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

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Line in the sand for the PNP part 6 .......Polls & die hards loyalty

Will the PNP overcome their latest slate of challenges and polls painting them in a negative light?

Will the die hards have the run to decide the fate of the administration as the last election reflected?

Has voter apathy increased badly since 2011?

Questions I and seemingly others are now asking and even as I had visited my constituency office recently to renew my national/voter ID card I noticed that the fact that it was the last day for registration to be on the voters list (September 30) for this election cycle the office was not as full as times gone by with green or orange clad folks seeking a smalls or waiting to see their candidate or representative.

And now we have yet another poll that now shows us results that the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller who was described in times past as the most popular politician even above her predecessor Perceval James Patterson is losing national popularity as members of the public in the midst of austerity have said they are losing confidence in Mrs Simpson Miller and her team of most of them. Miller is seen as too aloof, not communicative indeed poorly gifted in that arena and needs to be explainer in chief as fast as possible as others in similar position act at this time of the heightened season. Mr Patterson’s intervention via an open letter in the reparations/prison deal/Cameron insult and the raging debate ensues albeit a teaching moment hand timely intervention (credit to Andrew Holness for saying openly the matter needed to be dealt with) has only sought to show up Portia’s lack of statesman or womanship and taking command on an emotive issue. His intervention may help the party’s blushes and harm as it resonates with the public. Patterson correspondingly will also have some questions to answer in my book, such as will he apologise for the Finsacing of this country in the nineties lead by one of his ministers Omar Davies which led to suicides and such? He may need a nicely crafted lecture himself and as for the traitorship by PJ in 2002 or thereabout in the election campaign when he turned his back on us in dodging the smear campaign by the JLP of him being gay plus the push for the buggery law reform at best or debate at least and to save his career and winning the election the machinery used of all things a murder music track (TOK – Chi Chi Man) at that last lap political meeting in Half Way Tree disturbingly with gay persons in the crowd cheering on seeing the PNP enjoy far more LGBT support than the JLP. So forgive me if I do not join the throng in wholesale support. Older leaders have been on this post political life reformist image such as Edward Seaga as much as he is respected, Bruce Golding as of late suddenly been hit by some late in the day epiphany or suddenly filling some piss-bowl of righteousness; we saw it with the buggery Professor Bain matter and pontificating to the religious right and effectively serving the conservative ideals of the JLP as well.

Jamaica Observer's Clovis resident cartoonist captured the sentiments made at the time (scanned by me from the hard copy of the paper June 2014, no digital copies were published at the time interestingly)
Also see: 
Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson’s call for tolerance not genuine & sheer hypocrisy and PNP’s Bobby Pickersgill differs on Conscience Vote route to decide on Buggery Law

Miller was seen at one time at 76% to a low of 38% in the latest poll while Opposition leader has also fallen, 48% saw the opposition unfavorably by Don Anderson and 49% for Miller, will campaigning and right sizing efforts help in time for both parties is yet to be seen, there may have to be some repackaging of the PM, the poor girl from St Catherine narrative won’t fly this time around as she has been leader for some time; I don’t see the machinery building around her being poor and black and with the articulate minority’s growth especially since another seeming non performer but powerful party secretary and Minister of Water Bobby Pickersgill barb has only sough to backfire as said minority now controls opinion on social media spaces.

The Patterson letter, the poll results, the crime issues, the economic stagnation it seems, media aloofness of the Prime Minister screams leadership please.

but ..............

There are some performers in a sense such as Finance Minister Peter Phillips, Minister of Justice Mark Golding to a certain extent although dead or resistant to making the necessary changes, amendments to the buggery law reform push from folks like me and groups. Then there is the Education Minister Rev Ronnie Thwaites but not in my eyes others see him as a performer as his almost micro-management style of his portfolio ministry has some cheering while others including teachers and principals of schools occasionally crying for autonomy in some sense as he gets involved in everything.

today's cartoon by Clovis

National Security Minister Peter Bunting though seemingly trying seems to be more bark than bite as his banking and public relations skills has been used by the gentleman time and time again when he is on his feet but as to policy and reduction of crime he has failed and has become exceedingly efficient at explaining reasons for failures while nicely avoiding culpability. His recent attempt to separate his party/administration from a murdered gay activist and accused lotto scammers via a CNN article on the issue supported by a video on a police raid in Montego Bay earlier this year as I carried on this blog HERE (
LGBTQ image/credibility takes another hit ...) The other ministers seem to be occupying space due to party loyalty or job for the boys and Mrs Simpson Miller has said she still has confidence in the team despite challenges. 

