J-FLAG

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J-Flag, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, is an LGBT rights organization in Jamaica, founded in 1998, and works for the human rights of lesbians, all-sexuals, and gays in Jamaica and the world. It is part of the Caribbean Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (C-FLAG).

LGBT civil rights organizations outside the country highlighted anti-gay bigotry and violence in Jamaica before the founding of J-Flag, most publicly in the Stop Murder Music campaign calling for censorship of homophobic lyrics in dancehall music,[1][2] and sexual minorities remain at risk of physical violence.[3] The group runs the Stop Murder Music campaign jointly with the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group and OutRage!.

In response J-Flag offers legal reform and advocacy, education, and social services and support. The group was unable to continue regular safe-space/fund-raiser/social events, lymes held monthly until August 2001, due to the inability to accommodate the growing number of attendees.[4] They advocate inclusion of sexual orientation in the Jamaican constitution as well as on behalf of individuals seeking asylum in Canada and the U.K.[5]

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  1. ^ "Silencing Jamaican musicians fuels censorship debate", FreeMuse.org, 8 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Pride and prejudice", Guardian.co.UK, Thursday 9 December 2004.
  3. ^ "Jamaica Human Rights: 'Battybwoys affi dead:' Action against homophobia in Jamaica", AmnestyUSA.org. May 2004.
  4. ^ "JFLAG Jamaica - Events", JFlag.org.
  5. ^ "JFLAG Jamaica - About J-FLAG", JFlag.org.

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