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Jamaica to host first Gay Pride celebration in August
Jamaican gays and lesbians will be staging its first Pride celebration in August, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) has announced.
PRiDEJA 2015 will be held under the theme. “The Pride of a People: Breaking the Rules of Oppression”.
JFLAG is using crowd funding site GoFundMe to raise funds for the project, noting on the website that “Every dollar raised will support our mission to bring our diverse community together for a moment of celebration.”
The exact date of the celebration has not been disclosed as yet but JFLAG said “This independence festival will be attended by over 1,000 persons.”
“Planned events include an opening ceremony, a symposium, a cultural show, a flash mob, sporting activities, a trade show for LGBT businesses, and a party,” the lobby group said.
The event already has one high-profile supporter in the form of Jamaican recording artiste Diana King. King, who revealed she was a lesbian three years ago, took to social media on Sunday to share JFLAG’s plea to the “World” to support Jamaica’s first Pride celebrations.
Pride celebrations are held across the world to celebrate the LGBT community.
August is the same month as Jamaica’s Independence celebrations.
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