New Ad Encouraging Families to Love Gay Children by JFLAG to Hit TV in August …. but

PRESS RELEASE from JFLAG
Kingston, Jamaica —July 28, 2011

“Homophobia must be eliminated [in Jamaica] immediately” was the rallying cry of Pamela E Bridgewater, the United States Ambassador to Jamaica. “The US Mission joins all partners in the fight against homophobia [because] as President Obama says, no one should be hated because of who they love,” she stated.
The US Ambassador was addressing a packed audience at the launch of ‘Unconditional Love’, a new public service announcement (PSA) featuring Christine Straw, former Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe, and her brother Matthew Straw on July 28, 2011. Heading the list of endorsees were Hilary Nicholson from Women’s Media Watch, Helin Jenkinson, First Counsellor at the European Union, Dr. Pierre Somse, UNAIDS Representative in Jamaica, Rob Fuderich, UNICEF Representative, Yvonne Sobres, Convenor of Family Against State Terrorism and a number of other human rights and HIV activists.

Unconditional Love tells a heart warming story of Christine Straw who declares her unending love for Matthew, her brother who is gay, while calling on Jamaicans to love their family members and friends who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). “As Jamaicans we have to stop this stupidity of alienating our [people] because of their homosexual orientation,” stated Straw. “They are our brothers and our sisters and we must love them, no matter what [..] because they need support and encouragement,” she said.

In detailing the impact of homophobia in Jamaica, Maurice Tomlinson, Legal Adviser at AIDS-Free World (AFW) said his organisation was proud to support this collaborative venture which calls on all Jamaicans to live up to their world renowned culture of One Love. He stressed that members of the LGBT community must also strive to understand the source of the lack of knowledge of persons who stigmatize and violate their rights and hurt them. “The empowerment of these individuals is crucial for the breaking down of walls which prevent persons from seeing the true value of the contribution LGBT Jamaicans make to the society” Tomlinson said.

According to Dane Lewis, Executive Director at Jamaica’s only gay rights lobby, Jamaica Forum of Lesbians All Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), “it is our hope that this inspiring public declaration of love will motivate other families and friends of LGBT to share their stories of acceptance and that those who are on a journey to acceptance will be moved to love LGBT persons in their lives unconditionally.”
Dr. Pierre Somse of UNAIDS was insistent that Jamaica had to keep pace with the rest of the world and get rid of anything that might retard the gains made in reducing the spread of HIV over the years. “Homophobia is a major stumbling block to effective HIV interventions and unless we guarantee the human rights of homosexuals, all other populations are at risk,” Dr. Somse highlighted.
A similar sentiment was echoed by Yvonne McCalla Sobres of Families Against State Terrorism (FAST), “When the state ignores the harm and hurt being felt by any population, because of their difference this is tantamount to state terrorism. It cannot therefore be business as usual for us here in Jamaica”
Unconditional Love , is another collaborative initiative of J-FLAG, Jamaica AIDS Support For Life (JASL), the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and AFW aimed at promoting the human rights of persons who are members of the LGBT community by encouraging Jamaicans to be unreserved about who they love’. The PSA will hit TV screens and the internet immediately.
Link to PSA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhH6UhfEI-E

For interviews contact:-
Pierre Somse UNAIDS 960-6536-8 (office) or 919-8537 (cell)
Ian McKnight CVC 631-7299 (office) or 474-8847 (cell)
Kandasi Levermore JASL 978-2345 (office) or 875-2737 (cell)
Dane Lewis J-FLAG 978 8988 (office) or 875-2328 (cell)
Maurice Tomlinson AFW 784-0908 (cell)

