06/12/2013 | ILGA-LAC - Oficial de Comunicación
Activists and other concerned citizens in Jamaica are working to build support for a shelter for homeless LGBT youths who have sought refuge in the sewers after being driven out of their family homes and out of abandoned buildings. >>>
12/11/2013 | ILGA-LAC - Oficial de Comunicación
Abandoned by their families, gay Jamaican teens —some as young as 13 years old— end up on the gritty streets of the capital city where they are sexually abused by older men who expose them to various sexually transmitted diseases. >>>
The 3rd edition of the IASSCS Publication Mentoring Program will continue to offer an opportunity for junior researchers and/or activists from the South to receive mentoring and technical assistance with their papers. This pre-submission paper review program has been providing junior sexuality researchers and/or activists from the Global South (who are currently living/studying there) the opportunity to receive feedback from more experienced researchers and for publication in peer-review journals.
24/10/2013 | ILGA-LAC - Oficial de Comunicación
Policemen went to a ravine in New Kingston, where homeless gay men usually camp. Police officers piled and burnt clothing, and warned the men not to come back to the area. The next day, the men wanted to report the incident in a police station, where they were denied the right to present a complaint. >>>
14/10/2013 | ILGA-LAC - Oficial de Comunicación
Kemraj Persaud, coordinator of the program Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), in Guiana, provided advice concerning poverty of LGBT persons during annual meetings of the World Bank and the World Monetary Fund that took place between October 5 and 12 in Washington, D.C. >>>
03/10/2013 | ILGA-LAC - Oficial de Comunicación
In his Independence Day speech, Belice’s Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, declared that his government “will thoroughly respect the right of church to express their viewpoint regarding the morality or immorality of homosexuality. However, the government can’t elude its duty to guarantee that every citizen without exception enjoys full protection of the law”. >>>
20/09/2013 | ILGA-LAC - Oficial de Comunicación
The Vice-Mayor of the City of Hamilton, Donald Smith, was denounced by the LGBT organization Rainbow Alliance for statements made in a local program of the Adventist Church of the Seventh Day. In a fifteen minute interview, Smith condemned homosexuality and marriage between persons of the same sex. In addition, he made reference to “gays, lesbians and freaks.” >>>
The Caribbean Sex Workers Coalition (CSWC), a regional collective of sex worker-led civil society organisations and sex worker advocates, is calling on Caribbean states to end discrimination against sex workers, recognise transgender people and create laws to protect them from stigma and discrimination. >>>
As various groups continue to decry violence against the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) in Jamaica, Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis has declared that there is no evidence showing members of that community encountering higher violent incidents than other members of the public. >>>
"In fact, given that many Jamaican dancehall artistes are so passionate about their abhorrence homosexuality, and since they obviously see protesting against homosexual lifestyle as a major priority of their creative mission, they should boycott those countries that support gays" says Editorial. >>>
United and Strong of St. Lucia, along with AIDS-Free World and other partners are putting on a 2 week LGBT sensitivity training programme for St. Lucian police officers. From August 27-Sept. 7, 115 members of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force, along with training officers from police forces in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) sub-region will be exposed to topics such as "LGBT 101," Hate/Bias motivated victimization, bullying, and responding to LGBT domestic violence. >>>
27/08/2013 | Grupo Todos contra a Homofobia, Lesbofobia e Transfobia
The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights condemns hate-crimes perpetrated against the community of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered persons in Brazil.
And attacks against LGBT people in Brazil are on the rise. >>>
Boycotts are very blunt instruments that one uses to get attention. They should be used sparingly or they can do more harm than good. I only recommend that they be resorted to when there is no other way to get the intended party to take you seriously. Jamaica was the first country to impose sanctions on South Africa over apartheid. And while our financial impact on bringing about the end of that dreadful system must have been minuscule, a boycott of Jamaica by Global North countries over our treatment of LGBT persons would be devastating. >>>
On the face of it, the Jamaican Government cares naught about the sexual orientation of the country's athletes and feels there is no need for any special policy to protect gays in sports.
Sport, says Natalie Neita-Headley, the minister with responsibility for that portfolio, "is a right and privilege" of all Jamaicans.
"We have not been in the business of seeking to find out who is this and who is not and what is your sexual preference," she told this newspaper.
We agree with the principle. >>>
WHY KEEP TALKING ABOUT DWAYNE JONES?
Some persons (incredibly, this includes members of the Jamaican LGBT community) have suggested that we should stop talking about the barbaric murder of 17-year-old cross-dressing teen, Dwayne Jones. >>>