INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA (IDAHO) 2013

End discrimination and support #LGBTI rights in Jamaica - Tweet in solidarity with LGBTI Jamaicans on IDAHO 17 MAY 2013

In Jamaica, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face harassment, threats, attacks and other human rights abuses because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Laws that continue to criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in Jamaica translates in frequent incidents of arbitrary arrests, detention and ill-treatment of LGBTI people. Access to healthcare, housing, employment and other services is also limited by disproportionately high levels of discrimination.

During the electoral campaign in December 2011, the current Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, stated that “no one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation”, and that the “government should provide protection” for LGBTI people. This was a very positive and welcome statement but so far it has not been translated into any concrete positive action for LGBTI people.  

On the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, we want you to remind the government that it is time to act and translate this statement into a reality.

Take action and remind Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller that no one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

ACT NOW

Portia Simpson-Miller is the Prime Minister of Jamaica and has an obligation to uphold the Jamaican law to ensure that every Jamaican enjoys their right to life and equality before the law, just like she stated in her 2011 electoral campaign. Now that she has been elected Prime Minister, her government has the responsibility to make this a reality and work to promote non-discrimination and equality for all Jamaicans.

I support equality in Jamaica. @OPMJamaica end discrimination and protect #LGBTI people http://bit.ly/idaho13 #IDAHO

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Click the button below to tweet Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller

Portia Simpson-Miller

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Help J-FLAG. Ask the Jamaican media to join our call

Let the public know what we are calling for by tweeting the Jamaican media and asking them to join our call to end discrimination against LGBTI people in Jamaica

Jamaica Gleaner ‏ @JamaicaGleaner

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JamaicaObserver ‏ @JamaicaObserver

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Television Jamaica ‏ @televisionjam

The official Twitter profile for TVJ, Kingston, Jamaica • http://www.televisionjamaica.com 

CVM Television @CVMTV

The number 1 TV station in Jamaica.

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Jamaica Star ‏ @jamaicastar

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Call for their support: I support equality in Jamaica. @OPMJamaica end discrimination and protect #LGBTI people http://bit.ly/idaho13 #IDAHO

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF LGBT JAMAICANS AND THE DISCRIMINATION THEY FACE IN JAMAICA

Watch ‘We Are Jamaicans’, a campaign “to promote greater understanding and help change minds and hearts of Jamaicans about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9iNYKqttc4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC6vuxqvDo8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQU7Ss5lJ6Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS2P6TvzuFM

Visit J-FLAG
http://www.jflag.org/ 

Read the Amnesty International 2012 Annual Report on Jamaica
https://www.amnesty.org/en/region/jamaica/report-2012 

Read the Amnesty International report ‘Transforming pain into hope: human rights defenders in the Americas’ (see chapter 6 – Defenders most at risk: sex, gender and sexuality)
https://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR01/006/2012/en

Fifty years without the liberty to love by J-FLAG and Amnesty International
https://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR38/001/2012/en

How you can help

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