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

Saturday, December 22, 2012

My answer to Peter Espeut's rubbish on Homophobia Exposed

Friday December 21 we saw an article penned by Catholic Priest Peter Espeut and the madness that lies between his ears coming forth, here is the article firstly:

Homophobia Exposed!

Peter Espeut

I must congratulate the gay lobby for conducting one of the slickest and most comprehensive public-relations campaigns I have ever seen.

In their struggle to remake the world in their own image, they have taken on every social and political institution, including the family, the school, the Church and the State. By dressing up their cause as one of 'human rights' and 'justice', they have managed to capture much of the discourse, and make gains in supposedly sensible places such as Europe and the United States of America. Even the Episcopal Church has lost its way.
Describing an element of their strategy in my column last week, I wrote: "The gay lobby abuses all those who disagree with their lifestyle by branding them as mentally ill, as 'homophobic' - a word which they have concocted."

In his column last Sunday, 'The 'facetiest' red man in Jamaica' (not referring to me, by the way), Gordon Robinson, wrote: "By the way, Peter, 'homophobia' is very much a real word and a real worldwide disgrace. It's not 'concocted'. Look at the Oxford Dictionary."
Gordon is usually more perceptive. The Oxford Dictionary contains words in use, whether concocted or properly derived. My point is that the word 'homophobia' has been specifically invented as part of the campaign to 'normalise' the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyle, by asserting that persons who disagree with it are psychologically disturbed.


'Phobia' in Greek means 'irrational fear of', and 'homo' comes from the Greek word 'homoios', which means 'same', as opposed to 'heteros', which means 'different'. The word 'homosexual' refers to persons of the same sex (gender), while heterosexual refers to persons of different gender.

'Homophobia' then would mean 'an irrational fear of sameness', which is meaningless. What humans actually fear is people who are different from them (heterophobia?). 'Homophobia' is a word (poorly) concocted as a campaign slogan intended to demean straight people who believe that homosexuality is not a lifestyle to be considered normal.
The word 'homophobia' was coined by gay activist George Weinberg in the 1960s to refer to heterosexual men's fear that others might think they are gay. In his 1972 book Society and the Healthy Homosexual, Weinberg used the word 'homophobia' differently, as a personality profile to describe the psychological aversion to homosexuality. He describes the concept as a 'medical phobia', proposing that those who harbour prejudice against homosexuals are suffering from a psychological malady, an irrational state of mind. There is no doubt that the intention is to brand all people of conscience (including Christians, Jews and Muslims) who genuinely believe homosexuality to be an aberration as mentally ill.
Medically, there is no such phobia, but the concocted word has caught on, and those who use it - like Gordon Robinson - are unwittingly buying into the LGBT campaign. Intolerance towards gay people there certainly is, and a real worldwide disgrace it certainly is! But worldwide mental illness? No!

But give credit where credit is due: it has been an effective slogan.

'eye-for-an-eye' approach

If the cause of the LGBT lobby is just, and rational, they should be able to advance their cause through the use of reason, avoiding abusing their opponents in the same manner as gay people are abused. Manufacturing abusive words such as 'homophobia' is the sort of 'eye-for-an-eye' approach that will make the whole world blind.
But the LGBT PR campaign is one of abuse, where they attack the messenger rather than trying to refute the message. Since religion (not just Christianity) is the main opponent of the normalisation of the LGBT lifestyle, the goal is to destroy and discredit religion, to demean the noble (if embattled) institution of marriage, and to redefine 'the family' in their own image.

George Davis, in a well-researched column ('Is Jamaica ready for the 'coming out' party?' Gleaner, December 12, 2012), demonstrates how "homosexuality is now firmly mainstream after years of strategic effort to have it permeate popular media". He writes: "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." By first capturing Hollywood, the LGBT lobby is winning the media war.
But I disagree with George on one point: He calls the LGBT victory an "immutable reality". The LGBT public-relations campaign (posing as a campaign for 'human rights' and 'justice') can be easily exposed and discredited as irrational and illogical and nonsensical. But if no one consistently answers and refutes these foolish arguments, people may believe they are true.

