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Prominent Jamaicans Speak Out Against Homophobia in Powerful New Video Campaign: WATCH


Via Andrés Duque at Blabbeando comes a powerful new video campaign from J-FLAG (Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays) to fight homophobia in that country, including one from the group's director Dane Lewis.

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Says the group:

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 at https://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.

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  1. A lot of that wording doesn't make much sense. And "all-sexuals"?

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 18, 2013 11:00:02 AM

  2. So glad to see this.

    Posted by: db | Jan 18, 2013 12:34:23 PM

  3. Just watched a Bob Marley documentary last night and it's great to see some Jamaicans promoting the peace,love and justice he promoted in the world! Good for you Jamaica for having a heart and soul AND expressing it in the world. Namaste

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jan 18, 2013 12:50:54 PM

  4. This is a small step in the right direction.

    It's a shame Jamaican tourism hasn't been hurt more by the endemic homophobia there.

    Whenever people tell me they are going to Jamaica for vacation, I think less of them. I assume they are uninformed and uninterested in becoming so. Anyone who cared about the world around them wouldn't spend money (on vacation or otherwise) that benefited the Jamaican economy.

    Just an awful place with little hope, but maybe things can be turned around in a few generations.

    Posted by: Fahd | Jan 18, 2013 1:09:01 PM

  5. It's a start. They have an uphill battle.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 18, 2013 1:38:20 PM

  6. Unfortunately they need support from the government. Jamaica currently has one of the worst records of gay murders in the whole world and the government has done NOTHING to stop it. In fact, in many cases the government has chosen to ignore the problem and let the murders continue.

    I will never visit that island. It has too much violence and murder and the government allows it to happen.

    I have much sympathy for all of the people - gay or straight - who live in such a horrible place.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 18, 2013 2:31:55 PM

  7. So Fahd is saying that everyone in Jamaica should suffer because they have a belief. I bet you are one of the few who would want our country to become like some of those Asian countries where women sell their little boys on the street to you gay men. Shame on you. Well I know this site is pro-gay so lemme see if you are just a bigot by stifling other side of the comment

    Posted by: Farooq | Jan 18, 2013 8:34:43 PM

  8. @Farooq

    This small island country relies on Travel and Tourism to keep their paltry economy alive. If governments and people aren't willing to change, then the country suffers.

    This is campaign is meant to start changing the atrocious attitudes towards the LGBTQ community.

    Would YOU go to this place for a vacation knowing that your safety could be jeopardized at any moment and the likelihood of someone actually helping you might be non-existent?

    Posted by: KDNA | Jan 18, 2013 10:53:26 PM

  9. I don't think its a "shame" that Jamaica hasn't been hurt by gay boycotts or avoidance, and from talking to people who know the country, it isn't a "horrible" or "hopeless" place either.

    However, and as much as I hate to miss out on a beautiful and historically significant place, my partner and I will probably never go because we wouldn't feel safe. It's also one of the many places (not all outside of the USA...) where I worry about the welfare of LGBT people.

    So it is hopeful and wonderful to see these messages coming from inside Jamaica, and makes me remember that even in places where homophobia seems intractable, things can and will change. How long ago were attitudes the same here?

    Posted by: Jakey76 | Jan 19, 2013 1:59:33 AM

  10. It's really nice to see our Jamaican friends stand up and speak out. Thank you.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 19, 2013 3:24:35 AM

  11. To Farooq and others of his/her ilk:
    Remember that that there are hundreds of similar islands whose residents are just as deserving of tourists' money, and who are not living in a backward state that belittles us gays.
    Why not give them our material contribution for a change?!

    Posted by: neil T | Jan 19, 2013 11:39:51 AM

  12. Jamaica Do not condone..promote gay life....kill dem all an done...Dem kill bogle...fi watch fag march...any gay march out..get scorch out..dun dem..no long talkin...Boom bye bye...

    Posted by: mogle | Jan 20, 2013 8:32:56 AM

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