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News for the Jamaican lesbian, all-sexual and gay community
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Kingston, Jamaica
Inside This Issue
West Indian Gay & Lesbian
Literature Features: When
Worlds Collide by Shawn A

Workplace discrimination on
the basis of sexual orientation.
[Page 4]

Healtii & Wellness: Wiiat is a
heathy diet?

Bible Study: Ttie full armor of
[Page 6]

1st World Outgames Update:
International conference

International News:
ILG^ spearheads UN gay
rights petition

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By Jason Simmonds, The Jamaica QutPost Contributor

Jamaica's very first HIV/
AIDS case was reported
in 19S2. Currently, 1.5%
of the island's adult popu-
lation lives with HIV/AIDS.
According to statistics pro-
vided by the National
AIDS Committee (NAC),
Jamaica registered 57S
AIDS cases last year be-
tween January and June.
This amid increased pub-
lic awareness of the HIV
virus and AIDS.
In a report released by
Human Rights Watch
(HRW) in November
2004, many factors were
highlighted as significant
contributors to this grow-
ing epidemic in the island.
The report singles out
widespread homophobia
as one of the main factors
that contribute to Ja-
maica's high incidence of
Tribute to victims of HIV/AIDS at Jamaica AIDS Support office (ThE Jamaica DutPnst Phntn)
HIV/AIDS. In fact, the Inter-
national HIV/AIDS Alliance,
with Caribbean offices in
Port of Spain, Trinidad, also
affirms that homophobia
within Caribbean societies
contributes significantly to
the spread of the virus. In-
formation on their website
further attributes the infec-
tion rate to the high level of
violence against the gay
community. Incidentally,
this was one of the specific
findings of the HRW re-
searchers. The report put
forward the argument that
(See Promiscuity on page 2)
By Jason Simmonds, The Jamaica QutPost Contributor
A gay couple living in a ru-
ral district just outside of
Port Maria, St. Mary missed
a fatal end by the skin of
their teeth. On Sunday
March 6, the two heard a
disturbing uproar outside
their quaint home and upon
peering through a window,
they saw what most gay
men in Jamaica dread
most. There was a contin-
gent of about 10 men heav-
ily armed with cutlasses.
sticks, rock stones and
other weapons. The mob
had apparently come to
beat and run them out of
the community because
they were homosexuals.
D. Waite, a S2-year-old
man and one of the vic-
tims, told The Jamaica
OutPost that the group of
men were shouting out his
name, calling him a
'battybwoy and saying that
they were going to beat the
hell out of his and his
'battyman fren raas' that
morning. According to
Waite, the sight of the men
with their weapons was a
frightening ordeal for him-
self and his partner, S5-
year-old N. Fisher.
Waite called the police us-
ing his cellular telephone

(See Thwarts on page 3)

April 2005 Volumo I Issue II Kingston, Jamaica
Page 2
(PROMISCUITY...Continued from page 1)
Jamaica's Sodomy laws and the virulent abuse of men
who engage in homosexual practices play a major role
in the reluctance of infected gay and bisexual men to
seek adequate healthcare, which would help to curb the
risk of transmitting the HIV virus to unsuspecting part-

Both the HRW report as well as the information pre-
sented by Alliance on its website argue that homopho-
bia and the failure of Caribbean heads of states to ad-
dress these issues responsively continue to cultivate
the prevalence of the HIV virus within the region. Other
findings reveal that some sexually active gay and bisex-
ual men tend to partake in more risky sexual practices
than any other sexually active group. The high-risk
practices that bisexual men are engaged in multiply the
chance of passing on the virus to their girlfriends or

A flip of the coin, however, reveals a deeply rooted fac-
tor that is seriously nourishing the HIV/AIDS pandemic
in Jamaica: promiscuity. As a matter of fact, if we exam-
ine some popular Jamaican or Caribbean music, the
practice of having several sexual partners is nothing far
from traditional. In the Dancehall genre, acclaimed mir-
ror ambassador for Jamaica's 'culture', having girls
'inna bungle' (or by the dozen), is a proud proclamation
of the Jamaican culture. Even Calypso or Soca music
from the Eastern Caribbean islands glorifies this folklore
of wanton sexual conduct. This ostentatiously cultural
mentality of being promiscuous is by no means less
practised among the men of Jamaica's GLBT commu-

In a casual interview with a seropositive gay man who
resides in the Ocho Rios area, the reality of the link be-
tween promiscuity, homophobia and the spread of the
HIV virus in Jamaica was outwardly apparent. Miller
(name changed to protect his identity), who is 25 years
old, claims to have had sexual intercourse with more
than thirty-five (S5) different men, including married
men, over the past year alone. It is important to point
out that Miller is not a male prostitute (aka sex worker).
For him, having sexual relations with different partners
has been his only option to fulfil his desires for compan-
ionship. His acquaintances are sourced mainly through
online chat rooms, message boards and Internet dating
web sites. He also meets guys at gay parties held peri-
odically in and around the area.

