Archive for ‘homophobia’

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

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November 10, 2012

Javed Jaghai Interview on Jamaican TV

You want bravery and admirable activism well here it is. Javed Jaghai speaking about what it is to be gay in Jamaica. Guaranteed none of the people who go about hating and bashing in Jamaica would have even a tiny percentage of his courage. Now if only I could send the seemingly clueless interviewer that there is a word ‘gay’ and that ‘the homosexual” is only showing she hasn’t attempted to expand her reading horizons much. Maybe I will send her GLAAD guide for Xmas.

“Heterosexuals don’t walk around saying I am heterosexual”  – Oy! Host head slap.

But yes, Jamaica you really are as homophobic as the world thinks you are.

(link via Corve Costa )

November 5, 2012

Brilliant Video Response – UTECH Beating: Jamaicans, Homophobia and Backa Massa’s legacy

Via @georgiap  Needs no comment except to say give this woman a prize.

October 20, 2012

Shane Bitney Crone – NO FREEDOM UNTIL WE ARE EQUAL

I watched this when it was first uploaded and while I loved the general message even if I didn’t necessarily agree with some things like him and his former partner praying to change. Then, I thought about it and it really is his story and his life. The message is powerful.

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

Interview with Rian Merrick of The Silver Lining Foundation

This is a group that I am part of and it is really important. I serve as an adviser but it is an amazing group of young people working to help fight against bullying in schools with a special emphasis on LGBT kids. This might be be very cool in other places but in Trinidad and Tobago it verges on radical because of the hostile legal environment and the acceptable discrimination that exists. Rian did a wonderful job of explaining the SLF  on my program and I am extremely proud of him as I am of the rest of my Silver Lining Foundation family.

October 9, 2012

George Takei For The Win!

George Takei accepts the 2012 LGBT Humanist Pride Award with class and dignity.

July 2, 2012

Anderson Cooper Just Got Even Cooler ( if that is actually possible)

No point going into the already widely distributed details but Anderson Cooper, CNN’s most prominent journalist and one of the world’s most recognizable personalities finally confirmed what many already took for granted.

Via Think Progress

Also, seeing as he is a journalist best known for fearlessness, integrity and honesty – that sort of blows views people in some quarters may have about gay people.

 

June 19, 2012

Seeing Orange – Sweet Short Film

A sweet little short film I just discovered on Vimeo.

He refuses to believe that he could be one of those people. The woman was supposed to help fix him. But still, in spite of it all, the apparition in orange continues to pervade his mind.

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This project was shot on a Canon Rebel T3 and edited together with Sony Vegas Pro 8.0.

Original Vimeo post here in HD

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.