Additional resources are provided below.
Institute for Development Studies
The Institute for Development Studies developed a Sexuality and Social Justice Toolkit to assist activists, civil society organisations, researchers and others in understanding some of the most pressing issues relating to sexuality, gender identity and social justice. It includes specially-commissioned content such as: up-to-date case studies; practical tools; summaries of current debates; explanations of legal terms; and, options for mobilising. These are included alongside a wide range of further resources and information produced by others, that you may find useful.
The toolkit is available here: Sexuality and Justice Toolkit
The NISO Project
The NISO Project developed a game for students about human rights and sexual diversity. The game helps students to express their voice about human rights, and to fight homophobia in schools and the media. That is why the game is called Voice OUT. For more details visit their website at: http://www.nisoproject.eu/
Dionne Jackson Miller discusses Jamaica & Homophobia on All Angles
I Live Out Loud!
Living Out Loud! is an internet intervention created for and by LGBT youth to share information with other young people about sexual orientation, gender identity, human rights, sexual reproductive health, HIV, coming out, etc.
Living Out Loud! uses a team of young peer supporters who are members of the LGBT community to answer questions and provides information about HIV, safer sex practices, promote access and utilisation of services, and encourage HIV testing, counselling, care and treatment services for the community.
The peer educators’ team receives support and mentorship from qualified persons and organisations, including Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC), Advocates for Youth and the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals & Gays (J-FLAG)
Focus Right-LGBT Youth & Human Rights in Jamaica
Focus Right aims to create a Jamaica destined to be the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business it is the responsibility of the Jamaican government to protect the inherent rights and promote the equality of all citizens.
However, there are some citizens who are often treated as second-class citizens. In most cases, people with disabilities, living with HIV, from poor socio-economic backgrounds or those who are gay, lesbian, transgender or go against typical gender stereotypes, fall into this category.
As such, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in Jamaica are often subjected to stigma and discrimination and violence, such as being bullied, denying LGBT persons freedom of expression, protection from violence and rights to privacy. Many persons in the LGBT community in Jamaica live in constant fear of their lives.
C-Change carried out four research studies and a mapping assessment to inform the national response to HIV and AIDS in Jamaica. The studies focused on groups considered highly vulnerable to HIV infection: sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), and young women and men involved in cross-generational sexual relationships. Some of the main findings of each study are outlined in the link below.
The International AIDS Conference
The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward.
The AIDS 2012 programme will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated independent events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking.
The 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference
The 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference: Strengthening Evidence To Achieve Sustainable Action sharpened the focus on HIV in the Caribbean, the region with the world’s second highest adult HIV prevalence. In 2008, approximately 240,000 people in the region were living with HIV, 20,000 new infections occurred, and 12,000 deaths resulted from AIDS-related illnesses (UNAIDS).
Over the course of November 18–21, 2011, a wide range of Caribbean HIV stakeholders will assembled again to build on earlier successes and to demonstrate the synergistic results of regional cooperation and collaboration.
The conference attracted over 2,000 participants and highlighted scientific research findings, implementation lessons learned, skills-building tools, and networking opportunities. The audience for the conference included individuals living or working in the Caribbean, such as:
- people living with HIV
- members of vulnerable groups
- researchers and clinicians
- allied health care professionals
- patient advocates
- advocates for social justice and health parity
- members of community- and faith-based organizations
- regional and international governmental representatives
- policy analysts and decision makers
- civil society and regional media representatives
The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms
AN ACT, as signed by the Governor General of Jamaica on April 7, 2011, to Amend the Constitution of Jamaica to provide for a Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms and for connected matters.WHEREAS a Constitutional Commission established by Parliament recommended, after wide public consultation and due deliberation, that Chapter III of the Constitution of Jamaica should be replaced by a new Chapter which provides more comprehensive and effective protection for the fundamental rights and freedoms of all persons in Jamaica.
National survey of Attitudes and Perceptions of Jamaicans towards Same-sex Relationships
The first national survey of Attitudes and Perceptions of Jamaicans towards Same-sex Relationships, conducted by a research team headed by Professor Ian Boxill. This survey has found that negative views of homosexuality tended to be greatest among males, non-university educated persons, those who listened mostly to dancehall and reggae music and those in lower socio-economic groups.
- 59% of respondents chose negative words to describe their feelings towards homosexuals.
- 82% deemed male homosexuality to be morally wrong as opposed to 3.6% who did not see it as a moral issue.
Despite the strong negative perceptions and attitudes towards homosexuality, the research offered some hope of greater tolerance, revealing that:
- 49% of respondents believe that homosexuals experience genuine love and affection, like heterosexuals, in their intimate relationships.
- 20%, of respondents chose positive words such as tolerance and acceptance when asked to describe their feelings towards homosexuals in spite of the prevailing climate of homophobia.