Transsexual’s memoirs breaks new ground in Arab world

By Natacha Yazbeck (AFP)

BEIRUT — In a daring, unprecedented move, a pioneer of the Arab world’s underground transgender movement has released her memoirs, recounting her struggle to become a woman against all odds.

“Mouzakarat Randa al-Trans”, or “The Memoirs of Randa the Trans”, is a brutally honest narrative that traces Randa’s battles with family, society, country, religion and abuse in her native Algeria.

Co-authored by Lebanese journalist Hazem Saghieh, the 144-page book released this year in Beirut unflinchingly details Randa’s life from childhood as a male to her first sexual experience with a man and the consequences of her choice to live as a male-to-female transsexual.

“At some point I put two bottles of pills on my dresser and knew that I had a choice,” Randa, who was named Fuad at birth, told AFP in Beirut.

“I could either die now by taking the entire vial of medication, or start on the vial of hormones and live — as a woman and with the possibility that I might die at the hands of someone else.”

Long-running death threats last year forced her to leave her homeland and, with an expired European visa and friends in nearby Lebanon, Beirut seemed the obvious choice.

“I had been receiving threats for some time,” she said. “General security in Algeria had built a file on me, and I had been ‘warned’ by certain Islamist groups.

“Last April, I was given a 10-day ultimatum: leave or be killed.”

Thin and soft-spoken with long dark hair, Randa today lives as a woman in Beirut where she is preparing to complete the surgical process that will transform her into a female.

While Lebanese law technically criminalizes same-sex relationships, it makes no mention of sex reassignment surgery.

And although patriarchal values still hold sway over this small eastern Mediterranean country, Beirut’s relatively tolerant society and the stellar reputation of Lebanese doctors have encouraged persons of different sexual orientations and identities to seek refuge in the vibrant city.

“People ask you why anyone would give up the privileges men have to be ranked even worse than women who were born as women,” Randa said.

“We need to make people understand that the word transsexual is not about sex and it’s not about pleasure,” she added. “It’s about identity.”

Noel Nakhoul, a counselor who works with people questioning their sexual identity, says that while there are no reliable studies, Lebanon is the most popular country for marginalised communities in the Arab world.

“Generally they feel that it is a more democratic country, at least socially,” Nakhoul told AFP. “It’s known for its multiplicity, especially when the other choice is totalitarian countries like Iran.”

While Iran punishes homosexual conduct with execution, sex change is permitted by religious edict in the Islamic republic, which is reputed to have the highest rate of sex reassignment surgeries after Thailand.

Surgeon Antoine Eid estimates that one in 50,000 people in Lebanon has some degree of gender dysphoria syndrome, or discontent with their biological sex.

“People are increasingly coming to Lebanon for these surgeries because the law does not forbid it and the medical sector is highly regarded,” Eid, who had no available statistics, told AFP.

“But we are very selective in who is a candidate for surgery, and psychiatric consultation for at least one year is a must before the decision is made.”

And in the tightly knit societies of the Arab world, Eid insists his patients secure their families’ support before embarking on the long, painful process.

But for Randa — who laughingly refuses to disclose her age but concedes she is “30-something” — family approval was out of the question.

“Even today, I cannot tell you how many times I want to call my sisters, but I always dial the number and hang up before it rings. I would ruin their lives,” she said, fighting back tears. “I lost everything. I have nothing more to lose.

“What have I got to lose if society rejects me?”

Lebanon is home to the Arab world’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group HELEM, and a number of gay and gay-friendly bars have flourished in the capital.

HELEM now regularly hosts events on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), but while Beirut is more liberal than its neighbours in the largely conservative Middle East, it remains far from a tolerant city.

Even so, the brutal beating by police of two men for alleged gay behaviour last year did not deter HELEM supporters from taking to the streets to mark IDAHO this May, carrying banners that read “Ana shazz,” or “I am queer,” and “Barra!” or “Out!”

Through HELEM, Randa said she is fighting to raise public awareness about and acceptance of transsexual persons.

“Sometimes I want to give up and leave, but I know that if I leave, I’ll be back,” she said.

“Freedom is never given to you,” she added. “You have to reach out and take it, sometimes no matter the risks.

“And we can’t stop fighting now.”

The Love That Dares Not Speak Its Name: Homosexuality

One hundred and forty years ago on May 6, 1868, the word homosexuality was invented.

