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Human rights group: LGBT Jamaicans targets of unchecked violence

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
David McFadden, APJamaican churchgoers hold signs while attending an anti-gay rally in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- LGBT people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequently refused housing or employment in the Caribbean country typically described as the region's most hostile to LGBT citizens, a leading human rights group says in a report released Tuesday. [...]

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Jamaican activist ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law amid fears for his safety

Friday, August 29, 2014
Javed Jaghai
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about his safety. Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica's 1864 law that bans sex [...]

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U.S., British anti-gay activists spread homophobic messages at Jamaica conference

Monday, December 9, 2013
Peter LaBarbera
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Two prominent U.S. and British anti-gay activists attended a conference in Jamaica over the weekend to urge their counterparts and the Jamaican government to retain that country's colonial era law banning homosexual activity. [...]

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Jamaica: Mob murder of gay teen shows depth of hostility toward LGBT community

Sunday, August 11, 2013
Jay, J-FLAGThis undated photo provided by Dwayne Jones' friend Jay via the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) advocacy group, shows Dwayne Jones in an unknown location in Jamaica.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew [...]

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Cross-dressing gay teen hacked, stabbed to death by Jamaican mob

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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ST. JAMES, Jamaica -- A 17-year-old gay teen was hacked and stabbed to death by a mob in Jamaica on Monday night. [...]

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Jamaican gay rights activist seeking changes to anti-sodomy law

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
David McFadden, APJamaican churchgoers chant during an anti-gay rally in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A gay rights activist got his first court hearing Tuesday on his effort to bring a constitutional challenge to Jamaica's nearly 150-year-old colonial-era law that bans sex between men. [...]

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Jamaica church leaders rally, protest efforts to repeal anti-sodomy law

Sunday, June 23, 2013
David McFadden, APJamaican churchgoers hold signs while attending an anti-gay rally in Kingston, Jamaica, Sunday, June 23, 2013. Several church pastors in Jamaica led a revival meeting Sunday to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country's anti-sodomy law and turn back what they see as increasing acceptance of homosexuality.
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Several church pastors in Jamaica led a revival meeting Sunday to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country's anti-sodomy law and turn back what they see as increasing acceptance of homosexuality. [...]

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Jamaican elections underscore a vote for LGBT tolerance

Thursday, January 5, 2012
Portia Simpson-Miller
Portia Simpson-Miller on Thursday was sworn inas Jamaica’s new Prime Minister after being elected to the office on Dec. 29 -- in a pre-election debate last month, Simpson-Miller came out in support of LGBT rights in what activists called an “historic moment. [...]

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Jamaican opposition leader backs LGBT rights in ‘historic’ moment

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Simpson-Miller
In moment described as “historic” by activists, the Jamaican opposition leader has come out for LGBT rights during an election debate. Jamaicans will go to the polls on December 29 and People’s National Party leader Portia Simpson-Miller made the positive comments during an election debate yesterday with Prime Minister Andrew [...]

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