Category: Gay Voices

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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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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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 <dougjones68@gmail.com> To: maurice_tomlinson@yahoo.com 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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Jump In Reported Gay Attacks Across Jamaica

By Maurice Tomlinson In the past month there has been a jump in reported anti-gay attacks across Jamaica: 1) On July 22, 17-year-old cross-dresser Dwayne Long Jones was stabbed and shot to death and thrown into nearby bushes at public street-dance

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Being Black — Oh What A Burden

Let me get to the point quickly and say that I have a burden. I’ve been carrying this elephant for long enough. Now I need an audience to relive me. You don’t have to say a word—Just listen. Because when

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I Failed Oshane Gordon. I Will Not Fail Dwayne Jones

By Maurice Tomlinson In the early morning on August 18, 2011, armed thugs barged into the small home that 16 year-old Oshane Gordon shared with his mother in the resort town of Montego Bay, Jamaica. As Oshane tried to flee through

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