Before then, there were very few value-neutral words to describe people who experienced romantic or sexual attractions toward others of the same sex. Pejoratives such as “bugger,” “molly,” “sodomite,” or “pederast” were common, words loaded with condemnation and shame. But as the budding science of sexology began to grow, and as same-sex loving defenders began to speak out about what same-sex love was all about, their first problem was with how to name it. “Abominable vice” wouldn’t do. A new word was desperately needed to describe their lives and feelings.

The love that dared not speak its name couldn’t. It didn’t have one.

The first to try to name this love was the German gay-rights advocate Karl Heinrich Ulrichs. In the 1860’s, he described the urning as a “male-bodied person with a female psyche,” who is sexually attracted to men and not women. An Urningin was a “female-bodied person with a male psyche,” and Urningthum came to mean homosexuality itself. Ulrichs devised an entire system of classification based on different combinations of attractions and gender roles. Some of these words gained usage in English, although the less foreign-sounding sexual inversion and inverts to describe homosexuality and homosexuals respectively fell more naturally to English ears. But in a few short years, those words would become obsolete, replaced by the creation of an aspiring Hungarian writer.

Karl-Maria KertbenyKarl-Maria Kertbeny (or Károly Mária Kertbeny) was an Austrian-born Hungarian journalist, memoirist and human rights campaigner. Kertbeny reportedly became interested in homosexuality when a close friend committed suicide after being blackmailed by an extortionist. Kertbeny later said that this, combined with his “instinctive drive to take issue with every injustice” — as a Hungarian, he knew what it was to be a minority in Vienna — drove him to advocate for civil rights for gay people.

Kertbeny’s own sexuality remains unclear however: He described himself as “normally sexed,” but his diaries reportedly document his appreciation for the male form. When he moved to Berlin in 1868 at the age of 44, he was still unmarried. It was at around this time that Kertbeny coined the word Homosexualität — “of the same sex” — from the Greek prefix homo- (same) and the Latin root sexualis (sex). His first known usage of this word is documented in a letter he wrote to Ulrichs on May 6, 1868.

Karl-Maria Kertbeny’s letter

Karl-Maria Kertbeny’ pamphletHomosexualität made its first known public appearance the following year, when Kertbeny anonymously published the pamphlet Paragraph 143 of the Prussian Penal Code and Its Maintenance as Paragraph 152 of the Draft of a Penal Code for the North German Confederation. This pamphlet advocated for the repeal of Prussia’s sodomy laws, saying that private consensual sex acts shouldn’t be subject to criminal penalties.

Homosexualität gained usage as other German advocates began putting forth the idea that homosexuality was inborn, a “medical problem” which placed homosexuality as a form of pathology or illness. Today of course we recoil at the abuses which arose from this “homosexuality as pathology” mindset, but in the nineteenth century this “medical model” represented a significant improvement in attitudes to homosexuality. Before Ulrichs and Kertbeny, homosexuality was viewed as a mere wickedness or moral degeneracy to be severely punished — often by pillory or death.

But Kertbeny appeared to understand the dangers behind the “medical model.” He not only saw that the “innate” argument was potentially dangerous, but that it was also irrelevant. In that vein, his advocacy for gay civil liberties was remarkably modern:

To prove innateness … is a dangerous double edged weapon. Let this riddle of nature be very interesting from the anthropological point of view. Legislation is not concerned whether this inclination is innate or not, legislation is only interested in the personal and social dangers associated with it … Therefore we would not win anything by proving innateness beyond a shadow of doubt. Instead we should convince our opponents — with precisely the same legal notions used by them — that they do not have anything at all to do with this inclination, be it innate or intentional, since the state does not have the right to intervene in anything that occurs between two consenting persons older than fourteen, which does not affect the public sphere, nor the rights of a third party.”

Kertbeny had another thoroughly modern idea about homosexuality, and this one is probably the most salient for understanding homosexualität’s triumph over urning and invert. The word homosexual doesn’t refer to any assumptions about gender roles or attributes. An urning, remember, was a “male-bodied person with a female psyche.” This of course bore a direct reference to effeminacy, a presumed hallmark of all gay men. And urningin, a “female-bodied person with a male psyche,” referred to lesbians’ perceived innate masculinity. (The English term invert carried with it similar assumptions of “inverse” gender characteristics.) But in writing about homosexuality, Kertbeny pointedly noted that homosexual men were not necessarily effeminate, citing several heroic historical figures as examples.

