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

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Buggery law referendum baiting by JLP in #Javote2016 campaign

As expected the election season is on in earnest and campaigning is in full gear since the announcement of the general elections slated for February 25, 2016. Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party has been on the hustings and has been repeating at every chance he gets the 2014 position on a referendum on the buggery law whether we should repeal or keep it but no where has he said he supports an amendment as is now the push by advocates and JFLAG; sadly that should have been the position from way back then in 1998 during JFLAG’s parliamentary submission in of a full repeal at the four year Sexual Offences Bill cycle review and the subsequent Charter of Rights Bill (in draft at the time) debate. The charter then had a protection clause with regards to discrimination due to sexual orientation which was a sensible start until it was removed by the push from religious right movement representatives in a deceptive tactic of words and meanings.

see: Opposition (PNP) unimpressed with 'painful and troubled' passage of Sexual Offences Bill 2009

They claimed that the meaning of the word ‘sex’ at the time was too vague and leaves the issue open to future changes in the affirmative for gay rights and could include the act of buggery and capitalizing on the fear mongering the PNP administration through its then Minister of Justice A. J. Nicholson agreed and also pushed eventually for the removal of the protection. The JLP then also sided with the move and the subsequent Joint Select Committee came back with a set of ridiculous requests to include the cause of homosexuality and other questions. Maybe if we had started with the sensible position of an amendment as was recommended to JFLAG by one of its own attorneys then we could have saved ourselves the grief and delay over the years towards rights and recognition. Gay marriage is out of the question for now as marriage between a man and a woman is deeply entrenched in the constitution and protected from easy amendment or change; not even a high court ruling can move it and will require reform directly from the parliament floor, which I doubt will come in this lifetime. Maybe the younger warriors will have to handle that one.

Why is the JLP oblivious to the amendment suggestion is just so deceiving to me, the law would not go in total but would be specific if properly worded with specifics especially the all important consent versus non consent. As expressed in previous entries political parties fear touching buggery and indeed homosexuality as they ought to be dealt with; open critical and balanced discourse and debate devoid of emotionalism and fear; the ideal for me would be a sensible debate in parliament looking at all the issues that attend including the proving of buggery, the pseudo scientific conundrums surrounding same and loopholes for corruption by arresting officers with regards to blackmail and extortion.

Speaking at a Jamaica Labour Party mass rally on Sunday February 7, 2016 just before a shooting incident marred proceedings Andrew Holness repeated his call for the referendum and states within 100 days of gaining power if they win they would put on a ballot the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ as our final court and the buggery law for consideration by the nation. 

'Grand Referendum'

In noting that there are many forces pulling at the value systems of Jamaica, Holness said efforts are being made to "change the very foundation, the definition and fabric of Jamaica. The only way to resolve these issues is to have you, the people, say what you want.

"At a convenient time within our new government, we will hold a grand referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice as the final appellate court. We will also place on that referendum the removal of the buggery law," said the opposition leader.

On the worrying matter of voter apathy, Holness made a special appeal to the uncommitted, saying the upcoming election presents an ideal opportunity for persons who are turned off by politics to get on board and become part of the change he wants to bring to governance.

"It is inevitable, it must happen that leadership in Jamaica must change, so why not let it happen now? Why not take that chance now?" asked Holness.

"I am going to make the change, my team is ready to make the change."

Holness knows full well that such a referendum on the latter would not be in the affirmative in terms of results for gay rights as it were and consent for adults and that he is only pandering to the religious extremists’ mantra. Even they religious right movement have not embraced the mid ground on the matter and instead deceptively dismiss any such calls as a full repeal in a supposed bid to mislead the public (and it is working sadly) playing on their ignorance and impatience.

The JLP does not have the kind of support on the ground when compared to the PNP and an ever more cynical uncommitted group including the articulate minority and the polls also seem to verify that so they are grasping at anything they can find. This election seems to be a close one and the results can swing aby way but not with a large margin. In my Line in the sand series I have been wondering which way to vote and no manifestos have come forth as yet for me to contemplate further. The PNP’s suggestion (promise) on the buggery review has not materialized and they too are dithering on the matter in fear of the religious right folks switching despite the more powerful traditional churches are in their corner; the PNP at prayer, sorry I mean the Jamaica Council of Churches JCC is middle road sounding in terms of homosexuality in general and tolerance to a lesser extent.

The Justice Minister’s Mark Golding flip flopping on the matter has not aided me to decide either on whether to vote PNP or not as his utterances as posted on here on the baiting of the CCJ as our final court on the altar of not over turning the buggery law had me peeved whilst JFLAG chose to have him even after all that as their guest speaker at their 17th anniversary event last year where he gave a glowing supportive speech but is a coward to make the changes required on buggery. In fairness I did carry a post on his personal position on the matter as espoused in a radio interview he did but as we now know the personal and the political are too different things and he is just doing it like a ‘clever’ politician would so as to keep himself and his party afloat safely while avoiding controversial issues.

