Do you think the Buggery Law should be?

The Safe House Homeless LGBTQ Project 2009 a detailed look & more


In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ youth in Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2015

17 year old freed of buggery charge ....

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This story goes to remind us all that the buggery law is not only applicable to gay and bisexual or men who practice substitutional sex in prisons via anal penetration.


Also no mention of a firm doctors' report as the complainant apparently waited too long for an intimate sample to be taken so that certain determinants can confirm that the act was actually committed; such as spermatozoa cells, spermicide residue or a loose spinchter muscle or torn tissues to prove same.




A 17-year-old youth who was charged with buggery when he was 13 has been freed of the charge.

A schoolgirl, who was also 13 at the time of the alleged offence, was the complainant. She testified that the accused committed the act in a classroom, while they were at school. She reported the incident to her mother a day later. The matter was reported to the police and the boy was arrested and charged.

The accused from the outset had admitted to the police that he had sexual intercourse with the girl in the classroom. He said she was telling lies that he buggered her.

When the case came for trial this week in the Home Circuit Court, the accused denied the allegation. In his defence, he told the jury that he only had sexual intercourse with the girl and it was with her consent.

Attorney-at-law Jacqueline Asher, in addressing the jury, asked them to find the accused not guilty. She asked the jury to find that her client spoke the truth as to what took place in the classroom. The seven-member jury retired and returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty.

hear an older podcast I had attempted some years ago on the issue of buggery and who can be charged:



Dancehall DJ Zebra

In November 2010 the well publicized case was reported on in the Star News:

After completing a sentence for rape in 2008, deejay Zebra was again locked away for 30 years' hard labour for another sex-related crime. The deejay, whose real name is Garfield Vassell, was sentenced by Justice Evan Brown in the St Catherine Circuit Court.

Justice Brown outlined that for buggery, Vassell should serve 10 years and 20 years for carnal abuse.
The entertainer, who was represented by attorney-at-law Everton Dewar, was found guilty on Tuesday by a jury which retired for less than an hour. He was found guilty of carnal abuse and buggery.

The Crown led evidence that the entertainer sexually assaulted the teenage daughter of his girlfriend.
It is said that the child had to run away from home and related her ordeal to a senior relative who reported the matter to the police.

The deejay, who is known for songs such as Redder Than Red and Rupert, was held in June of last year after eluding the police for four months. He had been released in 2008 on rape charges, after serving six years behind bars.
Peace & tolerance

H

Causes of Gender Dysphoria .........

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Gender dysphoria usually means a difficulty in identifying with the biological sex in an individual.

The causes of gender dysphoria are not fully clear.
Psychiatric and biological causes

It was traditionally thought to be a psychiatric condition meaning a mental ailment. Now there is evidence that the disease may not have origins in the brain alone.

Studies suggest that gender dysphoria may have biological causes associated with the development of gender identity before birth.

More research is needed before the causes of gender dysphoria can be fully understood.
Genetic causes of biological sex

Research suggests that development that determines biological sex happens in the mother’s womb.

Anatomical sex is determined by chromosomes that contain the genes and DNA.

Each individual has two sex chromosomes. One of the chromosomes is from the father and the other from the mother.

A normal man has an X and a Y sex chromosome and a normal woman has two X chromosomes.

It is seen that during early pregnancy, all unborn babies are female because only the female sex chromosome (or the X chromosome) that is inherited from the mother being the active one.

After the eighth week of pregnancy, the chromosome from the father (an X for a female and a Y for the male), gains in activity.

If the father’s contribution is the X chromosome the baby continues to develop as female with a surge of female hormones.

This helps develop her female sex organs, reproductive organs and features. This makes her sex and gender female.

If the inherited chromosome from the father is a Y there is a surge of testosterone and other male hormones that lead to development of male characteristics, such as testes.

This makes the baby’s sex and gender male. 



