Homophobia in Jamaica

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say Jamaica is among the most dangerous places in the world to be gay.

EDITORIAL: Gay-Baiting At State Events

If she has not done so as yet, Lisa Hanna, the minister with responsibility for culture, must establish clear protocols for artistes who accept invitations, or are paid, to perform at state-sponsored national events. Among these we list the show known as the Grand Gala, usually held at the National Stadium as part of Jamaica’s annual celebration of the anniversary of its Independence. …

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Dressed For Murder

DWAYNE JONES probably thought he was dressed to kill when he stepped out to that fateful dance. He couldn’t have known he was going to be the prey. But he must have realised he was making a risky fashion statement. After all, the dance was taking place just outside ‘Gyal-tego’ Bay.

The Hunt For A Home

J-FLAG chides State for its treatment of the homeless, as gay men search for somewhere to rest With reports emerging of the stabbing of one of the men displaced from a property in the upscale Millsborough Avenue area of St Andrew last Wednesday, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) is calling for …

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Jamaica’s Anti-Gay ‘Murder Music’ Carries Violent Message

By Leah Nelson Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton was considered a musical prodigy in 1988 when, at age 15, he recorded what remains one of his best-known tracks, “Boom Bye Bye.” Even in the difficult-to-decipher Jamaican slang known as patois, its chorus evokes violence and dread: Boom bye bye / inna batty bwoy head / …

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Jamaica Homophobic Elections

This must be a breathe of fresh air for ALL Jamaicans, finally a government for all the people. My hat’s off to Mrs. Simpson Miller for not allowing stereotype propaganda to hinder such a Brave and Bold decision, by debunking the myth that gays are less effective in the work place or inferior to heterosexuals… kudos. Hopefully Jamaicans can get to a place where one’s sexual orientation is not an …

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