A resolution before the United Nations calls for governments worldwide to decriminalise homosexuality.
Human rights groups say that homosexuality is punishable by law in over 85 countries.
The proposed resolution, put forward by France, is supported by all 27 members of the European Union.
This week's BBC Caribbean Magazine featured a BBC investigation into whether homophobia is being dealt with in Jamaica.
But, in the wider Caribbean, is there still an undercurrent of homophobia?
HAVE YOUR SAY
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
It bothers me when more and more we seem to lose our way. But then I am comforted with the fact that all of these developments
points towards the imminent return of our Lord. What ever our religion it is simple nasty, out of order, deplorable for a
man to leave the natural use of a woman to be with another man. The same obtains for women. Whatever we think of the Bible,man
didn't create himself and he didn't just happen. It is clear from the body make up that a man was created to serve a woman
and vice versa. In the context of the Bible, homosexuality and Leabianism is a sin, an abomination to God, which will not
go unpunished. We are taught that "righteousness exalts a Nation but sin is a reproach to any people". When an individual
dishonours God and use his/her body outside of its natural use it is terrible, but when the Nation seeks to legitimise such
behaviour it is unforgivable and God would bring judgement.
As one person has said it is erroneous to equate the act of buggery with homosexuality. There are homosexual men who do not
engage in anal sex and there are heterosexual couples who do. Will the State prosecute a married heterosexual couple who engages
in buggery (i.e., anal sex)?
Changing the law is a step in the right direction...it will not however change the attitudes this will happen when people
stand up and be counted. At the same time this proposed decriminalising of the buggery laws need to be complimented with equality
legislation which will ensure the protection of the community and give them/us a level playing field.
I really can't see homosexuality being embraced in the Caribbean. It has never really been and will never be. This is against
fundamental, Godly principles by which we're guarded and simply unacceptable. I don't think any law would make much of a
difference and don't even think it's worth considering. Sadly many lives have been lost through out the Caribbean because
of that type of unacceptable behaviour. Its not a matter of discrimination but more, that of maintaining what is righteous.
It's about maintaining our values and not being a follower of negative trends as gay seems to be what's in style now a days.
Musically, I can't even 'afford' to dream of a song coming from the Caribbean which promotes gay tolerance. It's just too
expensive...(laugh)- an abomination. Gay and most of the Caribbean simply don't mix.
Homosexuality should remain a crime in the Caribbean cause, that what it is, I am not saying that everyone isn't equal, or
God doesn't love everyone, what I am saying is this, homosexuality is the only Sin in the Bible that God destroy a whole city
for, need I say More!
Remember Sodom and Gormorrah, why was it destroyed? Do we want to see the destruction of the Caribbean. If yes go ahead and
Listen, we in the Caribbean have strong Christian upbringing and many of us find the homosexual behaviour repulsive. We in
the Caribbean cannot tell the UN how to govern because of size and power in that organisation we hold. Recently, the UK has
stated that they can offer financial aid to Jamaica if we repeal the Buggery Act. The UK can go and keep their aid. Like what
our PM Hon.Bruce Golding said on Hardtalk "not in my Cabinet", we say NOT IN OUR ISLAND!!
There is absolutely no way we should decriminalise homosexuality, our principles in the Caribbean are based on Christian doctrines
therefore if we are to hold up God's law and live in accordance to his word there is no way this should be accepted or embraced.
Legalising prostitution and homosexuality is like putting our countries in wrath's way especially now with all the countries
in the region crying out about the criminal elements that are terrorising our communities. We need not compromise our Christian
beliefs with satanic values.
In my opinion the caribbean should be tolerant towards these people. why? I am a Christian and God is the judge of every man,
though we have to abide by the laws of the land.
God created a man,then a woman for companionship. Had God almighty wished any other way, then two men would have been created.
Accepting homosexuality as a norm is absolutely ludicrous.
It's so shocking seeing all these people's strong opinions..it makes me wonder..why they have such strong views on this particular
topic...sin is SIN..leave all judgement to GOD...I don't know if being gay is a sin...stealing, judging, envying, lying are
all sin with the same consequence. So I think people should shut up and let God sort this all out...Not me...Jamaica politicians
should not criminalise it...but instead say...people should do what they want and make their own choices....and all these
people on here with their strong views should look into their own lives and check if they are liars, thieves...fornicators
and do they love all their neighbours as themselves....they are all SINSSSS....so read the bible all through and not just
read the part that you feel strongly about...a close friend of mine was the most homophobic person I know....he is now married
for 6 years to another man...those years of homophobia was like a shield for him...
I agree with the remarks of Martin Meade.