In 1880, Gustav Jäger used Kertbeny’s homosexualität in his book Discovery of the Soul. That book also included Kertbeny’s other useful word heterosexualität. Then the German sex researcher Richard von Krafft-Ebing borrowed those terms for his highly influential 1886 Psychopathia Sexualis. Homosexuality appears to have entered the English language at about 1895, which is when Charles Gilbert Chaddock translated Psychopathia Sexualis into English. And when Sigmund Freud used it in his books and lectures, he propelled its use among psychologists and psychoanalysts as well as in popular culture.

But admiration for the new word wasn’t universal. English sexologist Havelock Ellis, whose 1897 work Sexual Inversion became one of the first widely published English texts to deal with homosexuality, hated its bastardization of Greek and Latin. “‘Homosexual’ is a barbarously hybrid word,” Ellis wrote in a footnote. “It is, however, convenient, and now widely used. ‘Homogenic’ has been suggested as a substitute.”

Homogenic never caught on, and Ellis ended up using the word homosexual himself more often in his text than the terminology found in his volume’s title. By the 1930’s the homosexual, heterosexual and bisexual had almost completely erased the Urning and the invert for describing an individual’s sexual orientation.

Kertbeny’s graveKertbeny however didn’t live to see his Homosexualität in widespread use. He died of a stroke in Budapest in 1882 at the age of 58, still unmarried. He was buried in Budapest’s Kerepesi Cemetery. In 2002, members of Budapest’s gay community placed a new tombstone over his rediscovered grave, where it is now customary to lay a wreath during Hungarian gay festivals.

Thanks to BOXTURTLE for this I was searching for the book and came across this, more updates to come where needed.

Read more on Karl-Maria Kertbeny from Wikipedia

Peace and tolerance

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HIV-Related Kidney Troubles Linked to Age, Race, CD4 Count and Tenofovir

A new study has found that the overall rate of kidney dysfunction was only 3 percent in a group of HIV-positive military personnel, but several factors including older age, African-American race and the use of tenofovir (found in Viread, Truvada and Atripla) increased the risk of developing the condition. The study was published in the June issue of AIDS Patient Care and STDs.

The introduction of potent antiretroviral (ARV) combination therapy in the late 1990s caused a precipitous plunge in the rate of opportunistic infections (OI) and death in people with HIV. Those reductions in OI rates have been sustained, yet during the last decade researchers have noted a rise in diseases not typically associated with HIV, including cardiovascular, liver and kidney diseases.

Before combination ARV treatment was introduced, most HIV-associated chronic kidney problems were tied to low CD4 counts and African-American race. In recent years, other factors, including older age, co-occurring conditions—such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and uncontrolled HIV reproduction—have all begun to be associated with kidney problems.

To assess the prevalence of kidney disease and the factors associated with it in the modern HIV treatment era, Nancy Crum-Cianflone, MD, from the HIV clinic at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, and her colleagues assessed the medical records of 717 HIV-positive military personnel being cared for at naval clinics in San Diego or Bethesda, Maryland.

Most of the study participants were male, and roughly 40 percent were African American. The vast majority, 77 percent, were taking ARV therapy. Of those, 44 percent were on a regimen that included tenofovir. Kidney function was assessed by measuring the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).

An eGFR rate of 60 or greater was considered functional, and an eGFR of less than 60 was considered dysfunctional—the lower the number, the poorer the kidney function. Crum and her colleagues found several factors associated with kidney dysfunction.

These included older age, African American race and tenofovir use. Having a low CD4 nadir, which refers to a person’s lowest ever CD4 count, was also associated with a greater risk of kidney dysfunction. Among tenofovir users, African-American race, female gender and a lower CD4 nadir were all associated with a drop in eGFR.

“Further studies are needed to determine if differential guidelines on kidney function monitoring in select HIV populations would be beneficial,” conclude the authors.

Beenieman won’t play Dutch music festival

Organisers of the Dutch Parkpop music festival have withdrawn their invitation to the controversial Jamaican singer Beenie Man to play at the event.

The artist, who gay groups say is homophobic, was invited to the event after organisers rejected American rapper Snoop Dogg.

Parkpop said that although Beenie Man promised not to sing any homophobic songs, they had to cancel his slot to avoid risking the future of the free event.

The singer, real name Anthony Moses Davis, has a number of songs which advocate the murder of lesbians and gays.

