A Few Good (Jamaican) Men of 2015: Saluting You!

  Jamaican men may, from time to time, get a bad rap. Sometimes (as in the case of the God’s-gift-to-women, egotistical Christopher Gayle) it is probably deserved. But – you know something? There are some wonderful Jamaican men out there, doing fantastic work, all over the island. I am mentioning just a few in this … More A Few Good (Jamaican) Men of 2015: Saluting You!

#IDEVAW2015 in Kingston, Jamaica: Grey Skies, Energy and Thoughts Under the Mango Trees

The morning of  Wednesday, November 25 began with a fine drizzle. It was International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Jamaica, and a muted start with grey clouds gathering. Nevertheless, those events that were planned were well supported and indeed, made an impact. There was a stronger focus this year among civil … More #IDEVAW2015 in Kingston, Jamaica: Grey Skies, Energy and Thoughts Under the Mango Trees

Fears for family’s safety force claimant to close lawsuit against anti-gay laws; and in his own words

Please find below a press release from J-FLAG, dated Friday, August 29, 2014. I have also added Javed’s thoughts on the matter.  Javed Jaghai, a gay man who brought a legal challenge to Jamaica’s anti-buggery laws in the country’s Supreme Court, has discontinued his case following threats of violence. Mr Jaghai argued that these laws … More Fears for family’s safety force claimant to close lawsuit against anti-gay laws; and in his own words

First Day of the Hurricane Season: Sunday, June 1, 2014

It’s the first day of the hurricane season, and yes! The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has reactivated its Twitter account. Follow them at @MetserviceJA.  But I hear the National Works Agency say they will not have any money to do things like clear roads and clean drains. That sounds ominous. Enough of that. Let’s just hope … More First Day of the Hurricane Season: Sunday, June 1, 2014

More LGBT Jamaicans Reporting Homophobic Violence to Police

While many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jamaicans continue to experience anti-gay harassment, discrimination and violence, more of them are beginning to report these incidents to the police. According to Dane Lewis, J-FLAG’s executive director, “Almost half of the sixty-three reports to the organisation from LGBT people last year were reported to the police. … More More LGBT Jamaicans Reporting Homophobic Violence to Police

Jamaican press ignores ground-breaking gay rights video campaign

Executive Director of J-FLAG Dane Lewis recently stepped forward for the FIRST TIME and appeared on video, along with straight allies and another member of Jamaica’s gay community. In the context of Jamaican society, this was a remarkably courageous move. The Jamaican media has so far carefully ignored this ground-breaking release. I am not sure … More Jamaican press ignores ground-breaking gay rights video campaign