Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke is among those who spoke at an opening ceremony on Saturday that featured the raising of a rainbow flag. Andrew Colburn of the U. Agency for International Development is among those who also spoke during the opening ceremony.
Jamaica has a reputation for being one o the most homophobic countries in the world, so before embarking on our mini-vacation we did some research as we always do to find out exactly what we might be up against and to decide whether or not to be out as a lesbian couple while exploring this beautiful Caribbean Island. I came across reports of incredible violence towards lesbians, involving brutal beatings and gang rapes. The pages accounting discrimination and violence against lesbians went on and on and it became clear that being out in Jamaica would be detrimental to our safety and so the decision practically made itself.
The Jamaican Parliament is presently discussing amendments to the current bill of rights of that country's Constitution. An opportunity is thus open for the recognition of new protections for citizens' rights. Section 24 3 of the current Constitution specifically prohibits discrimination based on race, place of origin, political opinions, color or creed.
Jamaican lesbian escapes deportation from the US am, Sat August 9, In a rare ruling, a United States immigration judge has decided against deporting a Jamaican-born lesbian, on the grounds that she might be tortured in her native country because of her sexual orientation. Judge Irma Lopez-Defillo had initially ordered that the unidentified 29 year old woman, be deported because of drug convictions.
Christopher Murdock lowered a ladder into an open sewer in New Kingston, the Jamaican capital's financial district. The sewer, damp and strewn with trash, flowed out of the business district housing several banks, large hotels, and shopping arcades. And it was home to a group of youths Murdock wanted gone.
Simone and her daughter Khayla in hiding at a safe house outside of Kingston, Jamaica. Image by Micah Fink. Jamaica,
Monday, June 25, Jamaican Nadine Derby left exchanges a kiss with her newly wed wife, Heather Thomas in a weekend ceremony at the Sarge? Derby, a past student of Wolmer's Girls School, posted pictures of her lesbian wedding on her Facebook page and told friends that she left the ceremony to attend her first Gay Pride Parade.
Many of the privileges and rights I have as a naturalised U. S citizen, are unfortunately not afforded to my LGBTQ brothers and sisters around the world, such as in my home country, Jamaica. I love my country.
A Jamaican woman living in Sunrise, Fla. The year-old woman, going by her middle name Nichole, was initially ordered to be deported after two drug convictions. In the same ruling, immigration judge Irma Lopez-Defillo deferred the order because of Jamaica's criminalization of homosexuality. Being gay "is the worst thing you can be stricken with [in Jamaica],'' Nichole said in the article.