J-FLAG Annual Report 2014: Engaging Communities & Transforming Lives

J-FLAG continues to challenge homophobia as we aim to create a more inclusive, safe, just, and cohesive Jamaica for all LGBT people. Last year was quite a productive year for us as we embarked on several new initiatives and bolstered ongoing ones.  It was a year dedicated to doing more for the community, and increasing our outreach and capacity  building initiatives for women. It was a year of relationship building and strengthening our ally support. It was a a year marked by bold steps of members of the LGBT and ally community, a community that has enlivened the true meaning of resilience.

While we acknowledge that it was a rewarding year for the community, we hasten to recognise, that ‘we still have a huge struggle’ – Executive Director, Dane Lewis.

You may read the full text of our 2014 initiatives here: Annual Report – JFLAG


 

Rapid Assessment of the Efficacy of Services Delivered by Non-Governmental Organisations

J-FLAG has embarked on a project aimed at “Mitigating Risks and Enabling Safe Public Health Spaces for LGBT Jamaicans”. As part of this project, the efficacy in service delivery of NGOs was assessed to ascertain areas for improvement. The assessment was done using the mixed methods approach, which included a focus group discussion with six organisations, in-depth interviews with three organisations, and two online surveys – (1) of organisations that serve the LGBT community and (2) of members of the LGBT community. The full report of the rapid assessment may be accessed here: NGO Rapid Assessment


The 2012 HIV Epidemic Update from the National HIV/STI Programme

The Ministry of Health’s 2012 report on the situation regarding HIV and AIDS in Jamaica features disaggregated data on persons living with HIV, and AIDS-related deaths. In Jamaica, it is estimated that 34,000 persons are living with HIV and as many as 50% are unaware of their status. You may access the full report here:  HIV Epidemic Update_2012


2014 Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) is a coalition of MSM and allies from around the globe working against HIV for the health and human rights of gay men and other men who have sex with men. Our coalition includes a wide range of people, including HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay men directly affected by the HIV epidemic.  A part of the work that MSMGF does involves conducting research about gay men and other men who have sex with men.

MSMGF has launched an online survey – 2014 Global Men’s Health and Rights – which takes only 20-30 minutes to complete and your participation will be anonymous. By sharing your personal experiences, you join thousands of gay men and other men who have sex with men around the world working to promote health and human rights in our communities. The survey focuses on different factors that impact the quality of our lives, including community involvement, sexual happiness, experiences of stigma, knowledge about new HIV & STI prevention strategies, access to services, and how we feel about ourselves.

Information collected will be used by organizations in our communities to support knowledge generation, policy development, program implementation and advocacy linked to the issues that matter most to our communities. Click to take the survey and be heard!


J-FLAG Annual Report 2013

Throughout the year we embarked on a number of new initiatives and enhanced existing ones as well as revived programmes such as the LGBT Speaker’s Bureau, a comprehensive sensitisation training for public health workers, sensitisation training on sexual violence against lesbian and bisexual women, and outreach activities. These endeavours saw us engaging and training more community members, government entities and collaborating with government and other NGOs.

Despite the challenges we continue to face, we made substantial progress throughout the year, especially through our projects and media campaigns. We thank all our donors, allies and LGBT people, especially those who have supported us over the years and continue to add their voice not just publicly but in their own sphere of influence.

As J-FLAG continues to work towards engendering a more inclusive culture and carving out a viable space for LGBT Jamaicans, we challenge community members to continue their fight for full citizenship as we forge ahead in this difficult but penetrable struggle.

The full report is available here: J-FLAG Annual Report 2013


 

National Survey of Attitudes and Perceptions of Jamaicans Towards Same Sex Relationships – 2012

This study is a follow-up to a national survey of perceptions and attitudes towards same-sex relationships conducted in Jamaica in 2011. Data collection involved the administration of a questionnaire to a nationally representative sample of 1000, with a margin of error of +/- 4%, and two focus group discussions. The study reveals that females, higher educated persons and those who do not listen mostly to reggae and dancehall music are likely to have less negative attitudes towards homosexuals. Religious persons are seemingly becoming more tolerant, but positive attitudes towards homosexuals are still more likely found in less religious individuals. Young persons (35 and under) were found to be slightly less negative in their views than older persons.

Read the complete study here:

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