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25,000 Jamaicans March In Opposition To The ‘Gay Agenda’ - VIDEO

Anti-gay march in jamaica

On June 28, when cities across the world were celebrating Pride, an estimated 25,000 Jamaicans took part in a rally in Kingston to stop the “gay agenda,” according to The Jamaica Observer.

Jamaica has a history of violence against it's LGBTI citizens.

A coalition of church groups organized the rally to address their opposition to “the homosexual agenda” and what they claim is a growing threat to fundamental rights and freedoms.

The umbrella group CAUSE (Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation) was set up following the removal of Professor Brendan Bain as Director of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network at the University of the West Indies. Bain’s removal came after claims by gay and human rights activists that he had lost the confidence of the community that the programme was established to serve.

According to the Jamaica Observer, rally chairman Alvin Bailey said:

"We will do all that is righteous and godly to accomplish the cause. Our emancipation means standing up for strong families, our emancipation means standing against the homosexuality agenda, emancipation for us means standing up against the repealing of the buggery law.”

Writing anonymously on 76Crimes, a Canadian-based Jamaican activist said:

"I know that in Jamaica, as in other countries that have successfully addressed this issue, love will speak louder than hate. However, as I march in the streets of Toronto with my inclusive church community, I will sadly reflect on the needless pain that blind evangelical religious ideology has inflicted on my “One Love” island. I pray that the voices of tolerant religious leaders will be amplified in my beloved homeland. Until then, I march, and speak, for those who cannot, even though my doing so is often tinged with sadness."

Watch a Jamaican television report about a homophobic gang attack on a gay man last month, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Translation: 25,000 jamaicans have been successfully tricked into ignoring how their own government has allowed them to remain in abject poverty.

    ever been to Jamaica? lemme tell you - it's not as if this place is a Utopic heaven "except for all those gays ruining everything" - it's an island of depressing poverty and crime. and the gov't doesn't care about its citizens. so they keep the anti-gay fires going as a distraction.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 2, 2014 11:53:23 AM

  2. The 'Gay Agenda'? That language sounds very familiar. Could it be that the phrase has been transplanted there by none other than 'Porno' Pete LaBarbera and his cohorts?

    Posted by: Peter Hargmier | Jul 2, 2014 11:54:08 AM

  3. "tinged with sadness"!?

    Oh really? F YOU. I am getting really tired of these gay black apologist activists who try and water down the hate that exists within the black community when it comes to homophobia.

    Why in the h*ll will love conquer all in GD Jamaica?? Since when has Jamaica ever shown love for ANYTHING? It's consistently been the most aggressive and negative country in the Caribbean to visit. And they are PROUD of it!

    It's cruel and disingenuous. As he sits there in the comfort of Canadian progression, to write such a patronizing message anonymously is disgusting.

    The only people who can condemn any of this and have ANY effect in the West are black people of power in the said country. White people saying anything will create cries of 'Imperialism!!'

    If the white blogs don't report it though, then the black gay and liberal activists decry 'racism in the gay community!'

    Urgh. Such BS.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 2, 2014 11:57:11 AM

  4. "LGBTI"

    What? It's LGBTQIA!!!!! Why does this person hate the queers or is it questioning? and asexuals? WHY??????

    "Since when has Jamaica ever shown love for ANYTHING?"

    Smokin' the herb and music. Just sayin'.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 2, 2014 12:01:26 PM

  5. I wish the mainstream media would pick up on just how truly awful Jamaica is. The average person in America thinks it as a laid-back paradise when in reality it's a violent bigot-filled hellhole. Fighting Jamaican backwardness and ignorance should be a high priority for LGBT activist groups.

    Posted by: ozu | Jul 2, 2014 12:02:12 PM

  6. Oooh we have gay racists AND gay separatists in one thread. What diversity.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 2, 2014 12:03:49 PM

  7. you should take your anger and fully articulate it, non-anonymously Rowan.

    as in, make a post about how deeply you care about this, and show yourself in the post. to make the point you seem to want to be making.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 2, 2014 12:04:52 PM

  8. Whatever. Stop sending money to that dump.

    Posted by: Hrm | Jul 2, 2014 12:14:46 PM

  9. Classic: Bully Kiwi defends someone being anonymous because he agrees with him, but if he didn't, it would be the usual "Post your blog URL!!!!!" nonsense. Rowan made his point, *I* had no problem understanding it. There is racism in the gay community, to deny that is flat out stupid, but he makes some good points about the situation in Jamaica.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 2, 2014 12:18:17 PM

  10. @OZU,

    "Fighting Jamaican backwardness and ignorance should be a high priority for LGBT activist groups."

    And exactly how do you suggest they do that?

    I agree that countries like Jamaica and Barbados are extremely backward but they are also extremely resentful of outside influences unless they happen to be American Christians that are spreading their message of hatred and intolerance.

