by Jarrah Hodge
A group called J-FLAG (Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays) has launched a new video campaign of personal stories from LGBT Jamaicans and allies, including prominent Jamaicans such as Susan and Alexis Goffe and Javed Jaghai. In a press release, Executive Director Dane Lewis, who is featured in one of the videos, said:
“The [We Are Jamaicans] campaign was developed following recommendations from consultations with LGBT persons, activists and allies to show the experiences of Jamaica’s LGBT community in a more diverse way…Regrettably, the diversity and the complexity of Jamaica’s LGBT community is masked by media and advocacy narratives that too often focus on sex, victimhood, crime and HIV. These themes are not identity-affirming and they sometimes further entrench the marginal position of LGBT people in the society.”
You can watch all the video’s on the group’s YouTube feed, but I wanted to share a couple of my favourites here. The videos are powerful and heartfelt.
Susan Goffe, Chairperson of Jamaicans for Justice: