Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of less than 10 years
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.
Has your LGBTI family been affected by your sexual orientation in JAMAICA?
Yes, my partner and I have been discriminated against
Yes, my children have been discriminated against
Yes, we have all been discriminated against
The Jamaican Minister of Youth and Culture the Hon. Lisa Hanna announced on April 15 that the Youth Ministry is in the process of developing new services, initiatives and programmes to address the needs of Jamaica’s children and youth. These groups include youth with sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) issues. >>>
In response to a question from the press at the State opening of Parliament on April 3, 2014, the Jamaican Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, said that there will have to be consultations with constituents before Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law is reviewed. >>>
The Rev. Margaret Fowler, a United Church minister and member of the Board of Directors of Dwayne’s House, is a serious advocate for a change in the overall approach of the Jamaican church towards issues of sexual orientation. So, on Thursday night, March 13, she arranged for a group of Christians to visit the homeless LGBT youth who are living in the sewers of Kingston. The group, which included persons from across the Caribbean, was attending a regional conference on human trafficking. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
22/02/2013 | ILGA-LAC - Oficial de Comunicación
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) and the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) have joined forces in a bid to reduce stigma and discrimination in the local food-services industry and protect the rights of persons living with HIV and AIDS. >>>