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July 28, 2014

After threats of forced evacuation and complaints of ‘bad behavior’ for living in a sewer, a group of homeless LGBT Jamaicans could get a shelter for ‘skills training’ but not ‘to carry on homosexual activities’

Police and government authorities in Kingston, Jamaica are reportedly debating opening a new homeless shelter specifically for LGBT individuals.

July 25, 2014

A suicidal Orashia Edwards was suddenly detained earlier today, with no warning given to him or his family

A mother says the UK government is giving her bisexual son a ‘death sentence just for being who he is’.

Vienna Brown, mom to 32-year-old Orashia Edwards, spoke to GSN in tears about her son’s fate now he has been refused asylum in Britain.

He is to be sent back to Jamaica – where he has been vilified in the national press making him a target for anti-gay thugs.

Earlier today (25 July), Edwards was detained after a routine sign-in at Water Side Court in Leeds, north-east England.

July 23, 2014

42 of 53 countries competing in the Commonwealth Games make gay sex illegal but they’ve just seen a gay kiss at the opening ceremony

Glasgow has defied Commonwealth gay hate by getting John Barrowman to kiss a man in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

A shocking 42 of the 53 countries competing in the games, the world’s third biggest multi-sports tournament, criminalize homosexuality.

Some, including Uganda, Nigeria, Brunei and Jamaica, are famous as some of the world’s most homophobic countries.

They are in sharp contrast to Scotland, the games’ host, where same-sex marriage is legal.

July 2, 2014

Orashia Edwards' mother: ‘What they are doing is they are sending my son to die, and I will never forgive them for that'

A bisexual Jamaican man is being denied asylum in the UK over his ‘dishonest sexuality’.

Orashia Edwards, 32, lost his lengthy legal battle with the United Kingdom’s Home Office yesterday.

The court concluded Edwards was ‘dishonest’ about his sexuality, not believing he was actually bisexual. They have given no reason to claim he was lying about his sexuality.

He is scheduled for deportation from the UK to Jamaica on 2 July.

June 30, 2014

As several nations celebrate Pride, one country decided to hold a homophobic response to the growing 'homosexuality problem'

Several nations across the world may have held their Pride events celebrating LGBTI people, but there was one country that did the complete opposite.

On Saturday (28 June), thousands of Jamaicans were a part of a rally to stop the ‘gay agenda’ in Kingston.

Church groups, under the umbrella coalition CAUSE, organized the rally to highlight what they claim is a growing threat of homosexuality.

Helene Coley Nicolson told RJR News that the LGBTI community was a cause for concern.

June 30, 2014

As several nations celebrate Pride, one country decided to hold a homophobic response to the growing 'homosexuality problem'

Several nations across the world may have held their Pride events celebrating LGBTI people, but there was one country that did the complete opposite.

On Saturday (28 June), thousands of Jamaicans were a part of a rally to stop the ‘gay agenda’ in Kingston.

Church groups, under the umbrella coalition CAUSE, organized the rally to highlight what they claim is a growing threat of homosexuality.

Helene Coley Nicolson told RJR News that the LGBTI community was a cause for concern.

June 21, 2014

From an alcoholic ice tea to a peanut butter and jam dessert, London's annual food extravaganza left us with a watering mouth and a delicious buzz

Taste of London: Where bankers, hipsters, backpackers and wanna-be-foodies all unite for the one common goal: Beat others to free samples and buy as many little plates as possible before settling down in the grass in front of a DJ.

June 9, 2014

Read reports on plight of gay and trans people around Caribbean. Youths say: ‘Our generation is impatient for change and the time to do it is now’

Young Caribbean LGBTI youths are not prepared to wait for equality and have told politicians to stop talking and start delivering.

That was the message from a unique summit in Trinidad on the weekend.

It saw young LGBTI people from around the region coming together in the capital, Port of Spain, under the banner ‘Generation Change’.

‘We have heard fine words from some of our prime ministers and people with the power to make change happen but so far we see nothing being done,’ said Jeremy Steffan Edwards, one of the event organizers.

