In this section, I will provide information found on the Internet connected to homophobia depicted in dancehall music
plus the evolution of the topic in the Caribbean context from 1976 to present time
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January 11, 2013: Sizzla Rejects Jamaican Gays Olive Branch "Fire Bun"
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Sizzla Kalonji wants nothing to do with gays and he is making it clear. The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), recently extended an olive branch to the reggae veteran in an effort to ease tension between them. But Sizzla Kalonji rejected their offer. The J-Flag group is showing their support to select dancehall artists who they believe has toned down their anti-gay lyrics over the years. One such artist is Beenie Man, who made a controversial apology to the gay community in a video on YouTube last year. Sizzla, however, is holding firm on his stance on gays. This is what Kalonji said "I, personally, as Sizzla and president of the Nyabinghi theocracy, I don't want no sponsor from no homosexual," he declared. "We are a people of the Almighty God. We are a biblical people. Jamaica is a Bible island. We live by the principle of the Almighty and in our Bible that we read, in the Hebrew Bible, we totally abandon homosexuals. We are against it. So we don't need no support from them. Fire bun!" Reggae/dancehall artists and gays across the world have been bitter enemies for several years. However, tension has simmered a bit after several artists signed the Reggae Compassionate Act. Sizzla is one of many artists who signed the document." (more on the link below)
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Urban Islandz) (Jamaica Gleaner)

SIZZLA HOMOPHOBIC SPEECH AT STING 2012 (One876Entertainment)
SIZZLA IS NOT THE PRESIDENT OF THE RASTAFARI MOVEMENT (RastaItes.com)
SIZZLA PERMORM 'TO THE POINT' (Susumba)

••• I was away for four months, but now I'm back. I will
include some of the missing news in early June •••

January 19, 2013: Was there ever a Rebel Salute without homophobic comments?
I've been covering the Rebel Salute 'excess' for many years on this site. Rebel Salute is an annual Jamaican concert that features a mainly artists that were popular in the past decade combined with a few roots artists from the seventies. This year it's I-Wayne and Queen Ifrica (and probably other artists) that use their mics to put down gays. Excerpt from the Jamaica Observer "I Wayne announced himself with his trademark phrase "Lavaground". In addition to performing his hit of the same name, Book of Life and Living in Love, I Wayne lashed out at homosexuals, politicians, paedophiles and 'Babylon system', much to the delight of the audience who lit their lighters and waved their flags in approval". Queen Ifrica also performed her anti-gay anthem "Keep It To Yourself".
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Jamaica Observer)

February 15, 2013: Screening of the LGBT documentary 'Taboo Yardies' in Jamaica
The documentary took four years to complete due to financial problems but Jamaican born model and filmaker Selena Blakee was able to complete her film and present it last year at Miami LGBT Film Festival (see May 2, 2012 for more details). Nine months later, she brings her documentary in Jamaica. There was two official screenings on Febryuary 15, the first one being at University of the West Indies (UWI) and the second one at the University of Technology (UTECH). The film was also presented at J-FLAG and Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL). At time of writing these lines, the documentary can be purchase for download (10$) for a one day viewing. Many short interviews were done with Jamaicans that assist the documentary and can be found in the link below. Definitively worth taking the time to watch the documentary and those interviews. (more on the link below)
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Taboo Yardies) (Gay Jamaica Watch) (Twelve Short Interviews)

April 25, 2013: Elephant Man plans to sue local radio station over gay article
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Following an article posted on the website of a popular local radio station, dancehall artiste Elephant Man says he intends to take legal action. The article, headlined 'Elephant Man caught with gay men in his pool', alleges that Elephant Man's gardener walked in on the artiste who was at the time sharing the company of men dressed in female clothing. News of the controversial post quickly began to spread to several websites, the post itself receiving over 2,000 hits in less than an hour on the local radio station's website. (more on the link below)
(Jamaica Star) (Soul Central TV)
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Gay Jamaica Watch)

April 29, 2013: Jason Collins is the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay. I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand. My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons. (more on the link below)
(Sports Illustrated)
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MTV News)


