US Gov’t Sends Senior Gay Rights Activists to Jamaica

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The United States government has sent two of its most senior gay rights advocates to Jamaica.

They arrived yesterday and are expected to leave on Saturday.

The visit includes meetings with government officials, along with leaders in business, academia, civil society and the church.

Its being viewed in some quarters as evidence of the pressure being exerted on Jamaica by the US regarding island’s long-standing buggery law.

But at least one group is objecting to the visit, saying it is an attack on Jamaica’s morals and sovereignty.

Kalilah Enriquez has more:

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Randy Berry is the US State Department’s Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, LGBT, persons.

According to the State Department, it’s the first such post ever created by a nation.

Todd Larson is the Senior LGBT Coordinator at the US Agency for International Development, US-AID.

They’re the Obama administration’s two most senior government officials on LGBT rights.

The visit comes on the heels of Barack Obama’s visit to Jamaica in April.

At a much-publicized youth town hall meeting, Obama hailed Angeline Jackson, a young lesbian and LGBT activist.

But for the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, JCHS, the pressure coming from the United States is unwelcome.

Dr. West says it’s an attack on Jamaica’s sovereignty.

Berry and Larson are expected to leave on Saturday.




One thought on “US Gov’t Sends Senior Gay Rights Activists to Jamaica

  1. brothermanne

    All the people who continue to talk of Jamaica as a sovereign nation had better wake up and take stock of what is going on. Washington is ramping up the pressure of Jamaica so that we will fall into line with the rest of the world. There are many things that can be done to hurt the current economic model that is heavily dependent of outside credit. Jamaica is not a sovereign nation and therefore will not be allowed to chart its own decision as this relates to gay rights. Just watch and see.

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