Interestingly, the idea of having a single lover or partner
had never been far from his mind. He explained that he
started feeling attraction for men during his teenage
years and as he grew older he knew he wanted to be
with a man, both sexually and emotionally. In a very low
husky voice, he confessed that he always entertained
the idea of forming a relationship with the man of his
dreams and living together happily until death would
separate them. This, however, was never meant to be.
At age 16, he witnessed the beating of a gay man who
lived in a nearby community. That experience changed
his life forever. He stresses how differently he felt from
then onward; not wanting to give up his hopes of hav-
ing a relationship but feeling afraid his would have
been the same fate as the aforementioned victim of
homophobia. By age 19, Miller had his first homosex-
ual encounter with an older man, whom he met at a
local pub near Ocho Rios. He recalls his immediate
infatuation with that man and his subsequent disillu-
sionment. The man was married and was only inter-
ested in sexual gratification. Since that experience.
Miller says he has realized that most gay men in Ja-
maica are only out for sex and nothing more. He ex-
plains that most of his sexual partners are not his day-
to-day friends. They do not 'spar' (or hang out to-
gether) or do anything that is socially meaningful. They
simply call each other when they are horny (which is
almost daily) in order to satisfy their physical needs.

In 200S, Miller was among the newly diagnosed cases
of the HIV virus in Jamaica. For him, the news was
more than heart wrenching. He explained he felt as if it
was his destiny being fulfilled because he got used to
the misconception that all gay men would eventually
die from AIDS. He further admitted that he has not told
any of his current sexual partners that he is HIV posi-
tive but takes care in using a condom for anal inter-

In response to a question of change in his current pro-
miscuous lifestyle. Miller believes that not much will
change under the current anti-gay climate in Jamaica.
He asserts that the HIV virus and AIDS continue to
flourish under the stigma that it is a disease that only
gay men are susceptible to. He, for one, states that he
is afraid of letting people know that he is HIV+. He
fears losing his job, rejection by his family and other
members of the gay community and most importantly,
being chased or even killed by anti-gay community
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April 2005 Volume I Issue II Kingston, Jamaica
Page 3
WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE A novel by Shawn Forbes
WEST INQIAN GAY S LESBIAN LITERATQRE By Anthony Hron, The Jamaica QutPost Contributor

On April 26, a new novel will
be unveiled in Nassau. What is
special about this novel,
though, is the roots and focus
of the fictional storyline. When
Worlds Collide, the first novel
by Bahamian lawyer Shawn A.
Forbes, offers some compel-
ling reasons for us to revisit the
decisions we make in life, es-
pecially those made by Black
gay men.
Shawn A. Forbes
The fictional storyline explores the relationship between
three individuals from very different backgrounds who
find healing and personal growth through their commit-
ted friendship. Stephen, Tanya and Suresh, hailing from
The Bahamas, Canada and the U.K. respectively, over-
come personal challenges and painful histories through
the strength of their friendship, a friendship forged de-
spite their disparate backgrounds. Although set mainly
in England, the plot takes us to Nassau, Los Angeles
and New York as the characters struggle with their per-
sonal issues of sexual orientation, violence, incest,
physical and sexual abuse, and AIDS. In the end, each
is able to reach a new level of understanding and self-
acceptance through their quests for love and happi-
ness. When Worlds Collide promises to be a valuable
exploration of the role that religious taboos and cultural
proscriptions play in the current international debate
over same-gender love.
The book is available
through Trafford Pub-
lishing's bookstore:


When Worlds Collide
By Shawn Forbes
60S pages
Catalogue #04-0S40
ISBN 1-4120-S01S-7

A testament to the
power of love in the
lives of three lost
souls. A real triumph of
the human spirit! A
must read for anyone
who has felt the power
of loss and loneliness!