One hopes that this is not the only video in this campaign as it certainly does not reflect the true demographic of LGBT people in Jamaica, in fact it may reinforce the “black stay back, brown stick around” culture on a national level and on an inter- community level it may reinforce the feeling that some Jamaicans are better off than others who live above a certain geographical boundary who can live a more north american utopia typed life while those who are below that are continually abused, beaten and suffer homophobia. The divide has always been an issue in our community it affects how we socialise and how even advocacy is dealt, this could be described as a formalization of that contemptuous and top down approach to how business is done. It is as if to say families do not exist elsewhere. Families also exist in the inner cities and middle class Jamaica, is JFLAG et al saying the “comfortable” should get more comfortably? what about the others who do not have this existence and experience everyday?
This also dropped when sections of the nation, media and academia are looking at the port traumatic effects of post traumatic effects of slavery right in the Emancipation/Independence celebrations when “blackness” is looked at more so than any time of year.
Sad that the latest attempt though noble misses the mark in my view really in gelling the community despite of social standing and to think this has the backing of groups like FAST, Families Against State Terrorism who know all too well that it is not a Miss Jamaica or her brother who are the real victims of violence let alone any form of direct harmful stigma and discrimination as class determines how one is treated.
See what you make of it.
Peace and tolerance
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Hellshire Beach incident makes it to Ragashanti ……………

So as more embarrassing incidents in the same gender loving community make it to the mainstream here is another such incident that happened last Sunday reportedly as some of us had gotten the report of the possible aggression from other members of the public reacting to a supposed advance on a woman in the water by two other so called aggressive types. Ragashanti has been on the rebound since his departure from NEWSTALKFM then Nationwide Radio as pressure was brought to bear from the Broadcasting Commission due to some rejection of the language and content aired during the program.

The lesbian story made it to the Star news today:

 

 

Hellshire lesbian mix-up

As usual, blessings to mi Tambareen Fambily an mi Mix Up Nation. An crazy respek too to all listeners pon Tambareen Radio ova mixupyaad.com. An large up all LIME TV linky-linky.

Hellshire Lesbian Mix-Up

Fambily, last week Sunday, a piece a drama bus ova Hellshire beach. Mi get it say one girl did eena di water a enjoy har self, just like everybady else ova deh. Mi hear say two lesbian girl stawt put arguments to har. Dem stawt to a getclose to har an waan put dem han an finga weh dem nuh fi go. Wateva dem do to har cause har fi bus out one helleva scream an bawl out!! People hear har an run guh ova deh fi see a wa happen. Di gyal stawt reel out di tingz dem bout weh di lesbian dem did supposedly a do. Same time di people dem stawt get bringle pon di beach like dem waan move to di lesbian dem. But some more lesbian weh did inna dem crew jus step up too, an mek di people dem know say dem wi defen it. Afta dat di lesbian dem tek weh demself neatly (if anybody have more pon da mix-up ya, den sen on).

Fambily, mi a one bwoy Don’t believe in violence against lesbians and gays. Di violence ting jus nuh mek sense to mi. Why should I waste my strength fi guh beat up adults who choose to be togeda, an naa hurt me or nobaody else? Besides, if yuh ting lock, sealed an secure as a heterosexual, den yuh not supposed to have any reason fi waan war gay man an woman.

But fi a good while now mi a hear crazy mix-ups bout how many lesbians a get weh wid all kinds a sexual aggression against women, an some a dem even a get weh wid rape. It stawt years ago wen mi hear say high-school girls a hol down fellow students an a sexually assault dem. Di allegations are attributed to several high schools in the Corporate Area. In some cases, all teachers are supposedly involved. Sometimes di report dem weird; for example, mi always a hear bout crazy sexual assaults at a certain traditional girls high school, but mi neva hear bout any at a next traditional girls high school weh inna di same area. Mi jus don’t know why is it dat mi get so many reports bout one school, but none bout di oda school weh deh nearby.

Den many a di complaints dem weh mi get, a fram parents who a hear di tingz dem fram dem upset an distraught daughters. Most a weh mi hear fram di parents is dat di schools dem a cova up di sexual assault deeds of di lesbian girls an teacha dem. Some say wen a male teacha get involve wid a female student, dem raise uproar bout it. But if a female student sexually assault anoda female student dem turn a blind eye, ignore it, or cova it up.