Causes of gender differences

There are several different potential causes of gender differences, these include hormonal changes, exposure to estrogenic drugs and so forth. 

Hormonal causes

Hormones that trigger the development of sex and gender in the womb may not function adequately.

For example, anatomical sex from the genitals may be male, while the gender identity that comes from the brain could be female.

This may result from the excess female hormones from the mother’s system or by the foetus’s insensitivity to the hormones.

The latter condition is called androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS).

Exposure to progesterone or other estrogenic drugs

Although there is no research that shows that males or females exposed to progesterone in the womb or other estrogenic drugs, such as diethylstilbestrol (DES) may have a raised risk of gender dysphoria; there may be an association in some atypical aspects of gender role behavior.
Rare conditions that may lead to gender dysphoria

There may be rare conditions like congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), and intersex conditions (also known as hermaphroditism) which may also result in gender dysphoria.

In CAH a female foetus has adrenal glands (small caps of glands over the kidneys) that produce high level of male hormones. This enlarges the female genitals and the female baby may be confused with a male at birth.

Intersex conditions mean babies may be born with the genitalia of both sexes. In these cases the child is allowed to grow and choose his or her own before any surgery is carried out to confirm it.

Other causes of gender dysphoria

There may be chromosomal abnormalities that may lead to gender dysphoria.
Sometimes defects in normal human bonding and child rearing may be contributing factor to gender identity disorders.

Edited by April Cashin-Garbutt, BA Hons (Cantab)

Gender-neutral restroom set up at Gov't agency after gay fight

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AT least one Government agency has converted one of the restrooms on its property into a gender-neutral facility.

That, according to impeccable sources to the Observer, means it is open to males, females and transgender individuals.

The agency announced the development in a suddenly called meeting with staff members on Wednesday.

The move appears to have been sparked by an incident at the agency a few weeks ago, in which a group of young gay men got into a squabble in a restroom. One of the men was reportedly stabbed.

The Jamaica Observer is not sure if the agency in question is the only one to have made such a move, but there have been subtle changes to Government policy on gender issues in recent time — the Bureau of Women's Affairs morphing into Bureau of Gender Affairs being one example. 



The Bureau, in tandem with the Planning Institute of Jamaica; the ministries of Youth and Culture, Education and National Security; the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, recently spearheaded a project — the Next GENDERation Initiative — which it said sought to contribute to reducing violence in Jamaica by promoting a positive dialogue around gender roles, and to raise awareness of the link between gender stereotypes and violence among youth.

sign added by me to show support

Earlier in October the Child Development Agency, CDA The Child Development Agency (CDA) has initiated discussions with several stakeholders in the child protection sector, to develop a system to deal with the issue of bullying in schools.

Following a report released by the CDA in August of this year titled, ‘Investigating the Prevalence and Impact of Peer Abuse (Bullying)’, the agency has assembled a working group to design a system to reduce the incidents of bullying and peer abuse among the nation’s youth.

At a consultation held on October 6 at the New Kingston Conference Centre, Manager of Research and Development at the CDA, Randell Bailey, who gave an overview of the report, said the aim of the study is to decrease the incidents of bullying. Mr. Bailey explained that while bullying is not new, it is a growing and serious issue that we need to look at.

“We want to inform an integrated response mechanism. We want to see what the different issues are in different spaces and then discuss solutions to deal with it,” he said.

The study was undertaken in partnership with the Ministry of Education, and the consultation was attended by representatives from the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA) the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the Next Generation Initiative and the Mico Youth Counselling and Research Development Unit.

The study investigated the prevalence and impact of bullying on the development of children. It also identified and assessed the variables that contribute to bullying and developed profiles of the bully and victim. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the CDA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, said that the forum is another step in building awareness and operationalising the study on bullying in Jamaica.

“This bullying study is groundbreaking, as for the first time anecdotal evidence has been translated into strong empirical data giving greater insight and hence providing a solid foundation for future research, while equipping social agencies to tackle the problem at its very root,” she noted.

