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, November 9, 2015

The line in the sand for the PNP part 13: Promises & Desperate Politicking

Gleaner's Lasmay strikes again ........

So some politicians still take Jamaicans for bug head buds as the latest desperate clawing for votes comes at a meeting where the Finance Minister claims that they will create 100,000 jobs (Phillips promises 100,000 jobs under next term for PNP); if in their present run hardly any jobs of note were created and in fact so many lay offs are in progress especially in the sugar industry is worrying. Then what is to come in March when the new budget is to be revealed with the austerity to be furthered entrenched as the International Monetary Fund, IMF conditionalities continue in the four year run even as we were said to be successful in passing the latest test, the ninth one.

Ian Hayles late chastising of the Bruce Golding’s decisions to close Air Jamaica down some four years ago and getting visas as if the JLP can determine who gets a US visa (fooling country people again) to a sadly cheering crowd (boi we still allowing ourselves to be duped; the reason for the closure of the airline though our national treasure was due to financial haemorrhaging; but is not that the same reason now being used as the challenges in the health sector for the audit results by this administration in terms of user fees removals? 

remember this? it seems Dr Campbell is yet to live by his own words in chastising even his own let alone gays. That blurb was essentially damage control for him

Dr Dayton Campbell’s faux pas at a campaign meeting on the same user fee matter where he suggests fees must be reintroduced; again show his foot in mouth syndrome, remember the Lisa Hanna berating or the anti LGBT posture he took that he was forced to retract the points and issue a new statement.This was the same gentleman, Member of Parliament (MP) for North Western St Ann (photo above) in February 2013 got himself into a major controversy with his tweets on the Grammy win of gay artist Frank Ocean, Dr Campbell, while watching the awards ceremony, tweeted his reaction to R&B artiste Frank Ocean accepting an award. Ocean had last year disclosed that he had once been involved in a homosexual relationship.

The MP tweeted "Frank Ocean man fi have ooman pon dem mind. How di hell man end up on your mind massah?? Bob done tell you say man to man is so unjust!!!"

Dr Campbell was making reference to Ocean's hit single Thinking About You which is allegedly about his male lover.

His tweet, however, made many of his followers and other, Twitter users see red, as they felt he was insinuating negativity against homosexuals, while others argued that as a holder of a public office, he should be making more relevant comments.

"Really?? Dayton Campbell doan have NO other contribution to make to Twitter than a Frank Ocean comment? When di dollar is 95 for ONE USD?" said one Twitter user.

Another user posted, "I hope the Jamaican social media space makes this a teachable moment for a Jamaican politician. Dr Campbell, your hate will not be condoned."

While another user stated "Sista P would a shame a him. But she's busy working, working, working."

Dr Campbell said afterwards that it was a misunderstanding.

"They took a different interpretation of what was said, in my tweet I was talking about the content of the music, and the message that is being sent by the artiste. I was not attacking anyone's sexual orientation."

When asked if he thinks this blunder will affect his political future, he told a media outlet with fervour, "Absolutely not! I do not think it will have any impact at all, but if it should, my head will be bloody but unbowed." seems he has had a change of mind from some prodding somewhere. 

If there is money being lost at the MOH and steps are taken to address such matters then why is it that after the PNP when in opposition now in power opposed the no user fee application just start charging again? 

Answer: they would loose the election and possible more to come as they maybe blamed for reintroducing untold hardships. What needs to also happen with the health sector is making persons who can afford to pay via tax registration scrutiny and PAYE or employment records pay for same via an integrated network systems with the tax departments, health departments (NHF for example) and the private sector or employers. Some kind of card or registration system or PATHE or JADEP structure by implemented so the wheat can be separated from the tears. 

That can ease the practice of persons who can well afford or have insurance but do not use it to be absent at emergency rooms for non emergency matters and clogging up the systems. Even as a plea has been made for persons to use the type five health centres instead for lesser health matters as those are also user fee free persons prefer to go to the hospitals and wait thus making the service delivery frustrating.

also see: Fix It Quick! - PM Orders Shortcomings In Health Sector Corrected, Puts Spotlight On Administrators, Senior Medical Officers

Although her presentation last evening was a well rehearsed show, indeed election politicking she sounded more in charge it is too little too late as it took unusual pressure to get the results. The apology is too late for me as the damage is done and Ferguson’s removal to another ministry is just band aid remedies to supposedly reduce or nullify the strong criticisms and upset by the public also from within the PNP support base. Not to mention the possible impacts on grant aid from the EU or the UK or Global Fund as questions may well be circulating as to the previous tranches of funds for the health sector and administration of the regional health authorities.