But a nuh eena di schools dem alone it a happen. Just like how mi get reports of rapes an battery of men against women, a same way mi get di reports of rapes an battery of women against women. Di ting a gwaan long time. Years ago, before I was well known as Ragashanti, some colleagues an miself took a visiting lecturer to a certain go-go club in Kingston for her to collect data on research she was conducting with exotic dancers.

Cut long story short, wen wi eena di club, two-twos mi see four woman a lift har up inna di air an a carry har weh wid har legs spread! Den same time mi see one next short woman jus tear weh di lecturer underwear an fling har head deh so, yeah deh so! – an start do har ting! All dis a quickly happen while dem still a move wid di lecturer. Mi stawt loud up di ting an a tell dem say dem fi leggo di lecturer. Same time a crazy knife and bakkle wid liquids (weh mi surmise say a acid) mi see back out.

Mi run guh tell di security wa a gwaan. An a him tell dem fi leggo di lecturer, cause shi come fram farin and UWI fi study. A suh dem let har go. But get dis, dem a guh roun di ting an a say dem did tink a dat di lecturer want fram she come een, like seh if a white woman walk inna a go-go club inna Jamaica dat automatically mean say shi want to be raped by five women. KMT!! Dem no different fram di raypa man dem weh say di same tings wen dem assault di woman dem.

Is time now fi oda lesbians an gays stop thinking that these reports are jus instances of people a tell lies because dem nuh like gay people. How gay people fi a fight fi eliminate violence against gays, but a guh condone gay violence against others?

 

Dere is whole heap more pon di matta, but mi nuh have di space. But if yuh have any mix-up pon da subject ya, mek mi know what a gwaan: mixupraga@gmail.com

ENDS

See another post from GLBTQ Jamaica on Blogger: Embarrassing Lesbian Incidents

Hang on, Be strong activists ………….

by Joseph Hardin

https://www.facebook.com/worldvocalist

How long have I stood watching from aside, watching the many successes and failures of both elders and peers? It seemed so long, as if I had been alive for centuries. Reading history, hearing stories and experiencing life in it’s effervescent form.

It felt as if it were static.

But not to say it was all feeling…some experiences didn’t come without bloodshed. Early on, for the price of understanding, pain surely made it’s pursuit to claim it’s fee. For a long time, I laid either alone, or with someone I loved, wondering why I kept feeling the pain of the past. My back that hit the ground…my face that met a fist…an arm that twisted unnaturally. Of all the beatings and pain inflicted upon me, 2/3 more went unreported. Held down and tormented. trapped and scared. Many times I didn’t think I’d survive. It was a miracle nothing ever broke. But after a quick amount of time, I learned to turn my body to only take a few direct hits.

The worst feeling ever, was screaming for help as cars passed by in broad daylight… only to receive glancing stares and people not wanting to help. As they closed upon me, trapped between them, a fence, and an office. I didn’t look away…not once, I wanted to see their eyes. I wanted to understand the hatred.
Do you really want to know what I saw in every pair of eyes? Do you want to know the coldness, the hardness, the guttural sense of sadism? How they looked upon me, with a sense of satisfaction of the pain they were already inflicting with their slow approach. They were on each side, and as I looked upon each, the other would advance. How I wished they would just attack me and get it over with. But what was only 5 minutes, lasted forever. Then when one came close enough, I tried to leap over. It was no good. I had been pinned. Punch after punch from the one pinning me…kick after kick of the person who stood over us. I eventually couldn’t keep up. my head didn’t register the pain anymore. My body was already weak. Soon, it was over.

I just laid there for a moment, hearing them run away. I don’t know how long I laid there. I just listened to the cars driving by. No one stopped. I eventually picked myself up off the ground. I swallowed the blood that was still in my mouth. I couldn’t believe how disgraceful I must have looked. I held onto the wall for support, each step was agonizing. I carried myself a full block before I saw someone that knew me. They asked what had happened. I just broke down. I couldn’t stand. They took me home, and I just cried as my mother held me. I didn’t understand. I looked hate right in the eye, and I didn’t look away. I probably should have. But I didn’t, and I saw a world no one should see.