For his part, Director of the Safety and Security in Schools Division of the Ministry of Education, Sergeant Coleridge Minto, commended the CDA for the initiative.

“This is perhaps one of the first reports that the nation has been exposed to, and as a result, for the very first time in the history of the Ministry of Education, we incorporated in our Safety and Security Policy Guidelines, a full section treating with the issue of bullying. We also incorporated it into our curriculum through the Health and Family Life Education, because we see this as a major issue,” he said.

The study was conducted in the 2013/14 school year by PSEARCH Associates Company Limited, with funding provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


The unisexual bathroom development is not new as far back as the times of the forward thinking Staff Orders that includes discrimination via sexual orientation in its wording. A couple bathrooms were adjusted to reflect the change as part of a pilot but whether those lasted is unknown. Which is where my peeve is as continuity with projects and initiative is frustrating and leads to no lasting growth and change.

Finally one transvoice commented on Facebook:

"The term transgender can build and destroy the community, due to an incident at an government institution they have created a unisex bathroom for persons who rather to use that restroom than the traditional male and female restroom.

I want to say great work, but it becomes problematic because it restrict me from using the female bathroom that I enjoy using already.

I am not intersex nor transgender, I am a woman, yes I am a woman I am not transitioning into a woman, from the age of 3-4 I knew I am a woman.

Now they have given me the only option to use that bathroom to remind me every time that I am transgender not a woman, it remind me that I am marginalize.

Who wants to be in that group called marginalize surly not me."

Peace & tolerance

H

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pastor Says Frightening Preaching No Longer Converts Sinners

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How many times have you heard a pastor's desperate plea encouraging the unsaved to turn from their lives of sin or burn in hell? Although they have good intentions, this turn-or-burn approach may rub sinners the wrong way.

Family and Religion contacted the Reverend Teddy Jones of the Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS) and pastor of Shalom Missionary Church to have him shed some light on the issue.

"I am indeed familiar with that particular approach to evangelism. It was very popular in the '80s and early '90s," explained Jones.

"I have a big issue with it. I think it amounts to psychological manipulation, and I do not think it is an effective method of evangelism today. During the time when it was being used, it [was effective], in that a number of persons were pretty much scared, so they made a sudden decision."

The reverend told Family and Religion that though some of these persons are still walking with the Lord, most people who make a decision under that kind of preaching tend not to last.

"This is so because their decision was not thought out and just like with persons who made decisions when there was the whole millennium bug [scare] at the turn of the century, many of the promises were shortlived," he said, adding that following Jesus is something one needs to think through, count the cost, and then make a decision.

Pastors and their saints who endorse this type of evangelism clad their messages with scriptures of the Bible.

Revelations 21:8: "The cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers ... . Their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur ... ."

And St Matthew 25:26: "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

These types of scriptures and those emphasising the promised weeping and gnashing of teeth that await the sinful are heavily used in an attempt to win souls for the kingdom.

"I believe Hell and Heaven are real, and the scripture is clear on that. However, I think that when the turn-or-burn approach is taken, persons make a decision simply because they want to go to Heaven," the reverend said.

"They operate out of a utilitarian perspective, that is, what they can get out of it. So it becomes all about walking on streets of gold and inheriting the mansion in Heaven. Their decision isn't based on a desire to have a relationship with God. It should be that you want to serve God because of who you understand God to be and not what you can get. Your decision should be based on the realisation that you want to serve Him and embrace salvation in Jesus Christ, whether there is a mansion or street of gold," he said, adding that not wanting to go to Hell or Heaven should not be the main deciding factor.

Jones said many people who make a decision in such circumstances have very shallow commitment.

He said: "It seems to me that that is one of the reasons we have so many persons in church today who will not do anything for the Lord and who are just content to sit and make up numbers."

The director of recruitment and admissions at the JTS told Family and Religion that he believes the turn-or-burn approach no longer has any impact on the unsaved.

