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

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Line in the sand for the PNP part 16: Pre-election debate dodging.

 Gleaner photo of leaders shaking hands at code of conduct signing

Gleaner's Lasmay touched the latest controversy

Is the PNP machinery obfuscating on the election debate to avoid controversial issues as buggery?

check out previous lines in the sand (PNP) series: 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 & 8 & 9 & 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

I must really vote for the PNP after all this? ..... When they had captured my interest despite the buggery law baiting by some of their own; plus the CCJ dangling carrot trick by Mark Golding earlier this year.

Independent candidate favours J’cans making decisions on Buggery & CCJ (sister blog), Golding, Buggery And The CCJ and Review regional buggery laws, says UWI Guild Council and The line in the sand for the PNP part 10 : Buggery referendum & more CCJ

Male PNP supporters in makeup in a motorcade ... the caption by: NJ Chocolat Brown

A dem su'm Portia wah free up inna ja.. An d damn ppl dem a bout 'powa, powa. Kmft das y mi seh str888 showa all wen mi dead mi a laborite
So it seems to me as the suggestion (seen as a promise by others) of a conscience vote from 2011 has arisen again; advocates and ordinary LGBTians are wondering if the matter will return once again on the expected pre-election debates but with the justice minister’s previous utterances both publicly and also his private thoughts on the law also made public by him it seems the PNP is afraid of a backlash as has been the case for so long in this country while giving me pause. Even as the Gleaner’s headline today says Portia is more favourable according to polls this was an old survey I imagine by Dr Herbert Gayle (projected seats win) and Bill Johnson but in recent hours and the rise in rage regarding the expected debate she is bound to lose some political stock from 45% she rose to. Also see (Portia On Top - Simpson Miller Ahead Of Holness In Favourability Poll) Holness stood still on favourability but his unfavourable has fallen from 23% to 16% and seems unable to capture those on the fence.

also see: #JaVotes2016: PNP Withdrawal From Debates Could Trigger Businesses To Pull Funding

I am now wondering as I cannot believe that a simple barb about who is a con as expressed from both sides is now the reason being banded about as a cop out from a pre election debate. Bearing in mind that in 2011 it was the PNP via its leader Portia Simpson Miller who despite a perception of her less than articulate skills in public speaking who came out shinning none the less against her counterpart leader of the opposition Andrew Holness. Social media has exploded since the release of a letter via general secretary Paul Burke with awful comments and why was the letter dated February 12 despite the fact the letter was released on February 11. Is the 10 point plan and the central minimum wage increase suggestion by the JLP is too strong to challenge by the PNP so they are using all kinds of methods to tear it apart? The rebuttal by the Finance Minister though sounding plausible on the face of it when stripped down is nonsense and the press conference also yesterday alongside the signing of the code of conduct by both parties in 11 parishes seems to suggest an orchestrated strategy to avoid addressing it fully. The JLP’s 250k jobs proposal has simply died down since the new brouhaha as that plan seemed unreachable to me.

one of the latest barbs thrown at Simpson-Miller

remember this?:

I thought such pre-election debates were for eligible parties present their platforms for the elections so that the electorate can make their decisions on the faithful day behind the scene. Although the issues seem lost over the smoke screens the 10 point plat by the JLP seems to be gaining some traction especially on the minimum wage matter/threshold but there is a deceptive move by some PNP propagandists who claim the JLP said it was going to repeal buggery when that was NOT what Mr Holness proposed. An obvious talk show targeting response was in play both yesterday and the day before as known ‘PNP callers’ propagandists tried to shift the accusation that the JLP said it was going to remove or repeal buggery; in every instance I heard and others who were monitoring it the hosts of the shows reiterated the referendum suggestion. Holness has since moved from saying he will accept gays in his party and administration (although we all now they may not come out openly) post the 2011 elections to siding with the religious right anti gay movement on a referendum especially since a series of public rallies effectively threatening any administration in the future from touching the so called buggery law. On this blog at least I have tried to show the trajectory of this and even though JFLAG has finally and sensibly changed its position from a full repeal demand in 1998 in the first parliamentary submission then a 14 year run on same to the present position of an amendment or decriminalization both the JLP and the PNP have been dithering deliberately as it is radio active politically for them both.