That, like many other times I was beaten, is the exact feeling I feel, when someone says I’m no good for the same rights as others. I feel every bone ache, and every muscle weaken. I feel the tears that fell from years upon years ago. I feel the eyes of those who beat me stare right into me. I stand strong though. Because it is the strength that let me look into their eyes, that gets stronger.

I consider it a blessing. It’s a strength not many have, I realize. As much as I want to break down and cry, as much as I want to show how much it hurts, I keep a steady face, and a steady body. I can handle the blows, I can handle the jeers. I can handle the hatred. Why?….I know why. Because I want to show them, I can stand it. Even when my father betrayed my trust, I was even able to withstand that. Of course, not something I will fully recover from. But then, with hatred and betrayal, does anyone ever fully recover?

No…it would be foolish to believe so. But never foolish to dream. It’s our dreams that is something everyone has. Whether someone can withstand the harshest blow or not, as long as they dream, they’ll move through it. Nothing can break a dream, as our dreams in our hearts are our strongest ally.

I will admit, I cheated a little. I have a friend I always talk to. I know he’s probably a figment of my imagination, maybe someone I created as a child. Although I don’t talk to him as much these days, sometimes it’s he that is my safety net when I find there is no one I can trust. Who knows, maybe I’ll find someone whom I can tell my deepest fears and greatest hopes to. Until then, he’s been my closest friend. Keith, is what I called him. It was a name that I always felt comfort in. When I found the need to change my name, it was as if that name was ready to be assumed by me. It was at that moment, he didn’t seem to be to any side of me, but essentially became a part of me. Who knows, maybe he has been me all along. I’ll sometimes pretend he’s around, but really, I’m just re-assuring myself that I am still strong. But I will give “keith” thanks. He was always there when I needed him. So whether or not he was me those past years or not, I thank him regardless.

So maybe I was broken for a while, but I found myself somewhat healed. I don’t know how, but I learned some of my own coping mechanisms that seemed to have assimilated themselves into a whole which makes me who I am.

So, I guess what point I’m trying to make. Even if the world seems against you. Even if there is no one around to provide that comfort you need, as long as you have the dream of living a comfortable, open life…You’ll find a way to cope. and with that, you’ll find the hope you need. Stay strong, like me. If you need someone to help you become strong, let me know. I’ll be here. Just like “keith”, I want to be a strength people can depend on. I want to shine a light that doesn’t give people the way, but allow them to find their own. And in turn, everyone can depend upon their strength to not only lift them, but others too.

We need each other…and we’re all family. Relinquish all your pain unto me. I can take it when you can’t.

I can help you stand when you are unable. Because I must stand regardless. I will be the pillar that may be your reference.

 

I just wanted to share a fragment of my story, and I really want to give hope while I still can. I want everyone to find their path. It won’t be given to us, though. we have to find our own. But we don’t have to do it alone. I offer myself as an ear and shoulder, just like so many in our community does and wants to. If we come together, leave our misconceptions of our community at the door, as well as show our strength as both individuals and community members, we’ll pull through.

Let’s stand together. Remember those that have fallen, but do not dwell upon that alone. That would not be what they wanted. Instead, carry their strength with us. They are right with us, in spirit. It hurts, I know. And bide your strength if you must, but do not hide. Come to those you trust. If it happens to be here, then we welcome all with open arms. At least, that is what it feels like here. You can cry here, you can laugh here, you can make friends here. And we’ll share the strength we have to carry you through these times of trial

If you need a reminder, look back to this post. I would hope that many would share their stories here, and how they stood strong. Let’s show our community members our strength, so that they may draw from it. In turn, many of the new members who are not out yet, or are having difficulty, to hang on….
just hang on. Activists, some politicians, LGBT community members and allies are working as hard as we can to make this world a much better place.

I love my gay son (Observer Letter)

Jamaica Observer - Jamaican newspaper

Dear Editor,

I am the proud mother of a gay son. When he first told me about his sexual orientation I was distraught, finding it difficult to reconcile my love for him with my understanding of the sinfulness of the lifestyle I believed he had chosen. More troubling, though, was the genuine fear that someone would try to hurt him because of his sexual orientation.