1/lfesf Indian Gay and Lesbian
Literature is a new column
dedicated to writers of poems,
short staies, no\/eis, plays
axi dher fams of litaary
arts. Lei us know of any lita-
ary work that you would rec-
ommend to our readers.
Rease email us:
Notice of Disdaimer
Tbo vIews and opinions oxprESSEcl in
tbis UEWslEttEP ara not a roflEction of
tbosE of tbo publisbEP. TbE publisbEr
cannot bo bEld liabla for any offanco as
a rasult of any sucb viaws.
(THWARTS Cont'd from page 1)
and two jeep-loads of police arrived just in time to prevent
any physical harm to both men, who remained inside
their home. By this, there was a massive crowd of
onlookers in the small community, since a scandal of this
magnitude would have alerted anyone in the vicinity.
Waite told The JO that several men were saying "ah bat-
tyman dem; dem fi dead' (they are gay men; they should
be killed) even in the presence of the police. The police
was able to successfully disperse the crowd and thwart
the plot of the mobsters to harm another two gay men in

However, at the end of the ordeal, the police appre-
hended no one. Checks with the Port Maria police sta-
tion, the station that dealt with the incident according to
the victim, further proved that no arrests were actually
carried out by said station. The victims decided not to
pursue the issue for fears of retaliation from other men in
and around the area. Waite further expressed concern
for his elderly mother who still resides in the area. Both
Waite and Fisher have since relocated from the dis-
trict, leaving most of their possessions in the place
they once called their home.
Waite further expressed his disappointment that even
after reporting the matter to a local organisation that
normally assists gay men, no one has since contacted
him to see if he and his partner were safe. He, how-
ever, said he was grateful that the police had come in
time to save both his life and that of his partner. He
said the officers were very helpful in preventing any
harm to them but was disappointed that they failed to
apprehend any of the perpetrators. Word coming from
his former district indicates that the men are still ada-
mant about finding them to physically harm them.
Waite finally said that he was very worried for his and
his partner's safety especially since they have to leave
their current place of safety to earn their living.

April 2005 Volume I Issue 11 Kingston, Jamaica
Page 4
By Jason Simmonds, The Jamaica QutPost Contributor
Following some investigative interviews among members
of our GLBT community, it seems that the issue of dis-
crimination in the workplace based on our sexual orienta-
tion is a primary concern. I decided to check with the Min-
istry of Labour, in particular the section that deals with
complaints from employees about unfair treatment from
employers. They were able to shed more light as far as
the complaints from the gay and lesbian community was
The matter, according to a
spokesperson who asked for
anonymity, is not serious ac-
cording to their statistics, at
least. During the last two
years, there was a single
case where a gay man com-
plained that he was dis-
missed from his job because
he was suspected of being a
homosexual. The spokesper-
son said the ministry made
attempts to verify the claim
of discrimination based on
his sexual orientation but as
expected, the employers
claimed they had terminated
the services of the complainant because of decreased
employee performance. Does this ring a bell?
In fact, two people I have interviewed during the course
of this investigation have revealed that some gay and les-
bian employers do experience unfair treatment in their
workplace. This is by no means a general statement as
there are some workplaces that have an equal opportu-
nity-style approach to employment here.
The question, therefore, is how do you handle a situation
where you feel that you job is at risk because of your per-
ceived or openly homosexual lifestyle?
According to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Labour,
you should report the matter. While a report to your su-
pervisor may be the first step to take, it can also compli-
cate the matter. So, our recommended steps are as fol-
1 Take matters in your own hands. Start by analysing
your situation with a level head. Speak to someone you
can trust and come up with a good plan of action. Also,
make every effort not to be in breach of any company
policies that may warrant your dismissal under false pre-
tences. These include tardiness, missing deadlines, get-
ting into brawls with other co-workers, discussing your
sexuality with other co-workers (no matter how much they
mention it to you), not performing as well as other em-
ployees, etc.
2 If you decide to speak to your supervisor as the first
step, do not be aggressive about the situation. Be calm
and present your situation in s sympathetic fashion.
Listen attentively to the responses made by your su-
pervisor and try to memorize them clearly. After this
initial contact, write a 'thank you' note with the date to
your supervisor, thanking him or her for listening to
your concern and also mention
the advice given by him/her in
the letter. Sign the letter and
make a photocopy for your files.
S If you notice any improve-
ments, mention this to your su-
pervisor at an appropriate time
with a follow-up thank you note
or card.
4 If things get worse, also
mention this to your supervisor
again in writing, but this time,
state the problem clearly includ-
ing the names of staff members
who are responsible for your ill
treatment. Make mention of any
other information including any
backlash that has occurred since your first initial con-
5 Make sure you are keeping records of everything
that happens to you.
6 If things continue to deteriorate, start looking for a
new job.
7 In the meantime, approach a senior supervisor,
manager or personnel manager with a formal letter of
complaint. Ensure to cc the letter to your supervisor or
immediate manager. It is important, however, to main-
tain an approach that is free from hostility. You should
state in your letter that you love your job and do not
wish to leave it pre-maturely. Also state a reasonable
solution that you are willing to undergo as a form of
resolution, if the source of the discrimination is coming
from other members of staff in your department or
work area. Ideas for a solution could include your will-
ingness to relocate to another department, branch or
store within the company's system. Remain calm and
be patient while the human resources department car-
ries out its own assessment of the actual situation.
S If their reply is one of nonchalance or denial and
(See WORKPLACE page 6)
Kingston's business district (The Jamaica DutPost Photo)

