Recent Homophobic Attack, June – Men chased from home in St. Catherine

On May 25 of this year two males were attacked at their home caused by a rumour started by a “female friend” who deliberately incited one against the other, as it turned out an argument developed between the two males, it was at this time that this “female friend” called attention to them and a mob who descended on the boys.

They both sustained injuries with one as shown above with his right leg broken and scratches and bruises and the left finger of the other sprained.

The matter was reported to the Police with select Officers being very cooperative while others were open with scaving remarks and one male officer demanded the boys leave the station.

However the “Professional officers” saw to it that the matter was dealt with and the victims left the station without fear. Thanks officers.

Thanks especially to a woman constable who shall remain nameless who has asked us to keep her abreast of the boys situation, she has left her personal cell number.

A special thank you to a former JFLAG Crisis Intervention Officer who has sheltered the boys in her own home and has promised to do so until they can fully get back on their feet. Of note JFLAG decided not to intervene in this matter as the boys were deemed trouble makers since they had problems in their relationship which sometimes led to fights. I was troubled by this decision however as I was of the opinion that the organization was to serve the community.

Is JFLAG now involved in bigotry and discrimination itself too? Very selective it seems in offering assistance.

The broken legged victim has since had the cast removed and he has returned to his job as a landscaper, while the other is job hunting.

UPDATE: Oct 7, 2009 – both men have moved on and have separated but have found employment and housing with some help from friends and the above mentioned crisis intervention Officer.

Peace
H

One Love? Try NO Love for The Kids: Gay Hate In Jamaica!

Found this comment on a blog from wordpress, thanks for the interest my friend and a very good blog. ONE LUV………………

Dear Friends:
I found this disturbing piece (located on 365Gay.com) about the rampant gay hate in Jamaica.
Personally, I believe that all gays, and gay allies, should protest Jamaica. Wait, scratch that…Anyone who believes in the civil rights of their fellow human beings, whether you agree with homosexuality or not, should protest the entire country. This is deplorable. First world tourists should show anti-gay Jamaicans that homophobia of this magnitude cannot be tolerated, under any circumstances. The Jamaican economy is based on tourism. Without tourists the already 3rd world country would crash and burn. So hit them where it hurts, in the wallet.
After reading this I have decided that I’ll NEVER support anything Jamaica does, ever, until the laws are changed.

Read on… HERE

Poll: 70 Percent In Jamaica Oppose Any Rights For Gays
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff Posted: June 20, 2008 – 5:00 pm ET (Kingston)

There is little chance laws against homosexuality will be repealed in Jamaica if a public opinion poll released Friday is any indication. The survey found that 70 percent of Jamaicans do not believe gays and lesbians should have any civil rights. The poll, taken for the Jamaican Gleaner newspaper, found women slightly more receptive than men to repealing the sodomy law or giving gays protection from discrimination in housing or work. Thirty-four percent of women would support pro-gay legislation, while only 20 percent of men would. Jamaican gays, supported by international human rights groups, have been calling for repeal of the sodomy law which carries a sentence of 10-years in prison on conviction. Last month Prime Minister Bruce Golding condemned Britain and other Commonwealth countries for criticizing the treatment of gays in the Caribbean nation. ”Jamaica is not going to allow values to be imposed on it from outside,” he said during an interview broadcast on the BBC……………………………………

How To Use a Dildo for Strap-on Sex for Lesbians

How To Use a Dildo for Strap-on Sex
From Kathy Belge,
Your Guide to Lesbian Life.

Lesbians who like penetration may want to try a dildo for strap-on sex. Here are some tips for great sex with a dildo or strap-on.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: An evening
Here’s How:Find the right dildo.

Here are some tips for buying the right dildo for your needs.

