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January 6, 2013

Jamaica LGBT rights advocate, Maurice Tomlinson, welcomes that his country may ban anti-gay discrimination but points out it is a fundamental human rights and part of the country's heritage - not a 'Western' notion

During his World Human Rights Day speech on December 10, 2012 marking the launch of another human rights watch dog in Jamaica, the country’s Justice Minister, the Honorable Mark Golding claimed that recognizing the human rights of LGBT is a Western concept which Jamaica may be forced to accept or face financial sanction.

While this statement is great politics, it is, of course patently false.

First, homosexuality has been identified in over 1500 animal species, however in no other species besides humans are gay members attacked.

October 25, 2012

GSN speaks to three leading Jamaican gay activists about their new prime minister, their legal challenge to the country’s homophobia, gay murders and more

It’s been a dramatic year for gay people in Jamaica with the election of new Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller who wants to review the ‘buggery’ laws.

That’s a light at the end of the tunnel for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender campaigners who have fought tirelessly for their rights, particularly the end to the criminalization of gay sex, in one of the world’s most hostile countries.

August 31, 2012

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights demands Colombia investigate if the murders of Tania and Sirena Paola are based on gender-identity discrimination.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is urging Colombia to investigate the deaths of two trans women.

The body of 44-year old Sirena Paola, registered at birth as Álvaro José Orozco Gutiérrez, was found dead in her home on 11 August in Maicao, Guajira. The victim showed signs of trauma to the back of her head.

On 4 August in Sincelejo, Sucre, Tania, registered at birth as Delimiro Ávila Mendoza, was found dead with a bullet wound to the head.

July 10, 2012

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemns brutal murder of two gay men in New Kingston

Human rights campaigners are condemning the brutal murder of two gay men in Jamaica and calling on the government to investigate whether the crime was homophobic.

The bodies of the victims, which appeared to have been chopped up and mutilated, were found near several blood stained rocks in New Kingston on 13 June.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called on the island’s government to investigate whether the men were killed because of their sexuality.

January 30, 2012

Award-winning Jamaican gay activist Maurice Tomlinson on the death threats that forced him into exile and the state of LGBTI rights on the island

Articulate, charming and beaming with delight as he picked up an award for his work on Sunday (29 January) in London, Maurice Tomlinson does not seem like a stereotypical refugee.

But this youthful-looking attorney from Jamaica had to flee his country this month after his LGBTI rights work and highly publicized marriage to his partner in Canada made him the target of a series of death threats.