Yahoo News Brilliant ‘batty boy’ challenging Caribbean homophobia

September 15, 2016 Jamaica has trouble embracing the novelist Marlon James (pictured), even after he won one of the world’s top literary prizes, the Man Booker, last year (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget) More Paris (AFP) – He’s brilliant and charismatic and should be one of Jamaica’s heroes up there on the pedestal with Usain Bolt and …

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ADVOCATE Jamaica to Hold First LGBT Pride Celebration

Jamaica is, sadly, a country renown for its violent homophobia, a place where the LGBT population the Human Rights Watch have said largely “live in constant fear.” Homosexuality between men is illegal (a holdover from British Colonial law), yet the Caribbean nation is nonetheless set to hold its first ever Pride celebration next week. While …

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The Gleaner Letter Of The Day: Cut Funding To ‘Murder Music’

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM THE EDITOR, Sir: One of the more effective ways to strangle this so-called art form of ‘murder music’ is to hit these deejays where it hurts most – in their pockets. These deejays don’t make most of their money from the direct sale of their music. Their …

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The Gleaner Editorial: It’s A Question Of Human Rights

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM We are often taken aback by the dichotomy between the title of the group that calls itself the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS) and the causes it advances, which, essentially, are the continued diminution of the human rights of one set of Jamaican citizens: the …

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The Jamaican Gleaner-Jamaica And The Diaspora: Working Together As One

Jamaica And The Diaspora: Working Together As One Published:Monday | May 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM File Delano Franklyn In recent times, the word ‘diaspora’ has become one of self-identification among many varied groups who migrated or whose forebears migrated from one place to another. The Jamaican diaspora must be seen in this context. It …

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The Jamaican Gleaner Luis Moreno: US Supports Rights Of LGBT Jamaicans

Jamaica is well known historically as a global leader on human rights, having spurred the awakening of the world’s conscience against the noxious apartheid regime. When President Obama visited Jamaica last month, he challenged us all, saying: “You’re more eager for progress that comes not by holding down any segment of society, but by holding …

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THE GLEANER Lesbians Targeted By Men Who Want To ‘Straighten Them Out’

Nadine Wilson-Harris Staff Reporter A recent study has shown that 47 per cent of lesbian and bisexual women in Jamaica have faced threats of sexual violence, actual sexual violence and/or sexual harassment by men, with the intention, in some cases, to “straighten them out”. The study, which was carried out by local human-rights advocacy group …

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THE HUFFINGTON POST Planting Peace Travels With Grace Phelps To Document Jamaican LGBT Homeless Youth

QUEER VOICES In an unlikely turn of events for the Westboro Baptist Church, a former member — and daughter of the infamous Shirley Phelps — just made a massive statement of solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Grace Phelps traveled with Planting Peace President Aaron Jackson to Jamaica earlier this year to …

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To Kill A Cross-Dresser – Jamaica Flirts With Jim Crow

Newton D. Duncan , Guest Columnist Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. – (Devotions on emergent occasions No.17 – John Donne 1624)   ‘To Kill a Mockingbird‘ is the title of a 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. The novel captures the ignominy of white-against-black prejudice in the first half of …

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