Get used to your new toy. Put on your harness and dildo and get used to how it feels before jumping right into bed with your partner. Have her help you into the harness. The tighter it is, the more control you will have and the more sensation you will feel.Don’t forget foreplay. Kiss her. Touch her. Get her excited and turned on before you penetrate.Put a condom on your dildo and use plenty of lube, even if she seems lubricated.
Slippery and wet is much more enjoyable.Go slow and easy the first time. Angle your dildo upwards, not back toward her spine. Let your partner guide you in how fast, slow, deep, rough or easy you go.Try different positions. Old fashioned missionary position allows for face to face intimacy. Doggy-style allows you to penetrate further inside her.Use your hands.
Remember the foreplay? Keep at it, caressing her where she likes it most.Mix it up. Experiment with oral sex. Watching their lover go down on a dildo is a big turn on for many dykes. If you want to experiment with anal penetration, take it slow and easy and use lots of lube. Remember to change condoms any time you change orifices.
Communication is key. As with any sex, talking about what you like, don’t like, what you want, what feels good is very important. Listen and pay attention to her body language. Ask her if it feels good. Does she want it deeper, faster, slower?Remember if you share any sex toy, to change the condom!

Egale Canada and the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention recognize leaders in the fight for human rights

Egale Canada and the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention recognize leaders in the fight for human rights
Toronto, Ontario – Egale Canada and the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) held a joint fundraising event called Unified Voices: Celebrating Black, African, Caribbean Leadership on June 17th, 2008.
This fundraising event recognized leading voices in the fight against homophobia/transphobia and HIV/AIDS in Canada’s Black, African and Caribbean communities. The evening will highlight the work of two leaders in this fight: Gareth Henry, the International Grand Marshal of Pride 2008, and Zanele Muholi, a leading South African activist.
Gareth Henry is the Co-Chair and Program Manager of J-FLAG , the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, and a recipient of both the 2006 Human Rights Watch Award and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Award. He took over the reins of J-FLAG from Brian Williamson when the latter was murdered and mutilated as a result of a homophobic attack in 2004. Gareth’s leadership in Jamaica coupled with his status as the 2008 International Grand Marshal allow him to highlight the oppression in his home country while stressing the need for Canadians to rally against homophobia not only abroad but in communities across the country.

Zanele Muholi, born in Umlazi, Durban, is an emerging, yet already internationally recognized photographer and activist. She’s the co-founder of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), a black lesbian organization based in Johannesburg. Her work represents the black female body in frank yet intimate ways and challenges the portrayal of black women’s bodies in documentary photography. Zanele’s solo exhibition Only half the picture, which showed at Capetown South Africa’s Michael Stevenson Gallery in March 2006, has travelled to the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg and the Afrovibes Festival in Amsterdam.

She is the recipient of both the 2005 Tollman Award for the Visual Arts and the first BHP Billiton/Wits University Visual Arts Fellowship in 2006. Zanele has recently moved to Toronto to pursue her Master of Fine Arts degree in Documentary Media at Ryerson University.
Unified Voices also included performances by legendary drag impersonator Michelle Ross, who, as 30-year veteran of the profession, has been a pioneer for black drag artists in Toronto. Music by DJ Jamal rounded out the evening.

Black CAP (http://www.black-cap.com/) is an organization that works to reduce HIV/AIDS in Toronto’s Black, African, and Caribbean communities to enhance the quality of life of Black people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The agency is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, community service organization that gives support to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and raises awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS and STIs in Toronto.
Egale Canada advances equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people and their families across Canada. Egale also hosts Stop Murder Music (Canada), which advocates against anti-gay lyrics targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified communities.

