2011 – A Historic Year for LGBT Jamaicans

Published: March 6, 2012

Jamaican gay rights activist, Maurice Tomlinson, is the 2011 recipient of the inaugural David Kato Vision and Voice Award

General Election
1. The People’s National Party, whose leader, Portia Simpson Miller, said that she had
no objections to gays in her cabinet and that she would call for a conscience vote on
the country’s anti-buggery law if selected as the 10th Prime Minister, won a landslide
victory in national elections.

Safety and Security
1. Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, instructed the police force in one of its weekly
Force Orders that they should not discriminate against civilians, regardless of their
sexual orientation and withdrew Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey’s controversial
claims about links between homosexuals and organised crime

Policy, Law and Human Rights
1. AIDS-Free World launches first legal challenge to the buggery law at the Inter-
American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
Human Rights Advocacy & Public Education
1. “The Cost of Hate” Documentary on HIV and homophobia released
2. Several incident-free tolerance-themed public events
3. Jamaican and Reggae Artiste, Mista Majah P, launches pro-tolerance album against
homophobia
4. “Unconditional Love” public service announcement calling for Jamaicans to love their
gay family members launched. Rejected by TVJ and CVM but was shown on YouTube
for all to see

Research
1. National Youth Survey shows street youth more accepting of gays
2. First National Survey on Attitudes and Perceptions of Jamaicans towards same-sex
relationship published

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