Year: 2013

Praise For Nelson But Not Winnie Mandela

For 27 years while Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, Winnie Mandela remained married to him, travelled the world, and raised awareness about the injustices in South Africa. Yes, the street said over and over that Winnie was sleeping around while Nelson

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World AIDS Day 2013 – Goodbye Best Friend!

My best friend contracted HIV when he was around 17 years old. That was 23 years ago, a time when there was insufficient advocacy about the disease, a time when persons hid their diagnosis from even family members because it

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Sister Forces Religion On Dying Gay Atheist

My best friend, who is currently dying in a nursing residence, a friend who is a proud atheist and homosexual, a friend who assigned me as his health care proxy rather than his own family members, faces another hurdle in

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Today is Peace

Today is another great day for me. I feel grounded, independent, confident, affirmed. I am walking the path of my dreams, cheerleading myself (for who else is going to do it for me?), and living and speaking my truth (wasn’t

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Are Gay Tourists Safe In Jamaica?

Many gay American and European friends ask me, “Will I be killed if I visit Jamaica?” I oftentimes find the question offensive and would like to answer saying that Jamaica isn’t a jungle ruled by wild beasts. But from the

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Coping With A Dying Friend

His eyes notice me even as they stay somewhere far most times. His smile remembers me once in a while when it isn’t replaced with a portrait of no sorrow nor joy, or anger: a face I’m unfamiliar with—a face

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Another Death Threat Received

By Maurice Tomlinson In response to my article published in the Jamaica Gleaner today, “Not Cashing in On Gay Tourist Dollar,” I received the following death threat: From: THEDKJ Jones <> To: Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 8:29 AM

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Gay Jamaican Mobbed — Another One

By Maurice Tomlinson On September 20, 2013 after visiting a friend in Newlands, St. Catherine, a 22-year-old Jamaican was walking home. Without warning, a mob of about 20 to 30 men began shouting, “Ketch di battyboy!” meaning catch the faggot.

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Jamaican LGBT Activists Protest In The Heart of Homophobia

LGBT Jamaicans and their allies protested the increased attacks against gay Jamaicans in front of Devon House in the afternoon rain on September 10th.  According to one organizer Angeline Jackson of Quality Citizenship Jamaica (QCJ), the protest was successful “because

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Gay Murders Jamaica – Gay Community Divided

On August 16, 2013, CNN provided Dane Lewis, executive director of Jamaica Forum For Lesbians All-Sexuals & Gay, an opportunity to condemn the murder of cross dresser Dwayne Jones who succumbed to homophobic violence at a party. Out of Dwayne

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