Lyrics include “I’m dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays”, while another song suggests lesbians should be hanged.

Snoop Dogg said he was “astonished” to have been banned from the event.

He was informed by Parkpop that the police and prosecution service were barring him.

Snoop Dogg has had problems with entering countries in the past. In 2006, he was temporarily banned from entering the UK, although the ban was lifted to allow him to play Glastonbury this year.

Last November, Beenie Man had a string of Australian and New Zealand tour dates cancelled after gay groups protested at his lyrics.

JLP is more corrupt – (Gleaner) poll

(old Lasmay cartoons for reference)

Source: Gleaner

With the Manatt monkey still fastened to its back, more Jamaicans think the less than three-year-old Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government is more corrupt than its People’s National Party (PNP) predecessor.

In a twist of ironic proportions, the JLP government, ushered in from the cold political wilderness by the electorate in September 2007 after 18 years of wandering, won the race to Gordon House on a platform of change that had anti-corruption and accountability as priority agenda issues.

But it seems the JLP, led by Prime Minister Bruce Golding, the self-proclaimed ‘Driver’, is not changing course.

A Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll conducted on April 24, 25 and May 1 unearthed that 36 per cent of Jamaicans think there is more corruption in the current JLP administration, while 23 per cent believe the previous PNP govern-ment was plagued by more acts of corruption.

Even with a former PNP junior minister before the courts battling charges of corruption, the JLP government is still seen as the more corrupt of the two administrations.

Forty-one per cent of the 1,008-strong sample said they could not determine which government was more corrupt.

The poll results, with a margin of error of plus or minus three per cent, also suggest that the Jamaican media need to pick up the slack on revealing corruption. Fifty per cent of those polled believe that the local newspapers and radio and television stations are not doing enough to expose corruption in Jamaica.

Forty-two per cent of respon-dents disagreed, while eight per cent said they did not know if the media were doing enough to unmask corrupt individuals.

Scratching the surface

Contractor General Greg Christie believes that both the magnitude and consequences of corruption are yet to be fully understood by most Jamaicans.

“There are telling indications that it (corruption) is operating in a highly efficient but surreptitious manner as it criminally redis-tributes the country’s wealth from the poor and middle classes to the connected and privileged few,” noted Christie in a written response to a Gleaner query.

Christie opined that it was a grave mistake to continue to focus the bulk of the country’s anti-corruption assets and efforts on rogue cops.

“We are barely scratching the surface,” he stated.

“There are much bigger fish to fry, many of whom come in suits and in ties and occupy high places in our society. With each passing day, they laugh their way to the bank with taxpayers’ (dollars) as we make-believe that we are dealing with the problem.”

Consequently, Christie wrote, media editors and practitioners will have to step up to the plate to build a sustained anti-corruption societal groundswell to keep the issue on the front page.

While conceding that there was room for improvement, Byron Buckley, president of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), thinks journalists are doing a fair job in exposing corruption.

“It must be that we are doing something good for international agencies like Reporters Without Borders to elevate us to high positions in the world press freedom index,” Buckley argued.

The PAJ boss also argued that the investigative efforts of the various media houses are being muzzled by outdated laws, one of which the previous government pledged to repeal after the advent of the Access to Information Act.

“I think that, to a large extent, we are being hampered by the existence of the Official Secrets Act, as well as the libel laws which come down hard on any attempts by media to try to get information that we think is in the public interest.

“But, because the libel laws are antiquated, they are still reflecting the interests of the ruling class,” Buckley said.

See also The Line in The Sand for the JLP series on Gay Jamaica Watch

PART 1

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Tell Me Pastor on oral sex: “Therefore, as a counsellor, I do not advocate oral sex, but neither do I condemn those who practice it.”

The Star’s “Tell Me Pastor” says as a psychologist he doesn’t condone or condemn oral sex basically so long as it is practiced in a heterosexual setting and the couple of course is married and leading towards procreation or having children. So much for gay and lesbian people who like the act. I think pastor seems to forget the realities of Jamaica “Land We Love” that sex is not only done by married folks and oral sex though more tolerated now is still taboo for some especially an ever shrinking but still defiant section of dancehall.

Isn’t it funny that though homosexuality has been removed from the DSM IV document so long ago in the American Psychiatric Association (APA)principles that in effect guides or is used as a standard bible by psychiatrists and psychologists worldwide in their pratice he finds homosexuality wrong and condemns it readily. Maybe that is done to remain popular on radio as he hosts a talkshow besides his paper column.

