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Jamaican Television Station Refuses To Run Gay PSA: Video


The gay activists at Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays earlier this month released a public service announcement that encourages the island's residents to show their unconditional love for gay family members. The commercial is the first of its kind for the nation.

Unfortunately, it may not be aired: J-Flag announced that the network Television Jamaica refuses to air the ad, because of "'the structure of the announcement, among other things,' including the opposition of homophobic pastors," the Advocate reports.

J-Flag executive director Dane Lewis of course objects to TVJ's opposition, telling local news outlets, "Since we are not directly or indirectly promoting anything that is illegal, love is not illegal, we don't see why we shouldn't be able to go forward, so we are going to continue our discussion and hope that we can quickly come to some solution to have it aired."

Lewis also says they are still in negotiations with other Jamaican networks to air the commercial, which features Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe Christine Straw palling around with her out and proud brother, Matthew Straw.

In case you missed the commercial when Andy first reported on it, I've included it AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The best thing we can do, i.e., the gay community, is to avoid Jamaica entirely and keep our tourist and shopping dollars going to those places that do not discriminate against gays. We should also pressure Congress to stop providing any funding to the Jamaicans - they are your tax dollars, let's make sure they are used in support of freedom and equality.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Aug 17, 2011 10:53:03 AM

  2. I am so SHOCKED that they wouldn't play the PSA. I give these people a lot of credit, but I am not suprised by the reaction. I stop buying Jamacian made products.

    Posted by: Dairyqueen | Aug 17, 2011 11:08:04 AM

  3. Roiling murderous homophobia wasn't always the case in Jamaica. Back in the day Noel Coward had a home there. My late father was from Jamaica. Havn't been back there sicne th year before he died(1963) But the place has dramatically altered. His borhters and their families got out of the place decades back, and have no desire to return. In short it's a hell-hole.

    Not suprising the Jamaica is trying to get some goo PR going for itself, but it won't work. It's a downright dangerous place to go even if you're straight. If you're gay you'd be insane to vacation in Jamaica.

    It'll atke another generation for these Buju Bantons to burn off.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 17, 2011 11:22:50 AM

  4. BIG surprise here. Continue the boycott!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Aug 17, 2011 11:58:55 AM

  5. Jamaica is an awesomely beautiful country, the people however have allowed hatred of gay people to ensure that the country will always on the #1 list of most unfriendly places on Earth, if you're gay. Would not spend a dime there ever again and urge all the ones I know to do the same. I was just speaking of how they have gone so far as to kill and cut gays into pieces, not really inviting to tourists. Boycott Jamaica if your gay, they just might kill you for who you are.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Aug 17, 2011 1:22:22 PM

  6. David, have always enjoyed your posts. Noticed a number of out of character typos. Hope you are well...

    Posted by: MikeyDallas | Aug 17, 2011 1:31:48 PM

  7. It's easy to say we won't visit or buy Jamaican products. And I won't. But this does nothing to help our gay sisters and brothers who live there. They don't have the luxury to wait out the death-by-old-age of the Buju Bantons. That's what is so sad about these places.

    Posted by: Really? | Aug 17, 2011 1:55:41 PM

  8. Miss Stuffed Animal said: "BIG surprise here. Continue the boycott!"

    So says the so-called "blended gender" who wears wigs and makeup, refers to himself as an inanimate asexual object and attacks women with hir gender queer patriarchy!

    Stop bashing trans sisters such as Ashley Love and Autumn Sandeen! Stop attempting erasure of our own self identified trans narratives! Stop with your sexist attacks of Taylor, Pam and Autumn!

    Tell us the real story behind your plushie/fury nickname. And reveal your own queer transgender aka "blended gender" identity, sugah.

    We can wait. Persistence pays when you're telling inconvenient truths. Two weeks, two years, a lifetime, it makes no difference, sugah.

    Posted by: Cognitive Dissonance | Aug 17, 2011 2:26:49 PM

  9. What exactly are these Jamaican products we are boycotting? Cannabis? Do they export anything else other than illegal aliens?

    Posted by: crankyoldqueen | Aug 17, 2011 2:33:32 PM

  10. I doubt this ad would be aired in the "land of the free" USA, either.

    Posted by: prophet | Aug 17, 2011 3:28:11 PM

  11. Cranky: how about Rum: Appleton, Myers, Captain Morgan? Don't put any Captain in you.

    And do not go to Jamaica.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 17, 2011 4:06:09 PM

  12. "Boycott Jamaica if you're gay."

    I would leave out those last three words. I boycotted international companies that were financially supporting the Apartheid regime before It fell in South Africa and I didn't need to be black to be aware of the injustice there.
    My partner's sister, who adores and supports him, talked about having her wedding at Sandals Resorts in Jamaica. He told we couldn't go if she did it there, because not only had that company until recently had a no-gays-welcome policy, but also that the Jamaican government and society had created a very dangerous country for gay people (and really even for straights who wander off their tourist compounds).
    After a local wedding, she ended up honeymooning there anyway, which to me is really a disappointing choice.
    Anyone who believes in human rights and basic security for everyone should not be helping to finance businesses and regimes that make the world more dangerous for people they love.

    Posted by: Gregv | Aug 17, 2011 4:15:49 PM

  13. As someone who grew up in Jamaica, I can tell you that the hatred for gays will never change. When I lived there eons ago, there was not the level of violence against gays as there is now. But the worst thing you could ever be was a "batty man". Nowadays, that hatred has manifested itself in actual violence. I agree with the boycotts. But don't expect it to bring about any change. Avoid the island.

    Posted by: Reggie | Aug 17, 2011 8:34:21 PM

  14. Well, what would you expect when your prime minister is a steaming pile of ignorant bigotry?

    Posted by: wimsy | Aug 18, 2011 3:26:35 PM

  15. Not all Jamaicans are homophobic obviously...i am a Jamaican and I know lots of gay Jamaicans who live freely there. There is no need to financially cripple the country including gay jamaicans to drive the point across, that wont solve the problem, you can force ppl into tolerance, they have to see and accept it for themselves. My cousin who is gay owns a villa and makes an income from it in the tourist area...why should she suffer for TVJs decision not to run this PSA.

    Posted by: Rosemarie | Aug 18, 2011 7:55:22 PM

  16. @ RoseMarie
    The only openly gay Jamaicans that live free are in the local Jamaican cemeteries. My Only gay Jamaican friend fled to another country illegally to finally live live in poverty but without fear of death. You may know some gay Jamaicans, but if your post is truthful in the slightest, they do not live freely in any sense of the word.

    Posted by: ThinkFirst | Aug 21, 2011 10:34:24 PM

  17. @ RoseMarie
    I also noticed how you said live freely there...instead of "here".While of Jamaican heritage yourself, you do not have the authority to speak for Gay Jamaicans living in hell in Jamaica.

    Posted by: ThinkFirst | Aug 21, 2011 10:38:37 PM

  18. Jamaica is poor country a peace loving and God fearing people. They do not at the present willing to accept gays in their beaches working in the street to have two so call men holding hands, next you are going to want to teach the children. We all know what is coming you going to want to adopt. HELL NO! Go and spend your dirty money somewhere else. Jamaica can do without you.

    Posted by: LEON | Aug 22, 2011 8:59:34 PM

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