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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.

November 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

October 18, 2013

Jamaican police officers burned the belongings of ‘unruly gay men’ living in and around a gully in New Kingston

Jamaican police officers have burned the property of gay and bisexual men living in New Kingston.

The officers from St Andrews Central Police burned clothing and other property of the men who are living in and around Trafalgar Road.

A TV report of the raid on 15 October claims some of the men were male prostitutes working one of the area’s busiest streets.

The report also says police and security guards accuse them of throwing missiles at local businesses and verbally harassing male employees.

October 17, 2013

Sorry! Dr Donald Stewart to whom Gay Star News has unreservedly apologised for falsely accusing him of two counts of indecent assault

On 25 August 2013 we published an article and a photo of Dr Donald Stewart with the headline "Demonologist pastor says 'homosexual issue' needs to be corrected."

Our article stated that Dr Stewart was a paedophile who had been convicted of two counts of indecent assault on a child as part of his role supervising the Swift Purcell Boys Home, Jamaica, in 2009.

In fact, a different Donald Stewart, a pastor in St Mary's, Jamaica, had been convicted of this offence.

October 10, 2013

Now homeless, the men are later denied police protection

A house in Jamaica where four gay men were living was attacked and fire-bombed by a mob of 14 on Tuesday night.

The house Porto Bello, St James, was believed to be the last place where gender non-conforming teen Dwayne Jones lived before he was 'chopped and stabbed' to death at a party in July.

The men, who were friends of Jones, had been living in the house for two years.

September 23, 2013

After cries of 'kill the battyman!', a gay rights activist believes this incident is another that proves homophobic attacks are rising on the Caribbean island

A gay man narrowly escaped being stoned to death by a mob in Jamaica on Saturday (21 September).

The young man, who has asked to not be named, was walking home after visiting a friend in St Catherine, south-east Jamaica.

Maurice Tomlinson, a gay rights activist based in Jamaica, reports at around 11pm, he was set upon and stoned by a mob of men shouting ‘Kill the battyman.’

It was also believed they yelled ‘ketch di battyboy’ [catch the faggot], ‘hol him no mek him get way’ [hold him and don’t let him escape.’

September 13, 2013

Reverend Irene Monroe examines how history, culture, religion, law and a sexual health crisis conspire to fuel gay hate in Jamaica

Dwayne Jones, 16, was the pretty girl with the lovely long legs, chiseled cheekbones and fierce dance moves all the boys at the party were vying to get next to. At first no one questioned Jones’ gender – the transgender teen in female attire finally coming out.

September 3, 2013

Jamaican Assistant Police Commissioner Devon Watkis has claimed that LGBTs are no more at risk of being victims of crime than other Jamaicans despite a rash of homophobic attacks in the Caribbean nation

Jamaica’s Assistant Commissioner of Police has claimed that LGBT people are no more at risk of being victims of crime than any other group in the face of a series of homophobic hate crimes in the island nation.

‘Our numbers generally show that we have had some violence committed against the citizens of Jamaica, inclusive of all groups,’ Assistant Commissioner Devon Watkis told Jamaica’s The Gleaner newspaper.

August 26, 2013

Says one angry resident: 'We're not going to stand for it'

Five gay men became trapped in their home in Jamaica by a mob of people who believed they made statements aimed at trying to turn young people in their village gay.

Police in the village of Green Mountain were able to finally disperse the crowd in the incident last week that surfaced on YouTube today. The gay men were taken to safety by police.

August 21, 2013

Peaceful protest hopes to prompt Jamaican authorities to investigate murder of trans teen Dwayne Jones and bring attackers to justice

A peaceful protest will take place in London to demand justice for murdered Jamaican transgender teen Dwayne Jones on 28 August.

Organized by African LGBTI Out & Proud Diamond Group, the protest is to be held outside the Jamaican Embassy in the Briitsh capital. A vigil will follow on from the protest.

Jones, 16, was murdered in July after attending a straight house party dressed as a woman.

She was beaten, stabbed, shot and run over by a car after a female attendee outed her as trans.

August 1, 2013

Jamaican Anglican priest Reverend Father Sean Major-Campbell says that tolerance for LGBT people is a matter of when and not if for the Caribbean island nation

The Reverend Father Sean Major-Campbell has said that Jamaica is destined to become tolerant of homosexuality and that most of the opposition to it is based on hypocrisy.

‘When the subject of homosexuality is addressed in church, it would be more helpful if the approach sought to wrestle honestly with searching questions versus using the Bible to beat people over their heads,’ the Anglican minister told Jamaica’s The Gleaner newspaper.

August 1, 2013

Jamaican Anglican priest Reverend Father Sean Major-Campbell says that tolerance for LGBT people is a matter of when and not if for the Caribbean island nation

The Reverend Father Sean Major-Campbell has said that Jamaica is destined to become tolerant of homosexuality and that most of the opposition to it is based on hypocrisy.

‘When the subject of homosexuality is addressed in church, it would be more helpful if the approach sought to wrestle honestly with searching questions versus using the Bible to beat people over their heads,’ the Anglican minister told Jamaica’s The Gleaner newspaper.

July 25, 2013

'Jamaica cannot become the place of choice to raise families if we continue killing our children'

The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) is condemning the murder this week of a 17-year-old non-gender conforming teen Dwayne Jones by a mob at a party.

July 23, 2013

A 17-year-old was attacked by a large crowd of party-goers, who dumped the remains of his body behind some bushes on a road

A Jamaican cross-dressing teen was ‘chopped and stabbed’ to death by a mob last night (22 July).

The 17-year-old was dressed as a woman and dancing with another guy at a party in St James.

At the party by the river, a woman recognized the teen as a male and told other people.

According to local media reports, one of the men ‘held onto the teen, searched him and discovered that he was in fact, male’.