The Safe House 2009 Pilot for LGBTQ Youth Explained & more

In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ Youth in New Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Is Jamaica Ready For The 'Coming Out' Party? (Gleaner commentary)

Please read and share what you think .......

George Davis

George Davis, Contributor

Those of us who are living and will die by the precepts of a heterosexual lifestyle are having to confront an unpleasant but immutable reality.

This reality is that homosexuality is now firmly mainstream after years of strategic effort to have it permeate popular media. Yes, children, the moment many would've wagered would never arrive is finally here.

Rather reluctantly, the world, generally, has seemingly agreed to tolerate this alternative lifestyle, even as Christian and other groups mourn the acceleration towards perdition. Of course, Jamaica has seemingly fallen into line, despite venomous protestations written in song and chanted in the dancehall arena.

In this reality, heterosexuals have an important decision to make. How do we reconstruct our views of this new world to survive and thrive in it, with mass suicide or, for that matter, mass murder, not exercisable options? Clearly, there's need for a whole new menu of coping strategies!

But how did we get here? How did homosexuality wriggle its way into the mainstream, to be front and centre everywhere we look? The answer is startlingly simple: television.

Television's mass appeal makes it the ideal vehicle to drive home this tolerance of the gay lifestyle. The first gay couple on screen was Martin Sheen and Hal Holbrook in the 1972 ABC-produced, made-for-TV movie,That Certain Summer. The first sitcom to have an openly gay character was Soap in 1977, with acclaimed actor Billy Crystal playing the role of Jodie Dallas.

Those two programmes, especially the latter, forced the door ajar and sought to establish homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle. This early momentum was particularly important, given the lifestyle's setback during the mid-1980s towards the fin de siècle when it was associated with the spread of HIV/AIDS. Several series, including the wildly amusing British comedies Are You Being Served? and Allo Allo, featured characters that were obviously gay but which were toned down by the producers as a kind of 'soft sell' to the audience.

Productions such as Melrose Place, Roseanne and Friends all cast gay characters before the ABC drama series, Relativity, turned things up a notch with an openly lesbian scene with passionate, open-mouthed kissing. Then followed Queer as Folk and The L Word. Hit sitcom, Will & Grace, about a gay 'couple' and their heterosexual women friends, mirrored the real-life experience of girls and their cosy relationship with 'guys'.

American television then delivered a poster girl for homosexuality in the form of talk-show host Ellen Degeneres, who broke ground for people like British funnyman Graham Norton. The role these persons played helped to foster gay lifestyle tolerance and helped the rest of us to see gays as being ordinary people too.

Nowadays, you can watch nothing on TV without homosexuality having some thematic relevance. Animated series such as Family Guy, The Simpsons and American Dad have gay references in almost every episode. For those repulsed by this lifestyle, there's literally nowhere to run.


Television exists for news and information, but mainly for entertainment. Sport is the biggest element in the entertainment industry. Gays have not missed the chance to leverage the lifestyle through sport.

The first high-profile sportsman to admit to homosexuality was NBA player John Amaechi. The Briton wisely did so only after retiring from the game. The former captain of the Welsh rugby team, Gareth Thomas, stunned the manliest of all sports by announcing he was gay in 2009. England's reserve wicketkeeper, Steve Davies, announced he was gay in 2011 after admitting to the torture of having to hide his orientation from teammates. Only last month, the Manchester United goalkeeper, Anders Lindegaard, wrote an article imploring gay footballers to come out. Those of us who support the Red Devils breathed a sigh of relief when he mentioned 'my girlfriend' in the article!

The relevant question for heterosexual Jamaicans is, how will we cope in this age of the homosexual? The joke among my friends is that in 20 years' time, it'll be us, heterosexuals, who'll be in the minority. How much do we tolerate? How do we react to the flaunting of this lifestyle? How do we raise our children? How do we respect the rights of others while enforcing our right to be respected?

This thing called life. It isn't easy at all.


George Davis is a journalist. Email feedback to and

Meanwhile a response has come:
Letter sent to the “journalist” who wrote this ridiculously uninformed piece.

Hello Mr. Davis,
Thanks for your column published in today's edition of the Jamaica Gleaner under the caption "Is Jamaica ready for the 'coming Out party.' It provided me with a good laugh.

I was particularly amused by your expressed fear that heterosexuals will someday be in the minority if homosexuality is legalized. Implied in that statement is a belief that most heterosexuals (perhaps you included?) are closet gays who are just waiting for the legalization of homosexuality so they can come out! Although I don’t know you, I rather doubt that you are gay. Quite frankly, I would be disappointed if you were. As Professor Rex Nettleford, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, is reported to have responded to one of his many homophobic attackers: “Homosexuality is an intellectual disease to which you are immune.”