We also need to address homophobia on a community level. It is part of Caribbean culture to riducule homosexuals at best and
beat them to death (Jamaica) at worst. There are a number of groups both here in Trinidad and regionally that are looking
at having the buggery laws decriminalised which is different from having homosexuality legalised but would basically ensure
that you cannot get arrested for buggery.
I was brought up without religion, I was taught that in life I will find my own path, without being forced into a religion
that has ideals that cause all this mess we are discussing here. I am not gay, but I have a lot of friends that are, in the
end, no matter how high and mighty we feel we are, we are all human beings, and we have free right to our own emotions and
feelings, I do not feel that homosexuality should be banned, or otherwise, criminilising sexuality based on religious beliefs
To answer your questions:
Frankly, I believe homosexuality should remain a crime on our law books. The notion that decriminalising it will help to control
AIDS is not proven. We should encourage our men to practice and have good safe relationships.
Power to the gays !! Wooo!
The hysterical homophobic rhetoric from Caribbean pastors and politicians, is simply a powerful distraction that allows political
and social leaders to avoid addressing the root causes of the real injuries, inequities, and injustices in their societies.
Changed laws would change attitudes? Definitely not! Any change in legislation needs to backed with support from moral stakeholders
in order to change the culture of society.
The northern nations are always to eager to impose their way of life on us too often. The northern nations did not get where
they are presently by having anything imposed upon them; they experienced and developed. We the lesser southern nations, notably
the Caribbean, ought to be allowed to develop and move on according to our inclination. It's no good simply decriminalising
homosexualilty or banning execution by hanging if our society hasn't achieved an advanced civility.
I believe that persons should be allowed the preference of a mate be it same sex or heterosexual and I believe that the rights
of all persons should be protected by the law.
That's four different questions. Let's choose the most interesting:
If we turn to the pages of the Bible we find that these things were not tolerated. The Caribbean is caught between a rock
and a hard place and there is not black or white answer for this question. There only remain shades of grey.
I am tired of people acting like they are holier that thou! Men condemn homosexuality but turn around and commit adultery.
Give me a break. Against gay marriage? Then don't get one. Not too long ago very similar laws took these same rights away
from minorities. How hypocritical to turn around and do the same to another group.
All over the Caribbean there are lots of gay people, even people in power. It is just a double standard. It is not about religion,
GOD is love. It is about power!
As a gay Jamaican expatriate, I think that it will be difficult for many Caribbean societies to change their attitudes about
homosexuality. Religious conservatism, inadequate education, and poverty have created an epidemic of fear, ignorance and intolerance.
Politicians and religious leaders exploit that phenomenon because it reinforces the hold they have over their constituents.
When people start to think for themselves, instead of being told what to believe, then maybe at that time attitudes will change.
Jamaican dance hall-style hate music should be banned until the producers and artistes learn to become more tolerant.
A car was made to be fuelled by gasolene or diesel. Reason and commonsense tells us that if we put anything else in its tank,
there will be consequences because you break the rules governing the vehicle. Homosexuality is a breach of God's rules concerning
man's sexuality; and there will be consequences.
Homosexuality must be criminalised. It’s against God’s law and must take precedence over man’s law always and forever.
Christ loved the sinner and hated the act. I will never change my views towards homosexuality. It’s wrong, and I am a little
tired of others trying to dictate to us how we should feel about homosexuality!
As a youth I say if God wanted Adam and Steve he would have done it from the beginning. But he made Adam and Eve. It’s not
right, that’s why so many things are going on the world today. This should be stopped.
There's God’s law and man's law. There's Heaven and hell, FOR SURE you won't find any (homosexuals) in Heaven. Homosexuality
is all about freaky and kinky sex, that's it. How DISGUSTING!!! Just the thought brings sheer repulsion. Homosexuality is
a great displeasure in God's eyes and will never be acceptable in his Kingdom. Congratulations to ANY civilized country that
outlaws homosexuality! How would mankind multiply with (homosexuals) in charge?
Yes, buggery should remain a crime in the Caribbean. It can be freed up in the West, especially in Europe...but not in the
isles of the Caribbean.
They are humans. They are humans, therefore we are the same. Leave them alone. Stop hating. Remember, one love
Jamaica should not be looking at the West for its social ideals but look East when it comes to homosexuality problems. YES!!
The question of homosexuality is not just a simple one the Caribbean is largely a religious region, and what you are asking
is for people to forsake God and do what man says is right and this is not as easy as it seems.
It is time for the politicians and preachers to face up and talk out about this scourge that is permeating our tiny islands.
As a Jamaican. I say not today, not tomorrow and never ever.
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