Of interest just take a look at the quality pf the letters written to him in the very edition the letter excerpted below appeared. I have always contended that they are written for the column as there are other letters in the edition speaking to the matter of oral sex.

Hypocrisy at best here folks but you can decide for yourselves.

GO HERE

Also see: Tell Me Pastor’s Blog http://tellmepastor.blogspot.com/

Also see: Tell Me Pastor shows clear ignorance and lesbophobia

See the letter below, the indented font is the letter by the writer and the bold font is the pastor’s response. Judge for yourselves.

The Oral Word:

Dear Pastor,

Can you please tell me where in the Bible oral sex is wrong and forbidden? I enjoy having oral sex and my wife enjoys it more than penetration. When we have oral sex her water comes several times. But when we have sex the regular way, she hardly comes and she says she is not satisfied.

Some say the mouth was not made to be used that way, so it is wrong to have oral sex. But we don’t see anything wrong with it.

F., Portland

Dear F.,

The Bible does not say anything about oral sex. Christian couples are under obligation to please each other and should do anything as expressions of love.

The Bible teaches that sex within the marriage bond is not only for procreation but also for pleasure. Therefore one should not judge or condemn what a couple does in their bedroom.

A man should sexually satisfy his wife, and his wife should do the same. Therefore, as a counsellor, I do not advocate oral sex, but neither do I condemn those who practice it.

Please read first Corinthians 7: 3-5.

Pastor

MSM Glogal Forum policy Brief June 2010:

Excerpts:

UNAIDS Recommended Components for
Comprehensive HIV Prevention Programs with MSM

1. Promotion and guarantee of human rights; removal of legal barriers that undermine access to HIV-related services such as laws that criminalize consensual sex between men;

2. Access to and promotion of consistent condom and water-based lubricant use;

3. Detection and management of sexually transmitted diseases;

4. Confidential, voluntary HIV screening, care, treatment and support services;

5. Safer drug-use commodities and treatment services;

6. Empowerment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities to participate equally in social and political life;

7. Safe virtual and/or physical spaces for MSM to seek information and referrals for care and support;

8. Training and sensitization of health-care providers to avoid discriminating against MSM;

9. Medical and legal assistance for boys and men who experience sexual coercion and/or violence;

10. Specific and targeted information on prevention and risk reduction strategies designed to appeal to and meet the needs of MSM;

11. Information, prevention and care services for the female and transgender partners of MSM;

12. Prevention and treatment of hepatitis; and

13. Availability of HIV-related prevention information, care and support services for transgender people who may not identify as MSM.

MOVING FORWARD:CORE PRINCIPLES OF PRACTICE

Principles of practice have long been deliberated, published and advocated by AIDS service providers and advocates but are often overlooked in policy discussions because of a narrow focus on evidence or science in substantiating HIV-related interventions and program strategies.

• The imperative of reducing STD and HIV infection rates should not impinge on personal freedoms;

• All people, including MSM and MSM living with HIV, deserve the same level of support, health care, support services and political rights as anyone else;

• All people, including MSM and MSM living with HIV, are entitled to a fulfilling and satisfying sex life;

• All people, including MSM and MSM living with HIV, have the right to be self-determining;

• MSM, including MSM living with HIV, should be actively and meaningfully engaged at all stages and levels in research, program and policy development, implementation and evaluation—participatory processes should be utilized throughout;

• HIV prevention programs and services should not be risk or deficit oriented—instead successful HIV prevention efforts should leverage, and be rooted, in the strengths, resources, competencies, social connections, capacities, and resiliency that are already present in MSM individuals and communities;

• Pleasure, gender, satisfaction, intimacy, love, and desire are key concepts in a fuller understanding of sex and sexuality among MSM and therefore in formulating more meaningful research, programmatic, and policy responses; and

• Researchers, prevention practitioners, and policy makers should consider structural, situational, and contextual factors in understanding HIV risk and in developing sexual health interventions tailored to the specific needs of MSM.

Broader adoption of these principles will provide a common foundation for the ongoing development and promotion of effective, evidence-based HIV prevention and sexual health services that address the specific needs of MSM. Principles of practice can also bring balance to discussions about HIV prevention with and for MSM, discussions that too often take place without us.