As much as it pains me, I will address the “substantive” point in your article. In this regard, please note that in South Africa, homosexuals have been constitutionally protected for nearly 20 years, and yet the country still manages to maintain a heterosexual majority! France legalized homosexuality in 1792 and yet, the French still are mostly heterosexual. I could cite other examples, but I think you get the point. The fact is, as far back as 1948, the famed researcher, Kinsey identified that only about 9-10% of any population is homosexual. Recent research has shown that figure to be closer to 3-5%. This variation in human sexuality has been mirrored in nature where close to 450 species (including swans, lions and penguins) have exhibited homosexual tendencies.

And as for your other concern about how you poor heterosexuals will handle the "flaunting" of homosexuality, I guess you will just have to develop the coping mechanisms we gays have had to in order to deal with heterosexual “flaunting”, which is simply to mind your own business. I am sure you are able to survive when you visit such countries as the US and Canada, where homosexuality is not criminalized and where people have learned to "live and let live."

Frankly, your "fears" reveal a startling lack of knowledge for a journalist. Please save yourself from future embarrassment and do some rudimentary investigations before you attempt to speak on something as controversial as human sexuality. I am more than willing to provide you with research material and until then, perhaps the cartoon animation in this link will prove enlightening as it communicates at the level you clearly can understand

Without such basic information, your pieces will feed into the vicious anti-gay animus which has had horrific consequences in our country, as evidenced by the UTech attack. And that, I assure you is decidedly NOT amusing.

Best regards,
Maurice Tomlinson


Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica, APJ launched their website

Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica, APJ launched their website on December 1 2015 on World AIDS Day where they hosted a docu-film and after discussions on the film Human Vol 1

audience members interacting during a break in the event

film in progress

visit the new APJ website HERE

See posts on APJ's work: HERE (newer entries will appear first so scroll to see older ones)


CVM TV carried a raid and subsequent temporary blockade exercise of the Shoemaker Gully in the New Kingston district as the authorities respond to the bad eggs in the group of homeless/displaced or idling MSM/Trans persons who loiter there for years.

Question is what will happen to the population now as they struggle for a roof over their heads and food etc. The Superintendent who proposed a shelter idea (that seemingly has been ignored by JFLAG et al) was the one who led the raid/eviction.

Also see:

the CVM NEWS Story HERE on the eviction/raid taken by the police

also see a flashback to some of the troubling issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless GBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

May 22, 2015, see: MP Seeks Solutions For Homeless Gay Youth In New Kingston

War of words between pro & anti gay activists on HIV matters .......... what hypocrisy is this?

War of words between pro & anti gay activists on HIV matters .......... what hypocrisy is this?

A war of words has ensued between gay lawyer (AIDSFREEWORLD) Maurice Tomlinson and anti gay activist Dr Wayne West as both accuse each other of lying or being dishonest, when deception has been neatly employed every now and again by all concerned, here is the post from Dr West's blog

This is laughable to me as both gentleman have broken the ethical lines of advocacy respectively repeatedly especially on HIV/AIDS and on legal matters concerning LGBTQ issues

The evidence is overwhelming readers/listeners, you decide.

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Homeless MSM Challenges and relationships with agencies overview ........

In a shocking move JFLAG decided not to invite or include homeless MSM in their IDAHO activity for 2013 thus leaving many in wonderment as to the reason for their existence or if the symposium was for "experts" only while offering mere tokenism to homeless persons in the reported feeding program. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ENTRY HERE sad that the activity was also named in honour of one of JFLAG's founders who joined the event via Skype only to realise the issue he held so dear in his time was treated with such disrespect and dishonour. Have LGBT NGOs lost their way and are so mainstream they have forgotten their true calling?

also see a flashback to some of the issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless LGBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

Newstalk 93FM's Issues On Fire: Polygamy Should Be Legalized In Jamaica 08.04.14

debate by hosts and UWI students on the weekly program Issues on Fire on legalizing polygamy with Jamaica's multiple partner cultural norms this debate is timely.

Also with recent public discourse on polyamorous relationships, threesomes (FAME FM Uncensored) and on social.

