Posted by: lisaparavisini | January 18, 2013

‘We Are Jamaicans’ Video Campaign Against Anti-Gay Discrimination Launches

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The Jamaican Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) has launched a poignant new video campaign in hopes of combatting local anti-gay sentiment, The Huffington Post reports.

“‘We Are Jamaicans’ is a campaign for Jamaicans, whether gay or straight, to share their experiences and perspectives about LGBT human rights,” J-FLAG members note on their YouTube profile. “This in an effort to promote greater understanding and help change minds and hearts of Jamaicans about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We Are Jamaicans is funded with the kind support of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) through its Global Fund Vulnerablised Project.”

In the videos, which were reportedly recorded and edited by Maya Wilkinson, participants recall being bullied, harassed and otherwise tormented for being at least perceived to be LGBT. Some chose to remain anonymous.

“Now, if you call me gay, I’ll feel honored,” says Alexis Goffe, who’s straight. “I’ve come out of the closet as an ally of the LGBTQ community.” Each video features “Same Love,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hip-hop plea for equality.

Check out the five videos from the campaign below (H/T Andrés Duque of Blabbenado)

For the original report go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/18/we-are-jamaicans-anti-gay-discrimination-video-campaign_n_2505521.html


Responses

  1. It was incredibly courageous for all of the people who made the videos to speak out against how they have been treated and the injustices they have suffered through. They all did a beautiful job of showing how they are just like everyone else, regardless of their sexual orientation. They have the same desires, goals, and wishes, like other Jamaicans, and just want to receive the respect that they deserve and to not be judged so quickly. They tackle dealing with a universal problem of mistreatment by allowing people to hear things from their personal perspectives and share their stories. Alexis Goffe proudly said that if someone were to call him gay, he would feel honoured, which challenges the commonly accepted notion that being called gay is an insult. It is a very fresh and invigorating way to think, and allows people to be proud of who and what they are. Great campaign! :)


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