May 17, 2013: International Day Against Homophobia – Africans Arise!
Today is International Day Against Homophobia. I was making a search on YouTube and came across this very interesting video. I'm sharing it with you. The video was recorded by someone who has a YouTube channel named 'Africans Arise'. Still browsing, I found out about the coming out of an African American R&B singer in July 2012 (see upper on this page) and more recenly, the coming out of Jason Collins, the basketball player. Things are indeed evolving, thanks to charismatic leaders that are paving the way.
(Africans Arise: Homophobic Hypocrisy) (Short documentary (in French)) (Kenya gay activists walk)
(FRENCH DOCUMENTARY: Pas gaie d'être homo PART 1) (PART 2) In the second part of this french documentary, you can see extracts from 'The Draker Side Of Black' a British documentary partly filmed in Jamaica in 1994. There is also an interview with the french producer of 'Dakan' (aka: Destiny), the first African movie on homosexuality, filmed in Guinea in 1997. The next link is a work in progress, something I'm doing in my spare times: Guide to LGBT documentaries and films with African descents

 

One more for the road! Filmed in Bahamas, this Caribbean movie will be the cornerstone of a generation that is lacking movie references about their everyday struggle: Children Of God . Schools should be presenting this one in order to open a dialogue and challenge discrimination, and welcome overstanding. Guidance.

May 30, 2013: Voice from the street: Beenie Man apology [older news]
FROM MAY 2012: OK this is not new, but I just found it on YouTube. It worth watching it. What surprises me and to notice that YouTube is not allowing people to comment on this video. This is the first time I'm seeing that on that channel. Are we starting to see censorship appearing on YouTube? Anyway, with my webpage, I'm able to put my 2-cent: Am I surprise to ear those comments?Not really. Disapointed? Yes, as it's sad to see how people are behaving in general. Out of the 11 people interviewed on that clip, only one person talk about inclusion. Majority of other people (if not all) think that after performing at least three dozens of songs that propmote hatered and violence towards people that are marginalised in a society, the guy hows no appology. They all seems to think it's purely a international move for commercial achievement. No one seems to come across the line that maybe, just a maybe the artist was able to mature, reflect upon his past and decide to move on from it. It's true that he is a business man and that's at leats one of his concern. But I think he is bright enough to get tired at one point of being labeled as someone who promote discrimination. Anybody with an once of dignity would like to walk away from this. I hope that Selena Blake documentary Taboo Yardies will be broadcast on national TV in Jamaica.
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Jamaica Observer: Voice From The Street)

June 8, 2012: Don't belive the hype: The guy that pushed Capleton is NOT a gay activist
It's been reported on several websites that Capleton got pushed by a white man on drugs that was aparently a gay activist. The last part of the information is false. I selected four different comments, it seems like the story that the he was a gay activist may come from the guy that pushed him offstage name King Schascha, which is the following: "Honestly I felt bad for dumping kid off stage. He was high on acid and he is also Gay. That was the reason he attacked Capleton he had a group of friends egging him on also. And they didn't like the fact that previously Capleton has bun out the Gay community. At this show Capleton never said anything damaging to the Gay society. I could have handled the situation better but at the moment I just went with the flow. If you look at the video there was some concern for the Guy when he hit the floor by Capleton and myself, but he then flipped us the bird and yelled fuck you, that's when you saw Capleton say come on” Comment by a friend of the guy: "He dislocated his elbow and fractured his wrist. He went to the hospital and came back that same night. He is a friend of mine, and feels bad about the whole situation. What happened is not in his nature.”

