JFLAG Calls on CARICOM to end gay discrimination

Montego Bay — July 4, 2010

The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) mounted a Stand Up to CARICOM across from the entrance to the Hilton Rose Hall Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica, the site of the 31st CARICOM Heads of Government meeting.

Expressing satisfaction at the outcome of the morning’s proceedings, Jason McFarlane, Programme Manager of J-FLAG said that “the decision was made to mount this Stand because of the continued presence of anti-buggery laws in 11 of the 14 member states in CARICOM which contribute to discrimination, marginalization and other serious human rights violations of CARICOM citizens.

J-FLAG therefore calls for the immediate repeal of such laws and the full
integration of LGBTI citizens into the CARICOM family”. The group bore placards calling for the repeal of the anti-buggery laws, as well as an end to gay discrimination and improved human rights for all citizens in CARICOM.

Maurice Tomlinson of AIDS Free World and who was one of the participants expressed his organization’s support stating that such actions are necessary to raise awareness within CARICOM about the rights of LGBTI, including the right to an adequate standard of health.

He further stated that anti-buggery laws and discriminatory practices undermine the regional fight against HIV by driving gays underground, away from effective HIV prevention, treatment and care.

The group was able to stand peacefully for 17 minutes before they were asked by police to relocate due to the sensitive nature of the site. The group complied and thanked the police for
their professionalism in handling the situation.


Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

2 thoughts on “JFLAG Calls on CARICOM to end gay discrimination”

  1. A question for all the gay and lesbiian advocates. Did you make your entrance in this world through a lesbian or gay relationship. If your answer is no stop it. If yes then continue your slide and face the ultimate wrath of God. Jesus loves all gay persons. Find your pleasure in a male/female relationship. This is the Divine order and the natural order.


  2. Tell Mitchell Andrew to take his aid and shove it up his ass. Is this the new colonalism? This is why caribbean governments must forge new alliances away from europe and others. Why are they not puting pressure on countries and groups like the Taliban. Now Taliban getting salary to stop fighting. Where is that money coming from? Is it from those who stated the war in the first place. My gut feeling is that the taliban will take the money and coutinue fighting. They will continue to put gays to death and Mitchell Andrew cannot do a dame about it. So they are targeting small and vulnerable states.

    Caribbean people must depend less on this crooks and their economy will continue to collapse for taking advantage on the poor.


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