The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM/Transgender reviewed & more


In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ Youth in New Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Line in the Sand for the PNP ...... but vote ☐ PNP ☐ JLP ☑ Legalize Buggery in private ........

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The Line in the Sand for the PNP .............




During the political hustings leading up to the last general elections in December 2011 I had posted a series of entries examining the fortunes of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party at the time and with some arrogance thought they could have won the elections given the two terms in two terms out expectations. The current administration ended up seizing power albeit a minority government of sorts as just over 50% of eligible voters actually participated in the process. I was reminded by some of you my readers of the series of those some 15 entries so I will accede to delivering a corresponding series for this administration given the false hope in the eyes of some led off by the answer the present Prime Minister, then opposition leader to the question of buggery at that now infamous national leadership debate.

Notwithstanding if we recall via this blog just two months after coming to power the signs were obvious that the review of the buggery law seen as a promise by some was not on the cards as expressed via a young first time member of parliament Damion Crawford who suggested and repeated via CVM TV that it was not a priority at the time, he would not have said so by his own accord in my view as he poured cold water on the matter suggesting that gay voices and politicians would not come public, we have seen that that has changed drastically as LGBT advocacy overall has gone mainstream albeit with some disastrous outcomes but pushing non the less. Politicians are still very reticent in addressing the buggery law and its well needed amendments in the affirmative for MSM (men who have sex with men) in particular as the archaic law serves no purpose in modern times but the fear is such changes may send administrations into the political wilderness and a backlash from religious voices and or the Christian right movement who have become most loud during the life of the PNP government. 




That overhyped so called 25,000 demonstration in Half Way Tree some time ago by antigay voices threatening the PNP in a sense that if they change the law they will be sent packing via a revenge vote.

Mr Crawford’s soundings on the non importance of priority of the suggested buggery review by his boss was echoed twice by the Information Minister Sandra Falconer during cabinet press briefings over the life of the administration as heard here or here






The positive soundings from the Mayor of Kingston and the PNP Deputy Vice President Angela Brown Burke (above) for example on August 2015 at the launch of JFLAG’s Pride described as a first but let us not digress as previous celebrations have occurred if just for checking the archives by the present uninformed staff, Ms Brown Burke claimed she would not have discriminated against members of the LGBT community and that she wanted to help to create a Jamaica where people can express themselves in a strong democracy; she compared her position as a black woman supposedly to give an impression that blacks were once not in such spaces so LGBT people also needed to be respected but one wonders if the speech was nothing more than a vote securing activity more so than a genuine show of tolerance as the PNP tries to sure up its image internationally especially given the sensitive designation game played with some grant donors to Jamaica. Nationally we are used to politicians and their promises and words said in the moment but the political reality says something totally different.

The tossup between a third world designation for Jamaica versus a middle income one has implications for the grants we receive that literally carry some of our national activities at our ministries. The suck up of sorts by the goodly mayor and the Justice Minister Mark Golding despite his public utterances that the law needs to go yet he does not budge in making it so during the present review of the Sexual Offences Bill as is customary every four or so years. What seems to have soured the pot is the twinning of gay marriage (a right not requested to my knowledge officially by any advocacy group or individual) to only give credence to denying overall rights. The PM herself when she was opposition leader under the Golding administration also used the opportunity to knock down gay marriage rights when no such rights were demanded:

As we await the joint select committee report yet again I sense a delay given the sensitivities involved that even cartoonist Clovis from the sometimes gay baiting Jamaica Observer paper showed in June this year:

I want us all to remember as well the dissenting voices within the PNP although they are from the lower levels of the administration at the counsellor level or at best Member of Parliament levels:




The higher echelons of the party have also expressed their own unease with the suggestion by the now PM then parliamentary opposition of a buggery review from no less a person than the powerful so called Chairman for life of the PNP and Minister of Water and Climate Change Bobby Pickersgill seen as the one of the worse performing ministers given the drought conditions we expect annually yet no preparations for same while he enjoys huge support at the constituency level since he assumed the role as MP he has not lost his seat. 


see: PNP’s Bobby Pickersgill differs on Conscience Vote route to decide on Buggery Law

Minister of Youth Lisa Hanna though facing fire in her constituency as MP as minister she has seemingly and ever so slowly evolved on LGBT youth issues, we were told for example that some response would come to the homeless but it seems just to be another announcement for feel good or image purposes yet no real action. Despite the fact that the member of parliament where homelessness is at its most visible showing some interest and some success via the authorities to relocate the population previously at the Shoemaker Gully predominantly only to have the issues move to another part of town as evidenced in a recent news item of a police raid in the Beechwood Avenue area.

see: So our displaced cannot settle eh? ....... police raid premises with cross dressers!

The Prime Minister herself has dodged the issue of her own suggestion on the buggery review as evidenced in that now infamous interview on television where she was cornered in Parliament by journalists and her explain away on a political platform during the last election campaign in St Thomas at a rural meeting:






Meanwhile the fires she and her many consultants (another sore issue) has had to be dealing with while in the party as the old perception that the PNP does not or did not have serious internal challenges as the JLP does and that they (the PNP) keep the issues out of the public domain, the public is disillusioned by the outright refusal of the PM to do interviews or speak to the media; the awful comments in the aforementioned fires at the party levels especially the MP Raymond Pryce drama where car tyres of a challenger to his seat were punctured at no less a place than the headquarters of the party itself during a committee meeting. Those awful comments by Dr Dayton Campbell in Lisa Hannah’s constituency in the bitter struggle to unseat her as well as another first time MP; the Hayles versus Duncan matter which also played out rather disgustingly in the public domain as well has persons just by the feedback to the talkshow circuit. 