See:  Justice Minister reiterates his personal position on the Buggery Law, Anal Intercourse, Consent & Privacy 2014

The leadership debate is being planned and should happen soon we're told either on the 18th, 19th or 20th; the committee on debates is finalizing it with the parties; I imagine given a shortened campaign season and I am expecting the issue to return as it did in the 2007 hustings; it is also a major plank with regards to grant aid and ties to such LGBT considerations for general support for administrations and specific funding as well. I guess young Andrew will repeat the referendum bit as he cannot change from that now seeing he has been consistent. Someone needs to put before him and his team or remind them of the actual thrust nowadays the amendment of the law and NOT a full repeal and then ask why isn’t the JLP embracing such a call? It is of course easier to sell the way it is being done now by Holness and not having to explain the concept while the JLP claims it is concerned about human rights. A referendum without the proper sustained educational activities and indeed townhall meetings and other informational avenues would be a waste of time; I am also thinking that while Jamaicans are homo-negative in one breath they are not stupid and if only engaged properly with the points placed honestly before them they can choose. If the amendment principle properly explained was put before them then a different outcome may obtain than an outright no to buggery repeal.

community posters on the J's change of position

This is where I had parted company with JFLAG and have done so for many years as they took too long to adjust their call from repeal to amendment (14 years in fact) and then a missing sustained messaging of same is crucial to not only raise credibility but fixity of purpose and a wider reach of the ordinary citizen. Then the true test of the law in the form of Javed Jaghai’s challenge in the same year as the change in position died before our eyes as he subsequently withdrew; I have had discussions for example with total strangers in bars and barbershops on the issue and when I simply break it down for them the clear contemplation is evident via either a verbal response or facial expression; many persons were still on the old message of a full repeal and so their anti gay stance is cemented hence they are implacable. The other side to this referendum business is also that we are not a participatory public on elections, the last time we had any high voter turnout on anything was in the 1980 election where some just over 60% of the voting public came out and the JLP won; voter apathy is high and I am wondering if such a referendum comes forth who will leave home to cast their ballot?

Maybe given the sensitivity involved some may leave out indeed but what about those who are in favour or at a place of tolerance will they come out on that ballot?

Groups such as the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, LCF, Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, JCHS, Jamaica CAUSE, Lovemarch and others may be itching to cast their ballots for the JLP given the soundings on such matters they like to push for their antigay agenda. The Christian community did vote heavily for the Golding administration prior to Holness’s takeover (hence we have a Seventh Day Adventist Governor General) as they attract more conservative votes. I see for example the out front Dr Wayne West name calling of LGBT folks persists so as to create an ‘other’ then throw discriminatory darts. His recent post was titled ‘Why atheist = dunciehead : A simple explanation - “The fool had said in his heart ; there is no God” …….Psalm 14:1……. Great book that it is the Bible is once again spot on’ he has become most proficient at name calling and belittling when God’s love should expressed via embracing I imagine, not creating outcasts, he too has deceptively conflated a call for an amendment akin to a repeal of buggery while ignoring the all important consent between adults.

Even more disturbing are the comments made by the Chairman on the PNP Bobby Pickersgill on the campaign trail while we need to remind ourselves this was the same man that dismissed the buggery law review suggestion (promise) by his party leader; must be his time of the month now lol I guess of course I am harking to another comment he previously made to a male Portmore resident years ago during the debate/shove down of the toll road then at a townhall meeting. Rumours about his own perceived sexuality still dog him to this very day, especially after the missing gun saga. So he could not resist clarifying the status of the kissers in his instructions and some folks are so daft to cheer this kind of backwardness on.

also see: PNP’s Bobby Pickersgill differs on Conscience Vote route to decide on Buggery Law 2013

What would Jesus do? Never a dull day here eh.

Walk good until next time.

Peace & tolerance


also see:
Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson’s call for tolerance not genuine & sheer hypocrisy

Holness fishes for votes & exploits gay marriage fears at religious meeting 2015

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

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

also see some previous related entries:

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

PNP's Damion Crawford says it's highly unlikely buggery review will happen ........ it's not important now

PNP Wins ................Hope for LGBT People ??

The Line in The Sand for The JLP part 13 - the ascention but the question:Will Holness be a pro-rights PM?

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

On Buggery and gays in cabinets with politics ............ some responses ......

Milk River PNP Councillor says no to buggery repeal ..

J-FLAG Disappointed With PM's Unfulfilled Promise, Though She Remains Best Hope

PNP: No election money from gay groups ....

‘Idiot plan that!’ - Many Jamaicans against Buggery Law review . 2011

The Pink Report on JFLAG's handling of the Charter of Rights issue

PNP 2006, No plans to Legalise Same Sex Union (FLASHBACK)

Opposition Leader sides with antigay groups on Referendum on The Buggery Law 2014



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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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