June 7, 2014

Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner attacked the inequalities faced by LGBTI people, and criticized hypocritical attitudes over marriage

A Jamaican newspaper has published an editorial in support of gay marriage.

The Gleaner, a popular broadsheet published six days a week, ran the editorial on 5 June with the headline ‘Same-Sex Unions And The Marriage Contract’.

The beginning of the article highlighted statistics about marriage in Jamaica, such as rising divorce rates, and argued in favour of gay marriage, underlining the hypocrisy and inequality of the current climate in Jamaica.

May 25, 2014

Jamaican reggae artist Queen Ifrica has been removed from a concert line-up in New York after a protest against her homophobic lyrics

A Jamaican reggae singer has been cancelled from a New York concert because of her homophobic lyrics.

Queen Ifrica was scheduled to perform at the Invasion of the Queens concert, alongside six other prominent Jamaican female musicians, at the Amazura concert hall in Queens, New York.

After a group of over 200 protestors campaigned outside the concert hall against Queen Ifrica, the manager announced she is no longer on the concert schedule.

May 23, 2014

UK’s Channel 4 spent 12 days in Jamaica filming how gay and trans youngsters are forced to live in sewers, and endure homophobic abuse from police and locals

A new documentary shows how a group of LGBTI youngsters in Jamaica live in a sewer, forced there after being expelled or escaping from their homes for being gay.

Unreported World, a documentary series on Channel 4 in the UK, spent 12 days in Jamaica filming like Krissy who is forced to live in a storm drain, spending her days dodging stones and broken bottles thrown at her because she lives as an openly transgender person.

April 25, 2014

Labour party leader is opposed to repealing Jamaica’s anti-gay laws, saying: ‘My sentiments reflect the sentiments of the country.’

Jamaica’s opposition leader has called for a public vote on the ban on homosexuality.

Andrew Holness, the head of the Labour party, has called for a ‘grand referendum’ in 2015 to deal with a number of social issues.

Apart from the sodomy law, he has called on the people to choose on the liberalization of cannabis or whether Jamaica wants to continue having Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.

April 9, 2014

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has backed away from an election pledge to decriminalize homosexuality, saying stakeholders must decide the issue, and she can’t say when that will happen

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has again said that decriminalizing gay sex is not a priority for her government in the latest sign that she intends not to honor her 2011 election promise to do so.

Simpson-Miller told Television Jamaica, ‘We have to go to our constituents, consult our constituents and then we go with the decisions of those consultations.’

April 9, 2014

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has backed away from an election pledge to decriminalize homosexuality, saying stakeholders must decide the issue, and she can’t say when that will happen

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has again said that decriminalizing gay sex is not a priority for her government in the latest sign that she intends not to honor her 2011 election promise to do so.

Simpson-Miller told Television Jamaica, ‘We have to go to our constituents, consult our constituents and then we go with the decisions of those consultations.’

March 31, 2014

Even after a judge ruled LGBT homeless youth were allowed to find some refuge in public sewers, New Kingston police are reportedly forcing destitute gay teens out of the only shelter they can find

Jamaica police could violate court order by reportedly forcing homeless LGBT out of a sewer, saying they must evacuate by 1 April.

New Kingston police have been battling with a group of young LGBT teens who after being forced from their homes or escaping have found shelter in a network of sewers.

March 31, 2014

‘What would you do if you found out your child was gay?’ A Jamaica Observer article yields a mix of homophobic and positive responses

Parents in Jamaica responded to an article asking what they would do if they discovered their son or daughter was gay.

An online article published by the Jamaica Observer today (31 March) included a series of responses that reflected how many people in the Caribbean island continue to perceive homosexuality in a negative light.

March 10, 2014

Police have repeatedly attempted to evict the LGBTI youths from the sewers, with attempts to 'burn' them out and conducting early morning raids 

Jamaica gay teens thrown out by their families, chased out of shelters and abandoned by the state have been told they can live in sewers.

