Commentary: Jamaican activists need to change focus

A Jamaican LGBTQ activist offer his opinion on the best way to proceed to advance LGBTQ human rights in the Caribbean country.

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Jamaica needs to make a wide variety of improvements in its human rights record with regard to its LGBT citizens — which may not be possible if activists focus too much attention on the nation’s buggery law, says Jaevion Nelson, program and advocacy manager at the Jamaican LGBT advocacy organization J-FLAG.  In today’s Jamaica Gleaner, he takes that position in a commentary that goes against what many Jamaican activists have pushed for in recent years.

PM must find alternate ways to support LGBT community

Jaevion Nelson, program and advocacy director for J-FLAG, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays. Jaevion Nelson, program and advocacy director for J-FLAG, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays.

Portia Simpson Miller’s statement in December 2011 in the lead-up to the general election about reviewing and facilitating a conscience vote on the antiquated buggery law has been the subject of scathing criticisms and even protests. Many have accused her of hoodwinking the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community…

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