Buggerer gets four years

Barbara Gayle,

A 48-year-old man who admitted having 11 previous convictions for sexually molesting young boys has been jailed for four years for indecent assault on a young boy.
Norman Hoffman, security guard, of Maxfield Avenue, Kingston 11, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared in the Home Circuit Court last month. Sentencing was put off until yesterday
Hoffman admitted 11 previous convictions for offences of buggery and gross indecency committed on young boys. He is the father of five children 19 to 29 years.
Summer camp
The court was told that Hoffman went to a church in the Corporate Area and said he was a Christian. He was subsequently appointed youth director. He took some boys to a summer camp last year and reports were made to the police that he sexually assaulted one of the boys.
Attorney-at-law Melrose Reid made an impassioned plea for leniency for Hoffman. She said Hoffman was very sorry for what had happened and was willing to get counselling.
Miss Justice Kay Beckford put off sentencing until yesterday to allow Hoffman to get counselling while in custody.
The judge in sentencing Hoffman said she had to send him to prison because he was a habitual sex offender.
Well what do you all think about this story??
“Leave People Boi pickney alone”

Remember Folks To Be Vigilant

Hi Folks a word from us to you:

Visit the newspaper sites or purchase the paper(s)

Read the Letter to the Editor

Write your own Letters to the Editor

Respond Appropriately to the Author(s) where neccessary and respectfully

Keep the dialogue going

Call the talk shows

SPEAK UP!!!

http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/
http://www.sunheraldja.com/frontpage/
http://www.nationwidenewsnetwork.com/ (double click the radio dial icon to lauch)
http://www.go-jamaica.com/power/ Power 106FM
http://www.newstalk.com.jm/

Suprised? Poll finds continuing intolerance for gays

JAMAICA REMAINS unaccommodating of gay lifestyles, the latest Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson polls have found.
The polls, conducted on May 31 and June 1 across 84 communities in Jamaica’s 14 parishes, found that 70 per cent of respondents believe that homosexuals and lesbians should not be entitled to the same basic rights and privileges enjoyed by heterosexual Jamaicans.
The polls, which had a margin of error of plus or minus three per cent, found that 26 per cent of respondents believe that homosexuals should enjoy the same level of lifestyle as other persons.
The study found that women are more accommodating of gay lifestyles. Some 34 per cent of them said gays should enjoy the same basic rights compared to 20 per cent of males who share this view.
There have been several cases of attacks on homosexuals in Jamaica in recent years as most locals use violence to display their dismay at the practice.
Treatment of homosexuals
Dancehall artistes have been blamed for the less-than-accommodating treatment of homosexuals, with locals said to be acting out the violence portrayed in the lyrics.
During a recent official visit to the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Bruce Golding, in an interview on the BBC’s programme ‘HARDtalk’, said that, in Jamaica, “we do have a long-standing culture that is very opposed to homosexuality. I think that is changing. I believe there is greater acceptance now that people have different lifestyles, that their privacy must be respected”.
The prime minister, however, said he would not allow gays to be part of his Cabinet, eliciting cries from several human rights and gay activists locally.
Golding has refused to bow. In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday, the prime minister referred to the interview and then made a thinly-veiled swipe at gay lifestyles.
Likely to vote for Golding
“I make no apology, absolutely no apology when I say that anything that I regard as contradictory, as inimical, to the foundation of [the] family unit, is not something that will ever sit comfortably,” the prime minister said.
Golding’s stance in the BBC interview earned him some favour among persons who identified themselves as supporters of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP). Twenty-six per cent of the respondents said that, based on his stance, they are more likely to vote for Golding and his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the next election.
In total, 45 per cent of respondents said they are more likely to vote for Golding and his party because of the statement.
The prime minister has lost little support with just five per cent of respondents who said they are less likely to vote for him because of the statement.
Meanwhile, Golding’s statement that he would not have gays in his Cabinet will make no difference in the way 65 per cent of PNP supporters and 20 per cent of JLP supporters are likely vote. In total, 48 per cent of the sample said it would make no difference at all, while two per cent said they don’t know.

Penance for gay indulgence

published: Friday June 20, 2008

The Editor, Sir:
As a nation we are frothing with indignation that we are being forced to bend at the waist to accommodate the homosexual lifestyles.
We have our own social codes, but little does anyone know that we also have the perfect deterrent and punishment. For those lesbian women and gay men, our society should make mandatory the punishment by enforced consumption of large quantities of Scotch bonnet peppers.

