You Don’t Have to Like it….

disgustI will stand up for what I believe in.  I believe everyone has the right to live their lives any way they so choose, as long as it doesn’t bring physical harm to other persons.  I am a lesbian and I refuse to let anyone tell me that I cannot live my life as such.  For those that do not condone it, that is your right as well.  What is not your right, is trying to convince or force me to be someone I am not.  You don’t have to like the gay or lesbian lifestyle, but you will respect it!

It is Never ok to Out Someone

“It is never ok to out someone.  We all have to walk our own paths and do it our own pace.

–GJ”

Facebook Lesbians

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As an individual that partakes in the events of social media, I have stumbled on some recent events that have me puzzled.  First, let me say that there are a lot of lesbians living in Jamaica.  I would also estimate that about 95% of them are still in the closet.  Being in the closet is not an issue for me, because I’ve been there.  We all have to walk our own paths.  What really bothers me is that there a lot of pretenders, pretending to be open with their sexuality while outside of social media, they are the most outspoken against the LBGT community.  They are on Facebook, twitter or instagram browsing for dates and hookups via bbm or whats app.  But if you go on their personal page, you see pictures of them and their “man”.  You would also see derogatory comments about lesbians and gays.  You know the usual “no woman to mi ting”, “no dyke can style mi”.  That sort of thing.  My thing is this, if you choose to be in the closet, that’s ok, but don’t put others down for doing the same thing you’re doing.  Keep sneaking around on Facebook looking for hookups, but don’t dislike me for being open with my sexuality.  So to all the Facebook lesbians, don’t judge me.  If you want to judge someone, look in the mirror.

Good luck on your journey–GJ

Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens

Originally posted on Omit Limitation:

In Jamaica, it isn’t news to anyone that tensions between LGBT youth and residents are high. Attacks, rape, and murder are sadly a normal occurrence, with the government and police giving little to no attention to it. A while back, Vice took to the streets of Jamaica, specifically the gully where homeless queer youth take refuge. This mini-doc delves into their day to day, and the struggles of what it means to be gay and homeless in Jamaica.

Bri , Photographer, and Staff Writer for #Underground

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How The Religious Right Spread Extreme Homophobia To Jamaica

Originally posted on Politics, Politics, and More Politics:

82% of Jamaicans view homosexuality as morally wrong according to a 2011 survey taken by the University of the West Indies in Kingston. It’s nothing new, and both LGBT rights and the criminalizing of homosexuality became a hot topic in 2011. Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller talked about reviewing the laws to decriminalize homosexuality in her campaign.

Since then, there were a number of high profile hate crimes which included the stabbings of a gay man in Montego Bay and a gender non-conforming 17 year old in St James, both of which occurred in just 2013. There was also a lawsuit that looked to evict homeless LGBT youth who had been forced to live in a public sewer in New Kingston. Public figures have recently begun to come out in force to support the LGBT community.

In a way, this is great, but at the same point, you have to ask…

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Am I a Lesbian or a Bisexual?

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As a newbie to the lesbian scene, I often tend to second guess the choices I make when it comes to the women I date. Some would Say I am picky or my standards are too high. For me, it all boils down to knowing my worth. Someone made a comment that got my attention and got me thinking. The comment was “Are you sure you’re a lesbian”? It caught me off guard, because I know for sure I like women. When I asked what she meant by that, her response was that I still look at men and make sexual comments if I see a good looking man. I may be a lesbian, but I’m not blind, was my response.   Apparently that’s a no-no in the lesbian handbook.  Now I’m questioning my own sexuality. I have dated and slept with men in the past, but that was before I came to term with who I am; a woman that likes women. I also know that if I had accepted the fact that I was gay before I ever slept with a man, it would have never happened; had sex with a man I mean. Could the fact that once upon a time I used to date men play into this? It could also be that I’ve been there and I know what I’m missing. After all, I am a woman; and as women we enjoy the pleasures of our womanhood. In all honesty, I know that a woman can never pleasure me that way a man could. Why it could never happen with a woman, is that as a more masculine lesbian, I will never allow another woman to ‘Strap’ me. At this point in time, I can not say for sure that I will never again have sex with a man; but I do know that I love women. So I don’t know if that makes me a bisexual? I haven’t slept with a man in some years now, but I’m not certain if I’m done with that part of my life. I need some advice.

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Seniors Reflect On Progress Made By LGBT Community

Originally posted on CBS Chicago:

(CBS) — Pride Fest is this weekend in Chicago and for some older Chicago-area residents, it’s a reminder of how much things have changed and continue to change for the gay community, reports WBBM’s Terry Keshner.

A group of LGBT seniors gathers for lunch every Friday in west suburban Forest Park and welcome anyone to join them.

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It’s mostly a time to eat and socialize, but it’s also an opportunity to reflect and send a message to the younger generation.

“We’ve made it easier, the path for them [younger gay people] to travel, going through the persecutions. There are a lot of people I know in our age group who have gone through electric shock treatments, had to go into mental institutions, because they were declared ill because they were gay,” said…

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Lesbian Couple Wed in Jamaica!

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Two weeks ago, Jamaican, Nicole Dennis married wife Emma Ben at a seaside ceremony in Trelawny.  The coupe admitted that it was an historical moment for Jamaica and the LGBT community.  It was a beautiful ceremony on the north coast of the island.  The couple admitted that there were some reservations, but were determined to go through with it. Dennis, who left Jamaica as a teenager, revealed that she found a new sense of love for Jamaica, that she had not felt for years.  I hop other will see this for what it is and not for what’s it’s not.  This is a milestone for Jamaica!  I hope that this will lead to more steps in the right direction for my homeland.  It is not about LGBT rights, but human rights.  Congratulations to the lovely couple!!

NYOJ Canada Dream Tour 2014

Originally posted on Jamaican Journal:

The power of music to unify and inspire is undisputed and a group of at-risk youth from inner-city Kingston neighbourhoods is learning this firsthand. As one told the Gleaner recently: “It has helped me in numerous ways. The orchestra is a community of different instruments, I have to literally try and live in harmony with the persons playing the music. It gives a symbolism of what the real world is like. We have to live in harmony with everybody.”

Fellow Cuso volunteer Karen is currently working with the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica, the group in which this youth plays. The NYOJ is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that identifies at-risk youth to participate in practices and concerts and become a member of the band. The NYOJ is affiliated with the Edna Manley College of Art as many of the music teachers come from there.

Like many NGOs here, the NYOJ…

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