Americas / Commentary

Jamaica: ‘Human rights … should never be put to a vote’

The Rev. Sean Major-Campbell, rector of Christ Church in Vineyard Town, Jamaica, has spoken out against a proposal by newly elected Prime Minister Andrew Holness to hold a referendum on the nation’s anti-gay buggery law, which is a remnant of British rule. Excerpts from Major-Campbell’s commentary in the Jamaica Gleaner: “It does sound good to … Continue reading


Jamaican tabloid’s strategy: Boost homophobia

A Jamaican activist writes: HOMOPHOBIC JAMAICA OBSERVER SEEKS TO POISON PARLIAMENTARY VOTE? The homophobic tabloid, the Jamaica Observer (owned by the principals of Sandals Resorts) published this very suspect article on the front page [June 11]: Male jogger gang-raped Man assaulted in early-morning attack by armed men at Queen Hill. PEOPLE who flock Queen Hill … Continue reading


Jamaica’s anti-gay law is up for parliamentary review

Jamaican legislators likely will review the nation’s anti-gay law as part of a legally required examination of laws related to sexual offenses. “There is a provision for reviewing the Sexual Offences Act every five years, and the Act was promulgated in 2009,” Justice Minister Sen. Mark Golding said, as quoted in the anti-gay Jamaica Observer. Golding … Continue reading


8 arrests, not help, for homeless Jamaican LGBTs

Police in New Kingston, Jamaica, arrested eight homeless men on robbery charges  Dec. 1, even as concerned Jamaican citizens and activists work to help LGBT men forced to live in the sewers. Some activists expressed doubt that police were targeting the right people. Others saw criminal behavior as a predictable outcome of unrelenting homophobic harassment … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

Plea for Jamaican LGBT rights now that ‘gay cure’ lie is past

Jamaican LGBT activist Angeline Jackson contributed this commentary about Exodus International and Jamaica’s anti-gay movement.  Jackson is convenor of Quality of Citizenship Jamaica , which works with both young and aging lesbians, bisexuals, and other women who have sex with women. Editing is by Hilaire Sobers and Colin Stewart. For almost 40 years Exodus International lied … Continue reading