Comment by a gay activist that made researches on the Internet by comparing comments posted on several forums: "I do think that the guy who assaulted Capleton should have been arrested. He evidently was back the next day at the festival. There don't seem to be any "Reggae in the Hills" festival security people near the stage in the videos. It shouldn't have been possible for this guy to get on stage in the first place. And he certainly should not have been able to get on stage a second time and to assault Capleton for a second time. The man who threw him off the stage, "King Schascha," isn't even a security guard. He is a performer from Trinidad who was waiting to perform. He did not perform.” Comment coming from a friend of the guy who went onstage: "To clear up the story. The man who got thrown off stage is my friend. He acted alone. He isn't a gay rights activist seeking revenge on a reggae star. He was under some substances that were sold to him in the middle of the food court. He is really sorry about the whole thing. I was told by the man himself that he believed Capleton to be his best friend and wanted to get onstage and give him a hug. He is a big fan of Capleton actually. He did dislocate his elbow, and fracture his wrist. He is not seeking any legal action in the matter. Many lies going round, but this is the truth.
(more on the link below)
(YouTube clip) (Forum No.1) (Forum No.2)(Reggae On The Hill) (WRONG INFO: Urban Islandz)

NOTE: The following link brings a very sad incident which happen in a concert in Richmond Virginia (May 18, 2013), where Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals) was badly injured by someone throwing a vodka bottle on his head (TimesDispatch)

June 15, 2013: First gay wedding in the Caribbean?
This wedding in Martinique has been promoted in the news as being the first Caribbean wedding between same sex parteners. But on December 4 2012, two men married on the small Dutch island of Saba. During my extensive research for this website, I came accross some weddings being performed (if my memory is good) in St.Lucia and Jamaica. Those were being performed in hidden places, were not publicized and therefor not recognized by the government. TEXT FROM ARTICLE. Myriam Jourdan, 49, and Rosamond Zebo, 52 years old, living in the town of Carbet had their marriage celebrated by the local mayor Jean-Claude Ecanvil. Mayor Ecanvil, whose son died from a heart attack earlier that morning, wanted to perform the ceremony personally despite his personal tragedy. Same sex marriage has been legal in France since May 18, 2013. France is the thirteenth country worldwide to allow same-sex couples to marry. The legislation applies to the French Overseas Departments and territories, including Martinique in the French West Indies. It is expected that this first will be followed by several other marriages between persons of the same sex. (more on the link below)
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MARTINIQUE WEDDING: GBM News) (SABA WEDDING: Queerty)

June 25, 2013: New documentary on homophobia in Jamaica: The Abominable Crime
TEXT FROM PRESS RELEASE: The Abominable Crime, at heart, is a story about a mother's love for her child and an activist's troubled love for his country. It also gives voice to gay Jamaicans who, in the face of endemic anti-gay violence, are forced to flee their homeland. Simone, a young lesbian single mother, survives a brutal anti-gay shooting. Now she must choose between hiding with her daughter in Jamaica in constant fear for their lives or escaping alone to seek safety and asylum abroad. Maurice, Jamaica's leading human-rights activist, is outed shortly after filing a lawsuit challenging his country's anti-sodomy law. After receiving a flood of death threats, he escapes to Canada, and then risks everything to return to continue his activism. Told first hand as they unfold, these personal accounts take the audience on an emotionally gripping journey traversing four years and five countries. Their stories expose the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, reveal the deep psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians, and offer an intimate first-person perspective on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad. (More on the links below).  
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The Abominable Crime) (Jamaica Gleaner)

June 27, 2013: Christian and LGBT groups have brought their battle for Gay Rights to the Caribbean
TEXT FROM ARTICLE. The West is known for exporting its culture, but also its culture wars. The fight for gay rights abroad is the latest example. Powerful, U.S.-based Christian-conservative groups and a network of pro-LGBT transnational actors have each become deeply involved in debates about homosexuality in many countries of the Global South. These gay "proxy wars" are especially intense in former English colonies. These territories are inheritors of an acute obsession with sexual puritanism, which is evident in how their laws treat homosexuality. Convinced that native societies were morally corrupt and licentious, colonial governments and pastors prescribed harsh laws against same-sex relations in British territories. These "buggery" statues became a colonial mainstay in the 19th century. Originally, these laws banned any form of "unnatural connection," including bestiality, but their lasting impact has been the criminalization of male homosexuality. Today, criminal bans on sodomy still exist in a whopping 78 countries, many holdovers from British colonialism. But 200 years later, change is starting to take root. Even in the most intolerant places, local actors have emerged to revoke these laws. Needless to say, they face formidable opponents. (more on the link below)
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The Atlantic)

