Archive for January, 2013

January 21, 2013

An Historic Day in the US

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January 20, 2013

Same Love Hits #1 on the Australian Charts.

Pretty remarkable.  An awesome song by Macklemore & Ryan ( featured in an earlier post)  but to my knowledge this is the first place it has charted much less hit #1.  Via Same Same  ( @samesame on Twitter) click them to read more.They also featured this lovely remake of the song by a young guy which is pretty poignant and current.

You might also want to ‘Like’  Gay Marriage Rights in Australia on Facebook … just  saying.

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