To be coherent the concept of “Gay rights” inevitably must embrace all of the activities of the “Hard Cell” Website ( http://www.hardcell.org.uk/playroom.htm) and more.
This conclusion does not imply that all Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) indulge in all acts cited on the “Hard Cell” website but rather all MSM have a “right” to indulge in same and more. In other words there is no conceivable act of intimacy between MSM that is not normative. This philosophical outlook would explain why “Terrence Higgins Trust” lists the acts on its website with no attempt at moral or aesthetic evaluation.
Once sex is no longer defined as intimate relationship between a man and a woman with use of the penis and the vagina there is no coherent reason for excluding any activity including all that are cited.
Wikipedia discusses gay rights in Jamaica at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Jamaica
Article 79 of the Offences Against the Person Act states :
Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the court to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding two years, with or without hard labour.
Is the agitation by LGBT activists and their supporters from Human Rights organizations for removal of all sections of the Offences Against the Person Act which address acts of intimacy a commitment to provide a legal framework which embraces every conceivable act of intimacy as a “right” – in short , sexual anarchy?
The following is an extract from the BBC.
7 December 2011 Last updated at 15:23 GMT
Gay rights: Africa, the new frontier
By Farouk Chothia BBC Africa
Gay rights appear to have become a new frontier in diplomatic relations between Western powers and African governments, with the US and UK warning they would use foreign aid to push for homosexuality to be decriminalised on the socially conservative continent.
Addressing an audience of diplomats in Geneva, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton called for the rights of gay people to be respected.
“Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world,” Mrs Clinton said.
“Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality.”
If the Americans think they can tell us what to do, they can go to hell”
End Quote John Nagenda Ugandan presidential adviser
Mrs Clinton did not outline sanctions for countries that fail to reform same-sex laws, but an official memorandum directs US government agencies to consider gay rights when making aid and asylum decisions.
Her comments follow a warning by UK Prime Minister David Cameron last month that the UK would reduce some aid to countries that refuse to recognise gay rights.
Homosexual acts are illegal in most African countries, including key Western allies such as Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt and Botswana.
Reacting angrily to Mrs Clinton’s speech, Ugandan presidential adviser John Nagenda told the BBC: “That fellow [Mr Cameron] said the same thing. Now this woman [Clinton] is interfering.
“If the Americans think they can tell us what to do, they can go to hell.”
Uganda is a staunch ally of the US, receiving military assistance to fight a local rebel group – the Lord’s Resistance Army – and has sent troops to Somalia to fight the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group.
Mr Nagenda said Uganda would continue to co-operate with the US on security and other issues, but added: “If they are childish enough to take away aid, we’ll see what we do [in response].”
UK-based Justice for Gay Africans campaign group co-ordinator, Godwyns Onwuchekwa, told the BBC that with US Christian evangelical groups increasingly active in Africa, hostility toward gay people has worsened on the continent.
“The evangelical lobby is very powerful and we know that they lobbied Uganda’s parliament in 2009 to introduce anti-gay legislation,” he said, referring to a private member’s bill – which was shelved after a local and international outcry – which called for the death penalty to be imposed for some homosexual acts.
“I won’t be surprised if they are also involved in Nigeria, where the Anglican Archbishop [Peter Akinola] has the support of US churches opposed to the ordination of gay bishops.”
The Nigerian Senate – dominated by conservative Christian and Muslim MPs – last week approved a bill to further criminalise homosexuality, using Mr Cameron’s threat to cut aid to rally public support and to accuse the UK – the former colonial power – of interfering.
It is usually better if people fight for themselves”
End Quote Godwyns Onwuchekwa Gay rights activist
The bill, which still has to be passed by the lower house before becoming law, says same-sex couples entering into either marriage or cohabitation would face jail terms of up to 14 years, and those “witnessing” or “abetting” such relationships would also face custodial sentences.
“The only thing that unites Christians and Muslims in Nigeria [where thousands of people have been killed in sectarian conflict] is the oppression of gay people,” Mr Onwuchekwa said.
In Egypt, the BBC’s Ranyah Sabry says that UK and US calls for homosexuality to be decriminalised will be rejected by all political parties in the North African state – one of the first to be hit by a popular uprising for democratic reforms in the Arab world.
“Their timing couldn’t be worse, with the Islamists on the rise [following their victory in first stage of parliamentary elections], but gay rights are totally unacceptable to all political forces – liberals, secularists and Islamists,” she says.