The PM needs to be reminded of her own words on gay marriage, she said on October 20th 2009 - "Mr Speaker when we accepted the final report from the joint select committee that were looking at the bill we were completely satisfied with their recommendation of a provision to restrict marriage and like relationships to one man and one woman within Jamaica and that the provision should be specifically spelt out so that there could be no ambiguity ………. yes one man one woman (laughter in the house) and if you are Jamaican and go overseas the same applies ……….."

here is Pryce despite his challenges where at an Observer forum he spoke to the buggery law:



Passing IMF tests have been criticised by business leaders, the parliamentary opposition and commentators sympathetic to the JLP while the PNP basks in the success of rolling out the IMF program with emphasis on fiscal discipline but the corresponding growth expected by some, the devaluation of the dollar, the continued unemployment rate increase despite a positive outlook by the Planning Institute of Jamaica report for the last quarter and a previous doing business index which showed an increase with a petro-caribe debt buy back at almost 50% which the JLP has basically poured cold water on claiming the savings maybe good now but the interest payments are too high in the long term for any real benefit. The press conference by the Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson and his team confirming the concerns raised by the public medical professionals chiefly the MAJ as evidenced in the audit report of the regional health authorities showing what most persons who access public health facilities know has only sought to add to the

The Jamaica Labour Party seems to be enjoying some increased support nationally as evidenced by a recent study commissioned by RJR radio which showed them leading in the polls but the PNP has gained some ground on them none the less despite the challenges. The JLP however still has its internal challenges dogging them especially since the leadership race where Shaw and Andrew Holness factions hold hard ends in terms of support and the Tufton bid for a different seat plays out rather publicly as well. The public commentary however suggests that people like Holness as a young leader but some of the old guard needs to go. Last evening’s live broadcast from Montego Bay however at their Poverty to Prosperity townhall meetings Holness and others who spoke sound upbeat and finally referred to their achievements from 2007 – 2011 which they did not highlight in the last election campaign leading to their losing power. The continued incorporation of social media and other online outlets for engaging the public is duly noted, the PNP has been using such spaces but the JLP has left the blocks rather early this time around and it looks more organised in this latest race. It is obvious the campaign is on in earnest as some commentators have predicted the elections maybe called similarly in December as was done in 2011.

Personally this time around this elections looks iffy, as in times past one could predict with some surety the outcomes but not this time, I think seeing the aforementioned two or multi-term guarantee administrations would have been granted by the voters had been broken from the last elections and as more Jamaicans stay away or are dismissive of both parties I fear we might have another minority government whoever wins. There are some seats that are considered marginal for the incumbent and the public infighting is not helping any and with the JLP unsettled seat matters especially with Tufton, Malaboo- Forte, Dennis Meadows (who has since withdrawn from the race) and Horace Chang the party’s General Secretary.




old cvm tv poll results on buggery

old Justice Minister A. J. Nicholson as depicted by the Gleaner's Lasmay

Nuff more to come I would imagine.

Peace and tolerance

H

also see:


PNP Wins ................Hope for LGBT People ???

Did the talk of buggery turn persons off from the polls as well?

PNP's Damion Crawford says it's highly unlikely buggery review will happen

PNP's Damion Crawford on Homosexuality's legality ..........................

Jamaican Opposition Leader says he would allow homosexuals in his cabinet ..... departing from his predecessor

Opposition Leader sides with antigay groups on Referendum on The Buggery Law


Promised (I mean suggested) Conscience vote on Buggery law not a priority right now (yet again) says PM

Friday, August 28, 2015

So our displaced cannot settle eh? ....... police raid premises with cross dressers!

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So our homeless are in problems again with the police as an address where they were allegedly staying in Kingston was raided earlier this month by cops who suspect the persons gathered were from the Shoemaker Gully residents who were removed from the area.

There is never a dull moment for our brothers and sisters at that level but the tokenism shown to them and sheer silence from more privileged LGBT advocates still is disturbing while JFLAG still drag their feet in addressing homeless as it ought to be dealt with. The repeated headlines with the population in a powerless position is just way too much these days.

With aspirational PR on social media glossing over the realities such as the opening of the Larry Chang shelter Facebook page and the Colour Pink Group candlelight vigil activities it amounts to very little real improvement in the lives of the population which is still growing islandwide. Just a cursory glance on the road especially at nights and the groups are visible not to mention the repeated 'please call me' requests by phone asking for some sort of help.

I have always been skeptical about the repeated announcements and PR yet no real follow up, case in point in 2013:


The last post I had done on this was: MP Seeks Solutions For Homeless Gay Youth In New Kingston in May and only months later this comes via the Star News:

After residents report suspicious activities

A raid conducted recently by members of a police team who swooped down on premises along Beechwood Avenue in Kingston unearthed a collection of female items from rooms populated by males and cross-dressers.

THE STAR understands that the men informed the police that they were rightful residents, as their rent was being paid for by JFLAG.

Information reaching our news team is that on Saturday, August 15, a property in the area was searched after the police were bombarded with reports of suspicious activities.

A source close to the operation told THE STAR, "We believe that the men and their associates, who once operated in the New Kingston gully, have relocated to this area and have been carrying out illegal activities, abusing residents, among other things."

THE STAR gathered that following the raid of premises, stolen phones, make-up, wigs, and a large quantity of female clothing and accessories were seized.

"It is clear that these are the same group that were operating in New Kingston", the source revealed.

Work as prostitutes

Our news team understands that each member of the group allegedly has a specific role to play in the organisation.

Investigators theorise that among the individuals are persons who work as prostitutes, those who rob and those who resell stolen items.

THE STAR was told that there are people who are victims of these crimes; however, they fail to report them.

The police are also of the belief that the crimes committed by these men have got more serious as they now destroy property and injure their victims.

Our news team was told that when the police sought to have the men removed from the location, they were told that a gay rights activist group, JFLAG, was responsible for their rent, which was being paid.

