After the march, what next? ..A Stand of Silence


4 thoughts on “After the march, what next? ..A Stand of Silence

  1. My problem with this protest is that it was so poorly attended by the people within the community. Many of us did not know that this was going to take place for just days before IDAHO I commented on H’s blog that it would have been good for Jamaica to participate. Next thing I know there was an event. Its disappointing and I’m dissatisfied with this. It seems like it was a selective process. If they want to say they didn’t want certain behaviour what happens to those of us who participate in so many other events? The discussions and the likes, and for persons like myself who are part of the church? It’s like a slap in the face.

  2. Protest smotest!
    Typical selectivity that has plagued our advocacy for God knows how long many “ordinary” gay persons or “dutty battyman” as some style them would have loved to have even been given a chance to sign some petition or just get to say their piece in some way yet organizations and individuals take it upon themselves to speak on “their” behalf without “their” consent or particpation in the matter all because the holders of the status quo decides what issues must be addressed, when and by whom, those who disagree or have a differing points of view are sidelined, ignored or made to look like crackpots.

    Talk about stigma and discrimination eh?

    There are some many folks some even some at “their” level who have come through the system who want to contribute still but who are left feeling used and fed up many are left out of the loop when they realise the set up and begin to question what’s really going, talk about drama and internal politics? as was said somewhere maybe it’s about frequent flyer miles, lol.

    I wouldn’t be surpised if a backlash of some sort happens anytime soon there is a temperature gage that the powers that be are not paying attention to from the San Fran boycott days and while this is going on the same folks closed down a well needed piece of intervention for homeless MSMs and PLWHAs (persons living with HIV/AIDS) under dubious circumstances putting several men lives literally at risk to fend for themselves on the street and clients with full blown AIDS to suffer in silence so it’s only the buggery law and HIV at the programming level that are important for the five minutes of fame on TV or clips cause that’s where the money is but f*** the dutty bad behaving battyman dem cause they aint in our class and they don’t have time and energy to deal with that right now.

    All in the name to play catch up on work that should have been done years ago, but of course they are now forced to meet the new demands of the funders i.e evidenced based advocacy so they have to do something substantial as proof, thank God for the new requirements or else we may not have seen shyt like this happening. Notice the rapidity of these public agitations, why weren’t these happening before??? and to think JFLAG celebrates 13 years of existence this year but how many in the community actually know that. Many in the community don’t even know what they actually do.

    We have a long way to go in terms of some real advocacy still, deal with the real issues on the ground like our fragmented lgbt community, it’s not all about attempts at looking pretty to the outside world.

    Peace and tolerance.


  3. I am so disenamoured by this whole process right now its just awful. Perhaps the strategy to have Jamaican ‘change’ however should not include the people that we need the change for. Studies and experience have shown that changing laws, marches etc…usually contribute very little to changing HIV prevalence or certain behaviours among the gay community, and I get the feeling that situation is the exact result of uninformed and poorly directed advocacy, which although earns points for publicly perceived martyrs…miss the real point, that gay ppl want to be accepted by their family and society, not in a forced way, but in a real way…and that can only come from building the self-esteem and providing equal opportunities for gay persons first, to develop and feel like they belong.

    I am scared of this type of advocacy that is not backed up by the provision of opportunities to address the real issues facing the community. It provides good mileage (frequent flyers, personal, media, political) for the public perceived martyrs but it doesnt help much in the long run.

    I feel sorry at times for the people who are caught up in this master plan and may not realise its effects, having been there myself I realise it and it hurt too much, in the past and needling in the present. Right now, I try as best as I can to ignore, but I know that we have a serious issue on our hands relating to gay Jamaicans and it is certainly not HIV alone, it is also abandonment both social and family, its lack of opportunities, its self-esteem, its drowned potential and hope. However, and very encouragingly on the other hand, its raw talent, passion, genuine ability to care.

    I fell very much in love with my ray-ray clients during my time at JASL, having noted all of the above and seeing them strongly in my most vulnerable/strongest gay man.

    This will read jumbled as I just put my thoughts down…not in the mood to read it over and edit…hush

  4. I dont know the real reason behind the hush hush stand against silence. Only the organisers may be able to shed some light on this. I can only, like those who have commented before me, assume. I perceive that after the walk for tolerance and the backlash from the media’s spin on what actually took place that they wished to mitigate the media’s sensationalising of the stand. That said, I applaud the fact of the stand. That something of this nature happened in Jamaica, notwithstanding how long overdue, speaks volumes to how far we have come as a nation.
    I note the despondence about what organisations have failed to do. I have come to expect that organisations, as good intentioned as they are, wont do everything. In fact, they cannot; whether because of lack of [finacial] resources or capacity [personnel]. So i have always asked myself, what can I do? I have since been able to mobilise some of my friends/students to contribute toward providing meal and a stipend for some of the most vulnerable members of the community (that we know of). However, I envisage that we will be faced with similar criticisms of not being able to service everyone (even with such noble intentions as we have). The reality is that some will always fall through the cracks. So what can the rest of us do? Can the party organisers/promoters perhaps host a party where part or all proceeds go to the homeless GLBT persons so at least they will have a meal or change of clothes? I will support such an effort. I am certain that we will be able to encourage others within the community to support such an event.
    I think it will be a travesty for us to sit and wait on institutional assistance, understanding their limitations or reticence to help. SO what is the way forward. After the walk and the Stand of Silence, what happens tomorrow when we see those hungry people for whom we deeply feel………..
    let us put our hands to the wheel.. Hope PINK can help to organise the first charity party.

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