June 27, 2013: Obama addressing LGBT rights during speech in Senegal
TEXT FROM ARTICLE. President Barack Obama yesterday praised the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage as a "victory for American democracy" but clashed with his African host over gay rights in a sign of how far the movement has to go internationally. Obama said recognition of gay unions in the United States should cross state lines and that equal rights should be recognised universally. It was his first chance to expand on his thoughts about the ruling, which was issued Wednesday as he flew to Senegal, one of many African countries that outlaw homosexuality. Senegalese President Macky Sall rebuffed Obama's call for Africans to give gays equal rights under the law. "We are still not ready to decriminalise homosexuality," Sall said, while insisting that the country is "very tolerant" and needs more time to digest the issue without pressure. "This does not mean we are homophobic." Obama said gay rights didn't come up in their private meeting at the presidential palace, a mansion that looks somewhat similar to the White House. But Obama said he wants to send a message to Africans that while he respects differing personal and religious views on the matter, it's important to have non-discrimination under the law. (more on the link below)

NOTE: During the speech, gay rights are adressed at:15m39s. Obama answer question about recent news of US Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the Defence Of Marriage Act (DOMA) signed by Bill Clinton in 1996 allowing states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriage. At 20m50s, he addresses the question of gay rights in Africa. The president of Senegal Mackey Sall answer is at 28m36s.
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Jamaica Gleaner) (YouTube: Complete Speech) (
YouTube: Senegal president answer in French)

June 28, 2013: Africa's Last Taboo: Documentary on the situation of homosexuals in Africa
I just found the existance of that important documentary, that's the reason why I'm placing it in the NEWS section. This documentary was directed by Robin Barnwell for the British TV serie 'Dispatches', broadcasted on Channel 4 on July 12, 2010. The filmmaker travels to three different countries to make the interviews: Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. The length is 49 minutes. TEXT FROM DISPATCHES: "Gay people in Africa are facing increased persecution in a continent where two thirds of countries retain laws against homosexuals. Award-winning filmmaker Sorious Samura investigates for Dispatches what it is like to be a gay person in Africa, discovering shocking levels of prejudice and hate, driven by governments, religious organisations and communities. Samura looks at the impact extreme homophobia is having on gay people's lives, tracking down the victims of a recent mob attack in Kenya, speaking to gay men who have spent time in prison for their sexuality and meeting African homosexuals who are often forced into secret lives. He discovers that AIDS is spreading at an alarming rate among gay men in Africa who are not being given vital sex education and health care by governments that are opposed to homosexuality. As a result, many gay men are dying needlessly. Samura goes in search of what is driving homophobia in Africa, finding Muslims and Christians working closely together to target homosexuals and visiting American pastors helping to spread anti-gay sentiment. Dispatches shows that homosexuality is not an African freedom, revealing a major, but little reported, human rights issue, in a continent where millions of gay people live in constant fear of rejection by their communities, of physical and verbal abuse, and even imprisonment". (more on the links below)
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Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (part 5) (Dispatches) (Interviewer biography) (Interviewer: Making the film)

July 22, 2013: Transgender beaten to death
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: 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 also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up. By age 16, the teenager was dead - beaten, stabbed, shot and run over by a car when he showed up at a street party dressed as a woman. His mistake: confiding to a friend that he was attending a 'straight' party as a girl for the first time in his life. 'When I saw Dwayne's body, I started shaking and crying,' said Khloe, one of three transgendered friends who shared a derelict house with the teenager in the hills above the north coast city of Montego Bay.
(more on the links below)
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UK Daily Mail) (Gay Jamaica Watch No.1) (Gay Jamaica Watch No.2) (Erasing 76 Crimes)

