Category Archives: Jamaica

Advocacy in all shapes and sizes

In April, I had the opportunity to sit in on a training on Advocating for Improved and Non-Discriminatory Services for LGBT People. One of the facilitators spoke of the different levels and stages of advocacy, these being from: 1 Inform … Continue reading

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“We are all worthy of love”

May 17th marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and to commemorate it, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) hosted the Larry Chang Human Rights Symposium in Kingston, Jamaica. The theme “Celebrating a Community of … Continue reading

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Marijuana Culture: An International Game of Broken Telephone

You know the game we played as kids? The girl with braided pigtails and awkward buck teeth gawkily whispers a message into her crush’s ear, who passes it down the spit-fueled line to the poor kid at end who has … Continue reading

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The Disservice of Not Providing Youth with Sexual Health Services

Currently, in Jamaica, those 16 years of age and under are unable to access sexual and reproductive health services (unless parental consent is provided). These services can include help and advice about matters such as contraception, pregnancy, sexual assault, and … Continue reading

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“Activism is a process”

So much has happened since my last blog post! I’ve been drafting this post for a while, because I’ve been pretty busy helping out with several projects and events. Firstly, an election update: The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won, winning … Continue reading

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“Out of Many, One People”

Jamaica’s motto “Out of Many, One People”, which can be seen on its currency, billboards and signage around the airport and Kingston, referenced in its literature, talked about at Reggae Wednesday, etc., speaks to the multi-racial roots and diverse origins of the … Continue reading

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Welcome to Jamaica: Fumbles and Troubles

It seems appropriate that my first experiences with dietary challenges and living adjustments be the subject of my first blog post. As a Canadian in Jamaica there are many adjustments, from wearing business attire in the sweltering heat (in January) to … Continue reading

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First Week in JA

It’s been one week since we’ve arrived in Kingston, Jamaica. Surprises have been a plenty despite doing research. I am hesitant to overdue the research because it tends to generate expectations in my mind and if those expectations aren’t met, … Continue reading

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what have i learned?

  Those who love always give the most We’re cryin’ together from coast to coast Love leaves us cold and hurt inside These tears of ours unjustified – nina simone

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a word on colonization

wanting to expand on this thought.. colonization being a word that is tossed around which encompasses so much. Yet the word is often used to describe past events however the word represents something that is still living within us all… … Continue reading

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