When THE STAR contacted Dane Lewis, executive director of JFLAG, he sought to shed some light on the issue.

He said, "Not so; if they were found there on a weekend. Last week when they were evicted from a previous premises, we had actually paid for a few nights there ... they just got evicted and there was impending rain..."

Lewis also noted, "JFLAG does not condone any illegal activity ... . Where any member of society falls ill with the law then the full measure of the law should be handed down..."

ENDS

Just days before on August 21 André Williams, STAR Writer also reported:
A man who allegedly went for a stroll in the New Kingston area recently was reportedly lured by a group of men posing as women, who held him against his will, tied him up, robbed, and raped him.
Information reaching THE WEEKEND STAR is that a team of officers attached to the St Andrew Central police division responded to a radio transmission of a robbery along Braemar Avenue on August 17, about 4 a.m.
Our news team gathered, however, that when the police arrived at the location, they discovered a man tied up with what appeared to be a rope at a gate.
Closer observation revealed that the man was nude with his hands and feet bound.
A source close to the investigation told THE WEEKEND STAR that the police assisted in setting the man loose before he was brought to the station to record his statement.
Reports are that the victim was on his way from work and saw a group of women soliciting sex.
It's alleged that he went to them and he was overpowered and tied up, but not before they robbed, stripped him of his clothes and took him to nearby bushes and began to sexually assault him.
The St Andrew Central police say they are investigating this incident, however, there may be other victims who may be embarrassed to come forward.

ENDS

Where will it end?

Peace & tolerance

H

Back from a break, the loss of an ally & suicides

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Hello readers

I have not gone anywhere in as far as response to the emails and social media messages but I needed a break to unwind and breathe and come again, besides I have been at this for a while. So much has gone on since then after my last post some of which makes me feel as if I may need to take a break again just to recoup as one of my oldest readers and supporter in many respects passed away earlier this month. I took some well deserved rest and resisted even reading the news or the grapevine suss, the ‘gurlz’ there are most upset lol but one has to be careful of burnout.

I also had to address a leg injury I have been tending to for a while and I think I mentioned before after a minor accident 




News came by Mark Holford’s Facebook page via a friend of his who posted the surprise death of Mark Holford on August 5. Mark has been with me since I operated the JFLAG blog in 2009 and stayed with me after the name/focus change in 2009 where he also joined the GLBTQ Jamaica NING page now defunct as the rates went through the roof for upkeep. 

snapshot of the original NING page back in the day when I was recruiting

Mark was instrumental in assisting via donations and support via calls to Jamaica as well to us and when I did more crisis intervention stuff he donated occasionally. Cause of death is suspected suicide which is quite a surprise as he did not show any sign of trouble; which is usually the case for such matters, in the same breath another gay man in my home parish also committed suicide, he was found hanging from his roof by his work tie according to reports.

Mark was also active on Facebook on the GLBTQ Jamaica page and other pages and persons are still reeling from the shock of the news, he was laid to rest on August 21, 2015 in New York. Gonna miss him real bad.

Meanwhile the scene has been busy with things such as:

A murder of a longtime cruiser in Kingston





Announcements of a Rainbow House for the homeless alongside a candle light vigil and the Larry Chang shelter Facebook page opened but one wonders if real meaningful help will finally come for the least amongst us. Colour Pink Group Regional Training on Treatment Cascade, Human Rights and Law and Regress System. The aim is to educate over 40 homeless/sofa surfing GMT from each region on the treatment cascade, minimum packages at the health care centers, human rights and law and learn the redress compliance systems. Supporting organisations National Family Planning Board, Ministry of Health and Health Policy Project.


With headlines like this however one wonders if the homeless are really being helped? outside of the sensationalism the fact that they can be accused of something like this says alot that they are still exposed when this also came to hand: POLICE RAID CROSS-DRESSERS' HOUSE

Backlash from some LGBT Jamaicans as to JFLAG’s claim of hosting the first PRIDE in Jamaica despite we have had several pride events over the years, 
Meanwhile a PRIDE event is slated for Montego Bay almost sounding in competition with the aforementioned event. Was it that JFLAG did not invite their western Jamaica counterparts? 

Here is the flyer:



here is a reminder of a pride banner from 2006:



and a previous post on pride events featuring a performance by Harmonica Sunbeam here: LGBT History Month: The Queen of Comedy Harmonica Sunbeam graced our stage

Bullying policy via the Ministry of Education though criticisms have not been so nice

A downlow matter ends in disastrous results for a young gay man after he was accused of outing a known gangster

The departure of several Jamaicans to other lands

Kingston’s mayor claims she supports LGBT but some have interpreted this as a fess up for the LGBT vote in the upcoming elections due by December of 2016

Gays demonstrated in Western Jamaica but the photos of the protest has some asking questions as to its impact as the environment looks as if human traffic is low hence the exposure would be limited with some going as far as to suggest it was deceptive.

LGBT and non LGBT NGOs carry out personal development workshops for youth

Miss Gay Caribbean USA slated to occur in September the entrants to be announced (watch out on this blog for more)

New invitation only LGBT spot opened in July in Central Jamaica as more promoters go back to the selective client methodology given recent fights at events and persons still either underpaying or asking for a complimentary pass if not demanding it rudely causing impacts on profits and income. Their first event was a decent success and I got a chance to work with one of the newer DJs on the circuit.

Continued fallout from the illegal lotto scamming war so to speak with young LGBT persons impacted from it as the leaders of the activity previously actively recruited MSM claiming they have a better speaking voice and personality over the phone but with the murders and spoils becoming scarce openings are also disappearing.


Finally another suicide case that of Gregg Gentles as carried on Facebook as tributes continue to pour in.

