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Unconditional Love for All Jamaicans – the Controversial “Pro Gay” PSA

I just don’t get what the big deal about this video is. Personally, I think all Jamaicans could all benefit from hearing its message  – tolerance for all despite our differences.

I dont’ think this video is pro or con being homosexual or any other kind of “sexual”, it just says let’s just try and love each other despite our differences.

The following is taken from the video’s text on YouTube:

Hatred of LGBT persons is rooted in ignorance and fear. By telling the stories of actual Jamaicans we can begin to understand what it really means to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender in Jamaica, LGBT people are not mere outcasts on the fringes of society, they are our family members, friends and coworkers, and they need our supporting in fighting against prejudice and discrimination.

This Public Service Announcement (PSA) tells the heartwarming story of Matthew and Christine Straw. The former Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe, Christine, declares her love for her brother who is gay, while calling upon us to love our LGBT family members and friends unconditionally.

It is our hope that this inspiring public declaration of love will inspire other families and friends to share their stories of acceptance, and that those who are on a journey to acceptance will be moved to show all embracing love to the LGBT people in their lives.

Many thanks to Christine and Matthew for sharing their story. Jamaica is indebted to you for your role in the fight for equality for all Jamaicans.

For more information visit J-Flag’s website at jflag.org

Thanks to our partners for helping to make this PSA a reality:

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL)

Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC)

AIDS Free World

 

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  12. […] The issue has sparked controversy in Jamaica, a country that is widely perceived as being homophobic, thanks in part to this and this. Much of the debate appears to be taking place through mainstream media – either via the comments section of online newspapers, letters to the editor and talk shows. There has been some discussion on Twitter, and a few bloggers have commented on the issue, making sure to upload the video of the PSA to their blogs. […]

  13. […] The issue has sparked controversy in Jamaica, a country that is widely perceived as being homophobic, thanks in part to this and this. Much of the debate appears to be taking place through mainstream media – either via the comments section of online newspapers, letters to the editor and talk shows. There has been some discussion on Twitter, and a few bloggers have commented on the issue, making sure to upload the video of the PSA to their blogs. […]

  14. Betty W.
    August 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm — Reply

    I don’t understand why this ad is considered “controversial” as it promotes love and acceptance of PERSONS and not a particular lifestyle. The Catholic Opinion (Gleaner Supplement) of August 28, 2011 has an article pointing out that Christians are called by Christ to love ALL persons and to respect their dignity. It is worth reading.

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  16. August 18, 2011 at 8:18 am — Reply

    LGBT folks are your family – Jamaica! Wake Up to the pain this bigotry causes.

  17. Francis
    August 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm — Reply

    boo to TVJ for rejecting this PSA

    boo to Jamaica for their attitude on this issue

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