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LGBTI Rights in Jamaica


ADDED ON: 05/25/2022

Jamaica man sentenced to half-decade behind bars for threatening to shoot transgender woman on his street: DA.

Jamaica resident Quame Truitt was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after pleading guilty earlier this month to threatening a transgender woman with an illegal firearm last fall, according to Queens…

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ADDED ON: 02/08/2022

Jamaica: Tiny victory in 7-year quest to make a kiss legal

An 1864 British colonially imposed law makes acts of intimacy between men illegal, and my partner and I could be imprisoned for up to ten years at hard labour. Even worse, since…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2022

We Can No Longer Ignore the Murders of LGBTQ+ People in Jamaica

Jasmyne Cannick, the journalist who brought national attention to the killings committed by Ed Buck in West Hollywood, is releasing a new podcast series exploring the many human rights abuses taking place…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2021

Jamaican health minister calls for an end to anti-LGBT discrimination

Jamaica’s minister of health and wellness told a recent public forum organized by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper that LGBT Jamaicans should not face discrimination in accessing mental health services. The newspaper reported.…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2021

Jamaican health minister publicly expresses support for LGBTQ community

Jamaican Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton last week said people who access his country’s mental health care system should not experience discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. “Mental…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2021

Anti-LGBT+ laws cost Caribbean billions in lost business – report

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Businessman Richard Branson on Wednesday urged Caribbean countries to be more LGBT-friendly as a report said anti-gay laws cost the region’s 12 English-speaking nations up to $4.4…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2021

Confronting Jamaica’s hydra of deadly religious homophobia

Research by Jamaica’s most respected university found that religious homophobia is a major reason the country lags the rest of the western hemisphere in recognizing LGBT human rights. A pernicious brand of…

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2021

Inter-American rights body finds Jamaica violated LGBT rights

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found in a landmark decision released Wednesday that the Jamaican government is responsible for violating the human rights of two of its nationals within the…

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ADDED ON: 02/18/2021

Jamaica should repeal gay sex ban, says Americas top rights body

KINGSTON, Feb 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jamaica should repeal its colonial-era gay sex ban, the top rights body of the Americas said on Wednesday, in a symbolic landmark ruling on LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2021

First-ever Jamaica transgender strategy looks beyond health

Imagine using a health-care system that has no concept of you as a person, or of your unique needs. Nurses might not ask important questions. Doctors might overlook the solutions you really…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2020

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Censures Jamaica for Violating the Rights of LGBTI Citizens

DECEMBER 1, 2020: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has issued a scathing report declaring that Jamaica’s Offences Against the Person Act violates several of the individual rights protected by the…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2020

Gay, black and fast: Olympic hopeful swims against tide of homophobia in Jamaica

Early in his budding career as a professional swimmer, Olympic hopeful Michael Gunning faced a regular putdown in the pool from snide schoolmates: “Black people don’t swim.” But rather than be bullied…

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