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Caribbean Watch – Bishop Supports End to Buggery Laws

Antigua St John’s – The newly installed Roman Catholic bishop for St John’s-Basseterre, Kenneth Richards, said he would support any effort that will de-criminalise buggery. Speaking on Observer Radio on Friday, Bishop Richards said while de-criminalization does not make the act right, it should be used as a tool for non-discrimination. “The argument to de-criminalise …

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Jamaican gay activist marries man in Canada

MAURICE Tomlinson, a leading Jamaican gay activist, got married to a Canadian man this week. The gay marriage ceremony took place in Toronto and his husband has been identified as Tom Decker, a police officer and pastor in the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. The UN’s former special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa was the …

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End barbarism, bigotry at UTech

While Maurice Tomlinson grapples with threats on his safety and security, the University of Technology’s (UTech) administration must assure that students are not denied a quality academic experience. UTech may very well have to hire an interim lecturer because the institution cannot guarantee Mr Tomlinson’s safety.

EDITORIAL – PM should decry homophobic bigotry

The story of Maurice Tomlinson, a lecturer at the University of Technology (UTech), reported by this newspaper yesterday, reverberates with the insensitivity of supposed students of the law and at the same time highlights the mediaeval attitude that still largely prevails in Jamaica towards gays. And having declared her principled position on the rights of …

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Stuart Milk and LGBT human rights leaders address U.K. Houseof Lords

Stuart Milk, along with three other LGBT human rights leaders, continued the international conversation about global LGBT human rights with a panel of representatives of the House of Lords late Tuesday night (January 24) in London. Milk, the openly gay nephew of slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and founder of the Harvey B. Milk …

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Homosexuality – Society’s double standards

Sacha Walters-Gregory, Staff Reporter An ever-present double standard is how many Jamaicans see same-sex relationships. Sexual relationships between women are often not viewed as equal to sexual relationships between men. “It’s wrong, but it seems better for two females to do it more than two men,” said Paul, about lesbians as opposed to male homosexuals.