[Part II] It is not illegal to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender [LGBT] in Jamaica

 I did some reading on the three primary rules governing the interpretation of laws by courts. The three rules are literal, mischief and golden. The literal rule has been the most commonly used technique by judges for interpreting the law and has only been sidelined where the court believed a literal interpretation would somehow be … Continue reading [Part II] It is not illegal to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender [LGBT] in Jamaica

A Fi Wi Gully Queen!

Pausing legal ramblings to talk a little about the recent brutal murder of Dwayne Jones in St. James, Jamaica and what it means for survivors, like persons, and the general LGBT population in this space. . .The first time I heard the news about Dwayne who identified as Gully Queen, I was flabbergasted. Today, after … Continue reading A Fi Wi Gully Queen!

Written by J-FLAG: Remembering Dwayne Jones (Gully Queen)

Dwayne Jones, also known as Gully Queen, was born on January 31, 1997 in the community of Paradise Rowe in Montego Bay, St James. The teen was displaced at an early age and was one of several lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth who are forced to live and work on the streets.Dwayne was … Continue reading Written by J-FLAG: Remembering Dwayne Jones (Gully Queen)

It is not illegal to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender [LGBT] in Jamaica, BUT… [Part I]

Black Feminist Rebel

So, with its loud voice the church has managed to ignite the society into a deny-gays-rights-frenzy. I believe it was their bawling that influenced the changes to the original wording of the new Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms [herein referred to as The Charter] to exclude discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Today we are left with a Charter that ignores and/or denies some rights of the LGBT population in Jamaica. Thankfully, there is nothing in Jamaican law that prevents an individual from being lesbian, bisexual, gay or transgender. However, because the law criminalises some homosexual acts, the average ‘Joen’ interprets that to mean it is illegal to be LGBT, not recognising that sexuality is deeper and not so microscopic or limited to sexual activities.

I believe as a community we need to embark on an extensive educational programme that will allow Jamaicans to understand that

Choosing…

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It is not illegal to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender [LGBT] in Jamaica, BUT… [Part I]

So, with its loud voice the church has managed to ignite the society into a deny-gays-rights-frenzy. I believe it was their bawling that influenced the changes to the original wording of the new Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms [herein referred to as The Charter] to exclude discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.Today we … Continue reading It is not illegal to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender [LGBT] in Jamaica, BUT… [Part I]