Feels good to be back but there is a lot to catch up on and share too, thanks for the articles sent via email and such and let's continue the conversation. Also see: Reverend not opposed to gay pride celebration

Peace & tolerance

H

Miss Gay Caribbean USA Pageant 2015 for September 26th

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Miss Gay Caribbean USA Pageant is on again and Heatwave Productions is at it again with some of the previous winners in a clash of sorts with our girl Mimi Mancini representing, if you recall she won the first pageant in 2009. She was also featured in two mini-documentaries on Jamaica's homophobia.


Miss Mimi

see more on that here: 
Jamaican wins Inaugural Gay Caribbean/USA Pageant


Female Impersonators and Trans-Sexuals of Caribbean decent battle for the coveted Gay Caribbean USA Pageant Crown. The segments are Talent, Swim Wear, Evening Wear and Interview.

The show is infused with interesting and exciting additional attractions.

Drinks, food and gift items are sold at the Pageant.

The Gay Caribbean USA Pageant is a most exciting Brooklyn Staple Event.


Pageant Hotline: 1-347-692-9428

see their event page HERE

Jamaica did not place in last year's competition where we were represented by a female face as seen here in her interview, she was the first lesbian to enter the competition:


see previous posts on the pageant HERE

I wish all the girls well but my bias as always is our girl to win seeing we set the trend from the beginning.

See more on that sad issue when a winner passed away on my sister blog GLBTQ Jamaica on wordpress where I dedicated an entry to her:


Peace and tolerance

H

Monday, August 10, 2015

Parents benefit from FHC/CDA islandwide workshops to include LGBT issues

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PARENTS and guardians have benefited from eight parenting seminars recently hosted by First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union (FHC) in association with the Child Development Agency (CDA) through the campaign series 'Positive parenting: for our nation's sake'.

The campaign, launched last month by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two entities, included eight parenting seminars islandwide in areas with a high incidence of child abuse cases.

The seminars were designed to equip parents with positive parenting techniques in developing better parent-child relationships, highlight their responsibilities under the law, the community's role in child protection, and budgeting for the family.

According to the organisers, the seminars have been very successful, with parents honestly sharing about the challenges they were facing, while seeking assistance. Almost all seminars were oversubscribed, with the FHC 'Managing your finances' session a hit at every location.

"We are really happy we took this route, partnering with the CDA to host these seminars. We have recognized that financial stress can sometimes affect the quality of familial relations and family members' ability to cope effectively with their everyday economic realities. Therefore, we were more than prepared to lend our expertise in the area of managing the family budget and giving financial advice to help these parents overcome money worries," said Maria Morrison, chief operating officer of FHC.

"Based on the evaluation forms, the feedback has been positive. The parents found the speakers to be excellent, very engaging and interactive with practical presentations. They've also said the topics were quite appropriate and relevant," said Nadine Anderson, team leader from the CDA southern region.

Similar reports have been echoed by her colleagues in the south east and north east regions where seminars were held in Kingston, St Catherine, St Mary, and St Ann, with each region focusing on issues of major concern within their locale.


"We've found that although it's different parishes, it's the same issues, but sometimes things vary. For example, having done our needs assessment in working with both the children and parents, we realize that in St Catherine the problems are more behavioural. 

The children are misbehaving at home or school. In Kingston, the issues tend to be sexual. Parents don't know how to talk about sex or have an appreciation for the body or how to handle a child who has homosexual tendencies. But generally, there are lots of issues particularly with the traditional style of parenting, where children are to be seen and not heard. Now the parents are committing to listening to the children more," said children's officer Sasha Tucker.

As a result, the resource personnel included clinical psychologists, trained counsellors, children's officers and police personnel who could effectively cover the issues being addressed.

"Traditionally, FHC would normally host our annual free parenting seminar in Kingston. Though it has been extremely successful, the prevailing situations in the country have steered us along this path to reach even a wider cross-section of audiences. As we participate in each session, listen to and talk to the parents who are grateful for the assistance and training, there is no doubt this was the right decision," said Morrison.

Hiding in marriages ................

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Downlow living makes news but sadly such is the reality when persons are forced into marriages especially when older relatives keep asking when is it gonna happen or requests for grandchildren or if it is a church situation where elders or clergy emphasize no sex prior to marriage; then the union runs into disaster but here is a Star News story on the matter.


J'can man makes shocking confession on YouTube

Shanice Watson, STAR Writer

A Jamaican man who is now married to another has earned the ire of many after revealing shocking details about his homosexual lifestyle in a candid interview.

The man, who gave his name as Vincent, admitted that while living in Jamaica, he married a woman solely to mask that fact that he was gay. He also boasted about the many luxurious assets his homosexual relationships have afforded him.

Vincent, who admitted he lost his virginity to another male at 14, said he knew he was gay from a young age, but had to marry a woman to hide his true sexual orientation.

"I recognised that I was gay from about 12 years old. I used to hide my life. I eventually got married to a female and had a kid. You know, in Jamaica, it's a homophobic country. They just don't believe in men and men, but that (homosexuality) is my whole being. I always like to see young nice guys and I always like to see cute guys and all of that," he said.

He also admitted that he frequently cheated on his wife with his boyfriends and often imagined he was having sex with men during sexual intercourse with her.

Vincent claims he is a "natural" gay and, therefore, does not pursue homosexuality for financial gains. However, he boasted about the many luxuries he attained through his sexuality.

"I never see a woman offer to buy me a car. I received two cars out of a man. Money, I get hundreds of thousands of dollars from men; hundred thousand, two hundred thousand, five hundred thousand, new brand car. For my birthday, I get anything I want," he said while snapping his fingers between phrases.

He said that the gifts came from both gay and straight men, including a jealous Jamaican policeman. "He is a very nice police guy. He is cute and muscular. He's just what I wanted, but he wanted to shoot me. He was jealous over me because I was with another guy."

