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    Javed Jaghai speaking at the Larry Chang Human Rights Symposium
Youth Ministry to develop programmes to address LGBT youth, homeless, destitute and vulnerable children
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What Jamaican Law says about Homosexuality - "Buggery Law"

The first defense against persecution from the police or any individual is to know exactly what your rights are and what rights the police do and don’t have. We have tried to outline below some of the laws as they relate to homosexuality. If you know your rights, you can better defend yourself if you are subjected to abuse or discrimination of any kind.

What Jamaican Law says about Homosexuality:

Contrary to popular belief, it is not actually illegal to be homosexual in Jamaica. Being a homosexual does not contravene any of the existing laws; however, the law makes certain ‘homosexual acts’ illegal, and these laws are used to persecute gay men. They state that “acts of gross indecency” and buggery [anal sex] are illegal. Although buggery refers to anal sex between a man and another man, a woman or an animal, in practice the law is predominately enforced against two men. Lesbians are also discriminated against in the wider society, however no laws target lesbians or lesbian conduct.

Offences Against the Person Act

This act prohibits “acts of gross indecency” between men, in public or in private. (This is a very general term which can be interpreted to mean any kind of physical intimacy)

Article 76 (Unnatural Crime)

“Whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable crime of buggery [anal intercourse] committed either with mankind or with any animal, shall be liable to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a term not exceeding ten years.”

Article 77 (Attempt)

“Whosoever shall attempt to commit the said abominable crime, or shall be guilty of any assault with intent to commit the same, or of any indecent assault upon any male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof shall be liable to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding seven years, with or without hard labour.”

Article 78 (Proof of Carnal Knowledge)

“Whenever upon the trial of any offence punishable under this Act, it may be necessary to prove carnal knowledge, it shall not be necessary to prove the actual emission of seed in order to constitute a carnal knowledge, but the carnal knowledge shall be deemed complete upon proof of penetration only.”

Article 79 (Outrages on Decency)

“Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the court to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding 2 years, with or without hard labour.”

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'I can't think of a day, a moment, a time when I got up and said: ah ha! I am heterosexual. It just was. It just, was. And so I have to think well then for everybody else it must be the same thing - it just is. . . Then how can I ask another human being to deny who they are, just so that I can be comfortable? Cuz that's what it's about. We're asking people to deny who they are so that we can feel justified, so that we can feel comfortable. As a Jamaican, I am clear, that every other Jamaican, regardless of their sexuality, their race, their age, their size, their gender, their tone of voice, whether dem av bal' head or dem have locks, that they have a right to be here, that they are human beings, just as I am.' - Carol Narcisse Click here to view
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Jamaica LGBT Symposium 2014: Personhood, Sexual Citizenship and Religion
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Jamaica LGBT Symposium 2014: Personhood, Sexual Citizenship and Religion
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'Every person is entitled to their sexual orientation, and it is not the remit of any person to try to convert or convince anyone about what their sexual orientation must be, should be, or ought to be. ' - Father Garth Minott Click here to view
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J-FLAG and JYAN Launch Human Rights Essay Competition for Jamaican Secondary Schools
"J-FLAG and JYAN Launch Human Rights Essay Competition for Jamaican Secondary Schools This is an initiative of J-FLAG and the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN) to encourage discussion on human rights issues for minority and marginalized populations in Jamaica. Please do share and encourage any Jamaican secondary school students you know to participate!" Click here to view
AUDIO ... NCU cheerleader: I was asked if i had a boyfriend :: News
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Jflag really endorsing rubbish of this sort, "other status" it should have been sexual orientation. It's apparent the leadership of jflag needs a drastic shake up, entertaining such foolishness, if you can list race, gender and colour, you can list sexual orientation as well. I'm not being inconsiderate of his intentions, however, it lacks creditability to me personally. Other status is not appropriate, when JFLAG mission is not race, color and partly gender. JFLAG publishing this rubbish shows you the quality of leadership and thinking. It is unfortunate, JFLAG should withdraw it immediately. He is obviously sacred of being branded as homosexual, but if you cannot speak to the issues immediately, then don't speak on the matter at all. Its sounds more like damage control, rather than a sincere effort to aid in LGBT rights. Click here to view
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This is the last devastating image of Dwayne Jones, the slaughtered gay teenager. He is remembered here by Vernal Scott, author and diversity consultant, who...
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Please note the revised deadline for UPR submissions on the following countries: 15 June for submissions on: Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Guinea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Spain, Lesotho, Kenya, Armenia, Guinea-Bissau, Sweden, Grenada, Turkey, Guyana, Kuwait 15 September for submissions on: Belarus, Liberia, Malawi, Mongolia, Panama, Maldives, Andorra, Bulgaria, Honduras, United States of America, Marshall Islands, Croatia, Jamaica, Libya Click here to view
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Coming Out: Javed
Dr. Carolyn Gomes reflects on her journey.
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J-FLAG Co-Founder Thomas Glave reflects on fifteen years of Jamaican LGBT Activism
Stand Up Fundraising Video
The Larry Chang Human Rights Symposium - May 17, 2013
Javed Jaghai Talks About Human Rights in Jamaica
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