    Posted by: ok-then | Jul 2, 2014 12:19:52 PM

  11. There's a reason they call it the third world.

    Posted by: Arkansassy | Jul 2, 2014 12:23:42 PM

  12. I noticed they like to use the word "emancipation", but they obviously don't know what it means.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Jul 2, 2014 12:24:35 PM

  13. henry holland - grow a pair

    i proudly marched alongside a number of people this year at pride who were marching because, back home, they'd go to jail or be killed for it. marchers from Uganda, Jamaica, and a brilliant young teen from Russia who's been beaten by cops since He refuses to not speak up and stand out.

    then some anonymous wimp on the internet condemns "anonymity", while making an anonymous comment. i merely point out their inconsistency. your obsession with me is pathetic. sack up, wimp. and for once in your life do something to help others.

    the situation in jamaica? that rich white americans have gone to jamaica to stir up anti-gay hatred, just as they've gone to russia, uganda, etc.

    and like i pointed out - it's a political distraction. march against the gays to ignore your country has turned its back on helping your poverty levels and rampant crime.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 2, 2014 12:33:26 PM

  14. @ "Oooh we have gay racists AND gay separatists in one thread. What diversity."

    Using Tyler's posting name again, huh Rick?

    Rick, your brain is one mass of demonic diversity.

    I have an acquaintance who is familiar with Jamaica (atleast the big urban areas). He's a lawyer for our city. He always thought the coverage of anti-Gay activity in Jamaica was exaggerated. He goes there twice a year for a couple of weeks to see his Jamaican partner/lover. Well, recently he's made progress on trying to get his partner/lover here to the United States--which I'm happy about.

    I don't know what the fvck to think about the Caribbean. I know that there are LGBT Caribbean folks there, and I care about them.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 2, 2014 12:33:34 PM

  15. Jamaica is a hellhole that should be boycotted by everyone, but especially glbtq people. I feel sorry for the gay people who cannot leave, but the only way their backward society will be improved is when outsiders tell them how unacceptable their bigotry is.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 2, 2014 12:39:33 PM

  16. Jay - and when "outsiders" like white american evangelicals, stop going to jamaica to PROMOTE ANTI-GAY HATRED.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 2, 2014 12:46:35 PM

    I go the Caribb. a few times a year ( well, at least twice) US Virgin Islands.....St.Croix specifically.
    They have quite a few gay visitors and the place is safe and very beautiful.
    I've never had a problem there; and come to think of it there are many gay residents there as well.
    But I have only heard bad stories about's said to be very anti-gay and violent.
    i will not be going there.
    Of course Jamaica is ex- British and St. Croix is ex-Danish.
    And in St. Croix they are very proud of their Danish heritage with many Danes visiting every year.

    The 1861 Offences Against the Person Act was a British statute criminalizing male homosexuality (not female, Queen Victoria didn't believe it existed) still operative in ex-British Uganda.

    As someone else writes, "just saying".

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 2, 2014 12:52:38 PM

  18. It's only hearsay, but I too have heard that the evangelicals have been active in Jamaica.

    The evangelicals seem to spawn on poverty by dishing up some delusional mirage that the hereafter will be worth all the suffering of oppression here and now.

    Evangelicals are the ultimate scum.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 2, 2014 1:01:43 PM

  19. "sack up, wimp. and for once in your life do something to help others"

    Hahahaha, you're pathetic, you failed actor. You and your sort are hilarious, thinking that just because you blog about something, you're actually doing something. I was out of the closet while living on military bases where my Dad was stationed before you were even born, you loser; I got spat on while marching against the Briggs Initiative *in 1978*; I marched in Washington and other places when you were still in diapers; I've spent more time outside supermarkets trying to get people to sign petitions and getting yelled at than you've had hot dinners; I watched dozens of friends die of a hideous disease and marched and did all the usual ACTUP stuff while you were still in kindergarten.

    So, like, whatever.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 2, 2014 1:03:28 PM

  20. So like, calm your tits and I call your bluff.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 2, 2014 1:06:29 PM

  21. Actually, Derrick, that comment really was me. Rowan is actually Rick, and was saying extremely racist things. Henry Holland was ridiculing the LGBTQIA acronym (hence posting gay separatist sentiments).

    But for a story that has very little to do with race and everything to do with imperialism and religious fanaticism, that the first couple of comments pinning the blame on race and ridiculing the smaller factions of the LGBTQIA community are an ironic portrait at the diversity of ideas that now populate this site.

    Sarcasm is hard to convey in comment form.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 2, 2014 1:08:42 PM

  22. Who cares what Jamacians think? Or Nigerians? Or Russians? They are all third-world un-evolved apes who just want to thump their chests. As the anti-gay losers in the US get squeezed out, we'll need a place to send them anyway.

    Posted by: apex | Jul 2, 2014 1:14:25 PM

  23. "Henry Holland was ridiculing the LGBTQIA acronym (hence posting gay separatist sentiments)"

    If mocking the increasingly absurd alphabet soup that Professional Gays are pushing is "separatist", I'm fine with that. It's funny to see how people that spout that nonsense can't even agree what the T is for, transexual or transvestive or what the Q is for, queer or questioning.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 2, 2014 1:17:56 PM

  24. It's patronizing to blame the bigotry in Jamaica on the corrupt government and "rich white Americans." Bigoted Jamaicans are responsible for their own bigotry just as much as governments and churches that encourage and take advantage of it. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of political science knows that political and "leaders" very rarely lead public opinion. They simply take advantage of existing bigotries. The lion's share of the blame for the situation in Jamaica should go where it belongs: The bigoted Jamaican people.

    Posted by: Merv | Jul 2, 2014 1:21:48 PM

  25. Henry Holland - you fool nobody. I call your bluff on all you've said.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 2, 2014 1:22:51 PM

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