"It has lost its frightening power. At best, it may stir the emotions, but not enough to make them want to leave their life of sin," explained Jones.


ENDS

Fire and brimstone don't work again. Simple as that.

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Another St Thomas Pastor Accused of Rape ........... Where are Anti Gay Religious Groups?

More Pastoral Inappropriateness & Under-aged Victims... Silence from The Selective Religious

Anti gay religious voices where are they? .... Pastor charged with sexual assault

Reverend Al Miller continues his antigay advocacy while his integrity is severely damaged 2014


The CCJ: The Role of the electorate

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In light of recent disturbing developments with regards to the politicization of the CCJ debate and the exploitation by the Justice Minister of homophobia to gain support for the debate and establishing the court as our final one I decided to post this entry here.

CCJ may unite church and state 

You can follow the more pressing matters on Gay Jamaica Watch HERE: Justice Minister exploits homophobia to gain CCJ support


Dr Paul Ashley, political analyst


The CCJ debate in the Senate is in full swing: lots of distractions,drama, and rhetoric but woefully devoid of substance.

We have expressed our discomfort with the decision of Jamaica’s final appellate resting solely on the vote of one Opposition Senator “exercising his conscience” and being anxious to be on “the right side of history”.

One of the key elements is the role of the citizens (not their elected representatives or their appointed agents) in the making of this decision. On strict Constitutional terms there is none.

The Constitutionalist:

The PNP Government has decided to replace the Privy Council with the CCJ as Jamaica’s final appellate court

The severing of ties with the Privy Council requires only a simple majority in both Houses. The government of the day has such a majority so that is a relatively simple exercise.

Both our Supreme Court and our local Court of Appeal are “entrenched”.
The UK- based Privy Council has stipulated that the replacement of the Privy Council (which was not entrenched in our Constitution) should enjoy the same level of protection (read entrenchment) as our Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

The entrenchment of its replacement—the CCJ or our local final appellate court ----- requires the 2/3 majority in the case of the plainly “entrenched” plus a referendum for the “deeply entrenched” in addition to certain specified time periods.

The PNP Government is not into “deeply entrenchment” but mere “entrenchment” as stipulated by the UK- based Privy Council.

Should citizens have a say?

There is the view that to put such a “sensitive” matter to the public would expose the Judicial system to the vagaries ( and vulgarity ) of politics. Somehow this would “politicize” the matter—a somewhat dishonourable and ignoble exercise.

“We commit to a Constitution that is truly grounded in the will of the Jamaican people and pledge that, as soon as
possible after the General Election, we will seek consensus to pass the legislation required to achieve the main elements of constitutional reform that have so far been
agreed. 


 These include:

• A Jamaican Republic headed by a Jamaican
• Substitution of the Caribbean Court of Justice for the UK-based Privy Council and
• An updated Charter of Rights to reflect current thinking on human rights

Before taking effect, we will ensure that these constitutional changes are submitted to the Jamaican electorate for their approval.”
[Source: People’s National Party Manifesto 2007 Chapter 1; Constitutional Reform, p8] 

That commitment by the PNP represented a reversal of its position as highlighted by the Jamaica Observer in an article “Now PNP says it will put CCJ to referendum”, Friday, August 10, 2007

“The People's National Party (PNP) has made an about-turn in its position on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), promising to put the issue to a plebiscite within the next five years as part of other proposed changes to the Constitution.
The commitment is outlined in the ruling party's manifesto which it launched last night at The Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.”


[their emphasis]

This commitment was given by a PNP government now headed by Party leader and Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller and represents a departure from the stance taken by the PNP government under former Prime Minister PJ Patterson who, “had stoutly resisted calls by the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and rights groups for the CCJ to be put to a referendum.”[emphasis added]

It can be argued that the commitment was conditional on the PNP being elected to form the next government as the general elections were to be held on August 27, 2007. The PNP lost.