April 2005 Volume I Issue II Kingston, Jamaica
Page 5
Health 5 Wellness
Regardless of your weight or current health
status, we are all on a diet. A diet is what we
eat day-in and day-out. Some of us may try to
maintain a weight loss diet, or some other kind
of purposeful eating regimen. While these spe-
cific diets may be desirable in certain situations,
most of us should be focusing on a general
"good health" diet. Unfortunately, with all the fad
weight-loss diets that
come and go, it's hard to
know what a "good health"
diet really is. Remember
when fat was the diet de-
mon? Every food proces-
sor scrambled to invent
fat-free foods. Unfortu-
nately, these often re-
placed the fat with sugar
or salt or synthetic "fat
substitutes", none of which
were particularly healthy
for us. Then carbohy-
drates became the enemy
to healthy body weight.
After all, the logic went,
don't farmers fatten up
livestock by feeding them
high carbohydrate diets?
Yes, but... the livestock is
also fed LARGE quantities
and kept in feedlots where they get no exercise
to burn it off. Now it seems, the low-carb diet
craze is waning and before long, no doubt, mar-
keters will be touting the next big diet plan.

We could all save ourselves much confusion
(and money) if we just remembered the diet that
most naturopathic doctors advocate. They look
at the kinds of food that human beings evolved
eating. You can bet this didn't include the
sugar-water box drinks, the fibre deficient bun,
and the processed cheese that so many eat for
lunch today. According to Dr. Randall Bradley,
N.D., the best prescription for a healthy diet lies
in "leaving the processed foods behind and go-
Vegetables are a healthy choice when planning your diet
ing to whole unprocessed foods that are found
in their natural form, just the way our ancestors
would have. This means eating fresh fruits,
whole grains, legumes [beans and peas],
seeds, nuts, meat and poultry, fish and sea-
food, and eggs." Dairy products (from cows)
are okay as well, "if used in moderation and,
most importantly, you are not allergic or intoler-
ant to it." This is known as
lactose intolerance and it is
more common in peoples of
African descent possibly be-
cause cow's milk was not a
part of their historical diet.
So, instead of the box drink
and bun and cheese, have
water, a piece of fruit, some
nuts and whole grain bread.
This will give you greater
nutrition, more fibre, and
complex carbohydrates for
sustained energy.
In the next few issues, we
will look at some compo-
nents of a healthy diet, be-
ginning with the most criti-
cal, water.
This column offers informa-
tion for personal health and is not intended to
replace the services of a licensed physician, if
you are sick, please see a healthcare provider.

Article by:
Anthony Hron, The Jamaica OutPost Contributor
reaching out for equality

OutReach Caribbean is compiling a directory of Caribbean
GLBT aganizations. Hease contact us with information about
the GLBT aganizations in your communily.

