Monday, 4 April 2011

Jamaica: Leading Newspaper Comes Out

'EDITORIAL - End Discrimination Towards Gays Now'

The Jamaica Gleaner, the country's leading newspaper, has come out for gay rights - arguing that the right to freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is added to the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and that the "buggery law" is repealed.

"To be clear, our position is neither an endorsement nor rejection of homosexuality. Frankly, we do not care. How consenting adults choose to live their lives is none of our business. There are, however, a couple of things that concern us and which we believe should be the concern of all Jamaicans.
"First, while we note and commend the advances in individuals' rights contained in the charter, we are aware that the possibility of discrimination against any group is a toehold for the erosion of the rights of others, notwithstanding the cover of constitutional protection.
"Moreover, the fear of stigma, discrimination and violence pushes many people into the closet. Their talents are often underutilised, to the detriment of the society and economy. There is evidence, too, of the health problems faced by gays, many of whom prefer to live without treatment for their illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, for fear of discrimination. The public-health risks are obvious..."

Story via LGBT Asylum News - Paul Canning's report gives some interesting commentary and background.


  1. Right idea for the wrong reasons....
    Still it's a step in the right direction. :)
    Lovely, lovely progress.

  2. There's a lot of distancing going on in that editorial, but I thought maybe they were trying to construct an argument that will work with the people we most need to win over...

  3. Let's hope so......i notice one person commenting on the website has brought up the old 'shoving down our throats' argument only to be destroyed by the logic and compassion of others.