Archive for ‘human rights’

January 18, 2013

Jamaicans Speak Out Via J-FLAG

Nice to see that Jamaicans are continuing to work to make a change. A series of  videos designed to address homophobia in Jamaica.

To the music of Mackelmore and Ryan who created the wonderful ‘Same Love’ video.

Blabbeando reports that J-FLAG produced a series of videos to address the issue.

J-FLAG Boss Headlines New Human Rights Video Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dane Lewis, the executive director of J-FLAG, Jamaica’s foremost gay rights advocacy organisation, is headlining a new a human rights video campaign featuring straight, gay and lesbian Jamaicans.

The campaign, which is called We Are Jamaicans was launched today to raise awareness among Jamaicans about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identity and community, human rights, stigma and discrimination. We Are Jamaicans is a participatory video campaign hosted on YouTube athttps://www.youtube.com/user/EqualityJA. It features prominent Jamaicans such as Susan and Alexis Goffe and Javed Jaghai.

According to Lewis, “the campaign was developed following recommendations from consultations with LGBT persons, activists and allies to show the experiences of Jamaica’s LGBT community in a more diverse way.”

There is an urgent need to interrupt prevailing discourse on LGBT realities in Jamaica. Opportunities must be created for Jamaicans to see and hear about the experiences of LGBT people so they can understand what it means to be LGBT.

“Regrettably, the diversity and the complexity of Jamaica’s LGBT community is masked by media and advocacy narratives that too often focus on sex, victimhood, crime and HIV. These themes are not identity-affirming and they sometimes further entrench the marginal position of LGBT people in the society,” Lewis said.

Javed Jaghai, an openly gay Jamaican, says that ignorance helps to fuel homophobia and the campaign will be critical for increasing understanding among the Jamaican public about gender and sexuality variance. “By diversifying the stories told about LGBT lives, the complexity of LGBT identities will be made apparent and it will be easier to evoke empathy and secure general support for tolerance,” he highlighted.

The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) through its Global Fund Vulnerablised Project funds the campaign. It is expected to lead to greater understanding and help change minds and hearts about Jamaica’s LGBT community. Gay, lesbian and straight Jamaicans are encouraged to use creative ways of sharing their experiences with LGBT issues and join the campaign whether they wish to show their face or not.

Contact: Dane Lewis | Executive Director

P.O. Box 1152, Kingston 8 T: 978-8988 | M: 875 2328 | F: 946-3244

W: http://www.jflag.org | E: admin@jflag.org | T: @equalityJA

Watch the series on http://blabbeando.blogspot.com/2013/01/we-are-jamaicans-campaign-against.html#.UPoNtW99IeX

October 17, 2012

The Ripple Effect

The great young people at the Silver Lining Foundatiopn in T&T have created a new anti-bullying campaign with a special emphasis on LGBT kids. Proud of them as always. Why not make your own to support them.

 

October 10, 2012

Now Open: LGBT Flash Mob in Vietnam [HD]

Too cute. Not exactly my idea of a flash mob when you have  track cameras but still.

October 8, 2012

Sally Field Receives HRC’s Ally For Equality Award

Her son Sam pays moving tribute to his mom Sally Field . Best Sally Field quote at 12:58  “And so the fuck what?”

September 17, 2012

The State of the LGBT Movement: A Panel Discussion

Very interesting discussion sponsored by HRC and Google.

May 21, 2012

Since when was ‘normal’ the gold standard for good?

Those who obsess about others not being ‘normal’ should learn that on a cosmic level our little blue planet isn’t normal either.

May 12, 2012

Add All Three

ieTV’s coverage of a bold and historic protest in Port of Spain, Trinidad calling for the Equal Opportunity Act to include age, sexual orientation and HIV status to its anti-discrimination protections.  The reporter, like most of those who covered the event, included same sex marriage though that was not one of the calls that CAISO was making at this time.

May 10, 2012

Foamy the Squirrel Tackles Same-Sex Marriage

This is really excellent and makes perfect sense.

May 10, 2012

I Love The Magnetic Fields

Another beautiful song  from a band I love.

April 25, 2012

University Students Against Homophobia – Get REAL Presents “To My Grade 7 Self”

Via Bruce Bishop

The reactions of regret as you go along in the video are deeply moving. “And you’re going to say sorry and that’s not going to mean anything because you can’t take it back.”

Get REAL is a university student-driven initiative aimed at eliminating homophobia in creative and dynamic ways. It is open to any and all who wish to stand up and speak out against discrimination.

We started in February of 2011 with the aim of running workshops in junior high and high schools, led by university students; this remains our long-term goal. We currently run awareness and advocacy campaigns at Western, as well as wider-reaching initiatives, like this video. Please share.

If you want to find out more, how to get involved, or even how to bring Get REAL to your university campus, visit us here:

Page: facebook.com/wegetreal
Twitter: @getrealuwo
Email: getrealuwo@gmail.com

CTV news has more here.

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