Jamaica

LGBTI Rights in Jamaica


ADDED ON: 01/23/2019

Jamaican LGBTI Group Crowdfunding to Rebuild Rainbow House

Describing itself as Jamaica’s oldest LGBT group, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexual and Gays (J-Flag) has established a crowdfunding page as it seeks funds to rebuild its office building known as ‘Rainbow…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2019

After a fire destroys Jamaica’s LGBT headquarters, 2019 deemed ‘year of rebuilding’

On the night of December 30, 2018, a fire “of yet unknown origin” leveled the Kingston offices of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, which goes by its acronym, J-FLAG. The organisation, which…

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ADDED ON: 01/02/2019

J-FLAG’s Headquarters Destroyed By Fire

The fire department is now probing the cause of a blaze that destroyed the headquarters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lobby group, J-FLAG. The department said it received a call…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2018

Barbados LGBT community calls on Buju Banton to publicly denounce ‘Boom Bye Bye’

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) community has called on Jamaican dancehall recording artist Buju Banton, fresh from serving a prison sentence, to publicly denounce one of his most popular songs…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Fleeing persecution, LGBT+ migrants seek refuge in South America

Growing up in Jamaica's Montego Bay, Glenroy enjoyed an idyllic childhood - until his family discovered he was gay. They physically attacked him and threw him out of the house, triggering an…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

Welcome to Jamaica – no longer ‘the most homophobic place on Earth’

Early one late summer morning, more than 200 people gathered under the lush canopy of Hope Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica, for a breakfast party. It was all a far cry from the country that…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2018

Inter-American Human Rights Body to Examine Jamaica’s ‘homophobic’ Laws

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has accepted the admissibility of a case challenging Jamaica's anti-buggery laws. The Human Dignity Trust (HDT) in a release today welcoming the decision, said the…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2018

International Religious Leader Urge Repeal of Caribbean Anti-LGBTI Laws

Religious leaders from five nations have called on governments across the Caribbean to repeal their anti-gay laws. In an open letter to Caribbean governments, Christian clergy from Canada, the United States, the…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2018

Regional Teamwork Needed to Push Gay Agenda Forward

Executive Director of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG), Jaevion Nelson, has called on LGBT communities throughout the region to adopt a unified approach to advancing the gay agenda. Nelson delivered a lecture at…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2018

It Is Not Only LGBT Jamaicans Who Welcome the Government’s Ban of Controversial U.S. Preacher

Human rights activists, online campaigners — and many other Jamaicans — were pleased with the government's recent decision to deny entry to American fundamentalist pastor, Steven Anderson. While concerns regarding free speechlinger, it was not…

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Partner — international

CariFLAGS

Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS) is a regional nonprofit based in Trinidad and Tobago made up of leading LGBTI NGOs across the Caribbean. CariFLAGS staff and leadership are based across the region – in St. Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Belize, Grenada, Guyana and Suriname.

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J-FLAG

Jamaican Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG) is the foremost organization advocating for, and working to improve the human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Jamaica. The organization promotes social change by empowering the LGBTI to increase tolerance and create the foundation for policy and legislative reform.