My Human Rights Day Plea: Embrace Difference and Celebrate Diversity

To deny people their human rights, is to challenge their very humanity. –Nelson Mandela Yesterday I sat for approximately three hours with a wonderful sage and storyteller – Thomas Glave - as he chronicled the human rights movement in Jamaica with regard to the LGBT community. I realised that though the cultural and ICT contexts … Continue reading My Human Rights Day Plea: Embrace Difference and Celebrate Diversity

Issue Brief: Homophobia and Violence in Jamaica

J-FLAG has recently published an Issue Brief on the state of Homophobia and Violence in Jamaica. Please see report below. Since July 2013, subsequent to the murder of 16-year-old Dwayne Jones – a transgender teen in St James – there have been several news reports of brutal attacks perpetrated against LGBT people across the island. … Continue reading Issue Brief: Homophobia and Violence in Jamaica

When Women lead: The Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference [CWSD]

 I have never been quite fond of certain conferences and workshops primarily because some of them tend to be useless and unproductive at best. I do not know how others feel about this but in my opinion it is a waste of resources to engage in 2-7 day workshops and conferences when at the end … Continue reading When Women lead: The Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference [CWSD]

Covert and overt language: Progress in anti-gay music?

Some of the greatest Caribbean sociologists, like their North American and European counterparts have long demonstrated through research that language was the centrepiece of culture. While all components of culture play an important role in the social development of every society, socialisation would be impossible without language - the spoken and the unspoken. So fundamental … Continue reading Covert and overt language: Progress in anti-gay music?

What it means to be homeless and LGBT in Jamaica: Solutions(?) from two wandering minds

The displacement of persons is a problem common to many countries of the world including developed nations such as Canada, France, the UK and the US. In 2005 the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing - Miloon Kothari – reported that over 100 million people were homeless worldwide.  As a small island developing state Jamaica suffers … Continue reading What it means to be homeless and LGBT in Jamaica: Solutions(?) from two wandering minds