Vincent said he migrated to the United States and is employed in the medical field. He lives with his boyfriend. Even though same sex marriages are legal in the US, some Jamaicans who saw the interview on YouTube were disgruntled.

Melisha May: Look pon him ugly r... to! A dat mi caa tek wid nuff a dem. Jump inna b... and a deh wid di woman at di same time!

Msaleciavaz: Let me shut my mouth since I ain't got anything nice to say.

also see:
The unofficial practice by churches in using marriage to cure homosexuality

How I found out my husband was gay 2012

On the down low: Men sleeping with men - another view

Monday, July 20, 2015

Queen Ifrica claims ...Gay people loved her music

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Queen Ifrica says that her songs have been embraced by members of the homosexual community.

Speaking in a video that has gone viral on social media, the Lioness On The Rise hitmaker says her music has been comforting to gay men who have been victims of rape or incest.

"I have worked extensively with people from the gay community since I did Daddy Don't Touch Me There," said Ifrica.

The reggae artiste said she has spoken to 'confused homosexuals' who called her brave for choosing to sing about touchy topics such as incest in her work. Ifrica added that, "Some of them, their fathers were the ones responsible for breaking them into that lifestyle."

She expressed pride at her choice of topics for her music. "I feel proud of myself that I am able to stand in a time where it is taboo and cliché to speak the truth about anything that has to do with self-development and self- awareness," said Ifrica.

In the video, the Below The Waist singer also said that she is determined to continue to express her opinions freely.

"We don't live in a world where you can go about and just do what you want anymore. We are censored, we are under scrutiny, there are elements among us that want to be gods," said Ifrica.

The artiste said she will continue to speak the truth for the people who are now afraid to voice their opinions because of the 'censorship' of opinions by those who "think they are the ones who raise the sun."

Faced backlash

In 2013, Queen Ifrica caused controversy during a performance at the Independence Grand Gala when she declared,"All a di people wah inna di stadium, put you hand inna di air, all straight people, man an' woman me seh".

Since then, Ifrica has faced backlash from activists from the homosexual community, especially abroad which have caused her to be removed from shows in Canada and the United States.

Earlier this month, two sponsors of the Edmonton Reggae Festival in Canada where Ifrica is one of the headliners, withdrew their sponsorship from the show citing concern for Canadian promoters inviting anti-gay performers to the country.

But Ifrica responded to the sponsors' pulling out by stating that, "Don't try to shut me up and put me in a corner and then you're able to walk around freely, that's injustice."

The musician said she desires dialogue with those who oppose her views. "If we really want to have a world where there is coexistence in it where people live alongside of each other then we have to learn how to dialogue," said Ifrica.


A press release from the Edmonton Reggae Festival announced that performers including Queen Ifrica along with I-Wayne and Capleton will have a code of conduct to adhere to in their performance at the festival. The code of conduct bans "defamation of character or group", this includes defamation on the basis of sexual preference/lifestyle, economic status, gender, ethnicity and religion.


Flashback to this interview with her and Tony Rebel alongside JFLAG's Dane Lewis in 2013 after the first infractions at the National Stadium:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

J-FLAG can march with police approval – Justice Minister

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – As Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) gets ready for its week of activities to mark growing tolerance for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community starting Emancipation Day, speculations abound on social media about a possible gay pride parade in Jamaica.

If this is the case, Minister of Justice Mark Golding told OBSERVER ONLINE that certain steps have to be followed.

“Any kind of public march would require the approval of the police.”

He said anyone can march for any cause in Jamaica.

“As long as they don’t breach the peace, commit any offences and they get commission from the police to have the march, they are able to march,” Golding said.


Minister Golding

“Jamaica is a free country and we have freedom of expression,” he added.

When quizzed about the legality of a same-sex marriage in Jamaica, the minister said: “No, they can’t have that.”

“A same-sex marriage is not recognised under our constitution,” he said.

Golding explained that the Jamaican Constitution is clear and explicitly states that marriage is between one man and one woman.

“So under our law, same-sex marriage is not recognised,” the minister reiterated.

Meanwhile the Gleaner the old lady on North Street reported in part:

J-FLAG Is Planning Gay Pride Activities, But No Parade For August - Exec

Local gay lobby, J-FLAG, is refuting reports that it will host a road parade in August when the group plans to have a series of gay pride activities.

Social media has been abuzz since yesterday following a report that the group would host a parade, similar to what is done in the United States and other countries.

However, executive director of J-FLAG, Dane Lewis, says the report is wrong, adding that Jamaica is not ready for such an event.

Meanwhile, he says the group is planning a week-long series of activities starting on Emancipation Day, August 1, to mark growing tolerance for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Some years ago, an attempt to host a gay parade was thwarted after anti-gay supporters reportedly planned attacks against marchers.

Jamaica is accused of being one of the most homophobic places on earth but it seems the Gleaner has overlooked the new Time Magazine story: 
Is ‘The Most Homophobic Place on Earth’ Turning Around? published 2015.

Last week, the US government released a report noting that anti-gay laws and the dancehall culture are responsible for perpetuating homophobia in Jamaica.

Executive director of J-FLAG, Dane Lewis, says the report that his group will host a road parade in August. Lewis says Jamaica is not ready for such an event.

also see:
No Buggery Law Removal says Justice Minister, Gay Marriage parachuted in yet again

CARICOM warned of JCHS Morality Petition Backfiring & Stifle HIV Funding

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Leaders of a regional coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations sent a letter to CARICOM’s leadership, urging them not to fall prey to a regional panic in response to equal marriage. CariFLAGS likened calls in a 33,000+ signature evangelical petition to CARICOM that targets LGBT people to the Dominican Republic’s treatment of people of Haitian descent, urging the regional body to oppose both. Using a multilingual social media platform that also mobilized international support for Russia’s anti-homosexual propaganda law and the death-penalty anti-homosexuality law in Uganda, a Jamaican evangelical Christian group, the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS), has collected thousands of private signatures globally for a “civil society declaration” to CARICOM. 