August 2, 2013: Jamaican politicians' role in 2 more homophobic mob attacks
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: During the day on Aug. 1, 2013, Jamaican news reported that onlookers found two men in an intimate position inside a police car in Kingston. This sparked protests by residents and the police had to fire shots in the air and use pepper spray to disperse the angry mob. In addition, last night, the Primetime news station CVM TV reported thata crowd gathered at the house of two alleged homosexuals in Spanish Town, St. Catherine. One member of the angry mob that had gone there to attack the two men said, "Not in my cabinet." Those were words used by former Jamaican PM Bruce Golding in a BBC interview when he was asked if he would allow gays to serve in his government. It is clear that Jamaican politicians play a part in sustaining the country's notorious homophobia. And they also have a role in stopping it. It's time for political leadership on tolerance for gays!
(more on the link below)
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Erasing 76 Crimes)

August 6, 2013: Queen Ifrica homophobic speech at Independence Day
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), notes with profound disappointment the anti-gay animus expressed by Queen Ifrica at the (Independence Day) Grand Gala on August 6, 2013. Her sentiment is an example of the unabated divisiveness we continue to allow to take prominence on the national stage. Queen Ifrica's remarks are similar to the vitriolic sentiments which came from Tony Rebel at the celebrations last year, and should have never been allowed again. We are surprised this happened on the day that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller urged us in her Independence Day Message, to accord respect to people so every Jamaican can feel a sense of belonging in our society. It is regrettable, that the government has not been able to guarantee non-discriminatory performances from artistes for such a high-profile function as the Grand Gala. . (more on the links below)
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Jamaica Western Mirror) (Erasing 76 Crimes) (J-FLAG Statement) (Jamaica Star) (Jamaica Gleaner LETTER)

August 14, 2013: Revisiting Banton's song
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: With Rastafari heavily involved in Jamaican popular music, naturally, music will be part of the discussion at the 2013 Rastafari Studies Conference and General Assembly. The conference is under way at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, with the presentations centred around the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The academic presentations started on Tuesday (August 13) and will end on Thursday, before the conference moves to Montego Bay, St James, for its closing day on Friday. Today (August 14), Dr Sonjah Stanley Niaah will present a paper, 'Buju's Alpha and Omega: Revisiting 'Boom Bye Bye' and Reggae's Human Rights Agenda'.(more on the links below)
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2013 Rastafari Studies Conference) (Jamaica Gleaner)
NOTE: At time of writing, there wasn't any more info on that essay.

August 19, 2013: Hip Hop artist from California's inspired by Boom Bye Bye
The following text is coming from a website where artists can promote themselves by publishing a review of their work. Daddy T jumps on Buju Banton's 'Boom Bye Bye' to boost up his career. (more on the link below)
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SBWire)

August 21, 2013: Is Queen Ifrica still welcome at Toronto's Rastafiesta? Freedom of Speech?
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Following Queen Ifrica's recent controversial Grand Gala performance at the National Stadium, the Jamaica Association of Gays and Lesbians Abroad has launched a Facebook campaign to prevent the entertainer from performing at a stageshow in Canada. The group is calling on the minister of Citizen and Immigration Canada (CIC) to withdraw the work permit issued to Queen Ifrica to perform at Rastafesta International Reggae Concert at Downsview Park on August 24, 2013. According to the group, this comes as a result of her recent 'homophobic' outburst at the Grand Gala, days after a cross-dresser, Dwayne Jones, was murdered."Her remark is not the first of its kind and reflects the mood of Jamaica, where gays and lesbians are exposed to hatred and intolerance resulting in attacks and even murder. By allowing Queen Ifrica to perform in Toronto, the government is sending a message that murder music from anti-gay profilers is welcomed in Canada," said the group in a release to The Gleaner.
(more on the link below)
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Jamaica Gleaner) (Jamaica Observer) (RJR News)

NOTE: On August 21, she released the new song FREEDOM OF SPEECH regarding the bad press she got after using her stage performace on Jamaica's Indepence Day.
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Gay Jamaica Watch) (Jamaica Star) (Irie FM) (SONG: Freedom Of Speech)

