The Hard Cell website of Terrence Higgins Trust, a Government supported UK Charity describes intimate activity between Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) at : http://www.hardcell.org.uk/playroom.htm. These activities include anal pentration, fisting, felching, rimming, brown showers, “watersports”, scat, “farming” etc
The above activities are illegal in Jamaica being made so by Articles 76, 77 and 79 of the Offences Against the Person Act describes in Wikipedia at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Jamaica
Jamaican criminal code prohibits sex between men, as is the case in much of the English-speaking Caribbean. Article 76 of the Offences Against the Person Act states:
Whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable crime of buggery, committed either with mankind or with any animal, shall be liable to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a term not exceeding ten years.
Article 77 adds:
Whosoever shall attempt to commit the said abominable crime, or shall be guilty of any assault with intent to commit the same, or of any indecent assault upon any male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof, shall be liable to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding seven years, with or without hard labour.
Article 79 further 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.
May 17th is celebrated as ” International Day against Homophobia”.
This year some foreign diplomats in Jamaica released a statement which included the following : ” A person’s sexual orientation could be described as one of the last frontiers in our efforts to tap our personal, religious, and moral values to accept every human being as ‘one of us”.
Human rights for all
Published: Thursday | May 17, 2012 7 Comments
The following is an op-ed in observance of International Day Against Homophobia, signed by ambassadors to Jamaica.
Throughout history, all societies and cultures, at one time or another, assessed members of certain groups as being ‘lesser’ or even less than human. Race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and many other factors – including sexual orientation – formed the bases for these attitudes. This is a hard, very painful truth that all of us must accept. Though difficult and hurtful, we should acknowledge that nations and societies have moved forward on many fronts. For example, in attitudes towards women, religious and ethnic minorities, and in many other areas, all of us can point to enormous changes, even though discrimination and other forms of oppression still continue and must be resisted and fought at every turn. The struggle to accord human rights to all is continuous; it will never end.
In the struggles to recognise the humanity of those who differ from us, the justifications for continuing discrimination or oppression might have appeared different at first glance, but most often were based on inability or unwillingness to accept the humanity of those whose very being we assessed as not being ours. Hence, the bases for oppression – religion, race, gender, and ethnicity – were used to define ‘the other’, not one of us. A person’s sexual orientation could be described as one of the last frontiers in our efforts to tap our personal, religious, and moral values to accept every human being as ‘one of us’, and to recognise that everyone should enjoy equal rights and recognition. These rights should include, at the very least, freedom from harassment, discrimination, and intimidation, and bullying.
On this International Day Against Homophobia, it would be useful for all, Jamaicans, and everyone else, including members of the diplomatic and international community, to look deeply within ourselves to examine our own attitudes towards those we see as ‘the other’. Let us reflect on relatively recent times in history when nearly everywhere on this planet someone cited the same reasons that we hear today with regard to members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community to justify not just discrimination or non-acceptance, but even violent oppression against members of other races, religions, genders, or nationalities.
We are encouraged that during the state opening of Parliament on May 10, we heard the Government call for embracing meaningful change, given the challenges this country faces and must overcome, and that that change should be embraced, inter alia, ” … in the way we treat each other”. We welcome the pledge to continue to fight against the scourge of crime and violence, acknowledging that Jamaicans are a “creative people, richly blessed with wisdom, strength and courage”. We acknowledge Jamaica’s very proud history of resisting oppression. We hope that reflection will help all of us to recognise our common humanity, and will encourage us all to open an inclusive and honest dialogue aimed at ending discrimination and oppression, including that which is based on a person’s sexual orientation.
H.E Pamela Bridgewater, US Embassy
H.E. Paola Amadei, EU Delegation
H.E. Alfredo Garcia, Embassy of Chile
H.E. Frederic Meurice, Embassy of Belgium
H.E. Stephen Hallihan, Canadian High Commission
H.E. Howard Drake, British High Commission
H.E. Celsa Nuño Garcia, Embassy of Spain
H. E. Josef Beck, Embassy of Germany
H.E. Ginette de Matha, Embassy of France
H.E. Jorge Constatino, Embassy of Panama