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, May 8, 2013

An Intolerant view of intolerance indeed

An Intolerant view of intolerance indeed

After reviewing an old discussion from the BBC on “Is Homosexuality Un-African” and it dawned on me that sometimes the gay lobby does not listen carefully before an onslaught or randomly grouping any remote opposition to aspects of male homosexuality perceived or real as phobic or intolerant, for example a woman in the audience at first suggested her unease with public displays of affection between members of the same sex though she took a while to find the words to express same however by the time she could get through making her point an avalanche of shouts and interruptions came forth from the activists in the audience and in turn the anti gay audience members responded ending in a shouting match and drowning out the points. Similarly we have seen such emotional responses devoid of critical thinking and proper planning with principle centered leadership and proper communication channels for reaching a mass audience.

Someone’s unease with PDA, public displays of affection is to me not necessarily an opposition to innate homosexuality altogether and maybe the driving factor locally as to perceived effeminacy as a marker for homosexuality in men in particular. Exploring someone’s expression of such is critical to me as to determine the genesis as to why they arrived at that consensus, who knows if not through reasoning they can become an ally after extended discourse. This intolerant view by us in the gay lobby has been a major obstacle in reaching certain objectives I fear over the years, the religious intolerance we see now from the sections of the Christian and other communities was well stoked and in some instances given the ammunition by us that they know use against us. We have not responded to many allegations over the years and when a leading anti gay activist such as Betty Ann Blaine could have penned a damaging article accusing the gay lobby as liars on the homophobic violence front how are the lobby’s representatives going to convince her and her exuberant supporters from that hardened position?

Take into account some of the following:

A flawed and sometimes half truthed crisis communications on homophobic versus non homophobic incidents

Poor responses for example to reparative therapy in the LGBT affirmative public relations strategy

Visionless leadership and a poor ethical base on LGBT advocacy

Poor leadership plays a key role in allowing this intolerant view of LGBT specific intolerance to grow and mature and left unchecked has become an obstacle instead of a benefit

What seems a deliberate omission from public discourse by some advocates for solutions or a conclusion to the long standing homosexual debate, just recheck the letters to the editors on the subject matters and see the trend yet they are the same ones who complain even after years of on the ground work that solutions are not coming from critics, yet such notes, proposals and suggestion sit in filing cabinets under lock and key and not used.

Lack of continuity of several fronts on strategies and conversations for e.g. interfaith discourse to engage faith based communities and anti gay religious forces

Refusal to listen carefully what is being said in the opposing views segments

Over intellectualizing of issues with a flawed agenda to label all opposition as homophobes

Relying on an old castigation of Jamaica as the most homophobic place on earth hence setting the false ideological pretext where our narratives have been based and toying with international support which is ready to help but are way behind our reality

Resorting to secularism and humanist ideologies to supposedly belittle the religious right when our arguments are really or should be about BUGGERY not whether or not God exists or belief systems in the context of our right to privacy and consent.

Not that intolerance devoid of ill intent does not have its place especially when such opposition to homosexuality is baseless on a sometimes non-sequitur reasoning, imported bigoted ideologies, acceptance of difference within the LGBT community and supposed moral nihilism linked to the aforementioned secularist agenda now added to the agitation for LGBT rights and recognition there is going to come a time when all parties are going to have to sit at a table as this game of you are this and you are that or hardened positions cannot continue. The arguments about decriminalizing buggery as well has been frothed with legalese rhetoric on both fronts but when you hear suggestion by representatives groups such as the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship who for years have been at the forefront of blocking any such moves refer to homosexuality as a lifestyle though we know it makes no sense can be a basic lack of understanding on their part but do the strategists in the gay lobby tailor the narratives to educate not only the LCF but their following? NO! Instead they are shown up for the ignorance and left at that without the follow up required for the most part publicly.

Private emails alone are not enough. When sections of the gay lobby ask or make demands for tolerance without espousing the very same virtue at all levels including the very agency’s programs for the least amongst us how do we expect to make any strides when truth and a strong ethical base are key requirements to counteract the religious right’s rebuttals? even if they also use disingenuous or intellectual dishonesty to push their agenda. When on the face of it what seems to be institutional bigotry on the face of it on the part of JFLAG when publicly it is viewed by abandoning the least amongst a main part of its representative via populations newspaper editorials how can the lobby dare ask for tolerance when there is no credibility to do so?

For any strategy to work as we well know there MUST be credibility not an artificial or farcical public relations stunts over the years to seem inclusive but the evidence on the ground suggests otherwise strongly. In planning whatever narratives that go out supposedly on our behalf we have to consider several things:

Agencies need to look at their image, perception and the community’s input as well, it cannot be done by a few who decide in a room supposedly on behalf on the rest of us devoid of views

Tightening of the crisis communication strategy with TRUTH as its base and build credibility on same

A paradigm shift at all levels we simply cannot continue with this growing untenable situation where agencies now find themselves evicted from their offices due to very poor oversight, a lack of fiduciary responsibility and poor programmatic roll outs to meet both the needs of the community whilst strengthening the message nationally on true tolerance, forumatic activity and operationalizing ideas from the community within a proper framework. The main response to religious intolerance cannot be personal attacks on pastors via newspaper articles, inappropriately lambasting theological personalities and dismissing Biblical teachings, the general view I am now seeing is the gay lobby is now being seen as devoid of any Christian values and the thought of gay and lesbian Christians now is an anathema of sorts and the atheistic voices use their privilege afforded them by local media in recent times. Hence another layer that needn’t been there has been added thus sides taking far more hardened positions.

Dr. Wayne West of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, JCHS for example now has moved from just basic opposition to homosexuality and HIV linkages as a gay disease to now the international gay lobby’s imperative in a moral nihilistic strategy he lumps extreme same sex practices in Europe and other first world countries as part and parcel of the agitation for homosexual rights. He conjoins fisting (anal penetration via ones fist) felching (faecal matter play), chariot racing (a form of group sex) and scat as buggery in the Jamaican context though a dishonest position but how did he arrive here? When the discourse about buggery has been all over the place, we do not bring the real issue front and centre and maintain or be consistent. He posts overseas studies for example on HIV AIDS rates in MSM populations to try to justify his arguments. Credibility is the main weapon for any advocacy be it LGBT or not getting lawmakers to capitulate to a needed change that most of them I am sure know is required is one but the cultural uphill battle is where the real deal is for me, laws can be changes yes but how will society “catch up” or respond is a totally separate but important issue.

It is a about buggery and my choice via consent with another adult that is the crooks of the matter here in my eyes where are the other pieces to the public relations to do with the pseudo scientific aspects of proving buggery for example where in a doctor’s report calls for certain physiological pointers as checked items to be present on both the receptive and dominant participants. The clouding of the issues has to me eroded some of the light gains over the years with a far more confident religious right so robustly funded at that that full paged ads can be taken out in print media.

Give the opposers their right to out dated ideas and so on it will show them up eventually but for each rebuttal they come with it does not need a certain particular type of discourse. Doing so does not mean that they are right either in fact I dare say they know better but just refuse to move on the issue as a fear of giving in to the perceived powerful gay lobby. Tolerance does not mean our views converge but one’s right to express same is sacrosanct and we must listen carefully at the messages coming through.

Think on these things

Peace and tolerance


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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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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.