 

 

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Premature ejaculation problem for Mr. Quick

DENISE DENNIS All Woman writer
Premature ejaculation is the inability to exercise control over the ejaculatory process. There is no determined cause — it may be psychological, or caused by other problems like infections, hormone or thyroid problems, or others. Treating the problem may require anything from drugs to psychological help, and as his partner, it’s important for a woman to also do all she can to help. Here are a few tips:

1. Take the initiative to resolve the issue without hurting your partner’s feelings. He might not want to say to you that he has a problem but you both know that he does, so you will have to start figuring out how you will help him.

2. Talk about it. But be careful how you do this. You do not want make him angry or hurt so as to worsen his situation. Be as calm and loving as possible when you bring it up. Let him know he need not be embarrassed because it is just between you and him and you are only trying to improve the sexual experience for both of you.

3. You have to be willing to work with your partner to restore and enhance his sexual potency. You cannot tell him ‘do this and do that’ and not be there to do it with him. Anything he needs to try, you have to try it with him.

4. You must help him choose the right medication. Premature ejaculation may be successfully treated with certain antidepressant drugs, which may have the side effect of increasing the time taken to ejaculate. There are medical ways to help this problem, let him know you will support him in getting help.

5. Reassure your partner that you love all of his touching and kissing. He is facing something that is very likely ruining his confidence and decapitating his ego. Many rapid ejaculators see themselves as being sexual failures in the eyes of their partners and will worry about it. To overcome his problem, he will need a confidence boost.

6. Help him relax. If your man is tense, it might result in him being the ‘one-minute man’ you have come to know. Taking a bath with him before intercourse could help to make him more relaxed.

7. Gently discourage a rush to intercourse and encourage him to explore your body in many ways. If needed and desired, encourage him to stimulate you to orgasm in other ways. If you have already climaxed before intercourse begins, some of the pressure is taken off your partner.

8. Change positions. Encourage him to try sexual positions with you that will make him more comfortable. The man-on-top position usually means he has to balance his weight on his arms and as such he might lose control or awareness of his arousal and his ejaculation. Woman-on-top is usually more effective in giving him more control to last longer.

9. Finally, he is your man, and for your pleasure and his ego, you want to make it right. So just remember this will not go away in a day or night but will mean some give and take and a lot of patience on your part.

Bruce walks a tightrope – 54 per cent Jamaicans want him out of Jamaica House

PRIME MINISTER Bruce Golding and his handlers have spent the past month trying to convince Jamaicans that he has the stomach to take the fight to criminals as part of efforts to get him back into everyone’s good books.

Under pressure, with mounting calls for his resignation, Golding and his team have pointed to his administration’s handling of the economy and the assault on crime as proof that he is the right man to lead the country through these troubled waters.

But a recent public opinion poll commissioned by The Gleaner and conducted by Bill Johnson has found that most Jamaicans, up to two months ago, did not believe Golding was the man for the job.

At a time when a coalition of civil society, private-sector entities, academia, the religious community and the opposition was calling for Golding’s head, Johnson took to the streets to ask if the Jamaica Labour Party leader deserved to be re-elected to lead the country.

In the islandwide poll conducted from April 24 to 25 and May 1, with a sample size of 1,008 and a plus or minus three per cent margin of error, Johnson found that 54 per cent of respondents wanted someone else in Jamaica House, while 31 per cent believed Golding was the man for the job.

This reflected a sharp decline (11 per cent) in the number of persons who want Golding as the captain of the ship when compared with the figure in August 2009.

The ranks of those who believe Golding should be replaced swelled by 12 per cent when compared with August 2009.

Golding, as expected, survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament, but calls for his resignation continue, although not as loudly or as concentrated as two months ago.

controversy

Then, Golding was in the middle of the controversy over the United States extradition request for west Kingston strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke and the muddle over who had contracted the American firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to negotiate with United States authorities.

Having signed the extradition request for Coke, the Golding-headed adminsitration embarked on a security forces-led ope-ration to retake the ‘Republic of Tivoli’ before moving on to other garrisons and gang leaders.

Now, cabinet ministers use every opportunity to talk up Golding’s commitment to tame the crime monster.

But one of his former colleagues believes it is only a matter of time before Golding will again find himself under pressure to resign.

“Golding is trapped by the tribal political system, and it is only because the people don’t want Portia Simpson Miller and the PNP, and the people still don’t accept that a third party is a viable option, why Golding has survived,” argued Mike Williams, general secretary of the National Democratic Movement.