They plan to deliver it to the regional organ at its Barbados Heads of Government meeting this week on sustainable development that the secretary general of the United Nations (which is targeted in the online petition) will attend. Evoking faith, family and Caribbean freedom struggles, the JCHS e-petition calls on CARICOM to adopt policies that deny rights recognition to people who engage in what they call unnatural and unhealthy sexual behaviours. 

Though the “declaration” also mentions euthanasia and abortion, it grounds its concerns and fears in six examples, all of them recent efforts in the region to promote sexual health and protect rights of LGBT Caribbean people. JCHS has in the past successfully targeted CARICOM’s HIV policy making and programmes, and weakened CARICOM leadership commitment to creating an enabling environment for reversing the Caribbean’s role as the second most affected in the world by the epidemic, which is a key threat to the region’s development. Last year, in the wake of JCHS’s mobilisation in support for Brendan Bain, the University of the West Indies lost significant international funding for HIV. Retired Prof. Bain was relieved of roles as a regional policymaker with CARICOM and UWI and censured because of conflicts of interest in court testimony solicited by religious groups opposed to CARICOM policy. 

CariFLAGS, the region’s 18-year-old coalition of leading LGBT organizations, says the impact of JCHS’s current petition, and any CARICOM embrace of it, may be similar. They believe it will likely result in the transfer of millions of dollars in funds from global HIV donors, which is earmarked for addressing policy, stigma and discrimination, from CARICOM to civil society groups like theirs. An initial CARICOM application for such funds was turned down on its first round. They believe CARICOM must stand up for principle if it wants to continue to lead the region’s response to HIV. They urged CARICOM leaders to ensure neither Dominicans of Haitian descent nor Caribbean LGBT people are cast out of justice, citizenship or the nation. CariFLAGS’s mission is to build Caribbean nations where LGBT people enjoy full fruits of citizenship, and to build cultural understanding, policy, litigation and domestic movements that enable that. CariFLAGS serves on the regional coordinating mechanism for the Caribbean HIV response. 

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The actual letter

Dear CARICOM Heads of Government, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, and CARICOM Assistant Secretary General Douglas Slater Ensure Leadership & Funding to Preserve Healthy, Just Caribbean Societies Caribbean peoples dearly treasure freedoms that our fore-fathers and mothers valiantly fought and died for. Freedom for our bodies, and for our ability as individual Caribbean people to self determine, no matter our gender, race, faith or social station. 

We, their descendants, must routinely and soundly reject new forms of colonialism and injustice, and any attempts at re-interpretation of international human rights that in their very definition deny such rights to particular groups of people whom others define as undesirables or unholy because of their aspirations and desires. In the twenty-first century, we cannot be writing people out of justice, citizenship or the nation, whether they are of Haitian descent or lesbian and gay. 

We especially cannot engage in such social violence through a rhetoric of faith and family. Single people in our families, people in non-marital unions, and family forms that have disobeyed those seen as “decent” by our dominators are among the most Caribbean forms of kinship—ones that buttressed our collective resilience and dignity. Many in our region are in a panic over a court decision in the United States, which has joined 20 countries, with a combined population of over a billion people, where civil marriage to someone of the same sex is an option. 

This panic builds on earlier anxieties some have been stirring up in the region that Caribbean citizens using our post-Independence institutions of justice (including international conventions to which our nations have voluntarily committed) to achieve bodily autonomy and dignity they have been denied since colonialism will prevent the efforts of some faiths to ensure that a specific “moral” order holds dominion over the region. 

The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS) has made CARICOM’s HIV response a special target of their dominionist advocacy and agenda of faith-based social injustice. They have appointed themselves as “cultural watchmen” in preserving an old order they see under threat. They promote collaboration between churches and public health officials to keep legal regimes of sexuality-based stigma and discrimination firmly in place. 

Their destruction of PANCAP’s hard effort and consensus-building around Justice for All, a bold initiative to address health justice issues that drive HIV, is well known. Their advocacy and the ambivalence of regional political leadership has cost us important gains in a critical area of Caribbean human development—as our regional institutions have failed to engage us in an expansion of sexual and reproductive rights that would lead to improved health and prosperity. 

Instead, we remain the second leader in the world in the harmful impact of HIV, and our region’s best collective intelligence about how to end that is under consistent assault by a forceful minority seeking to deny rights to other minorities more vulnerable than they. Soon these forces’ skillful advocacy will also cost us key resources that support HIV infrastructure, personnel and services. JCHS has placed a petition on an international internet platform that also campaigned for the Russian “anti-propaganda” law that forbids public promotion of the rights of LGBT people, and for Scott Lively, the American evangelist being sued in US court there over his role in promoting the Uganda death-sentence homosexuality law that punished people for not turning in homosexual family members. 

The petition, in English, French and Spanish, and open to anyone with internet access in the world, encourages “allies from around the world” to sign; but names are kept from public view. Some 35,000 such “signatures” will be presented to you when you meet in Barbados this week, at the very moment when the region’s HIV response is also under critical scrutiny, and close to $12 million in global funding for this threat to the region’s health, economy and sustainable development hangs in the balance. 

JCHS would love to see this funding and the human rights work and accountability it is intended to support go away. Their petition pointedly labels scientific knowledge on sexuality “false”, and appeals for you to protect them in spreading junk science and other misinformation . Do not give in to panic. Hold fast to the collective principles of our regional HIV response: an evidence-basis for our understanding and interventions; creation of an enabling environment and mitigation of stigma and discrimination; and an inclusion of affected communities in charting the response. Remember that human rights is grounded on equality for all and non-discrimination. Your steadfastness and leadership are needed now more than ever. 

