Topics :: Jamaica

Jamaican Ends Legal Challenge to Anti-Sodomy Law

By David McFadden | Saturday Aug 30, 2014
A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes.

New Effort to Halt Spread of HIV in the Caribbean

By David McFadden | Thursday May 8, 2014
In much of the world, giving out condoms and guidance to gay, bisexual and transgender sex workers is routine. But reaching out to men who have sex with men is practically revolutionary in parts of the English-speaking Caribbean.

Biden Pushes for ENDA, Blasts Human Rights Abuses

By Winnie McCroy | Sunday Mar 23, 2014
At a Human Rights Campaign Gala this weekend in Los Angeles, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a powerful speech to 1,000 guests, putting the world on blast for human rights abuses by focusing on the floundering Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Pulitzer Center Film Fest Begins With Look at Jamaica’s LGBT Community

By Will O’Bryan | Thursday Sep 19, 2013
Documentary filmmaker Micah Fink might be straight, but sometimes in Jamaica’s highly homophobic culture, the ’’ally’’ badge alone is enough to cause anxiety. Fink talks about the film he’s made examining Jamaican anti-gay sentiment.

In Jamaica, Transgender Teen Murdered by Mob

By David McFadden | Sunday Aug 11, 2013
Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up.

Group: Jamica Must Probe Cross-Dresser’s Slaying

Thursday Aug 1, 2013
A New York-based human rights group is calling for Jamaican police to conduct a full investigation into the mob killing of a teenage cross-dresser.

Jamaican Seeking Changes to Anti-Sodomy Law

Tuesday Jun 25, 2013
A gay rights activist is asking Jamaica’s Supreme Court to overturn a colonial-era law that bans sex between men.

Jamaica Church Leaders Rally For Anti-Sodomy Law

By David McFadden | Sunday Jun 23, 2013
everal church pastors in Jamaica led a revival meeting Sunday to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country’s anti-sodomy law and turn back what they see as increasing acceptance of homosexuality.

2 Guards in Jamaica Accused of Beating Gay Student

Monday Nov 5, 2012
Two security guards at a university in Jamaica have been released from duty as police investigate accusations that they assaulted a student believed to be gay.

Pro-Gay Prime Minister Signals Change in Homophobic Jamaica

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday Jan 5, 2012
Portia Simpson-Miller was recently elected and sworn in as Jamaica’s new prime minster. Despite the country’s views on homosexuality are extremely poor, Simpson-Miller says she will allow gays to serve in her cabinet and will possibly support gay rights.