Caribbean Tales International Film Festival Review: Saturday Church


As I noted in my film review last Sunday, the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (now in its 13th year) will take place in Toronto next month, starting with a big gala night on September 5. That night will include the first-ever preview screening of Hero: Inspired by The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross, … More Caribbean Tales International Film Festival Review: Saturday Church

High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”


The High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS opened today at the United Nations in New York. However, many global civil society organizations – including the Kingston-based Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) – are not happy with the 2016 Political Declaration, which they say does not include key at-risk populations. Here is their press release, dated today. … More High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”

Reader’s QA: What Truly Maketh A Man?


People get confused about transgender issues. There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings – and hostility and discrimination, based on a lack of understanding. So, I am sharing this latest blog from a Jamaican transgender man, which I think would be helpful. You can also check out TransWave’s blog, which has an extremely useful … More Reader’s QA: What Truly Maketh A Man?

Our Voices, Our Stories: Disputing the Stereotypes of the Single Story


Here’s a perspective from a member of Jamaica’s transgender community. The question of a “single story” is an important one to consider as we seek to examine (and re-examine) our attitudes. I must add a “big up” here to the incredibly supportive Father Sean Major Campbell, who continuously reaches out to the most marginalized of … More Our Voices, Our Stories: Disputing the Stereotypes of the Single Story

TRANS PROFILE – FJ (Part 2): The Second Part of an Interview with a Jamaican Transgender Man


Originally posted on TransWave:
This is the final part of the series on FJ. Part 2 features a discussion on his identity as a transgender man, some of the challenges he faces and some of the changes he wishes to see. (First part of profile.) What is it like to identify as a transgender man,…

Trans Profile – Jessica


Originally posted on TransWave:
(This is part one of a two part series. Part one focuses on Jessica’s personal journey to becoming the “ultimate” her. Part two focus on health care issues facing transgender persons in Jamaica and how she plans to change it. This interview was edited for length and clarity.) Hi Jessica! Thanks…

Boy or Girl?


Originally posted on TransWave:
In Western society, gender and sex are presented as synonymous, static concepts. I remember viewing pictures of a Girls and Boys Day that a friend took at the private pre-school his children attended. As you can do doubt guess, the girls were dressed in pretty pastel coloured frocks, wore tiaras, had…

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…

Today


Originally posted on Black Feminist Rebel:
Today was a special day for me. It was the first in a very long time that I participated in a church service outside of attending thanksgiving service, the christening of my godson, or my dad’s annual appreciation service. When I go I usually enjoy it, but I am…