Every day when my son leaves the house, I beg him to call me when he gets to his destination and when he leaves to come back home. Often he returns with frightening stories about being verbally attacked by strangers, solely based on the presumption that he is gay. I love my son. He has excelled academically even though I was not always able to provide him with the resources he needed.

After leaving high school, he won scholarships to study abroad and has been making great strides in his chosen field. I wish more people were open to hearing his story, because he could serve as an inspiration to so many Jamaican young men from poor, single-parent households. I was grateful to hear that Commissioner Owen Ellington has retracted the dangerous statements made by SSP Fitz Bailey. The police force should indeed carry out its mandate without prejudice.

My son is already seen as a villain because of his sexual orientation. Jamaica does not need another reason to indict him for his sexuality. I slept a little more comfortably last night, believing that if one day my son should be attacked by an ignorant homophobe, justice would be served. My journey to accepting my son’s sexuality has been a challenging one, but I never questioned the importance of reassuring him of my love. I hope that other parents of gay and lesbian children can find within themselves the compassion to love and accept their children who are already exposed to so much hate.

A Edmonds

aajri.ed@gmail.com

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/I-love-my-gay-son_9226498#ixzz1SYZnFKS9

Natural Transitioning: an FTM alternative book

Natural Transitioning: an FTM alternative

By Tristan SkyeSicily Skye

Natural Transitioning™ was founded by Tristan and Sicily Skye and is what they label the process of transitioning from female to male (FTM) by raising the testosterone levels your body naturally produces, without injecting testosterone or other methods.

This book contains years of research on the 3-step NT plan: supplements, diet and weight training.

Whether your a pre-T trans guy or simply looking for an alternative, this is the book for you!

Product Details

ISBN 978-1-257-85342-7
Copyright Standard Copyright License
Edition First Edition
Publisher TNT Productions
Published July 15, 2011
Language English
Pages 100
Binding Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink Black & white
Dimensions (inches) 6.0 wide × 9.0 tall

http://www.TQnation.com – #1 Social Network for the Transgender (FTM, MTF, Intersexed) & (Gender) Queer Community!

This video is a series of clips ranging from 2007 to 2010 showing the Natural Transitioning (NT) progress over this time span. The test subject has never taken testosterone hormones & has only raised his own natural T levels through 3 steps of diet, weight training & supplements. If you would like to know more about NT, visit http://www.TransQueerNation.com & look under the “Lifestyle” tab.

Natural Transitioning (TM) was developed & named in 2008 by Tristan & Sicily Skye – all rights reserved.

Gleaner Editorial – JCF In Shadow Of SSP Bailey

And here we thought the issue would have died by now and we can move on quietly, yes we know that there maybe fall out but working this story to the bone might be the reason that leads to that after we are keeping the issue in the public domain for so long even after an early apology from the Jamaica Constabulary Force…

Have a read of the editorial and see what you make of it, I still belive we should let this one go but since the supportive stance may also be good for the advocates JFLAG it may go wrong for the ordinary LGBT folk on the ground, but who cares?

Source

Jamaica Gleaner Company

Quite sensibly, the police commissioner, Mr Owen Ellington, has distanced the constabulary from the declaration by one of his key lieutenants, Mr Fitz Bailey, that gays were the major players in organised crime, and led in the one that leeched money from foreigners in lottery scams.

As we have stated in these columns, the inanity of the comment lies in the senior superintendent’s failure, even assuming his statement were true, to prove that sexual orientation has some bearing on criminal involvement.

Also, Mr Bailey and his other officers have not informed the public of their foolproof systems of establishing sexual orientation, whether of heterosexual or homosexual criminal suspects. And if so, perhaps the constabulary will soon publish its sexual-orientation profiles for all criminals – from murderers and housebreakers, to scrap-metal thieves, and even corrupt cops.

But while we welcome Mr Ellington’s action, the failure of Mr Bailey himself to apologise, and the lack of censure against him are matters of grave concern that raise questions about the culture of the police force and whether the police chief’s statement was merely a sop to the critics.

