PUBLIC AFFAIRS – Clarifying The ‘J-FLAG Agenda’

Our Executive Director – Dane Lewis on clarifying the ‘J-FLAG Agenda’ in an open editorial Sunday, July 6, 2014.

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J-FLAG shares the dream of a Jamaica where the family is strong and healthy. To this end, our family reintegration programme seeks to reunite LGBT youth with their families after they have been pushed from their homes and communities and forced to live in less-than-ideal situations. We also work to prevent displacement by sensitising and empowering family members with parenting tools for vulnerable youth in a hostile environment such as ours. This is our duty as patriotic Jamaicans.

Jamaica’s Emancipation is founded on freedom and the protection of the dignity of the person. J-FLAG recognises the diversity of thought and opinion that makes up this plural democracy on which we were founded and seeks only to ensure that LGBT people are recognised as full citizens endowed with the same rights as all other Jamaicans.

Just as Jamaica’s motto reads ‘Out of Many, One People’, we are convinced that LGBT Jamaicans ought never to be excluded from the Jamaican family.

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