Peter Espeut is a sociologist and Roman Catholic deacon. Email feedback to


Normally I do not respond this kind of garbage these days but when one is going to challenge the struggle in this manner while using the very homophobia to lace the article and then discount the value of the lives lost over the years all because of fear we are on a slippery slope with these religious zealots who use sanctimonious crap to push their hate. 

my answer to Peter Espeut's rubbish  .... 

"Homosexuals didn't capture Hollywood they were always there but you were in a church pew somewhere for the most part while the real world passes you by. Does Rock Hudson ring a bell?

Interesting you're part of a religious group that killed free thinking women and choose to continue to enforce an absolute monarchical system in the modern world while relegating women as back burners not to take up leadership positions ..... wow!!! talk about impositions. Lest we forget the horrible challenges England had to go through to get out from under Rome while your Church had Spain in the palm of their hands executing Protestants in the name of God ....... Protestant revolution indeed ....... Hurray for Elizabeth R 1

Concoctions eh?

The Council of Nicea linked to your Catholic order who supposedly decided when we celebrate Easter, who were to be published in the Bible as know it and the very Christmas holiday we are about to have in the coming days. The rejection certain of certain gospels etc yet pederasty and other types of open same sex relations were very much apart of Roman culture and the the Greeks from which you quoted "homoios" (excluding anal rape as humiliation) Was St Paul's condemnation via the Romans on his aborted visit to Corinth a concoction as he did not understand the difference between exploitive same sex activities versus long term monogamous healthy same sexed unions? 

The word "Homosexual" did not arrive in or near our language until 1868 when it was first used in Prussia now known as Germany under the infamous paragraph 145 legislation which the very points we are using today of privacy and consent were postured in the one of the first pieces of progressive legislation dealing with homosexuality.

Quietly keeping paedophilia in your Catholic faith under raps before dealing with the pyshco-sexual issues arising from forced celibacy and you're worried about consenting adults? that's a laugh.
Who says gay people for the most part want to procreate? and we can if we want to by various means including surrogacy then again in the name of heterosexism/ procreation what a fine job has been done when people like you drive in your vehicles passing the homeless, wind-shield wipers, your silence on the children in lock-ups  the rapes, the thousands of missing kids and you are worried about same gender lovers and children, probably we should be allowed to adopt and see how best to alleviate the problems and DO NOT tell me that homosexuals who raise children are going to make them gay as that is NOT TRUE as evidenced globally. 

Oh! you have no children, oh dear!!!! .......... childless yet worries about procreation, ugh, do you masturbate regularly or is that a sin too? 

And prey tell what about those priests who do each other in the rectory or hide under the guise of the cloth while enjoying the company of men to satisfy their same sex urges?

Besides your are late (yet again) on many fronts, same sex couples can produce an embryo from the selected stem cells of both partners, the catch is however you need a surrogate mother to carry it to birth and that can be easily arranged simply via a contract or agreement usually for secure couples who can prove they are financially secure in raising a child or children.
Homosexuality is more than just how we have sex .......... idiot!!!!! GET YOUR HEAD OUT our bedrooms or breaking your neck to peek through the keyhole to figure out who pushes what into where.

So the umpteen numbers persons who have simply been profiled or perceived to be gay and end up dead, dislocated, made homeless, becoming asylum-seekers elsewhere for safety or chopped up were not valued lives or means nothing to you (a man of the cloth) the fact that you seemed more worried about a word and "concocted" motives in your own mind than the actual fear or loathing of persons simply because they express themselves differently than you, what were those persons reflecting, give us a word what those perpetrators of violence or stigma were and are doing towards those victims?
Your piece reflects the sad state of affairs some persons are in locally when it comes to tolerating difference which is the bigger picture without having to go down a path of the very fear that is homophobia itself and that homosexuals are out to "homosexualize" everything else you think we are contagious?

Homosexuality - A Biological reality
Homophobia - a Lifestyle choice

Your choice is clear as reflected in this piece.

Stick to the environmental issues where your expertise lies.


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.