The last one was the Information Minister’s challenges from within the powerful party machinery the National Executive Council, NEC where at a meeting reportedly recently she was raked over the coals for her performance and coupled with her being a former journalist she has been described by other media practitioners as the worst in the position overall when compared to previous personas such as Daryl Vaz (JLP), Maxine Henry Wilson (PNP) and Burchell Whiteman (PNP) to name a few and most of whom were accessible yet Ms Sandrea Falconer despite her redemption (Falconer slams media over criticisms) regarding the UK Prime Minister entourage press conference vs no press conference saga but she is still seen as damaged goods and not up to the job in informing the nation.

Her performance at the Cabinet press briefing is abysmal as it amounts to her presenting written briefs to the press core and her handling of questions seems by her attitude as an inconvenience and the journalists are annoying opposition activists while she is far friendlier to those considered more sympathetic to the administration.

The papers carried the polls issue and the response from the PNP machinery in the damage control effort, the Gleaner carried 
Portia Plunges - PNP President Hits All-Time Low In Voters' Opinion In the latest Gleaner-commissioned polls, only 36 per cent of Jamaicans have a favourable opinion of Simpson Miller compared to her all-time high of 78 per cent which was recorded in 2006.

Johnson's latest poll was conducted from September 25-27 among 1,200 Jamaicans. The poll, which has a sampling error of +3% or -3%, was conducted shortly after the governing People's National Party (PNP), which Simpson Miller leads, held its 77th annual conference in Kingston.

Not only has Simpson Miller's favourability ratings plummeted, but the number of Jamaicans who view her in an unfavourable light has increased nearly fivefold.

In March of 2006, only 11 per cent of Jamaicans had an unfavourable opinion of Simpson Miller. That number has grown to 51 per cent.

The portion of Jamaicans who see Simpson Miller in a favourable light has fallen 14 percentage points since the Johnson poll which was done on the eve of the December 2011 general election. Then, Simpson Miller had a 50 per cent favourability rating, which may have played a role in her party securing a 2:1 margin of victory in that election.


Of those persons who view the prime minister in an unfavourable light, a combined 33 per cent say she is either not doing a good job or not doing anything. Another 14 per cent says she is too vulgar.

"Her problem is that she only speaks when she feels that she should and many people feel she is not giving the leadership that she should," said a former organiser in the PNP who asked not to be named.

He said that it would be a headache if the party's and its leader's favourability is down going into the next general election.

Given the after effect of the stormy constituency run-offs, the barely recognizable PNP conference as it looked in previous years with the feeling in the air it doesn’t smell right at all to me; the die hards seem to be just that loyal to the core and with accusations of covert bribery via Kentucky chicken purchases, cash payments though operatives and other promises and gifting the old ways of doing business continues whilst some members or former members of parliament lose their position for trying to make change in their eyes such as Damion Crawford as I highlighted in previous post in this series. I have mixed feelings on Mr Crawford as his attempts to reform his former constituency (tenure ends at the election) via enforced education programs and rushed poorly strategized behaviour change given our political culture for decades is commendable but the down the throat approach is wrong hence he faced a backlash while on the other hand his dismissal of the suggested/promised (depends on how one sees it) buggery review in 2011 just two months after the administration came to office; he saw it as not relevant at that time and that gays would not come forward in parliament and otherwise.

Also see: Promised (I mean suggested) Conscience vote on Buggery law not a priority right now (yet again) says PMPromised Conscience Vote on Buggery in Jamaica was a fluke, Sexual Offences Bill to be updated 2014 and 

What about the LGBT vote if there is any in large enough numbers?

one of my FB campaign flyers back in 2011 in that election campaign/hustings

also see: No Buggery Law Removal says Justice Minister, Gay Marriage parachuted in yet again 2015

The conversation (hardly any) on the election or voting or mobilization of the population seems absent when compared to the 2011 lead up especially after the dupe shaped as a promise in the eyes of some of a buggery review moves were afoot on social media to galvanize some support but how many LGBTians are eligible to vote and will they do so given the public relations from JFLAG and others that there is grave disappointment from the non-fulfillment of the so called promise. More sensible folks like me I dare say realized from very early given the political culture over these many a year and promises or statements made on the hustings yet when in power the realities come to the fore. I still see the PNP indeed any administration are afraid to touch this issue of law reform on buggery as too hot an issue and they won’t go near it not even with a long stick as it may mean being sent into the political wilderness. Appearing to be tolerant works for purposes of international imaging and literally grant funding in the positioning of Jamaica as still a third world county so such automatic aid can flow.

