Tag Archive | Jamaica

Opinion: Jamaica’s anti-gay ban fuels homophobic violence

Opinion: Jamaica’s anti-gay ban fuels homophobic violence

“Them fe dead long time.” When a gay man or transgender woman is killed in Jamaica, a police officer or other law official will utter those words in patois. The phase translates as: “Someone should’ve killed them a long time ago.” As a gay Jamaican and an LGBT+ activist, I’ve seen at close range how […]

Jamaica should repeal anti-gay ban, says rights body

Jamaica should repeal anti-gay ban, says rights body

Jamaica should repeal its colonial-era [anti-gay] ban, the top rights body of the Americas said on Wednesday, in a symbolic landmark ruling on LGBT+ rights in the Caribbean. Two Jamaicans who initiated the case in 2011 – after they were attacked by homophobic gangs and sought asylum overseas – said the 1864 ban […] legitimised […]

‘Work to do’ as coronavirus hits LGBT+ Jamaicans hard

‘Work to do’ as coronavirus hits LGBT+ Jamaicans hard

Paris Lewinsky has been taking hormones for almost a year, and is starting to grow breasts. But the transgender Jamaican’s long-held dream of physically transitioning is now under threat, because she cannot afford the drugs she needs. Before the coronavirus hit, Lewinsky, 27, made enough money through sex work, food preparation and working as a […]

TQU: Faces of Pride – Montego Bay Pride

TQU: Faces of Pride – Montego Bay Pride

This is another in the TQU (Transnational Queer Underground) series, Faces of Pride, which interviews some of the people who organise the many Pride events. Below, activist Maurice Tomlinson, founder and organiser of Montego Bay Pride in Jamaica, is interviewed.   Faces of Pride: Maurice Tomlinson of Montego Bay Pride What’s your name and age?  […]

Jamaica: Maurice Tomlinson Challenges Jamaica’s Anti-gay Laws

Jamaica: Maurice Tomlinson Challenges Jamaica’s Anti-gay Laws

The Jamaican gay rights activist and attorney, Maurice Tomlinson, has challenged Jamaica’s anti-gay laws. He has filed a claim with the Supreme Court of Judicature, holding that the laws are unconstitutional. The challenge is being supported by the Canadian HIV/AIDS legal

Jamaica: First Pride Celebrations and Coming Out Symposium for LGBT People & Allies

Jamaica: First Pride Celebrations and Coming Out Symposium for LGBT People & Allies

Yesterday, August 4, there was a Coming Out symposium held in Kingston, Jamaica, for LGBT people and their alllies, as part of PRIDEJA 2015, running from 1st to 8th August. This is the first Pride celebration in the nation’s history, and is sponsored by J-FLAG, Jamaica’s main LGBT group, with the title: The Pride of […]

GLAAD Calls on President Obama & Media to Address LGBT Safety in Jamaica

GLAAD Calls on President Obama & Media to Address LGBT Safety in Jamaica

GLAAD has joined 20 other LGBT and human rights organizations in urging President Obama to address the persecution of LGBT people in Jamaica during his upcoming visit to the country. President Obama will meet with leaders from the Caribbean Community, and with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller. The intention of the meeting is to discuss […]

Watch: Bisexual Jamaican Denied Asylum in UK

A bisexual man from Jamaica was refused his request for asylum in the United Kingdom, and now faces deportation to his home country where he faces persecution due to his sexual orientation. Orashia Edwards, 32, has been living in Leeds for the past 14 years, but recently lost a

Jamaica: Gay Ad Refused, Backed By Court

Jamaica: Gay Ad Refused, Backed By Court

Jamaica’s Constitutional Court has ruled that three TV companies are within their rights to refuse to air an ad which is hoping to change people’s attitudes to LGBT people. The action was taken against the TV companies by AIDS-Free World under Jamaica’s new Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. AIDS-Free World is the organisation behind […]

UPDATE: Man Confesses to Jamaican Gay Murder

UPDATE: Man Confesses to Jamaican Gay Murder

It has been reported that a man has confessed to the murder of openly gay Jamaican business man, Dean Moriah. Moriah, 41, was fatally stabbed in the chest and neck in his home in Montego Bay, Jamaica, while his house was set on fire and his car and phone were stolen. He tried to leave […]