Tag Archives: Jamaica

Campaign Against Jamaican Homophobia

Andres Duque tips us to a great new video series from the Jamaica Forum For Lesbian, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG). Hit the link for more clips.

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Jamaica To Hold Anti-Gay March

Christian groups will hold an anti-gay march through the streets of Kingston, Jamaica this weekend. The march will conclude in a park named for Nelson Mandela. Hundreds of teenagers and young adults are expected to take to the streets of the Corporate Area of the Jamaican capital, Kingston, with participants coming from various schools, churches and professions marching for ‘sexual …

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JAMAICA: Pro-Gay Candidate Portia Miller Simpson To Become Prime Minister

Phil Reese reports at Washington Blade: Portia Simpson Miller’s People’s National Party won a landslide victory in Parliament over the ruling Labor Party in Jamaica yesterday, giving her a second run at her previous role as first female Prime Minister of that Caribbean nation. [snip] In a nationally televised December debate between Holness and Simpson Miller, the People’s National Party …

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“Ex-Gays” In Caribbean Newspapers

Igor Volsky reports that the above full-page Exodus International ad appeared this week in newspapers in Trinidad and Jamaica. Embiggen for bullshittery.

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Jamaican TV Rejects Pro-Gay PSA

Under pressure from Christian groups, Jamaica’s leading television station is refusing to run this pro-gay PSA from the local activist group J-FLAG.

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JAMAICA: Police Beat Patrons In Bar Raid

Last week Jamaican police raided a Montego Bay gay bar, severely attacking its patrons. Rex Wockner reports at Bay Windows: Around 20 officers kicked in doors, shouted anti-gay slurs, beat and pistol-whipped patrons, and made everyone leave, J-FLAG said. As the customers fled, patrons of nearby straight clubs pelted them with bottles and rocks, J-FLAG said. Ten of the raid’s …

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FLORIDA: Mistrial For Murder Music Reggae Star Buju Banton

The cocaine trafficking trial of reggae/dancehall superstar Buju Banton has resulted in a hung jury. Banton is part of a reggae niche called “murder music” for its lyrical calls for the brutal murders of homosexuals. Banton was charged with conspiring to sell eleven pounds of cocaine. Banton, a Jamaican national, maintained he had been entrapped by a paid police informant …

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JAMAICA: Activists Stage Violence-Free LGBT Rights Demonstration

As part of the today’s International Day Against Homophobia observations, activists in Jamaica marched with signs at a busy intersection in Kingston. And for once, nobody got beaten up. From the anti-gay Jamaica Observer: Held between 8:00 to 8:30 am the protest was intentionally short to avoid a disturbance, said one human rights activist to whom the Observer spoke. He …

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Reggae Fans Blame Gays For Arrest Of Murder Music Star Buju Banton

As evidenced by some angry and hate-filled comments on my post about the arrest of Buju Banton, a number of reggae fans in Jamaica and the U.S. are claiming that his bust for attempting to buy eleven pounds of cocaine is payback from the LGBT community. Because we totally control the DEA. From the Miami Herald: On Monday, in South …

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Grammy Nom For Murder Music Singer Buju Banton Sparks Growing Outrage

Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton, whose songs have openly called for the murder of gay men, received a Grammy nomination last week, much to the growing outrage and condemnation of the LGBT community. Los Angeles LGBT Center: Throughout his career, Banton has performed music that promotes a culture of violence against lesbian and gay people; he sings in “Boom, Bye …

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Jamaica: The Murder Of British Consul John Terry Was Not A Hate Crime

Even though the notes left on his body said “This is what will happen to ALL gays!” and “batty boy”, the Jamaican government is claiming that the murder of British honorary consul John Terry was not a hate crime. Police believe the murder may have been the result of an argument between Terry and someone he knew. There were no …

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Gay British Envoy Murdered In Jamaica, “This Is What Will Happen To ALL Gays”

“This is what will happen to ALL gays” read the note left at the scene of the strangling murder of John Terry, the British honorary consul to Jamaica. Police believe that Mr Terry, who was married but separated from his wife, knew his attacker. There were no signs of forced entry at the property. However, it is believed that the …

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Live Nation Promoting Murder Music

Buju Banton, the dancehall/reggae artist whose work has been characterized as “murder music” for lyrics that call for the brutal murders of gay men, is launching a national U.S. tour via American music label and concert promoter Live Nation. A sample of Banton’s lyrics: Anytime Buju Banton comes, faggots get up and run. Boom (gun shot) bye bye (Goodbye, as …

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Boycott Jamaica Protest At Stonewall

Last night activists gathered with the owners of NYC’s historic Stonewall Inn for a ceremonial pouring of Myer’s Rum into the gutter in protest of the treatment of LGBT people in Jamaica. Activists are calling for a boycott of all Jamaican products including cruise ship tourism. Wayne Anderson at World Of Wonder has more, including lots of photos.

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Wednesday: Jamaica Protest At NYC’s Historic Stonewall Inn

LGBT activists will gather at NYC’s historic Stonewall Inn on Wednesday at 6:30PM to protest the treatment of gay people in Jamaica. In a show of solidarity, Stonewall’s owners will pour their stock of Myer’s Rum and Red Stripe beer into the gutter of Christopher Street. Via press release: “We, as the owners of the Stonewall Inn, birthplace of the …

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Boycott Jamaica Site Launched

Activists/bloggers Wayne Besen, Jim Burroway, and Michael Petrelis have jointly launched a site calling for the boycott of Jamaica, “the most homophobic place on Earth.” Human rights activists have given Jamaica the infamous title: “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth.” If you love your gay friends and family members, you won’t visit Jamaica. If you care about the human rights …

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Jamaican Prime Minister: We Will Never Legalize Buggery

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding says he will never allow homosexuality to be legalized, despite new pressure from foreign governments like the island’s former owners, the British. “We are not going to yield to the pressure, whether that pressure comes from individual organisations, individuals, whether that pressure comes from foreign governments or groups of countries, to liberalise the laws as …

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Sexual Or Violent Lyrics Banned From Jamaica’s Airwaves

Curious development down in Jamaica: Jamaican regulators say they are forbidding all explicit references to sex and violence over the airwaves. The new rules from the island’s broadcast commission ban any song or music video that depicts sexual acts or glorifies gun violence, murder, rape or arson. The Saturday announcement follows a Feb. 6 ban that specifically targeted dancehall tunes …

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Beat The Gay Out Of Your Kid

From the Ask The Doc column in the Jamaica Gleaner: Q: My 10-year-old son is acting like a girl. I beat him almost every day for this. People tell me he is going to be gay and that it doesn’t matter how I beat him since the female hormones will be there because the Lord made him that way. I …

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HomoQuotable – Wayne Besen

“Clearly, the answer to Jamaica’s love affair with lynching is an aggressive campaign designed to put the clamp on tourism – particularly the cruise industry. The goal should be to strangle Jamaica’s economy and force the island to change or suffer severe consequences. With tourism Jamaica’s second largest source of revenue, such a campaign could have a powerful impact that …

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