Check out the PNP's press release following the leadership debate in 2011: CLICK HERE the then general secretary Peter Phillips made it quite clear that the review was a proposal (not a promise):

" ........The Party Leader has proposed a review of the Act, and not a repeal of it. During the review, every Member of Parliament will be required to bring to bear on the discussions, the views and the opinion of his or her constituents. At the end of the review, if a vote is to be taken, the vote will be a conscience vote, which means each Member of Parliament will vote according to the directive of his/ her constituents......"

Let us also bear in mind that in 2009 Ms Portia Simpson Miller as opposition leader sided with then PM Golding on the no to gay marriage ploy, an invented sidebar during the Charter of Rights Bill debate in the lower house she said on October 20th 2009 - "Mr Speaker when we accepted the final report from the joint select committee that were looking at the bill we were completely satisfied with their recommendation of a provision to restrict marriage and like relationships to one man and one woman within Jamaica and that the provision should be specifically spelt out so that there could be no ambiguity ………. yes one man one woman (laughter in the house) and if you are Jamaican and go overseas the same applies ……….."

Any hint to lift us to middle income category is vigorously refixed via diplomatic speak refashioned as was done by that speech by Foreign Affairs minister Arnold James Nicholson aka AJ at the 70th United Nation Session and before him the PM herself in another speech where the use of language laced with words such as ‘small island states’ ‘requiring development aid’ and others. Then the dance the Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson also seen as damaged goods and his mishandling of previous crises used the same hapless small island state presentation in his speech in Geneva at that Global Fund meeting but we got the bacon in the amount of some twenty one million US dollars. So if it works so be it.

also see: Portia's UN call for debt relief

General Secretary Paul Burke speaking on Nationwide on October 12 he contradicted his own quote or misquote by the Gleaner where he said that the polls internally suggested issues while being careful that he was not rubbishing the Don Anderson and others the results he said are inconsistent with his findings albeit they were done in June & July. He also said the water issues, unemployment, certain policy development not yet off the ground; the murder rate and accountability matters may have affected the look of the entity. He claims to take some responsibility but communication is needed to right size the public’s understanding; he says jobs are being created but just not fast enough and the IMF test passing but no actual improvement of lives is not manifest. Frankly Mr Burke has been a good spin doctor over the years but he seems to have lost steam in recent times. He said there maybe a weakness in the network in terms of carrying the news (what news I do not know) and explanations (explain aways in my eyes) of the policies and time needed. There is a perception by some that there is less currency for the PM to be so public in the media as she does not have the skill which I believe. Mr Burke admitted “Perhaps more media engagement needs to be done” and “we are concerned with any negative findings ....... are we panicking? Absolutely not.” He also said social media is a substitute for ground work.

Lastly not to be outdone is young Andrew and with the JLP’s fifth poverty to prosperity series in Black River via multiple platforms including Twitter (articulate minority) which is obviously electioneering the groundswell seems not forthcoming which also has me thinking of the die-hards as well carrying the party and not those seeking a government in waiting or the uncommitted; an image problem they have struggled with for years. Party General Secretary Dr Horace Chang said the party is not entirely happy especially when the voting population votes for a ‘leader’ he said the PM has fallen more dramatically than his leader. He said the fall was within the region of the margin of error so their growth agenda may need to be pushed forward alongside a message on the policy framework for the country’s growth. Why have the numbers have not grown more despite the lengthy for all intents and purposes campaigning just to have a good image, Chang spoke to the fact that the leader had to take steps to consolidate his hold in the party. Bread and butter issues tend to block the very messages to convince persons but he also said that may change as it gets closer to the elections but he seemed unsure as to the level and quantity of possible votes. As to the unity and distractions and trust in the entity Dr Chang said there have been distractions and the party is clearing that up in the next few weeks the messages carried are consistent by all speakers of the party as the goal is to win the uncommitted. I wish them luck in that as people are simply turned off from all sides.

Definitely more to come.

Peace and tolerance




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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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Donations presently are accepted via Paypal where buttons are placed at points on this blog(immediately below, GLBTQJA (Blogspot), GLBTQJA (Wordpress) and the Gay Jamaica Watch's blog as well. If you wish to send donations otherwise please contact: or Tel: 1-876-841-2923 (leave a message just in case)

Activities & Plans: ongoing and future

  • 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.

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