FULL Letter Here

JFJ Press Release: Policing cowboy style – round em up and lock em up, JFJ Press Release

June 17, 2008 – Kingston, Jamaica — Last weekend’s cowboy-style round-up that saw the arbitrary detention of a reported 107 young men must be a timely warning to policy makers who have recently called for legislation that will enlarge police powers and make it legal to detain persons for six weeks without charge. Whilst the details of the event are sketchy, we understand that only one person has been charged in connection with breaching the terms of his bail. All others have been released.
Superintendent Harry Daley’s account in a radio interview is that he was at the dance where the events occurred and there he was confronted by army personnel. He was in uniform and declared his rank and his identity. When he demanded to know who was in charge, an army major drew his 9mm pistol and stuck it in his face with words to the effect that ‘the 9mm’ was ‘in charge’. These events raise serious questions, among them:
1. What intelligence led to the raid that excluded the police commander in charge of the area in which the operation was staged?
2. What operational orders did the army personnel have, that would have emboldened the commanding major to draw his weapon on a uniformed police superintendent who declared that he was the commander in charge of St. Catherine North?
3. Why was the army running an operation that properly ought to have been a police matter?

Outside of the operation’s legitimacy, the ugly and embarrassing fall-out over protocol, power and chain of command between the police and the army begs for public caution.

These questions and many more take on even more serious implications in the context of proposed legislation to legitimize the detention of persons for up to six weeks without charge.

In every instance in the past that Jamaican citizens have been called upon to surrender civil liberties, their lot has worsened not improved. The strategy of asking for citizens to surrender their civil liberties in the interest of fighting crime has been tried ad nauseum since the state of emergency in 1976. It has not resulted in a decrease in violent crime; in fact this tactic has had the opposite effect. Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) acknowledges that crime in Jamaica is an extraordinary challenge but believes that the country’s success in defeating crime is not to be found in extraordinary police powers. It is to be found in extraordinary police men and women providing exemplary leadership and service and acting to uphold the law and the constitution.

We call upon the Prime Minister not to enhance the police powers of detention and the encroachment of individual civil liberties but instead to:
a) Enhance the police capabilities to solve crime;
b) Enhance the Criminal Justice System’s capabilities to rely on scientific evidence and to deal with matters expeditiously and justly;
c) Heighten its social intervention in economically depressed communities;
d) Heighten its school programs that emphasize civic responsibility, family values and respect for authority;
e) Punish corruption and mediocrity. Reward honesty and excellence; and
f) Hold everyone to account.

JFJ urgesthe Prime Minister to view last weekend’s regrettable events as a caution against this latest call for civil liberties to be surrendered, ostensibly to fight crime. We succeed or fail in any struggle by the quality of our decisions not the quality of our conditions.

Fear of a Black Lesbian Planet

“It’s the big pink elephant in the middle of the room. Everyone knows it’s there — and we quietly tiptoe around it, afraid that even acknowledging its existence would throw off the delicate balance that exists in our pretending it isn’t standing there, grazing on our avoidance. If we do choose to look at the elephant’s skin, we see that she carries the tattoos of racial division — exclusion, nasty feelings, words, and actions, the unspoken rules of separation. Black lesbians trying to find out who we are both as women of color and as lesbians find the invisible wall we bump up against while trying to find access into the lesbian community even harder to bear. White women may feel equally bruised by a situation where they don’t feel they are being exclusionary at all. Some black women, reeling from accusations of being overly sensitive, question whether or not we are just imagining foul play. “I firmly believe that when we sense racism, it’s happening,” says Danielle Abrams, a biracial performance artist who addresses issues of race, gender and sexuality in her work. “I think we’re all told that it’s not happening. We’ve been taught to think that we’re hysterical or neurotic when we sense racism.”

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