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RJR - Surprise Yes vote by Ja on Sexual Orientation Removal from Summary Executions Resolution

Beyond the Headlines host Dionne Jackson Miller has Arlene Harrison Henry and Maurice Tonlinson on Human RIghts Day 2012 on the the removal of language in the form of sexual orientation on the Summary Executions UN Resolution - On November 21, 2012, Jamaica voted[1] against resolution A/C.3/67/L.36 at the United Nations condemning extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions which urges States “to investigate promptly and thoroughly all killings, including… all killings committed for any discriminatory reason, including sexual orientation

Homeless MSM evicted from Cargill Avenue (evening edition)

28/08/12 CVM TV again rebroadcast a story of homeless MSM and the deplorable living conditions coupled with the almost sensationalistic narrative of the alleged commercial sex work the men are involved in. Gay Jamaica Watch has been following this issue since 2009 when the older populations of MSMs who were for the most part displaced due to forced evictions and homo negative issues and their re-displacement by agencies who on the face of it refused to put in place any serious social interventions to assist the men to recovery CLICK HERE for the CLIP

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Steps to take when confronted by the police & your rights compromised:

a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

b) Only give name and address and no other information until a lawyer is present to assist

c) Try to be polite even if the scenario is tense

d) Don’t do anything to aggravate the situation

e) Every complaint lodged at a police station should be filed and a receipt produced, this is not a legal requirement but an administrative one for the police to track reports

f) Never sign to a statement other than the one produced by you in the presence of the officer(s)

g) Try to capture a recording of the exchange or incident or call someone so they can hear what occurs, place on speed dial important numbers or text someone as soon as possible

h) File a civil suit if you feel your rights have been violated

i) When making a statement to the police have all or most of the facts and details together for e.g. "a car" vs. "the car" represents two different descriptions

j) Avoid having the police writing the statement on your behalf except incases of injuries, make sure what you want to say is recorded carefully, ask for a copy if it means that you have to return for it

Notes on Bail & Court Appearance issues

If in doubt speak to your attorney

Bail and its importance -
If one is locked up then the following may apply:

Locked up over a weekend - Arrested pursuant to being charged or detained There must be reasonable suspicion i.e. about to commit a crime, committing a crime or have committed a crime. There are two standards that must be met:
1). Subjective standard: what the officer(s) believed to have happened

2). Objective standard: proper and diligent collection of evidence that implicates the accused To remove or restrain a citizen’s liberty it cannot be done on mere suspicion and must have the above two standards

 Police officers can offer bail with exceptions for murder, treason and alleged gun offences, under the Justice of the Peace Act a JP can also come to the police station and bail a person, this provision as incorporated into the bail act in the late nineties

 Once a citizen is arrested bail must be considered within twelve hours of entering the station – the agents of the state must give consideration as to whether or not the circumstances of the case requires that bail be given

 The accused can ask that a Justice of the Peace be brought to the station any time of the day. By virtue of taking the office excluding health and age they are obliged to assist in securing bail

"Bail is not a matter for daylight"

Locked up and appearing in court:
 Bail is offered at the courts office provided it was extended by the court; it is the court that has the jurisdiction over the police with persons in custody is concerned.

 Bail can still be offered if you were arrested and charged without being taken to court a JP can still intervene and assist with the bail process.

Other Points of Interest:
 The accused has a right to know of the exact allegation

 The detainee could protect himself, he must be careful not to be exposed to any potential witness

 Avoid being viewed as police may deliberately expose detainees

 Bail is not offered to persons allegedly with gun charges

 Persons who allegedly interfere with minors do not get bail

 If over a long period without charge a writ of habeas corpus however be careful of the police doing last minute charges so as to avoid an error

 Every instance that a matter is brought before the court and bail was refused before the accused can apply for bail as it is set out in the bail act as every court appearance is a chance to ask for bail

 Each case is determined by its own merit – questions to be considered for bail:

a) Is the accused a flight risk?
b) Are there any other charges that the police may place against the accused?
c) Is the accused likely to interfere with any witnesses?
d) What is the strength of the crown’s/prosecution’s case?

 Poor performing judges can be dealt with at the Judicial Review Court level or a letter to the Chief Justice can start the process

Human Rights Advocacy for GLBT Community Report 2009

What Human Rights .............

What are Human Rights?

By definition human rights are our inalienable fundamental rights. Inalienable means that which cannot be taken away. So our human rights are bestowed upon us from the moment we are born and, thus we are all entitled to these rights. Because we are entitled to our human rights and they cannot and should not be taken away from us, we as a people must strive to protect them, government should protect them and breaches of our rights should be highlighted and addressed appropriately.

Human rights are the same for everyone irrespective of colour, class or creed, and are applicable at both the national and international level. In Jamaica, our human rights are enshrined in and protected by our Constitution. Internationally, there have been numerous laws and treaties enacted specifically for the protection of human rights.

Milestone document

Most notably of these is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This declaration is seen as a milestone document in the history of human rights. It was proclaimed by the United Nations, in 1948, as a common standard of achievements for all nations, and sets out the fundamental human rights to be universally recognised and protected.

The Declaration sets out the following rights:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Equality before the law

Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Everyone has the right to freedom of movement

Everyone has the right to a nationality.

(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.

(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government;

Everyone has the right to education.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.