Jamaica’s buggery Law (below) outlaws intimate activity such as fisting, felching (slurping), farming,scat, chariot racing , jack hammering and anal penetration between males. The law is a source of offence for LGBT….Q activists and supporters.
Laws against male same-sex sexual activity
Jamaica’s laws do not criminalize the status of being LGBT but instead outlaw conduct.:page: 97 The Offences Against the Person Act (OAPA) provides as follows:
Section 76. Unnatural crime. Whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable crime of buggery … shall be liable to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a term not exceeding ten years.
Section 77. Attempt. 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.
Section 79. Outrages on decency. 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.
“Gross indecency” is not defined by the OAPA but has been interpreted as “referring to any kind of physical intimacy”, including merely holding hands.
What is felching?
Felching is sucking (usually your own) cum out of someone’s arse, possibly with a straw. It may then include passing the spunk from mouth to mouth.
What’s the attraction?
Many of us are drawn towards tasting or swallowing cum (our own or others). It can mean taking into the body something seen as valued and potent.
Felching can also signify the end of the sex act. This meaning is even stronger if the cum’s been inside the other man as it’s a strong sign of two men joining together in a very intimate, ‘no limits’ way.
A strong, ‘piggy’ erotic charge comes from breaking the taboos around cleanliness and health that come with taking into your mouth something that’s been up another man’s arse.
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Protesters urge repeal of Jamaica’s anti-buggery law. (Photo courtesy of Jamaican Anti-Homophobia Stand)
LGBT rights activists in three countries today protested for repeal of Jamaica’s anti-gay “buggery law,” which provides for up to 10 years in prison for same-sex intimacy. The LGBT rights group Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand issued this press release:
First Annual International Day of Action against Jamaica’s Buggery Law
Activists in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom Protest Jamaican Homophobia
NEW YORK – On the 52nd anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from the United Kingdom, human rights activists renew their calls for the repeal of that country’s buggery law, which effectively criminalizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) life. Violation of the colonial-era law carries a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor. However, the consequences reverberate throughout Jamaican society, helping to fuel widespread anti-LGBT violence.
The U.S. Department of State, the Organization of American States, the United Nations Human Rights Council, and Amnesty International have condemned the history of violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals in Jamaica and called for repeal of the buggery law.
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller (Photo courtesy of PRI)
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has failed to act to repeal the law despite indications during her 2011 campaign that she would work with the LGBT community. Since then, activists have filed two suits against the law.
In June, thousands of Jamaicans rallied in support of keeping the law and against the “homosexual agenda” after the government had been reportedly discussing the possibility of repeal. Few voices openly favoring repeal have been heard within Jamaica.
Several activists at today’s protest have either been forced to flee to Jamaica or have family and friends under threat there. Dwayne Brown, founder of Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand, said, “From the safety of our adopted sanctuary countries, we demand an end to the grave injustices perpetrated against our LGBT brothers and sisters. Every day, they must fight for their lives.”
“Jamaica’s ‘Emancipendence’ celebration is an appropriate time to reflect on the realization of the dream of inclusion captured in our motto ‘Out of Many One People,’” stated Maurice Tomlinson, a prominent human rights lawyer forced to flee Jamaica. “We are standing today, as Jamaicans in the Diaspora along with our allies, to affirm that ALL Jamaicans are citizens and deserve the full rights of our citizenship.”
Jason Latty, President of the Caribbean Alliance for Equality, said, “It is imperative for the survival and vitality of the Jamaican people that we move swiftly to repeal the buggery law. My organization is outraged about the increasing acts of terror directed against LGBT Jamaicans. A nation that does not respect the life and dignity of its people is a nation on the decline.”
Edwin Sesange, Director of the Out and Proud Diamond Group, stated, “This is the time for Jamaica to practice love for all. The buggery law should be scrapped immediately before more lives are lost. The government of Jamaica and its citizens should work towards achieving equality and justice for all its citizens, including LGBTI people.”
“In Jamaica, people masquerading under the guise of ‘religious’ leaders have carried the banner for hatred and violence directed against LGBTI people,” said Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of New York and Executive Director of the Global Justice Institute. “Ending the buggery law will help Jamaica celebrate the diversity of God’s creation and honor the value, dignity, and worth of all life.”
“We plan to hold internationally coordinated protests every Independence Day until all Jamaicans can be considered free at last,” concluded Dwayne Brown.
There is an increasing and potentially catastrophic HIV and sexual health epidemic in gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) in every part of the world, Professor Kevin Fenton, the National Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, told the BHIVA autumn conference last week.