Do not give in to the mob. Ensure CARICOM is in the best position to secure global AIDS funding for the region we are urgently at risk of seeing go to other grantees. As you meet in Barbados to plan for Vibrant Societies and Resilient Economies, please send a clear message that neither can be achieved through discrimination, and that a post-2015 sustainable development agenda must expand sexual and reproductive rights and health across the region and include a robust, human rights- and evidence-based HIV response. Discrimination and casting people out can no more be tools for addressing HIV, sexual diversity, development and building families in our 21st century Caribbean than they can for our brothers and sisters of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic who are victims of the same human rights niggling and narrow mindedness our JCHS colleagues encourage you to adopt. 

We welcome other civil society groups and regional leaders to join our call. 

Signatories:
Dane Lewis JFLAG
Colin Robinson CAISO
Tieneke Sumter 
Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities

When your sex gets loud....

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One has to be so careful out there even though the very slouchy change and tolerance of homosexuality in Jamaica as a discussion is still loaded with some abhorrence for anal sex and the belief that such act is too loaded with interaction with faecal matter is still real and can often lead to challenges in everyday life as persons feel justified with certain lines are crossed. Couples or persons cohabiting as same gender lovers or non romantic sex partners and who engage in loud sex overall has caused problems before and a few have made the mainstream news locally. Some strange things have been reported since May through to recently albeit we are in Pride month but sheesh the silly season is on us again.

A male couple learned the hard way in a St Catherine community after renting one of the Matalon houses which are joined together on both sides of neighbours; the original tenant has had a frequent male visitor among other friends over for some time as his friend and was present in the moving exercise some months ago but an incident earlier in April this year has had some residents in the community all of a sudden looking for or profiling persons due to their perceived sexual orientation, the slightest non conforming behaviour or too much male company as it were has become grounds for opposition. The confirmed report is that the men were heard making love in the late hours of the morning of Sunday April 12, 2015 after they arrived from an outing the night before. The men reportedly were most noisy with sounds of pleasure emanating from the living room section of the house which also joined to the neighbouring house’s bedrooms. I also have had neighbours (heterosexual) in high ecstasy complete with bed or furniture banging on the walls to emphasise the thrusting action; they have since moved and more sanguine persons now occupy the flat.

The love making men were knocked up by irate neighbours from both sides of the house with others who were alerted some time afterwards who complained bitterly about the “noise”, persons were expecting a woman to emerge from the house according to one person claiming to be an eyewitness but instead the main tenant came out apologizing profusely but it soon became apparently it was a gay couple who were emitting the lovely sounds. The decibel levels of the neighbours went up when they soon discovered the gender of the couple and as usual the homophobic rhetoric came flowing. Thankfully it never went on to a violent clash as what happened in another incident earlier this year with a lesbian who eventually was chopped by one of her neighbours on an apartment complex of all places where more middle class persons would exist thus such violence would have been unexpected.

The owner was contacted but she was way more level headed as she said sexual noises should not be reason for her to give notice to quit to the man as he is free to entertain whomever so long as it is not disturbing to others; although she took the high road on the matter the other residents even as far away as other avenues said she was inveigling homosexuals in the community and proceeded to ‘burn out’ the landlord as well. However for a peaceful existence the men were asked to leave privately by the landlord and as they moved the heckling were heard from some of the residents even as the truck with the men aboard left the block the laughing could be heard and persons had smart phones capturing the event.

Sadly there have been run-ins like this I can remember my days in Greater Portmore in the early 2000s where a friend of mine was also forced to move as he was accused of harbouring too many males including teens and that loud ‘f***’ noises emanating from the house, similar to the joined up housing units by Matalons in other housing schemes the giveaway as in similar matters is the ease at which persons can hear each other in their units. Apartment complexes and townhouses have not escaped this ‘noise’ overflow issue but the response seemed more subdued until a matter earlier this year on the Washington Boulevard property showed us otherwise.

A recent story of a young lady carried on sister blog GLBTQ Jamaica and in the Jamaica Observer earlier this year where a chopping episode involving a machete was the outcome showed us that disturbing others can be disastrous when one is perceived LGBT, unfortunately the young lady lied to the paper or withheld one of the real reasons why she was the subject of an attack; yes you guessed it loud, very loud sex with her female lover and also fights which annoyed the neighbours on the apartment complex who tried to talk to her but her temper got the better of her and hence the chop wounds we saw. While the attack from the diminutive woman is not so justified most sensible persons including the other tenants on the complex were wondering why a regularly calm introverted woman would resort to pulling a machete on a high tempered individual?

It turns out the young lady has had other visitors with noisy episodes including non sexual ones as her temperament has been a challenge for other tenants. The sympathy originally extended to the chopped victim has since died and the chopper has now garnered those voices on her side even though her demeanour had persons suggesting she was not so head righted. We sometimes make things or attract unneeded heat sometimes with our poor judgements and actions and avoidable situations but when will some of us learn it the fundamental questions. The court case has since fizzled and some fallout has been reported involving a police woman from a precinct outside of Kingston who is alleged to have owed the injured woman thousands of dollars and who was called in to handle the riled neighbour in exchange for the cancellation of the debt, that officer has since turned on the lesbian saying it was her fault for her own troubles. The matter is still alive in some sense as the aggrieved party has installed cameras in all access areas close to the chopped lesbian who has complained that she is not enjoying privacy albeit in all access areas.

The moral of the stories is just be mindful of the things we do and how even in terms of sounds is a factor just for peaceful existence; be conscious of one’s neighbours or where one lives. Jamaica maybe changing but it does not mean we have changed and sadly some things still exist no matter how we try to go around it. I am pleased that the landlord was fair about the situation obviously she is otherwise happy with her tenant suggesting an otherwise good relationship with the man that she was willing to split justice.