A New Kingston judge has advised police that LGBTI teens are allowed to stay in their last option for refuge as sewers are public spaces.

Police have repeatedly tried to evict the youngsters from the sewers and gullies, on the pretext they ‘attract criminals’.

Last week on 5 March, officers once again raided the gutters and demanded the youth leave immediately.

March 10, 2014

Police have repeatedly attempted to evict the LGBTI youths from the sewers, with attempts to 'burn' them out and conducting early morning raids 

Jamaica gay teens thrown out by their families, chased out of shelters and abandoned by the state have been told they can live in sewers.

A New Kingston judge has advised police that LGBTI teens are allowed to stay in their last option for refuge as sewers are public spaces.

Police have repeatedly tried to evict the youngsters from the sewers and gullies, on the pretext they ‘attract criminals’.

Last week on 5 March, officers once again raided the gutters and demanded the youth leave immediately.

January 9, 2014

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera has claimed that children would be better raised by a single parent than by a gay or lesbian couple during an appearance on the Alan Colmes Show

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera has claimed that kids do better off being raised by a single parent than when they are raised by same-sex couples during an appearance on Fox News Radio.

‘I tend to think they’d be better off in a single-parent household because you’re not modeling homosexual behavior,’ LaBarbera told radio host Alan Colmes yesterday.

‘When you have two men raising a young child, that child grows up learning dysfunction and a sexual perversion as normal. He’s learning a sexual perversion as normality.’

January 1, 2014

The African and diaspora communities have failed to follow in their hero’s footsteps when it comes to LGBTI people

The passing of Nelson Mandela saw mourning around the world – LGBTI activists across the globe, myself included, were among the first to give thanks for his unwavering support on behalf of our civil rights.

During his time as president, Mandela, oftentimes affectionately referred to by his Xhosa clan name ‘Madiba’, or as ‘Tata’ (father) – modeled for the world what an LGBTI-inclusive democracy entailed.

December 18, 2013

Christian Concern's Andrea Minichiello Williams made a speech in Jamaica saying Tom Daley would still be straight if his father did not die of a brain tumour

The Church of England has openly condemned a British bishop who urged Jamaica to keep a law criminalizing homosexuality.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, founder of the United Kingdom’s Christian Concern, has travelled to Jamaica in order to congratulate the island nation on fending of foreign pressure to repeal the ban on gay sex.

She speaking at a conference organized by the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society and the Christian Lawyers’ Association in Kingston.

December 9, 2013

An anti-gay activist trying to keep gay sex illegal in Jamaica suggested Tom Daley’s sexuality is because his dad died and he is looking for a strong father figure

A UK-based anti-gay activist in Jamaica has claimed Tom Daley came out as bisexual because of ‘the lack of a father’.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, co-founder of the UK-based Christian Concern, was in Kingston over the weekend to speak at a ‘pro-family’ conference titled International Law and the Welfare of the Family, organized by the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society and the Christian Lawyers’ Association.

November 17, 2013

Jamaica’s Constitutional Court has ruled that three national television stations can legally refuse to screen a paid public service announcement promoting greater tolerance for homosexuals

The Constitutional Court of Jamaica has thrown out a law suit against three television stations that refused to screen a paid for public service announcement promoting tolerance of gays and lesbians in the Caribbean island nation.

Justices Paulette Williams, Bryan Sykes and Leighton Pusey found that the state owned Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) network could not screen the commercial as it does not screen any kind of paid advertisement.

November 17, 2013

Jamaica’s Constitutional Court has ruled that three national television stations can legally refuse to screen a paid public service announcement promoting greater tolerance for homosexuals

The Constitutional Court of Jamaica has thrown out a law suit against three television stations that refused to screen a paid for public service announcement promoting tolerance of gays and lesbians in the Caribbean island nation.

Justices Paulette Williams, Bryan Sykes and Leighton Pusey found that the state owned Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) network could not screen the commercial as it does not screen any kind of paid advertisement.