I mentioned there were several events this week – especially on International Human Rights Day – that I had wanted to be a part of. This was one… So since my fellow blogger Kate Chappell has written this excellent account, with photos, I am sharing her post. Congratulations to all those who give support and hope to this highly marginalized group, including the National Family Planning Board. Yes, these young men are Jamaican citizens.
Britney. Charm. Jason. Martin. Russell. Winsome. Portland. Gully Queen.
Those were several of the names uttered on the evening of Dec. 10 at a candlelight vigil for homosexual, bisexual, transgendered men held by the Colour Pink Group. (Read more about this group here, but they advocate for this community and provide employment training and general support.) The names are of men who have died as a result of being targeted for their sexuality and/or having HIV/AIDS. About 65 young men gathered at the Mayfair Hotel and lit candles to recognize these tragic and unnecessary deaths. Hosted by CPG founders Jermaine Burton and Astley Grey, the evening also featured entertainment, food and the presentation of certificates for the men who have completed and are currently enrolled in CPG’s training program. The first cohort saw 20 men graduate with a certificate, many of whom are now employed and possess a skill…
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