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Over the past months so much has happened in the LGBT community around the world:

1.      President Obama continues to gives stern warning to countries that criminalizes homosexual.

2.      Other World leaders making a vivid statement as it regards to the recent winter Olympics in either not showing up or openly condemning Russia’s law which criminalizes public expression of LGBT advocates.

3.       The passing of new Anti-Gay law in Uganda .  

4.      The World Bank postponing a $90 million health project for Uganda citing the country’s passage of a

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Created by me for this day specially.

The song use in the background is one which is sending a strong message of hatred for Homosexuals in the country and the Pictures bring across this message too.


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The Ministry of Educations says “No to condom in Schools.” I beg to differ. Yes to Condoms in Schools…..

By now we must all be aware of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) and National HIV/STI merger to form the national authority for sexual and reproductive health. While it is a good move to have the merger, we are now faced with the question, will these two entities — now made one — make more success in its endeavour, and what about the rights component associated with sexual reproductive …

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It is no secret- Jamaica is probably one of the most homophobic countries in the world. As we embrace and celebrate International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia we see that as a country we need to do much more in regards to protecting the human rights of the citizens and especially those who are most vulnerable and members of the LGBTQ community would fit in this.

Homophobia is generally defined as hostility towards or fear of gay lesbian persons. The definition can also refer to social ideologies which stigmatize

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sheryl lee ralph

Jamaica has done it again. In an effort to turn the volume up against the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country, renowned vocalist and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph was introduced as the newest ambassador to help in this venture.  

The Ministry of Health was instrumental in inviting the Jamaican born now Hollywood star to get on board and had a launch on Tuesday April 23, 2013. This reception saw several stakeholders attending to welcome the CEO of Diva Foundation – Lee Ralph. 

The Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson

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For years it has been argued that the Caribbean family structure is one that is “unstructured”. This may be the result of us having diverse and always-emerging family patterns. The nuclear family is seen as ideal by many, but when you look at our reality there are many single-parent families; in most cases headed by the mother. What impact does this have on our youth development?

Needless to say, there are many impacts this may have on youth development. The positive side is that these single-parent homes may impact …

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In a society where the growing population of youth is unstoppable, there remains a huge problem concerning the employability of some young people. They are encouraged to venture into tertiary studies and then enter the world of work, which most ambitious young people strive to do.

It was recently brought to my attention that a young graduate of a prominent university after showing up to an interview was rejected solely base on his age. This is scandalous and should not be accepted within our society. Prejudice or discrimination on

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 “A society can be measured by the way it treats its most vulnerable. The three groups that are most vulnerable in any society are: the elderly and infirm, the young; babies, toddlers, school age and adolescence, inclusive and  lastly, the mentally ill. For our purpose, vulnerable is the

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April 10, 2013 will be celebrated as National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) in the United States. The reality remains that our young people are being impacted by HIV within our society. Therefore their needs must be catered to as well.

According to Population Media, “Young people in Jamaica are in a severe crisis. Jamaica’s adolescent pregnancy rate is among the highest in the Caribbean, and Jamaica’s infection rate for HIV/AIDS is highest among youth ages 15-24. In 2004, AIDS was the second leading cause of death for both …

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After being engaged in on online consultation last week under the theme “The world we Want 2015,” I had to pause and reflect on the Jamaican society that we are now living in and ask the question, is this really the type of society that I want to live in? Whilst I had difficulty responding to this question, the truth is I wish to live nowhere else. However, I strongly believe that young people such as me may not be motivated to want to live here for more reason …

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Trailblazers – Celebrating exemplary women in Jamaica

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Women have fought relentlessly for equality in many parts of the world and continue to fight for this right. For decades, women have fought for and continue to fight for the right to rock the world with their true potential. On the road to this year’s International Women’s Day which we celebrate this Friday, conferences, legislations, blood, sweat and tears …

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abortion pic

How long will it take the parliamentary committee to reach a decision regarding the amendment of the laws that continue to criminalize females who wish to perform abortion; especially in cases of rape, incest and where it threatens the very life of the mother? Abortion is still seen as a criminal act under sections 72 and 73 of the Offences Against the Persons Act in Jamaica.


While most persons continue to be pro-choice where this issue is concern some very strong will individuals remain adamant that the act …

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“Lasting beauty, never fades, embrace your body by using *****”

Advertisements are created with the purpose to convince people that the product is good for use to them. This point must be quick and direct, therefore in most cases these advertisement appeals or sends a sexual connection to an individual. This is done deliberately as humans react easily to sexual details as we are considered to be sexual beings.

The tag line in the first stanza highlights a section in a well known advertisement on television. Within this advertisement, …

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Jamaica continues to be a country that has a very youthful population and they can contribute so much to national development, but how will this happen if the voices of youth are just swept under the carpet? Unfortunately policies within Jamaica are not youth friendly since in the decision making process the voices of youths are not recognized. While leaders from various organizations around the world are preparing to meet in Bogotá, Colombia from 27 to 28 February 2013 to discuss what is working in their countries towards the …

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SafeSex pic

How many persons were aware that safer sex week was celebrated last week? Many were caught up in various activities as they look forward to Valentine’s Day but I believe that a greater focus should have been placed on recognizing that it was also safer sex week. The week was geared towards individuals’ examining their sex lives with a direct focus on practicing safe sex. The theme for this years’ safer sex week was dubbed “Don’t guess.. take your test.” This is an intriguing theme since there continues to …