Peace and tolerance

H

Orgies, Intruders & Safety

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Orgy party goes sour

also see from 2014: Dubious Adam4Adam Profiles, Unscrupulous Sports, Gay Imposters, Robberies & Safety ...

I hope this post serves as yet another warning to persons who organize or attend all male orgy or group sex events especially those advertised openly on gay hookup sites or social media outlets.

A senior statesman from the community renowned for his sometime spontaneous and wild parties which have been mostly successful hence his reputation built over time found himself and his guests in a quandary in April of this year at a guest house in western Jamaica. The event was advertised on social media in one particular all male group and also on adam4adam but was removed from the latter after a few days given the mistrust of such sites when it comes to Jamaican events and previous challenges with what is sometimes described a “fake gays” who are more into using the event while pretending to be interested to either rob or blackmail the host in some way.

One case as reported had a person with a hidden camera who later after the session edited the clip and then threatened the organizer with exposure if he did not hand over a certain sum, the culprit in that matter hardly participated in the happenings as it was not a dark room event as most orgies tend to be but an oral one with high visibility of participants. It would seem in this case in western Jamaica two of the participants also had ulterior motives as they pulled knives on the other men as the event unfolded and moans of ecstasy could be heard. I manage to speak to one participant by phone who said he was suspicious from their arrival, they were late, they came by a white Toyota Corolla which also had another man aboard as a driver and he left afterwards.

The two miscreants also were not willing participants my phone source continued; while they had erections and were semi-nude they really offered no pleasurable activity to the collective despite the fact that the other participants were attractive, the session was also an orgy based theme so no penetration was permitted. The men hesitantly went along and then took their chance during the break of course conveniently when the rest of persons were spent from activity and pulled knives and choppers while demanding smart phones, jewellery etc. They got away with several phones, tablets and even clothing with brand names were taken and what appeared to be a threat to those relieved as they said they saw video and facebook, instagram profiles on the phones which they said they may use, looks familiar to the referenced case above?

The organizer has been distraught since the matter occurred but has been consoled by persons who have since heard the report and do not blame him fully but a deep background check should have been done prior to preparing the list and subsequent venue information sharing so as to avoid any eventuality. One won’t be always sure speaking from personal experience as I have had dupes as well in a one night session I had planned at a friend’s house the bad egg of the mix turned out to be more interested in what he could rob from us at the time, so I understand fully the conundrum the organizer must be feeling. It is refreshing the other guys are not angry per say and that their lives are spared, some have said to have vowed to not attend anymore orgies as no one can be trusted these days.

I so agree as austerity takes hold in Jamaica there are those who use same gender sex and perceptions of gay men having money and paying for “real men” for sexual liaisons and they get into same with deceptive motives, they make demands for regular money or smartphones or clothes and shoes sometimes under pain of exposure via threat of blackmail. One has to be so careful with these so called “thuggy thugs” “heaviots” or hyper masculine types they may look physically attractive or are well endowed but it is not worth it to be lured into a trap that may jeopardise your safety, reputation if exposed or your life. The demands can sometimes get more intense even after satisfying of yielding to the previous one as they use this form of extortion to gain money and what is worse they take this money to their so called babymothers or such or waste it on non-essential items.

A teacher formerly residing on the Washing Boulevard area learnt the hard way as well in 2013 when what he thought was a good catch at a party he attended turned out to be a dupe looking for an opportunity to rob someone, in that case he had an unloaded gun as surmised by the victim as he was bummy during his attack and just talked too much for a man with a gun. The victim took no chances however and arrived at the conclusion afterwards upon reflection of the matter. A similar incident also took place in Ensom City in 2014 where a man took home a reported catch only to be relieved of his laptop, cash, smartphones and tablets, in his case the items had passwords and fingerprint security features activated. Reporting such matters to the police can be tricky as one would have to leave out the motive for the man being there in the first place as some cops still treat such matters with scant regards and designate them as domestic matters to be resolved by the parties involved.

One also need to be oh so careful on hookup sites as hinted above for fake profiles sometimes complete with attractive nude photos to lure unsuspecting persons enamored by testicular beauty they make contain, especially the ones without head shots, apart someone who may want to protect their identity it may also be a miscreant with ill will hiding to entrap persons.

The cruising community have not escaped this fake intent infiltration intent as recent incidents though unconfirmed in western Kingston suggest men posing as interested in some sort of sexual play turn out to be robbers or homophobes who found out about a particular spot and decide to destroy the opportunity for men to hookup by busting it.

The moral of the story from me:

Background checks for orgy invitees must be done

Verify invitees’ sexual orientation or practices to determine how they will participate

Do not reveal venue location unless one is absolutely sure

Avoid dark room sessions; you must be able to see the faces of invitees/participants

Just be safe out there folks it is not easy anywhere in the world of male hook-ups, even the great countries of the world have this particular problem. A word to the wise is sufficient.

Peace and tolerance

H

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a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone

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d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police

e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number

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some angry residents reacting to the matter nearing the school

Another case of persons not managing their personal pictures and other materials via devices so much so that they end up making the rounds on social media. Such was the case of the Vice Principal - Mr. Wellington, who’s substantive post at the school is Vice Principal, told Nationwide news centre that he’s the victim of a cybercrime.

He says the images have been tampered with.


Dervon Wellington, Acting Principal of the Christiana High School in Manchester speaking to Nationwide’s Abka Fitz-Henley said but the shots looked quite clear to most and not photoshopped as is being contested.

In the meantime the Chairman of the Board of Christiana High, Calvin Lyn says a meeting was being organized then in December to address an issue which he says has implications for the institution.

All in all the gentlemen involved have since relocated overseas to avoid issues but a word to the wise is sufficient secure ones personal digital materials so that they do not get leaked, or hacked or stolen and then inadvertently find themselves online.

Peace and tolerance

SEE the CVM TV report HERE