August 23, 2013: Queen Ifrica removed from Toronto's RastaFiesta
As far as I know, this is the first time a Queen Ifrica concert get cancelled due to pressure by LGBT groups. It's true that her lyrics are not promoting violence towards gay men, like many of the dancehall singers enumerated on this website, but she does contribute to the stigmatisation of gays and lesbians by performing songs that push discrimination towards a minority in a country where homosexuals face persecution on a daily basis. Her homophobic speech given two weeks after the murder of Dwane Jones was found offencive and innapropriate by many Jamaicans. Some sponsors/organisers(?) from the RastaFiesta have spoken, she is no longer welcome for the concert. (more on the link below)
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Go-Jamaica)

August 24, 2013: Jamaican documentary on LGBT 'Taboo Yardies' can now be purchase online
People who read this section frequently knows that I have been covering the release of that documentary for five years. The first official screening occured in Miami in May 2012 and the documentary was shown in Jamaica last February. By randomly visiting the official website, this morning I learned that the documentary can now be purchase for 10$, for a 24h viewing on a PC. The website mention that this option is available only for a limited time. More information on the documentary can be found by visiting May 2, 2012 and February 15, 2013 of this website.

Here is the review made by reggae historian David Katz (for Riddim magazine).
"A groundbreaking work as the first film about homophobia in Jamaica directed by a Jamaican, Taboo Yardies is an unflinching portrayal of the realities facing lesbians and gays on the island today. Shot in Jamaica and amongst the expatriate community in New York, Taboo Yardies reveals some of the drastic misconceptions about homosexuality that are prevalent in Jamaica, with much antipathy voiced at both official governmental levels (during Bruce Golding's reign) and on the streets of various communities. More measured testimony is provided by a range of noteworthy individuals, such as broadcaster Beverley Manley, psychologist Dr Aggrey Irons, and author Shirley Fletcher, as well as prominent folk based in the US, such as former mayor of Cambridge, Mass, Kenneth Reeves. One of the best things about the film is that the viewer is left to make up their own mind about this contentious subject, and although the harrowing testimony provided by Stacey-Ann Chin and others who have been physically attacked in Jamaica for being gay, the film contains an undercurrent of optimism, since policy changes that may soon be brought in elsewhere in the region may ultimately force future policy changes in Jamaica". (more on the link below)
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Taboo Yardies) (Jamaica Observer)

August 28, 2013: Stop targetting reggae: Sizzla to the rescue!
PERSONNAL ANALYSIS: Funny enough, one of the headline in Jamaica Gleaner is 'Stop Targetting Reggae'. I just think it should be read the other way around: 'Stop targetting gays' don't you think? Anyway, Sizzla that has an heavy homophobic past which includes the preaching of violence decided to jump in the Queen Ifrica story when Toronto's decided she wasn't welcome anymore to perform. See upper for more info on that story. Sizzla, you were just waiting around the corner to jump on another occasion to preach intolerence. And the newspaper really knows how to throw oil in the fire... Leave gays alone and you will see, you won't get bothered. (more on the link below)
(Jamaica Gleaner)

August 28, 2013: New documentary in the making 'Pier Kids: The Life'
TEXT FROM WEBSITE: This documentary follows the lives of three LGBTQ homeless youth of color that congregate on Christopher Street and the surrounding piers in New York City every night, showing what it means to still be, even in light of the recent progress of gay rights, treated unjustly and unequally…. It's been three years, and we have over two hundred hours of footage. To make this film as powerful and as moving as it can be so that it makes a difference in the lives of current homeless LGTBQ youth and the future ones, we now need to hire a professional documentary editor to do what they do and shape the footage into something great. You can donate to help finance the documentary by visiting the link below.
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Pier Kids: The Life) (Huffington Post)

September 2, 2013: New documentary on Jamaican homophobia
I just found out about its existance. See June 25 2013 (upper on this page) for information.

