On Wednesday last the Pink Report celebrated its 2nd Anniversary. There were no parties, birthday cake and quite frankly the day passed unnoticed by even the executive of the publication, simply because we forgot. However as we start 2012 we must pause to remind ourselves of where we are coming from and visualize and contextualize where we are going.
To be clear what started out as a sarcastic little Facebook note designed to poke fun at uptown gay Jamaica on January 4th, 2010 has grown to become a blog that averages over 1000 hits per month. At the end of 2011, the Pink Report blog had received over 20,000 hits in approximately 1.5 years. Further, the blog is now a full blown website (www.pinkreport.org) with an architecture to support contributors and contributions from all over the world. This is in addition to owning a safe secure platform for the hosting of online discussion forums.
In 2011 the Report was able to lend a helping hand to the House of Sankofa in recognizing the contributions of a few individuals who have dedicated their time to entertaining the LGBT community. Indeed it was our honour to be apart of this, as the publications roots are in the relentless critique (criticizing) of party planners and it is our hope that in the future we will be able to partner along similar lines with other promoters.
Currently, the executive of the publication is putting the finishing touches on the pilot of an animated cartoon series that focuses on the lives of young gay men living, working and playing in Jamaica. It is expected that once long term funding is secured the series will navigate the issues of relationship, friendship, coming out and of course HIV/AIDS. Who to tell as apart of the advocacy inititiative it may be on your local television station. But stay tuned for more!!