Nominations are now open for the New Voices Fellowship. Become a New Voices Fellow!
New Voices Fellowship is a year-long media skills, communication and leadership program designed for standout development professionals from the developing world. Candidates for the Fellowship are expected to have both a record of significant professional achievement and a desire to share their perspectives on global development with a broader international audience. The Fellowship is open by nomination only. For more details visit their website.
In a signed affidavit, Mr. Jaghai attributes his decision to withdraw from the case due to personal threats, the burden that the litigation was putting on his family, and continuing incidents of violence against Jamaica’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In his affidavit, Mr. Jaghai told the court: “Though the cause and the case are noble, I am no longer willing to gamble with my life or the lives of my parents and siblings.” The full press release is available here: Javed Jaghai withdraws from Constitutional Challenge
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!
If you missed our Larry Chang Human Rights Symposium check out our YouTube channel for a synopsis of the event. The symposium took place on May 16, 2014 in recognition and celebration of IDAHOT. The event was moderated by popular blogger and vlogger Carla Moore, who facilitated a powerful all-female panel that sought to deconstruct the theme – Exploring Identity in Jamaica: Personhood, Sexual Citizenship & Religion. The event also featured a captivating performance by dance artist Neila Ebanks, and the launch of a safety and security mobile application for LGBT people by Walk Good Ja.
The video is available here.
J-FLAG published the second issue of its newsletter ‘Equality JA: The Silent Revolution’ on August 6, 2014.
In addition to sharing J-FLAG’s outreach and advocacy activities, this issue features a riveting story of resilience by Christopher Bowen, a call to acknowledge and report Intimate Partner Violence in gay relationships by Paige Andrew, and Jaevion Nelson’s recommendation that we rethink the way we frame homophobia. The issue also profiles human rights defender and vlogger Carla Moore, with a quick survey on what constitutes rape plus so much more! The newsletter can be accessed here.
Lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women have been excluded from much of Jamaica’s LGBT advocacy at the highest level. As part of J-FLAG’s commitment to being more inclusive and engaging more women in our programmes, we have launched a policy training programme specifically for our LBT women.
We are inviting lesbian, bisexual and transgender women to apply for the limited available spaces. See poster below for details on how to apply.
As part of increasing its media output and engaging the LGBT community and allies, J-FLAG launched its first issue of ‘Equality JA: The Silent Revolution’ this morning. The newsletter features past, ongoing and upcoming J-FLAG activities, the profile of a Jamaican human rights defender, social justice commentary, LGBT history fact, fun activities, an online poll and more! The newsletter is available online only and may be read here.
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