Observer headline click HERE

So they both create smoke screens over the years to obfuscate the matter instead of having a sensible emotion free debate. I guess the Prime Minister or PNP party leader Simpson Miller does not want to be cornered into making any more suggestions of a buggery amendment/review or promises for that matter. I am in shock as well to think that the rest of the PNP hierarchy has agreed to this obvious debate dodging exercise it something else is happening behind the scenes we are not aware of. Are there pressures pulling on the structure in terms of funding and what issues must be addressed? Let us bear in mind that LGBT considerations come fast furious within the last couple of years with regards to grant funding from places like the EU, the UK and the of course the US since Obama’s ascension to the Presidency. China’s buying influence strategy worldwide does not come with such considerations and I dare say trample on some rights environmental considerations as we have seen in Africa and even locally. China Harbour’s (CHEC) seeming shoddy handling of the dynamiting of areas nearing residencies only for said residents impacting with property damages being misled in a pretentious administrative processing to be told the company cannot be held responsible; leaving many in rage over it especially in St Catherine with the recent completion of the latest toll booth and the highway towards Flat Bridge.

The JLP is obviously courting the religious groups as a previous post had dealt with but the PNP has a problem as well in that department; the tradition so called big churches are also aligned with them and has been so for so many years but the the strong theocratic typed opposition is coming from extremist section of the Christian community who have formed themselves into groups; so the Jamaica Council of Churches, JCC aka PNP at prayer as coined by former PM Edward Seaga decades ago has been very cautious in its public pronouncements on homosexuality and the buggery law while espousing tolerance (whether they mean it or not is another matter); hence there is a rift sometimes made bare by the antigay groups that traditional churches tend to ‘hug up’ homosexuals more so than supposed true fire brand Christians. So we get a two tiered approach to this matter being properly ventilated. 

Pryce & JFLAG Reps at Health for All 2015

remember this from the last campaign?:

labelling or profiling suspected PNP MSM

One would think the PNP knowing the party enjoys larger LGBT support for so long would not be afraid to join the pre-election debate and deal with the matter. The utterances from the outgoing if not pushed out unceremoniously Raymond Pryce often perceived as gay and who in 2014 via a Jamaica Observer forum spoke to the buggery law in his own opinion could help and that he Pryce is close to the party leader and even writes her speeches could assist her to articulate the navigating of the matter and the broader issue of homosexuality. We cannot leave out the other party stalwarts and rising stars who also subscribe to popular sentiments to remain popular and the aforementioned propagandists to say the JLP will change the law.

The PNP’s use of logistical incongruence to avoid the debate too is also disingenuous suggesting they wanted a town-hall structure similar to the USA style as they want not just journalists to ask questions but members of the public. Yet the middle of the road suggestion to have every three questions from journalists posed then a member of the public can also pose a question was flatly rejected by the PNP. The numbers game has not worked in terms of the taxes issues, minimum wages, GDP targets, extra liquidity and the NDX payout seems insignificant in the eyes of the ordinary man as they have not translated to improved everyday living for him. Then there is the issue of the timing of the high court constitutional challenge to buggery via Maurice Tomlinson plus the tolerance ad appeal pitted against the aforementioned Justice Minister Mark Golding’s baiting of the same to force a positive vote on the CCJ one wonders if the election call is also to race towards wining it despite the uncertainty of the judgement of the two actions. Curiously the minister had mentioned the challenge long before the press release and announcements came on Tomlinson’s legal action so someone inside the PNP was obviously aware of what was on the horizon although public photos on Facebook of a supposed consultation in Kingston was out.

I agree with Professor Trevor Munroe of the National Integrity Action, NIA that the 2007/11 pre-elections debate that they are needed and had both leaders promising transparency and dialogue while the campaign ads have not addressed the issues properly and are more about belittling each other’s parties. The debate is a chance to raise issues and not one-upmanship in the old style of politics that have come to still be a factor of campaigning and hustings work. The JLP despite the change in strategy from JFLAG et al of decriminalization advocacy instead of a full repeal they via its leader have been deceptively too obfuscating the matter towards a suggestion of a call for a full repeal being justifiably denied when that is not the case for the call by LGBT lobbyists.

The stoning of a PNP motorcade on its way to Junction last evening is not helping any alongside the two shootings of persons in western Jamaica since last Sunday and on nomination day in Flankers is disturbing and reminds me of the old days of violence and fear driven action to stop middle of the road prospective voters from participating. The rapid signing of contracts and sudden accessibility of the Prime Minister by media, sudden decreases in student loan interest rated conveniently as the JLP has an ad saying if they win they will do, MPs now showing up after protracted absence are indicators of the silly season once again but yet all the political parties including the lesser visible ones do not want to touch the buggery law not even with a long stick and are more pandering to popular sentiments of outright rejection of any suggested change or the misplaced perception of a repeal.

Sense & sensibilities anyone.

Peace & tolerance


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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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