September 3, 2013: NYC mayoral candidate, filmed dancing to Capleton's anti-gay song
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Video footage of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner unknowingly dancing along to a song with apparent anti-gay lyrics is making the blogosphere rounds. The clip, which was reportedly filmed at Brooklyn's West Indian American Day Parade, shows Weiner dancing to Capleton's "Bumbo Red," which is about murdering gays and lesbians, according to Complex's Foster Kamer. In addition to the video footage, Kamer provides some of the song's lyrics. One verse apparently reads as follows: "Lick a shot inna a battyman head/Lick a shot inna a lesbian head! All sodomite dem fi dead/All lesbian dem fi dead."Meanwhile, Weiner has been a vocal supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. "Homophobia is vile and destructive and something I have fought against for the entirety of my career, including being a vocal supporter of gay marriage since 1998 and standing up on the floor of Congress for transgender Americans," he proclaimed in a statement after a voter referred to opponent Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, as "a dyke".
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HuffingtonPost)

October 4, 2013: The Closet Is Open: The new single and video from Mista Majah P
Mista Majah P is still fighting against prejudices in the gay community. His new video features video comments from the coming out of African-american basketball players Jason Collins and Brittney Griner, plus a few excerpt from Jamaican LGBT activist Maurice Tomlinson.

NOTE: Although I think it's a very good song, Im a bit puzzled by the videoclip as it may sent the wrong impression to people who are not that familiar with gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trangenders about dressing in drag: the reality about gays is that a very small percentage do cross dressing. I don't know the percentage, wasn't able to locate a proper study on the Internet, but while doing that research, found a study that shows the majority of people who crosscress are straight people. Mista Maja P wrote me back and said I interpreted the song wrongly "If you look at this video more objective you will see that it not portraying gay men as men who wear women clothing because actually straight men wear more drag than gay if you listen the lyric of the song it saying do you want to be one or two".
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VIDEOCLIP: The Closet Is Open)

October 22, 2013: Gay rights activists protest against Bruce Golding in NY
TEXT FROM ARTICLE. GAY rights activists from the Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand group on Tuesday night staged a protest in New York City against a speech given by Jamaica's former Prime Minister Bruce Golding at the Schomburg Center. Golding's talk was part of the Caribbean International Network (CIN) Lecture Series. The vociferous protesters lined the sidewalk outside the Harlem institution for over an hour as they received comments from supportive and non-supportive bystanders. Golding was dubbed 'anti-gay' after he publicly announced his opposition to homosexuals serving in his Cabinet on BBC's Hard Talk in 2008. Dwayne Brown, organiser of the demonstration and a gay Jamaican who said he fled to the United States after allegedly receiving death threats because of his sexuality, said he would not go inside the venue for Golding's speech because he feared a violent response from the audience. (More on the links below).  
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Jamaica Observer 1) (Jamaica Observer 2)

October 24, 2013: My interview for No Holds Barred
I accepted the invitation for introducing my work for this website on Mista Majah P's Internet show No Holds Barred. In November, it will mark 10 years since I've started working on this project. Although I don't have the same amount of time handy that I used to have in the begininng, I still try to update some pages, like this HISTORY & NEWS section.
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NO HOLDS BARRED: Murder Inna Dancehall website)

October 27, 2013: Another new song from Mista Majah P
Just three weeks after releasing his new single and videoclip for 'The Closet Is Open', Mista Majah P is releasing another song about the subject this time, the single is name 'Tolerance'. This song is brand new and wasn't featured on the album 'Tolerance' issued in August 2011.
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VIDEOCLIP: Tolerance) (Mista Majah P website)

November 6, 2013: Capleton's concert cancelled in Boston
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Dudley Square's Hibernian Hall has canceled a concert slated for Friday night by a reggae star with a past history of virulently anti-gay lyrics. Capleton, one of the most popular "conscious" dancehall stars of the past two decades, was slated to play at the venue as part of a rental event being staged by an outside promoter. No stranger to controversy, Capleton has had past concerts cancelled following protests over his recordings, which appear to condone the murder of gays and lesbians."Capelton has authored and performed songs that are certainly not in keeping with the mission and/or values of Hibernian Hall and Madison Park Development Corporation," said Ayanna Hines, Venue Services and Operations Manager for the hall. "We do not condone speech, music or behavior of any kind that would suggest hatred or violence – physical or psychological – against anyone. Moreover, it is important to us that all people feel welcomed to attend any event open to the public that is held in our venue. After taking into consideration a number of variables relative to this event, the event scheduled for Friday, November 8, 2013 featuring Capelton has been cancelled," said Hines in a statement.
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The Arts Fuse)

