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Jamaica Gay Rights

Examining The 'Intolerable Levels Of Violence' Faced By Gay Jamaicans

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequent...

Jamaican Gay Activist Drops Legal Fight Because His 'Loved Ones Are Under Threat'

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law...

Why Gay Tolerance Might Be On The Rise In Jamaica

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2014 | Gay Voices

By Aileen Torres-Bennett KINGSTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Prince Jones says he will never go back to Jamaica, not even to visit. ...

Mandela's LGBTQ Advocacy Has Fallen on Deaf Ears in Africa and African Diasporic Communities

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

If truth be told, Mandela's advocacy has shown very little light even in his country. South Africa has a serious problem with its LGBTQ population, and especially with lesbians. And its method to remedy its "problem" with lesbians is "corrective rape."

Gender-Nonconforming Teen 'Chopped And Stabbed' To Death

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.25.2013 | Gay Voices

A "cross-dressing" teen was allegedly "chopped and stabbed" to death by a mob in Jamaica earlier this week, according to local media reports. Dway...

Diana King, the First Jamaican Music Artist to Come Out Publicly, Proposes After the Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

Mona Elyafi | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Mona Elyafi

Since coming out, her other biggest accomplishment came last April, when she performed in Palm Springs at Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend. She mesmerized the crowd with an electrifying performance and delivered a memorable, emotionally charged speech about equality for all.

Leaving Hell

Saddique Elliott | Posted 07.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Saddique Elliott

"Who am I?" This is a question that the past me could never answer. For anyone living in homophobic hell, aka Jamaica, it is hard to physically, verbally or mentally express, "I am gay." Jamaicans, for no apparent reason, or because of their "Christian values," shun homosexuality.

Is This 'Harlem Shake' Video Anti-Gay?

Posted 03.10.2013 | Gay Voices

The "Harlem Shake" phenomenon continues at full-force across the globe, but one of the latest videos to emerge from the trend is downright disturbing....

Diana King on Jamaican Homophobia and Coming Out

Reggie Cameron | Posted 05.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Reggie Cameron

Diana King, the Jamaican born "reggae-fusion" singer-songwriter, revealed that she was a lesbian in a lengthy Facebook post last June. Today, she chats about what motivated her very personal admission and the results of her announcement.

Why This Gay Man Is Determined To Challenge Jamaica's Anti-Sodomy Laws

Posted 02.13.2013 | Gay Voices

A gay Jamaican man is planning to "aggressively agitate for change" to his country's anti-sodomy law after allegedly being kicked out of his home beca...

WATCH: Jamaican Video Campaign Against Anti-Gay Discrimination

Posted 01.18.2013 | Gay Voices

The Jamaican Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) has launched a poignant new video campaign in hopes of combatting local anti-gay sentim...

#MotherRockingMiracles

Staceyann Chin | Posted 09.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Staceyann Chin

Two miracles were happening: 1) The child inside my uterus, the one who had threatened miscarriage more times than I can count, was finally on the way; and 2) Jamaica's highest office was publicly taking a human-rights stance in support of its LGBT community.