Farewell, America

Originally posted on idealisticrebel:
Farewell, America No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently. BY NEAL GABLER The sun sets behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its…

Tivoli Gardens Report, Homophobic Unpleasantness and UWI Drills Wells: Jamaica on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Well, the week’s not over yet, and it has been pretty intense. News arriving daily, at home and from abroad, has made us sit up and say “What?…Oh, no!” The rain has gone and summer is settling in. I am huddling over the fan. If air conditioning were to fall down from the sky, it … More Tivoli Gardens Report, Homophobic Unpleasantness and UWI Drills Wells: Jamaica on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Did “Boom Bye Bye” Ever Go Away? A Gleaner Article, and a Response from “It”

I am re-publishing below an article from the “Jamaica Gleaner,” and a response to it from one of the “things” referred to in this article. Yes, “things.” This is how the writer, Mel Cooke, refers to his fellow Jamaicans, whom he happens to self-righteously disapprove of. Clearly he has written this to create a stir … More Did “Boom Bye Bye” Ever Go Away? A Gleaner Article, and a Response from “It”

The Jamaican LGBT Community: A Resilient People, A “Beautiful People”

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” Social activist, medical doctor, poet, musician and newspaper columnist Dr. Michael Abrahams returned to this quote by Benjamin Franklin more than once at the Third Annual Larry Chang Human Rights Symposium on Friday afternoon; the theme of the … More The Jamaican LGBT Community: A Resilient People, A “Beautiful People”

Colour Pink Group holds 2nd Candlelight Vigil @equality_ja @petchary @NFPBJa

Originally posted on Jamaican Journal:
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…

The New/Old Buzzword, A New Well and The Big Run: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Schools are back, uptown city dwellers are back from their holidays and back on the roads (and downtown ones never went anywhere). The rains are steadily receding. Life is back to “normal.” The pathologist and the lawyer: We had two visitors from the United States this week. Both of them were here because of Mario … More The New/Old Buzzword, A New Well and The Big Run: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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

An Immoral Ignorance

Originally posted on Under the Saltire Flag:
1. Yesterday’s Ignorance My paternal great-grandmothers were ignorant women – one more so than the other. They did not mean to be. They were products of their time. One of them – Aunt May was what they called her – was disappointed in the woman my father chose…