Contact: outreachcaribbean@gmail.com

April 2005 Volume I Issue II Kingston, Jamaica
Page E
BIBLE STQQY By Shane Hicks-Lee, Guest Columnist

Let me start this discussion with the same statement I be-
gin all my discussions with: You should not take for
"gospel" what I offer here. These are my opinions based
upon research that I have done. Each person's soul is
their own responsibility. I am neither a preacher nor a
teacher. This is written mainly to gibt Christians but can
be used by all. I encourage you to pray and clothe your-
selves with the full armor of God. (Eph6:10-1S) Pull out
a Bible or go on-line and search for yourselves. I have
included where I found the information where appropri-
ate. What I have written here can be found elsewhere in
books, journals and online in various places including
'The Full Armor of God" Eph 6:10-1S
Paul starts by explaining what we are battling and
why. In verse 12 he indicates that our battle is not
against a flesh and blood enemy. In other words, we are
not battling people even if sometimes it feels as if we are.
Paul instead says that we are battling against
"principalities," "powers", "the rulers of the darkness of
this world," and "the spiritual wickedness in high places."
Under "wickedness," Adam Clark's "Commentary on the
Bible" refers to lies that are disguised as truth. Verse 14
says to combat these lies, we must put on the "belt of
truth." The way that armor worked, the belt held every-
thing together. So, if the belt isn't strong, everything falls
off. John S:S2, "You will know the truth, and the truth
shall set you free." So, truth is vital to our fight. Once we
know the truth, then make sure to have the "breastplate

(WORKPLACE cont'd from page 4)
you continue to experience discrimination, then you
need to make a report to the Ministry of Labour about
your situation. You may also report your situation to
other interested organisations but your case is better
documented when you report it to the labour ministry.
Call before and ask for the department that deals with
discrimination in the workplace. Get whatever advice
they can offer and file a formal complaint with them
about your company.
9 At this stage, if you feel very uncomfortable in your
job, it is best that you seriously consider changing em-
ployment. However, do not resign if you are able to
withstand the pressure until you secure new employ-
ment. While some prospective employers may not con-
tact your current employers, once you are between
jobs, it is a common practice. Your reputation is more at
risk this way.
10 The final recommendation is to always do your
homework about your prospective employers. Look at
the warning signs that may indicate hostility toward ho-
mosexuals and try to either look for a job somewhere
else or try to 'blend' in. Always be professional on the
job and do not entertain non-standard practices that will
of righteousness." Protect our feet with the "gospel of
Peace." Protect ourselves from attacks against our
spirit with the "shield of faith." Cover our heads with
the "helmet of salvation." And, use "the sword of the
Spirit" to slice through the attacks of the enemy. So,
let's learn the truth of the word of God so that our bat-
tle will not be fruitless. The most important truth: God
Loves You!
When: March S, 2005.
From Where: Jamaicaoutpost.com
I wish I was able to have read this when I lived in Ja-
maica. I can tell u one suicide attempt would not have
been made. I now attend a Church in Los Angeles,
Unity Fellowship of Christ Church, and this sound like
a typical sermon. Can't tell you how much I appreciate
this. [Nevin Powell]
make you a target for dismissal.
It is worth mentioning too, that the Labour Laws do not
identify workplace discrimination based on sexual orien-
tation as a legitimate case for litigation against employ-
ers but the agency is willing to work with any member of
the workforce to improve working conditions for all. They
conduct visits to several workplaces to educate employ-
ees and employers about the issues impacting the Ja-
maican labour market. Remember that a lot depends on
you and your professional approach as well. So, be pro-
fessional and achieve the most you can as an employee
for your company and for yourself as a member of Ja-
maica's GLBT community.