Some questions:

Did the PNP Government “politicize” the issue by reversing its position and including a commitment to involve the Jamaican electorate as soon as possible after the General Elections?


Was that a blatant vote catching exercise?

Was the substitution of the Caribbean Court of Justice for the UK-based Privy Council an agreed element of the constitutional reform?

What must be made of the fact that the PNP in its 2011 Manifesto seemed to revert to the original stance taken by PJ Patterson?

“We will also complete the long journey of de-linking from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as our final Court of Appeal and fully embracing the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice.”
[Source: 2011 Manifesto of the People’s National Party p39]

No mention of:

1) the will of the Jamaican people;


2) seeking consensus of that which has been agreed;


3) submitting constitutional changes to the Jamaican electorate for their approval.


Is there any merit in the argument that the PNP, having "politicized" the issue in its 2007 Election Manifesto, sought to "de-politicize" the issue in its 2011 Election Manifesto?

Does any of this really matters as only a tiny portion of the electorate has read the Jamaican Constitution and/or any Election Manifesto?

ENDS

also see:
Lawyers' Christian Fellowship's hypocritical stance on CCJ but keep Buggery Law!

PM scolds gay-rights protesters in New York ........ challenges truthfulness of Homophobic Claim


Justice Minister reiterates his personal position on the Buggery Law, Anal Intercourse, Consent & Privacy

Portia Simpson - 'Uncouth behaviour of others to make me look less than polished'

When did anyone ask for gay marriage rights in Jamaica when we can't get basic tolerance ....

Opposition Leader sides with antigay groups on Referendum on The Buggery Law 2014


No Buggery Law Removal says Justice Minister, Gay Marriage parachuted in yet again May 2015

JFLAG Tries to Clarify its Agenda 2014

Vaz Says Constituents Stand Firm Against Homosexuality

also see: Holness Dithering On Homosexuality from 2011


"Outdated" Bail Laws to be changed but Buggery Laws remain ... how convenient Mr.Golding? 2010
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After catching midway a radio discussion on the subject of Jamaica being labelled as homophobic I did a quick look at the long held belief in Jamaica by anti gay advocates, sections of media and homophobes that several murders of alleged gay victims are in fact 'crimes of passion' or have jealousy as their motives but it is not as simple or generalized as that.

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Aphrodite’s PRIDE JA tackles gender identity, transgender misconceptions .....



Nationwide New Network, NNN devoted some forty five minutes of prime time yesterday evening to discuss the issue and help listeners to at least begin to process some of the information coming from the most public declaration exercise as done by Jenner. Guests on the show were Dr Karen Carpenter Board Certified Clinical Sexologist and Psychologist, ‘Satiba’ from Aphrodite’s P.R.I.D.E Jamaica of which I am affiliated and Lecturer (Sociologist) and host of Every Woman on the station Georgette Crawford Williams (sister of PNP member of parliament Damian Crawford); one of the first questions thrown at Satiba by host Cliff Hughes was why has Jenna waited so long at 65 years old to make such a life changing decision?

Satiba responded that many transwomen have to hide their true identity in life .... given her life when she was younger she was a star athlete she would have been under tremendous precious to stay in from the expectations by the public and her team etc, also owing to the fact that she had a family as a man with children one may not want to upset the flow at that time until the kids are old enough. There is a lot of burden of guilt that some persons carry in weighing the decisions of coming out or transitioning so suppression of one’s true self is the modus operandi.

Dr Carpenter cautioned after a heated exchange:

“We really must remember as professionals we must stay in our lane I will never pronounce as a Sociologist cause I am not a Sociologist ............When we have an opportunity to speak publicly we must be careful of what we say unless it is extremely well informed......”


Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica, APJ launched their website


Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica, APJ launched their website on December 1 2015 on World AIDS Day where they hosted a docu-film and after discussions on the film Human Vol 1






audience members interacting during a break in the event


film in progress

visit the new APJ website HERE

See posts on APJ's work: HERE (newer entries will appear first so scroll to see older ones)

Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Homophobia - What are we afraid of?


Former host of Dr Sexy Live on Nationwide radio and Sexologist tackles in a simplistic but to the point style homophobia and asks the poignant question of the age, What really are we as a nation afraid of?


It seems like homosexuality is on everyone's tongue. From articles in the newspapers to countless news stories and commentaries, it seems like everyone is talking about the gays. Since Jamaica identifies as a Christian nation, the obvious thought about homosexuality is that it is wrong but only male homosexuality seems to influence the more passionate responses. It seems we are more open to accepting lesbianism but gay men are greeted with much disapproval.

Dancehall has certainly been very clear where it stands when it comes to this issue with various songs voicing clear condemnation of this lifestyle. Currently, quite a few artistes are facing continuous protests because of their anti-gay lyrics. Even the law makers are involved in the gayness as there have been several calls for the repeal of the buggery law. Recently Parliament announced plans to review the Sexual Offences Act which, I am sure, will no doubt address homosexuality.

Jamaica has been described as a homophobic nation. The question I want to ask is: What are we afraid of? There are usually many reasons why homosexuality is such a pain in the a@. Here are some of the more popular arguments MORE HERE

also see:
Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation


Sexuality - What is yours?

Promised conscience vote was a fluke from the PNP ........



SO WE WERE DUPED EH? - the suggestion of a conscience vote on the buggery law as espoused by Prime Minister (then opposition leader) in the 2011 leadership debate preceding the last national elections was a dangling carrot for a dumb donkey to follow.

Many advocates and individuals interpreted Mrs Simpson Miller's pronouncements as a promise or a commitment to repeal or at least look at the archaic buggery law but I and a few others who spoke openly dismissed it all from day one as nothing more than hot air especially soon after in February member of parliament Damian Crawford poured cold water on the suggestion/promise and said it was not a priority as that time. and who seems to always open his mouth these days and revealing his thoughts that sometimes go against the administration's path.

I knew from then that as existed before even under the previous PM P. J. Patterson (often thought to be gay by the public) also danced around the issue as this could mean votes and loss of political power. Mrs Simpson Miller in the meantime was awarded a political consultants' democracy medal as their conference concludes in Antigua.


War of words between pro & anti gay activists on HIV matters .......... what hypocrisy is this?



War of words between pro & anti gay activists on HIV matters .......... what hypocrisy is this?

A war of words has ensued between gay lawyer (AIDSFREEWORLD) Maurice Tomlinson and anti gay activist Dr Wayne West (supposed in-laws of sorts) as both accuse each other of lying or being dishonest, when deception has been neatly employed every now and again by all concerned, here is the post from Dr West's blog

This is laughable to me in a sense as both gentleman have broken the ethical lines of advocacy respectively repeatedly especially on HIV/AIDS and on legal matters concerning LGBTQ issues

The evidence is overwhelming readers/listeners, you decide.


Fast forward 2015 and the exchanges continue in a post from Dr Wayne West: Maurice Tomlinson misrepresents my position on his face book page and Blog 76Crimes

Tomlinson's post originally was:






Urgent Need to discuss sex & sexuality II






Following a cowardly decision by the Minister(try) of Education to withdraw an all important Health Family Life, HFLE Manual on sex and sexuality

I examine the possible reasons why we have the homo-negative challenges on the backdrop of a missing multi-generational understanding of sexuality and the focus on sexual reproductive activity in the curriculum.

also see:

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Calls for Tourism Boycotts are Nonsensical at This Time





(2014 protests New York)

Calling for boycotts by overseas based Jamaican advocates who for the most part are not in touch with our present realities in a real way and do not understand the implications of such calls can only seek to make matters worse than assisting in the struggle, we must learn from, the present economic climate of austerity & tense calm makes it even more sensible that persons be cautious, will these groups assist when there is fallout?, previous experiences from such calls made in 2008 and 2009 and the near diplomatic nightmare that missed us; especially owing to the fact that many of the victims used in the public advocacy of violence were not actual homophobic cases which just makes the ethics of advocacy far less credible than it ought to be.

