Jamaica

News from within the borders of Jamaica and the fight for LGBT equality there. As of 2013, discrimination against the LGBT community was widespread in Jamaica, and sexual acts between men could be punishable by years in prison. Gay people are often the target of hate crimes and police brutality in the country, which has led many activisits and organizations like the Human Rights Watch to label it one of the most homophobic countries in the world and an unsafe place for activists and LGBT people. Jamaica, an island nation in the Caribbean, is situated about 90 miles south of Cuba. It is an English-speaking country.

Bi Week, starting today, tries to make the bisexual experience more visible to the mainstream. The following story illustrates how far we have to go. 

September 19 2016 6:20 AM

A new study finds many queer Jamaicans have thought about leaving their home nation if they could.

January 22 2016 6:49 PM

A constitutional challenge is filed against the 1864 Offenses Against the Person Act, which is seen as the basis for much of the nation's notorious homophobia.

December 11 2015 3:30 PM

While security concerns make a parade impossible, a full week of festivities have been planned.

July 28 2015 1:44 PM

Activists had hoped the president would use his influence in Jamaica to highlight LGBT equality.

April 11 2015 12:52 PM

As the president arrives in Jamaica for the Summit of the Americas, he must defend the basic rights of gender and sexual minorities.

April 09 2015 4:00 AM

Honoring a tradition established by Jesus more than 2,000 years ago, a pastor in Jamaica is getting major push-back from his flock after controversial foot-washings.

December 15 2014 3:51 PM
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