Up to last week, Mr Bailey was head of the police unit that investigates organised crime. Coming to his last day in the post, he told reporters that gays were responsible for a large portion of organised crime in Jamaica.

Potential targets

To this newspaper, and to many people in the society, Mr Bailey’s remarks, especially in the context of a generally homophobic Jamaica, could potentially cause gays to become the targets of violence, of which they are too often victims merely because of their lifestyles.

What was particularly sad is that Mr Bailey did not appreciate the folly of his gay-criminal correlation. So in attempting to explain his position he only exacerbated the ridiculousness of his position.

So, in came Mr Ellington with damage control.

Confoundingly, Mr Ellington had a word with Mr Bailey, a senior superintendent, who shared information, including discussions with the gay lobby J-FLAG, “supporting his assertion”.

Mr Bailey, it appears, has not changed his position, but according to Mr Ellington, “fully understands the basis of concern for the safety and well-being of members of the gay community, who may be targeted by misguided individuals simply because of the statements under reference”.

Concerned what partners think

Mr Ellington has some practical concerns, including the possible reaction of countries – where the rights of individuals, lifestyle regardless, are esteemed – that provide economic and other support to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

“The JCF, therefore, withdraws the statement and expresses regret to all Jamaicans and our international partners for any concern, anxiety and any appearance of unfair labelling which may have been construed from the message,” Mr Ellington said.

It is moot whether the statement was the JCF’s or Mr Ellington’s to withdraw in the absence of a retraction by Mr Bailey – unless it is to be assumed that the senior superintendent had spoken on behalf of the Police High Command.

The episode speaks to the retrograde culture of the JCF that still has little regard or tolerance for ideas such as the rights of individuals and equality under the law. ‘To Serve, Protect and Reassure’, the JCF’s motto, is for narrow application.

With corruption almost endemic in the police force, Mr Ellington, assuming he believes in the mission, has much work to do to reform the force.

The opinions on this page, except for the above, do not necessarily reflect the views of The Gleaner. To respond to a Gleaner editorial, email us: editor@gleanerjm.com or fax: 922-6223. Responses should be no longer than 400 words. Not all responses will be published.

ENDS

Also see:

Apology Accepted JCF but some questions linger on many fronts

Stereotyping from Police

 

 

JFLAG Welcomes JCF Apology

 

 

 

Homosexuality and the Bible

Ever get tired of people throwing Bible verses at you, and using religion as an excuse for condemning homosexuality? Well, this is something I came across many years ago, and I still laugh every time I read it.

On her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet. It’s funny, as well as informative:

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Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination… End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is, my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.Exodus 35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle- room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan.

James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus Dept. of Curriculum,

Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia

Irresponsible Statement (Gleaner Letter 15.07.11)

Bailey

So the war of words continue on Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey Bailey’s comments on TVJ July 11th during the Prime Time News, see the video below or go to my sister blog on blogger for other rantings I have done on the issue. The apology from the Jamaica Constabulary Force is also contained therein, Everyone seems locked on what SSP Bailey said and not the part television Jamaica had to play in this gross irresponsibility by the station itself in its ethical position when presenting stories. Have a read of the letter and my subsequent comments I placed on the Gleaner page, I hope the page admins there allow them to be published as recently my comments have not been approved.

Listen closely as well to the video clip of the story and see what you make of it please.

Jamaica Gleaner Company

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am deeply concerned by the recent statements by Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey on TVJ’s Prime Time News on Monday, July 11, that young homosexual (gay) men are the main perpetrators of organised crimes in Jamaica. This public declaration is most concerning to me as I have never heard of crime being attributed to a group of people by their sexual orientation. When has it ever been reported that certain types of crime were mostly caused by heterosexuals, lesbians or bisexuals?

This, to me, is a dangerous and irresponsible precedent being set, especially in a society where it is the norm to discriminate and perpetrate violence against homosexuals. Jamaica is noted to be one of the most homophobic countries in the world, where our intolerance to homosexuals is displayed even in songs played daily on responsible radio stations.