April 2005 Volume I Issue II Kingston, Jamaica
Page 7
Courtesy of The 1ST World Qutgames Rendez-Vous Montreal ZDDE (Edited by Jason Simmonds)
A Conference entitled The Right to Be Different \n'\\\ begin
on Wednesday 26 July 2006 with an opening address by
an internationally recognised personality during a gala
dinner given to officially inaugurate the Conference.
The following morning at the Palais des congres, Mon-
treal's convention centre, the first plenary session will be
held, bringing together some 2,000 participants. The Co-
Presidents of the Conference, Ms. Joke Swiebel, former
Member of the European Parlia-
ment, and Professor Robert Winte-
mute from the School of Law at
King's College London will lead the
opening discussions.
Over the next three days. Confer-
ence participants will be offered four
more plenary sessions, featuring a
number of internationally-renowned
keynote speakers, and will be able
to choose from up to 250 work-
shops (up to 50 simultaneous work-
shops during each of five workshop sessions), which will
deal with the many aspects of the Conference themes.
There will be five themes:
Essential Rights
This theme will explore the essential rights of the LGBT
community on a global scale as set out by the Universal
Declarations of Human Rights and other international civil
right agreements.
Global Issues
This section of the conference will focus on the role the
economy plays in the overall advancement of the GLBT
Any comments?
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communities in different regions and how our rights are
affected by larger global struggles such as for the glob-
alisation of social and economic rights, the develop-
ment of disadvantaged countries, among others.
The Diverse LGBT Community
This theme will look at the impact of our own behaviour
as LGBT individuals as it affects others in our commu-
nity, whether they are women, transgender, people of
colour, faith, disabilities and
Participation in Society
This theme will explore the
changes needed to allow
LGBT individuals to partici-
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judging, and so on.
Creating Social Change
This theme will examine the ability of citizens to freely
exercise their rights and its immediate impact on the
society as a whole and the need to develop strategies
and alliances with communities outside of the LGBT
community, including supportive individuals and
groups within the heterosexual majority. In this context,
the education of younger generations becomes of criti-
cal importance, and the battle against homophobia is
one of many key concerns.
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April 2DD5 Volume I Issue II Kingston, Jamaica
Page 8
Last Month's DutPoll Results
How important is gay rights
advocacy fa you?

Do you think conditions for gays
have inp-oved, stayed the
same, or deteriorated during the
past year?


GiDbal HeadlinGS
Trinidad & Tobago cou-
ple to spearhead cam-
paign to lobby the govern-
ment to repeal the twin
republic's Buggery laws.

St. Kitts & Nevis denies
gay cruise port entry citing
a threat to their society
and culture.

Chile reports 30% fewer
incidences of discrimina-
tion and homophobic
crimes during 2004, with a
total of 46 documented

Barbados' House of
Bishops and Provincial
Standing Committee of
the Church in the Prov-
ince of the West Indies
calls for regional govern-
ments to secure protec-
tion for all gay and lesbian
persons from all forms of
violence as this is the enti-
tlement of all citizens.
IntErnatiDnal News
The historical move in March 2003 by
Brazil to introduce a resolution to the
United Nations' Commission for Human
Rights (UNCHR) to outlaw discrimination
based on sexual orientation globally is
again under threat. The resolution, which
was presented during the UNCHR's an-
nual human rights conference in Geneva,
strong oppo-
sition during
2003 and
2004. As a
result, Brazil
postponed its
until this
year's sitting
of the
News coming
from Brasilia,
however, has
indicated no
great opti-
mism for this discussion, which may fur-
ther sidetrack the guarantee of the basic
human rights of GLBT people.

The seriousness of this issue is mainly
felt by GLBT's who live in countries
where local legislators are adamant
about not changing their constitutions to
protect gays and lesbians. Countries like
Jamaica and some other Caribbean
countries, some countries in South and
Central America, Africa and others are
the ones who would benefit greatly from
a move by the UNCHR to outlaw dis-
crimination based on sexual orientation.
In fact, gays and lesbians of most devel-
oped countries like the U.S., Canada, the
European Union, Australia and South Africa
already enjoy a tremendous amount of
rights and freedoms which are non-existent
in developing countries.

This year, the International Lesbian and
Gay Associa-
tion (ILGA), will
again bring a
large coalition
of gay rights
to lobby the
UNCHR to pro-
tect the rights
and freedoms
of gays and
lesbian the
world over.
The organisa-
tion and its
coalition team
will seek to
voice their re-
quest from April 2 17 in Geneva. The
usual threats from religious groups. Islamic
countries, the Vatican and fundamentalists
are already plotting against the resolution,
should it be discussed.

To petition for your rights as a GLBT per-
son, please visit the following website and
take a moment to sign the ILGA sponsored


Visit ILGA's website:

On Friday, April 15, join over 1,000 Amnesty activists for a rally in front of the Jamaican
Consulate in New York City to call on the Jamaican government to abolish the Sodomy
laws. The rally is part of the annual GET ON THE BUS, a day of action organized by
Amnesty Local Group 133, from Sommerville, MA. For more information, contact:
a_lipman@hotmail.com; To register: www.GOTB.org.

Date: April 15
Time: 3:00 Pm
Location: Jamaican Consulate, NYC (47th St. and 3rd Ave.)