If Dr Fenton Ferguson couldn’t handle the ministry of health then is it the labour and security ministry he will shine; does it send a message to the latter ministry of how lesser valued they are? The technocrats there may be worrying as to his abilities. He may be a good dentist or member of parliament but management skills is obviously lacking. Newly appointed Minister of Health Horace Daly is essentially charged to address the issues but he is not a super performing minister as a certain Reverend Education Minister despite his anti gay stance cloaked in hypocritical tolerance.

Rotting systems indeed

If they report came out by April or Mayor sooner and the obfuscations avoided then a solution could have been found way earlier instead of the mess we now find ourselves in. Let us also never forget the Chikungunya virus debacle with the same minister whose tenure is questionable now.

What about the other technocrats, the four board chairmen who serve at the minister’s pleasure and executives close to the ministry(er), will heads roll as well? The now infamous four for all intents and purposes have been made to infiltrate the systems barring proper academic for at least three qualifications scripted a statement effectively insulting the media and claimed to be nauseous as to the vigilance by the media while declaring the system is the envy of the world. I want to see blood for this one as many other Jamaicans do, for too long administrations JLP and PNP have fucked up and there are hardly any corrective actions, resignations or proper redress to persons impacted. I wonder if we really wonder how serious this is, when one reads of basic things as FUNGUS growing in an operating theatre; is this is the best the regional authorities can accomplish with all this time and a forced audit report had to bring this out.

The Outameni scandal and even older ones under the PNP as Trafigura where all kinds of manoeuvres are used to defray analysis and the truth coming forth; even as the Dutch authorities required materials for a court case in that jurisdiction related to the matter. When it became apparent the present PM may have to testify in that matter locally we saw the scramble to avoid same. It is clear that we cannot trust the PNP; given the gay marriage smoke screens over the years both as opposition and government. What has actually happening with the resolution of the Spaulding Market scandal, it has just withered away.

Or the Justice Minister’s latest exploits of homophobia to gain support for the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ or the evaporated suggested conscience vote on buggery as presented by the present PM in the 2011 leadership debate prior to the elections. The Jamaica Labour Party, JLP is no different just by its rhetoric and has not really presented any credible material for me and many others to chew on. Their prosperity series though in its eight dispensation as it chugs along the electioneering train line but I have been finding that it is losing its original vim. Leader Andrew Holness sounds OK but the rest of the crew is not sounding like him save and except for Audley Shaw for now despite his mistake on the MOH audit accusations but he has apologized as he said he was misinformed (Audley Shaw Says Sorry). 

Mr Holness speaking at a meeting says we must get up from behind the computers and put away the smart phones and act. Mr Holness needs to remember the articulate minority can change party's fortunes nowadays and lear from the very dead babies scandal and who placed the pressure on the government.

Yesterday my brother and I at the dinner table argued whether the PNP should be returned as he thought they should continue but they need to improve and cut out the promises foolishness. We are told of wind farms from Energy Minster of $89M project but let us remember we have heard such utterances before and he has not delivered. My brother also is in support of the referendum for the CCJ but never said anything on buggery, he knows I am gay as he accompanied me during my court room battle days, bail submissions and such when I was arrested for buggery in 1996.

Woe is me and indeed other would be voters as the choices are between the devil and the deep blue sea; and to think the regional electoral office called me recently to ask me to return to retake my photographs for my new national voter’s identification card only for me to arrive and see nearly some forty of fifty persons for the same thing; the ire by some present who were forced to wait for more than two hours before the retake and resigning of documents.

also see: parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 & 8 & 9 & 10 & 11 in this series.

also check out from the Gleaner:

Portia a weak leader - Holness

Justice Minister reiterates his personal position on the Buggery Law, Anal Intercourse, Consent & Privacy

Portia Simpson - 'Uncouth behaviour of others to make me look less than polished'

When did anyone ask for gay marriage rights in Jamaica when we can't get basic tolerance ....

Gov't Makes International Commitment To Reduce Violence Against Women, Gays (I guess we can forget this nice platitudes then?)

Jamaican Opposition Leader says he would allow homosexuals in his cabinet .

Opposition Leader sides with antigay groups on Referendum on The Buggery Law

Foreign Affairs Minister says Govt should be cautious on gay rights issues in Jamaica

Promised Conscience Vote on Buggery in Jamaica was a fluke

PNP’s Bobby Pickersgill differs on Conscience Vote route to decide on Buggery Law

Foreign Affairs Minister says Govt should be cautious on gay rights issues in Jamaica

J-FLAG now advocating for decriminalisation of same-sex acts 

Buggery could dominate review of sex laws (Observer) 2014

Nuff to chew on .........

Peace & 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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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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