I would think it is the responsible thing to do for Senior Superintendent Bailey to return to the media with the relevant data/statistics that prove his statement. These facts should clearly display that homosexuals are indeed perpetrating high levels of organised crimes and show comparisons with groups of persons of sexual orientations (heterosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals) and the types, amount and period they commit these crimes. I am deeply concerned when persons come in the public sphere and make egregious statements without them being proved as fact-based or substantiated. I firmly believe that not everyone in a ‘senior’ position is suitable to represent and be allowed to speak publicly for the respective organisations. Where is the responsibility?

While I believe that Senior Superintendent Bailey is an honourable man, I question his intent and motivation. I urge him to do the honourable thing and revisit his statements and think of the harm and serious damage that could be caused by his not-so-well-thought-out public utterances.

HDM

Kingston 10

ENDS

my comment to this letter:

“SSP Bailey may have erred indeed that is undeniable but as to how it was presented to us I think TVJ is also grossly irresponsible in how they ferreted the information and thus presented it to us, Nadine McCleod the reporter at the time said clearly that the gentleman did not elaborate what specific crimes same gender loving men were involved in, wouldn’t it have been prudent for a journalist/reporter and by extension the newsroom editor/mgr to even go as far as a last minute follow-up before going on air with this news?

Notice she only mentioned the lottery scam AFTER the juicy section was presented, trickery desso to me.

To simply say to us in the piece that he didn’t specify and leave it hanging is grossly irresponsible journalism, it seems to me TVJ already had the juicy part when he said gays were responsible for the so called crimes, sensationalist hype to me, the gay community has to be careful how we jump at everything too quickly without checking and rechecking.

Did JFLAG ask for the full recording of the interview to see if any editing was done to leave out any context SSP may have said ? I doubt it, the ethical point has not been challenged.

Also he (SSP) did say twice in the short clip that made it to air that: “I am not going to be prejudicial in my statement ….What I observed is that maybe 80 – 90% of these persons are homosexuals, it is something …. I don’t know the gay community … not being prejudicial but that’s what we have identified.”

Think on these things”

Peace and tolerance

H

also see:

Gay Profiling By Cop Reckless

THE EDITOR, Sir:

This is an open letter to the commissioner of police.

I am not gay, and I do not support the homosexual lifestyle. I think it is unnatural.

Having said that, I was shocked to hear one of your senior officers come on public television and, without any empirical evidence, declare that upwards of 80 per cent of organised crime in Jamaica are done by homosexuals. That was a very reckless and dangerous thing to do. Not only should he be reprimanded, but he should personally be made to retract the statement.

If you stop to think about it, such a statement is no different from saying that all Middle Eastern-looking men wearing turbans are suicide bombers, or all black people on a plane (especially one coming from Jamaica) are carrying drugs!

Profiling persons like this is extremely dangerous and sets them up for persecution. You will recall a time in the 1950s and ’60s when all Rastas in Jamaica were deemed to be criminals, which led to them being hunted down and arrested or killed.

What your officer did was wrong! He should acknowledge it and personally apologise.

DOREEN ELLIS

ndellis@hotmail.com

Kingston 6

more-on-the-ssp-statement

Nauti Glam: High Seas Couture was Naughty & Nice!!!!

Once again the Couture Elements Team delivered on their fifth themed event so far in their entertainment servings, I was certainly proud to have been a part of the festivities in my capacity as a House Music DJ this time and it was fierce. Even as I type the muscular soreness in my arms and legs are still there though far less than several days ago and many other patrons who attended the event also complained bitterly that the DJs myself and Senor D were wicked to them in delivering the beats.