See more explained HERE from a previous post following the Queen Ifrica matter and how it was mishandled

Newstalk 93FM's Issues On Fire: Polygamy Should Be Legalized In Jamaica 08.04.14



debate by hosts and UWI students on the weekly program Issues on Fire on legalizing polygamy with Jamaica's multiple partner cultural norms this debate is timely.

Also with recent public discourse on polyamorous relationships, threesomes (FAME FM Uncensored) and on social.

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a 2009 Word focus report where the history of the major explosion of homeless MSM occurred and references to the party DVD that was leaked to the bootleg market which exposed many unsuspecting patrons to the public (3:59), also the caustic remarks made by former member of Parliament in the then JLP administration.

The agencies at the time were also highlighted and the homo negative and homophobic violence met by ordinary Jamaican same gender loving men.

The late founder of the CVC, former ED of JASL and JFLAG Dr. Robert Carr was also interviewed.

At 4:42 that MSM was still homeless to 2012 but has managed to eek out a living but being ever so cautious as his face is recognizable from the exposed party DVD, he has been slowly making his way to recovery despite the very slow pace.

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What to do if you are attacked (News You Can Use)


First, be calm: Do not panic; it may be very difficult to maintain composure if attacked but this is important.

Try to reason with the attacker: Establish communication with the person. This takes a lot of courage. However, a conversation may change the intention of an attacker.

Do not try anything foolish: If you know outmaneuvering the attacker is impossible, do not try it.

Do not appear to be afraid: Look the attacker in the eye and demonstrate that you are not fearful.

This may have a psychological effect on the individual.

Emergency numbers

The police 119

Kingfish 811

Crime Stop 311

Steps to Take When Contronted or Arrested by Police


a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

b) Only give name and address and no other information until a lawyer is present to assist

c) Try to be polite even if the scenario is tensed) Don’t do anything to aggravate the situation

e) Every complaint lodged at a police station should be filed and a receipt produced, this is not a legal requirement but an administrative one for the police to track reports

f) Never sign to a statement other than the one produced by you in the presence of the officer(s)

g) Try to capture a recording of the exchange or incident or call someone so they can hear what occurs, place on speed dial important numbers or text someone as soon as possible

h) File a civil suit if you feel your rights have been violated. When making a statement to the police have all or most of the facts and details together for e.g. "a car" vs. "the car" represents two different descriptions

j) Avoid having the police writing the statement on your behalf except incases of injuries, make sure what you want to say is recorded carefully, ask for a copy if it means that you have to return for it

What to do


a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone

b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council

c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state

d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police

e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number

f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided

g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence

h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail

i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail

j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence

Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

The following may apply:

1) Call 119 or go to the station or the police arrives depending on the severity of the injuries

2) The report must be about the incident as it happened, once the report is admitted as evidence it becomes the basis for the trial

3) Critical evidence must be gathered as to the injuries received which may include a Doctor’s report of the injuries.

4) The description must be clearly stated; describing injuries directly and identifying them clearly, show the doctor the injuries clearly upon the visit it must be able to stand up under cross examination in court.

5) Misguided evidence threatens the credibility of the witness during a trial; avoid the questioning of the witnesses credibility, the tribunal of fact must be able to rely on the witness’s word in presenting evidence

6) The court is guided by credible evidence on which it will make it’s finding of facts

7) Bolster the credibility of a case by a report from an independent disinterested party.