Do you think Bruce Golding deserves to be re-elected prime minister?

2009 2010

Deserves 42 %31 %

Someone else42 %54 %

Don’t know16 %15 %

Source: Bill Johnson Poll, 2010

Caribbean Vanity Fair Grammy Awards Review (Pink Report)

Over the weekend of June 11- 12 the team of the Spencer Just Fine and Posh Milano, hosted the 5th Annual Grammy Awards.

The awards this year was a bi-costal event spanning two days with the Pre-event Lyme being held at The YARD in Kingston (the South Coast) and the

actual show being hosted at Heaven’s Night Club (the North Coast). Unfortunately, none of the members of the PINK Possie who prepared this review attended the actual awards ceremony.

However, we salute the organizers of this important affair as we here at PINK agree that there is a need to recognize as a community those persons and individuals whom have done much work to make our lives even that much more colourful!

Below are the list of Nominees in the Respective categories and the sectional winners. Please note that the sectional winners are highlighted in Bold Print and that the award recognizes individuals and groups for work done over 2009 to May 2010:

NOMINEES & CATEGORIES
BEST DRAG QUEEN
Kandi Exquisite Doll
Ashley Fly Certify Diva
Macka Bimma
Tiana Trensetter
Emani Ebanks
Lena Good
Kerry First lady
Barbie
MOST IMPROVED DRAG QUEEN
Ashley Fly Certify Diva
Tiana Trensetter
Angel
Rosheka Lovena
Emani Ebanks
Matilda Low
GLAMOUR BOY
Ainsley
Dean
Kemar
Romie
GLAMOUR GIRL
Kandi Exquisite Doll
Ashley Fly Certify Diva
Macka Bimma
Angel
Ninja
Lena Good
Emani Ebanks
HOT GAL AWARD
Macey Gray
MOST SUPPORTIVE PATRON
Maxine (Michelle Obama)
Ashley Fly Certify Diva
Tiana Trensetter
Kandi Exquisite Doll
PARTY OF THE YEAR
Pride
Dance-off
Dancehall Queen
Brandon on the roof
The Red Door
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Brandon
Macey
The Red Door
Futeristics
BEST PARTY PROMOTER AWARD
Ashley Fly Certify Diva
BEST RED CARPET OUTFIT
Male Kemar
Female Kerry (First Lady) Glama Sweet Life
BEST GRAMMY HAIR DO
Grace Jones
LIFE TIME ACHIEVER AWARD
Omar (babe) Stephens
CELEBRITY LOOK ALIKE AWARD
Rayon
LEGENDARY AWARD
Rohan So Happy (Bandilaro) Able
Paul (Brook Foot Paul) Wright
Ms Chin (Sally Porchius)
Garfield (Biggy) Mighty
Macey Gray
BEST DRAG PERFORMER
Macey Grey
Diva “Nastacia” Waugh
Tiana Trensetter
Kerry (First Lady) Glama Sweet Life
SELECTOR AWARDS
Buck – Dancehall
David – Contemporary
Howie – Techno (Dancemusic)

BEST GROUP AWARD
Upsetta
Silence Treatment
BEST CREW AWARD
Arocobessa Hoosick Girls
Untouchables

BEST COUPLE AWARD
Lush & Tifa
Barbara & Rudy
Ms. Whom & Ramishe
COUPLE OF THE YEAR
Toni-ann & Angel
Jasper & Wheezy
LONGEST COUPLE
Damion & Stephen
CERTIFIED DIVA AWARD
Kandi Exquisite Doll
Ashley Fly Certify Diva
Emani Ebanks
Angel
Barbie
You Girl

LEGENDARY DIVA’S AWARD
Diva “Nastacia” Waugh
Bianca
Sally
Brett
SURVIVOR AWARD
Wendy
DANCE HALL QUEEN AWARD 2009-2010
Boney Stacy
BEST DRESS 2009
Martino Rich

MISS WORLD 2009 – 2010
Tiana Trensetter

FLUFFY DIVA AWARD
Mique
Asso
Alex Fluffy
Biggy
FLUFFIES DIVA
Mique
Biggiesha
Asso
Romie Fluffy
INDIVIDUAL TROPHIES
Rock Star Award – Gucci Gudlype (Ms. Chin)
Flam Boy Away – Dane Usetter
Fashionista Award – Romeo British
Fashion Guru – Tobias Scarlett
Best Designer (CFW 2009- 2010) Gavin Douglas