Despite having an increasing number of tools to prevent HIV, Professor Fenton added, HIV prevalence in MSM is increasing almost everywhere and incidence (the proportion who acquire HIV every year) is stubbornly refusing to change.
Professor Fenton said that optimising HIV testing programmes for MSM, particularly in countries where they faced criminalisation and discrimination, was key to controlling the epidemic, but that this would be a “challenge”.
HIV in gay men and MSM globally
Gay men everywhere have higher rates of HIV than in the general population, Fenton said. It is estimated that the HIV rate in MSM is eight times that of the general population in low-income countries and 23 times the general-population rate in high-income countries. The most reliable prevalence figures suggest that, regionally, Latin America and the Caribbean have especially high rates, but in no country of the world is HIV prevalence lower in MSM than in the population as a whole. Even in South Africa, the country with more people living with HIV than any other, HIV is twice as common in MSM as it is in other people.
In the developed world, the US has, by some way, the highest rate of HIV new diagnoses in MSM, though the UK has possibly the highest current rate in Europe. However, in terms of the rate of increase of new diagnoses, it is central-European countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary, historically with very low prevalence, that are seeing the fastest-growing European epidemics in MSM.
In the lower-income world, reliable estimates of incidence are harder to come by, but over the last few years studies have found huge increases in HIV diagnoses in MSM in countries ranging from Thailand and China through Kenya to Nicaragua and Peru. The highest-ever annual HIV incidence recorded in a study comes from a group of MSM in Kenya, where a quarter of those originally HIV negative had HIV a year later. Unfortunately, African countries – and some in other areas of the world – initially denying they had MSM at all or any HIV problem in them, are now responding to the realisation that many people with HIV are MSM by introducing repressive measures such as increased criminalisation.
HIV was especially high, Fenton said, partly for biological reasons. It is now estimated that anal sex is 18 times better at transmitting HIV than vaginal sex. The chance of HIV being caught from having receptive anal sex once with a partner with a detectable HIV viral load is about 1.4% or one in 71 encounters; but because people have sex together more than once, the per-partner likelihood of catching HIV from a sero-different partner is, in gay men, about 40%.
Another factor in gay men’s higher HIV prevalence, Fenton added, was that because gay men have more partners and higher changeover rates, their sexual networks are more closely connected: 25% of gay men diagnosed with HIV were members of a cluster that had HIV viruses that were genetically identical, suggesting rapid transmission within the network, compared with 5% of heterosexual people.
Gay men do not just have more HIV for biological reasons, however, noted Fenton. The rates of smoking (at 27 to 66%, according to area), recreational drug use, lifetime depression (about 40%) and lifetime severe anxiety (at 20%) are all roughly double in gay men what they are in the general population. Underpinning these are higher rates of traumatic experience such as child sexual abuse (CSA) and intimate partner violence (IPV).
In several studies that looked at rates of depression, drug use, CSA and IPV in gay men, and related them to HIV prevalence and high risk sex, gay men with three or four of these conditions were twice as likely to have HIV and three times as likely to have had recent high-risk sex than men with none of them.
Socioeconomic disadvantage and racism also magnified the effects of HIV in MSM: this was one of the reasons why black gay men in the US are three times more likely to have HIV than white gay men.
Preventing HIV in gay men and MSM
How can we start to reduce the burden of HIV in gay men? Fenton commented that survey after survey showed that MSM, especially in parts of the world where they are criminalised and/or especially stigmatised, were reluctant to ‘come out’ to healthcare providers; often justifiably so, as there are many cases of their being refused HIV care and treatment if they do.
He called for healthcare workers to have training in the diversity of MSM and their health issues; culturally competent care is a basic human right, he added, especially as healthcare workers may be able to help MSM in their coming-out process because of their unique social role.
We have more HIV prevention options than we used to, and others based on antiretroviral therapy – such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – were in development, he said. HIV testing was now not just a gateway to treatment if MSM tested positive but could also be a gateway to a more tailored approach, and access to, behavioural and biomedical interventions for HIV. HIV testing frequency needed to increase in gay men, and options such as testing in routine care, at home and within social networks needed to be considered.
Gay men also needed to be helped to develop communication skills and more respectful attitudes towards their own health and towards other MSM. “We need to increase healthy, responsible and respectful sexual behaviours and relationships,” Fenton said, and to look at ways to help gay men have better sex with less harm.
Health workers needed training to provide “supportive, non-judgmental care”, he added, and the “sometimes systematic” exclusion of MSM from HIV prevention, services and research had to be combated.
Policies for enhancing HIV prevention in MSM did exist, Fenton concluded. As well as addressing the social and structural epidemic drivers, they included “ensuring effective and culturally competent combination prevention and treatment approaches”.