Things got off to a pretty early and good start as patrons and registered members of the Couture Oasis were asked to board early, red carpet, velvet ropes and two chaperones one of each gender dressed in full pirate regalia complete with swords, feathers and coiffed tops greeted you once you parked in the secure area with armed guards present. After checking in one poses, walks and serves on the lengthy 15 foot plus carpet then its on to the shots counter where mixed alcoholic delites were served and you are greeted with a smile and the Couture trademark warmth. The selections I must say were tastefully chosen everything from Appleton to Alize to higher end brands for the individual with discriminating taste, then it was onto the deck of the lovely Sea Queen vessel. The rainbow coloured montages and fabric interwoven most attractively overarching the entrance to the catwalk and also lined the entire velvet roped stroll to the walkover to the deck, once on board one enters the well-lit main floor but it was hot as the air conditioning was not in service possibly the only major logistical flaw however the minibar provided much needed coolings for the warm individual. The DJ booth stood to the immediate right as you entered the area allowing for requests from patrons to be made with ease.

The crew of the vessel also were placed at strategic points serving some sort of pecuniary delight obviously they were briefed as to the type crowd to expect and soon fell in a more relaxed style as they carried out their duties with some later in the night’s frivolities were seen dancing alongside and with patrons which was allowed. Making ones way to the first floor the well laid VIP deck you are greeted with lavishly done hors d’oeuvres, servings of chicken, assorted seafood and other confectionery and the much cooler temperatured area had most patrons paying repeat visits to cool down from the early energy created by DJ Germs. The first floor deck also had its own balcony which provided a breathtaking view of not only the main deck below and the complete red carpet entrance but also the lovely Caribbean Sea with the glittering Kingston Harbour backdrop behind us as we departed and the Palisadoes and Port Royal shore  line before us as we slowly left the dock around 12 midnight cruising around 1 knot. One half of the Couture Team’s head announced the VIP section would have been opened to all in attendance and this was met with oohs and aaaahs, persons made their way up the steep flight of steps to mingle and gorge in well laid out pantry.

The costumes were marvellous with pirate, nurse, sailor and navy themes clearly visible also the use of authentic materials emphasized the creativity of the makers of the pieces some of whom were the wearers themselves. Other patrons did heed the posturing of the marketing team in the blitz that preceded weeks before which beckoned “wear weh yuh have” and so they did with some hot brand name pieces I might add. The drag divas were not to be outdone in both aesthetic and revelry as the night progressed, a video shot taken via a blackberry is making the rounds with two of Jamaica’s fiercest transgender divas having a whale of a good time. The promoters of the Loft were also present as they respectfully foregone a previously planned event at their spot to be in attendance, one half of the two man team aka Denise made sure the vogue elements were present when my DJ set came around which was a mix of tribal, tech-house, commercial house and vogue femme. Tommy Fiehdior my niece demanded to chant on the mic and she was allowed to bringing another energy to the set, It was my debut spinning officially for the CE team as they were used to me in my other capacity as a patron at the Oasis and other activities. I was pleased to have been well received by most as not all are into vogue these days as the swagger is the order right now.

DJ David was on point as we made the transition interchanging for each of our sets, as the designated captain he steered all including myself to the altar of dance while we were consuming intermittent volumes of alcohol there were hardly any patrons staying still during the entire proceedings even our wheel-chaired patron shook other parts of her anatomy as an indication the spirit was felt as she was not about to be outdone by the able-bodied folk. The proverbial “cratches mawnin” phenomenon also made a short appearance as in the aforementioned recorded clip of the two divas plus the naughty headtop antics that followed this completted the events theme “Nauti” with the “Glam” in the fabulous attire.

The only performance for the ride came from former dancehall queen and Miss LGBT World the wonderful Tiana who proved that a diva in six inch pumps could match the deep angled to and fros of a boat travelling at about two knots on the high seas can balance on her feet, much to the loud cheers of an appreciative audience. She worked her favourite dance remix track “Kina’s – Girl From The Gutter (Like Me)”

The Song of the night was “Hues Corporation’s Rock The Boat”

The energy never waned that was until we got back to shore and the reality hit us it was time to call it a morning, the only disaster was the strange loss of a blackberry which preliminary investigations concluded may have fallen overboard due to the gyrations of its owner. So much for niceness eh?

Another wonderful event from the Couture Elements team and it was a pleasure to have been aboard this.

I am sure there is something being planned as we read this review.

Peace and tolerance.

H