Japan where he has made several trips caught the fever.

Mother Ninja, according to Wikipedia was a gay man known as the godfather of 'vogueing', was a fixture of ball culture at Harlem's drag balls who took inspiration from sources as far-flung as Fred Astaire and the world of haute couture to develop a unique style of dance and movement. He caught the attention of Paris is Burning director Jennie Livingston, who featured Ninja prominently in the film. The film, a critical and box office success, served as a springboard for Ninja. He parlayed his appearance into performances with a number of dance troupes and choreography gigs. His style served as an inspiration to Madonna, who immortalized it in her 1990 hit song and music video "Vogue." He also starred in the earlier music video for Malcolm McLaren's "Deep in Vogue"
here is one of his last appearances on film in this short documentary:

A real influence to gay culture worldwide



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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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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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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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