Sexual Health / STDs News From Medical News Today

VACANT AT LAST! SHOEMAKERGULLY: DISPLACED MSM/TRANS PERSONS WERE IS CLEARED DECEMBER 2014





CVM TV carried a raid and subsequent temporary blockade exercise of the Shoemaker Gully in the New Kingston district as the authorities respond to the bad eggs in the group of homeless/displaced or idling MSM/Trans persons who loiter there for years.

Question is what will happen to the population now as they struggle for a roof over their heads and food etc. The Superintendent who proposed a shelter idea (that seemingly has been ignored by JFLAG et al) was the one who led the raid/eviction.

Also see:
the CVM NEWS Story HERE on the eviction/raid taken by the police

also see a flashback to some of the troubling issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless GBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE

GLBTQJA (Blogger): HERE

see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

May 22, 2015 update, see: MP Seeks Solutions For Homeless Gay Youth In New Kingston



THE BEST OF & Recommended Audioposts/Podcasts


THE BEST OF & Recommended Audioposts/Podcasts 




The Prime Minister (Golding) on Same Sex Marriages and the Charter of Rights Debate (2009)


Other sides to the msm homeless saga (2012)


Rowdy Gays Matter 21.08.11 more HERE



Ethical Professionlism & LGBT Advocates 01.02.12 more HERE


Portia Simpson Miller - SIMPSON MILLER DEFENDS GAY COMMENT 23.12.11


2 SGL Women lost, corrective rape and virtual silence from the male dominated advocacy structure


Al Miller on UK Aid & The Abnormality of Homosexuality 19.11.11


Homosexuality is Not Illegal in Jamaica .... Buggery is despite the persons gender 12.11.11 MORE HERE 


MSM Homelessness 2011 ...my two cents


Black Friday for Gays in Jamaica More HERE


Bi-phobia by default from supposed LGBT advocate structures?


Homeless MSMs Saga Timeline 28.08.11 (HOT!!!) see more HERE


A Response to Al Miller's Abnormality of Homosexuality statement 19.11.11


UK/commonwealth Aid Matter & The New Developments, no aid cuts but redirecting, ethical problems on our part - 22.11.11


Homophobic Killings versus Non Homophobic Killings 12.07.12


Big Lies, Crisis Archiving & More MSM Homlessness Issues 12.07.12


More MSM Challenges July 2012 more sounds HERE


GLBTQ Jamaica 2011 Summary 02.01.12 more HERE


Homosexuality Destroying the Family? .............. I Think Not!


Lesbian issues left out of the Jamaican advocacy thrust until now?


Club Heavens The Rebirth 12.02.12 and more HERE


Should gov't provide shelter for homeless msm?


National attitudes to gays survey shows 78% of J'cans say NO to buggery repeal


1st Anniversary of Homeless MSM civil disobedience (Aug 23/4) 2012 more HERE


JFLAG's rejection of rowdy homeless msms & the Sept 21st standoff .........


Atheism & Secularism may cloud the struggle for lgbt rights in Jamaica more HERE


Urgent Need to discuss sex & sexuality II and more HERE


MSM Community Displacement Concerns October 2012


The UTECH abuse & related issues


Beenieman's hypocrisy & his fake apology in his own words and more HERE


Guarded about JFLAG's Homeless shelter


Homophobia & homelessness matters for November 2012 ................


Cabinet delays buggery review, says it's not a priority & more ...........................(November 2012) prior to the announcement of the review in parliament in June 2013 More sounds HERE


"Dutty Mind" used in Patois Bible to describe homosexuals


Homeless impatient with agencies over slow progress for promised shelter 2012 More HERE


George Davis Live - Dr Wayne West & Carole Narcisse on JCHS' illogical fear


Homeless MSM Issues in New Kgn Jan 2013 .......


Homeless MSM challenges in Jamaica February 2013 more HERE


JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness 2013


Poor leadership & dithering are reasons for JFLAG & Jamaica AIDS Support’s temporary homelessness May 2013 more HERE


Response To Flagging a Dead Horse Free Speech & Gay Rights 10.06.13




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