The line in the sand for the PNP part 10 : Buggery referendum & more CCJ
Opposition leader (JLP) reiterates his call for a referendum on Buggery
The issue was raised in a call in segment and the matter of crisis communication (GAY & BISEXUAL INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE, HOMOPHOBIC INCIDENTS & CRISIS COMMUNICATION) credibility in terms of homophobic violence in Jamaica is concerned came up. The caller and host (never bothered to check names) dismissed such calls as lies and agreeing with anti gay voice Betty Ann Blaine when she made similar remarks at the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, JCHS at a rally in Kingston.
This has been a major challenge over the years overall and from my entry into the frey in 1996 it has been an uphill task to convince more of the public with a view to changing hearts and minds from homophobia to some tolerance.
The ever increasing numbers of persons who have left us is sad in a sense to see but persons have to consider their safety and if leaving is the option then so be it.
I will refer to a previous case I highlighted on this blog via two posts, bearing in mind that not all cases result in an asylum opportunity:
1) A Homophobic sibling, tolerant family members, forced evictions & an interrupted re-integration process
2) Gay man forcibly evicted from Birdsucker Avenue
Ramario Allison is now residing in Amsterdam after several challenges he and friends have had to face, I'll use his case as I am very familiar with it and the above photo was shot by me in Half Way Tree in 2014 as myself and the co-founder of APJ arranged some crisis intervention then.
He is now safe and here are the photos to prove it disbelievers of Jamaica not having homophobic violence:
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