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 Love” was celebrated beautifully with performances and stories from LGBTI individuals. The space was big, bright and definitely filled with
With more than 150 people in attendance, it was an uplifting night where, regardless of your sexual identity or sexual orientation, you could be yourself. There were various speakers and performers, with my favourite being the stories told by 3 different couples. They shared their struggles, accomplishments and everyday way of life.
One woman in particular who is a police officer and is engaged to a woman said “I didn’t want to change myself to gain acceptance from my peers.” As a lesbian working in a male-dominated field, it was inspiring to hear her story and her fight to stay true to herself.
I must also say that the audience in particular caught my attention as Jamaicans bring a strong energy, especially when it comes to music! I have yet to attend an event that doesn’t have a musical guest (or two, or three, or….) and audience members are usually singing and dancing along with the lyrics and beat. It is incredible to witness! Definitely lightens and brightens the mood.
To get the full scoop, jump on social media and use the hashtag #PowerofLoveJA
“We are all worthy of love”-Neish McLean from J-FLAG.
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