November 17, 2013: US Tour Cancelled! No visa for Sizzla
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: After much anticipation for Sizzla's return to performing in the United States, his tour of that country has hit a roadblock. The Rastafarian artiste has been denied a visa to that country, according to Stephen Brush of International Artists Agency, who spearheaded bookings for the tour. He said, based on the outcome of the meetings, he has no choice but to reschedule the tour for early next year. "I am deeply saddened by the news, and I can say this is one of the worst weeks in my career... It is not a dead issue, but I am no longer comfortable waiting and seeing. What I would like to do is postpone the tour and look at re-booking it for February and March," he said. The seven-date gig was scheduled from November 21 to December 22. Sizzla would have performed at venues in Washington, DC; Virginia; Colorado; and New York. Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, has not held a US visa or work permit since 2008 when it was revoked. Several of Sizzla's songs such as Bad Man Don't Apologise and Murder Dem have portrayed violence towards members of the homosexual community, who have protested his presence in Europe and North America. In 2007, his concerts in Toronto and Montreal were cancelled after protests by members of the Canadian Stop Murder Music coalition. One year later, he was sent back to the US after arriving in Madrid, Spain, for a concert. Spanish human rights organisations objected against his "hatred against homosexuals". (more on the link below)
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Jamaica Observer) (Reggaeville) (Examiner) (Statement from International Artists Agency)

December 9, 2013: US-based anti-gay group spread homophobia at Jamaican conference
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: This past weekend, Peter LaBarbera, founder of the Naperville, Ill.-based anti-gay hate group Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), was in Jamaica pushing his extremist views. "Do not be like us, do not be like Britain, do not sit idly by as so-called 'LGBT activists' manipulate words and laws to achieve dominance in your country," LaBarbera told a conference of Christian conservatives in the Caribbean country this weekend according to BuzzFeed. LaBarbera spoke on Dec. 7 at a conference organized by the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society and the Christian Lawyers' Association in Kingston. These groups have lobbied against a possible repeal of a colonial-era law that bans same-sex intercourse, commonly referred to as the "buggery law.". (more on the link below)
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Southern Poverty Law Center)

December 17, 2013: Obama names openly gay athlete to Sochi Olympic delegation
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: U.S. President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is -- and isn't -- sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice-president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning "gay propaganda." Though the White House did not specifically address the Russian laws in making its announcement, spokesman Shin Inouye said the delegation "represents the diversity that is the United States" and that Obama "knows they will showcase to the world the best of America -- diversity, determination and teamwork." The White House said Obama's schedule will not permit him to attend the Games. "It's a positive sign to see openly gay representatives in the delegation," said Michael Cole-Schwartz, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, which recently sent a letter urging Obama to include gays and lesbians in the delegation. "Hopefully it sends a message to the Russian people and the rest of the world that the United States values the civil and human rights of LGBT people." (more on the link below)
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CTV News) (YouTube: Obama speech)

December 30, 2013: Another American speaker invited in Jamaica to promote anti-gay angenda
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: An anti-gay activist from Massachusetts has warned Jamaicans that repealing the country's sodomy provision would end freedom of speech and lead to a surge of sexually transmitted diseases during a rally in Kingston. Brian Camenker, founder of MassResistance, was the keynote speaker at an eventorganized by the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society in the Jamaican capital's Emancipation Park on Dec. 10. The organization has led a campaign to preserve the sodomy provision — known locally as the "buggery law" — following Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller's suggestion just before her 2011 election that she might allow a vote on its repeal. "I am here to warn you that [repeal of the buggery law] will have terrible consequences," Camenker said, according to a video of the event uploaded by MassResistance on Saturday. "A law that contradicts God's law is the beginning of a slippery slope that you cannot imagine." (more on the link below)
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