Jamaica's Prime Minister---" Gays are welcomed in my Parliament" signs of progress for my country...(won the election)

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    Jan 06, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Recently my home country held elections and PNP leader Portia Simpson Miller, before the elections said that its time Jamaica move forward and with that said she declared that anyone who is gay,in politics would most definitely be welcomed into her cabinet. ( Gays are already there but on the dl) This is a very huge step for the country as Homosexuality is a issue talked about behind closed doors. And most importantly, no presidential candidate has ever supported homosexuality or made a comment about it. People have been killed because they were thought to be gay. I think this woman is extremely brave and i believe that her actions is why her party won the election and shes holding the presidency for the second time around.
    http://www.towleroad.com/2012/01/jamaicapm.html

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    Jan 06, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    That makes me happy.
    hopefully this will be the turning point for gay rights in Jamaica.
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    Jan 06, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    tereseus1 saidRecently my home country held elections and PNP leader Portia Simpson Miller, before the elections said that its time Jamaica move forward and with that said she declared that anyone who is gay,in politics would most definitely be welcomed into her cabinet. ( Gays are already there but on the dl) This is a very huge step for the country as Homosexuality is a issue talked about behind closed doors. And most importantly, no presidential candidate has ever supported homosexuality or made a comment about it. People have been killed because they were thought to be gay. I think this woman is extremely brave and i believe that her actions is why her party won the election and shes holding the presidency for the second time around.
    http://www.towleroad.com/2012/01/jamaicapm.html

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    WOW.......... A light finally shines in Jamaica?
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    Jan 06, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    Wow, that certainly is something considering Jamaica is one of the most homophobic places on Earth. She rocks!

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    Jan 06, 2012 4:13 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidWow, that certainly is something considering Jamaica is one of the most homophobic places on Earth. She rocks!


    She was sworn in yesterday...
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    Jan 06, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    I really, really hope she's able to start changing the minds of the Jamaican people at least a little bit over time.
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    Jan 06, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
    Good for her!
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    Jan 07, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
    It's definitely a first step, allowing people to admit they are gay and not completely mutilating them for it!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 07, 2012 6:00 PM GMT
    This is outstanding news. Finally Jamaica is going to start eradicating homophobia that has plagued its politics and society for countless decades.
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    Jan 07, 2012 6:11 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThis is outstanding news. Finally Jamaica is going to start eradicating homophobia that has plagued its politics and society for countless decades.


    Agreed - and well said. i was in Jamaica last spring, and never felt comfortable there. I do hope this is a turning point not only for Jamaica, but for other island countries in the area (such as the Bahamas) that are nearly as homophobic.
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    Jan 07, 2012 6:12 PM GMT
    applause
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    Jan 07, 2012 6:21 PM GMT
    tereseus1 saidRecently my home country held elections and PNP leader Portia Simpson Miller, before the elections said that its time Jamaica move forward and with that said she declared that anyone who is gay,in politics would most definitely be welcomed into her cabinet. ( Gays are already there but on the dl) This is a very huge step for the country as Homosexuality is a issue talked about behind closed doors. And most importantly, no presidential candidate has ever supported homosexuality or made a comment about it. People have been killed because they were thought to be gay. I think this woman is extremely brave and i believe that her actions is why her party won the election and shes holding the presidency for the second time around.
    http://www.towleroad.com/2012/01/jamaicapm.html

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    it's a start indeed, but let's see how this gets translated to the average joe in the street.