July 6th, 2011 – Dominica News Online
Gay in Dominica willing to go public if proper policies are in place
Timothy Jack (not his real name) is among the several gay men in Dominica who are willing to go public with their sexual status “if government put policies in place to make the act non discriminatory”. In an exclusive interview with Dominica News Online Tuesday, Jack said he has always felt like a woman and that it was not something he had any control over. “I always felt like a woman. In high school, I use panties as an undergarment. I look like a man but I feel like a woman. I didn’t make myself this way so I don’t see why people always try and make me feel like I am an alien,” he explained.
Jack, who catwalks and perks his lips after every sentence, said ending discrimination against gay people in Dominica will help solve a lot of problems. “We would like to socialize together and not hide our status. We want to enter a club without people shouting and calling us dirty names. We would like to blend in and not be discriminated against. We just want to be free. There are many gay people in Dominica but they are undercover,” he explained, adding “I know what I am saying. I am gay, remembers?”.
He said the public would be amazed at the gays or bi-sexual people in Dominica “who are walking around with their jackets and ties or their classy feminine suits”.
“The saddest part about our sexual preferences is that some of these people, especially when they are in the company of straight people, they would lambaste the gays and say how much hatred they got for us, then after the dust are settled, they could engage in the same act,” he explained.
Jack, who claims that he has two lovers (one here and the other overseas) and who is currently unemployed, said he have been moving from job to job because of he refuses to hide his status. “I love my men. I don’t hide it. We men make love better than women can. Trust me, I know what I am saying,” he said sticking his fingers out and rotating them in a circular motion.
Jack said he has had over nine sexual partners in Dominica and countless others aboard. He said he took an HIV test three months ago and his status is negative. “I always use a condom, it goes without saying. We gay people are more careful than the straight people. I can tell you that,” he said. Jack is 30 and currently lives with his gay partner on the outskirts of Roseau.
July 27th, 2011 – Dominica News On-line
Homosexuality laws in Dominica impractical – Sir Brian Alleyne
Former Attorney General and former Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has lent his voice to the raging debate of homosexuality and laws pertaining to it in Dominica. Speaking on the television program ‘Parbel Talk’ hosted by Parry Bellot on July 25, Alleyne said homosexual acts in the law books are criminal acts and are subject to imprisonment but they are not practical. “It is actually impractical because you cannot actually enter into someone’s house to catch them in the act,” he pointed out.
Alleyne continued, “I think it is totally wrong. What a person does in the privacy of his home with another person is his business, he is answerable to the Lord and not to any one else.” He said the fundamental issue is whether homosexuality is a crime. “Is it a crime? Should a person be sent to prison for what he does in his bedroom with the consent of the other party?” Alleyne said he thinks it is wrong to imprison people for their sexual practices in private between consenting adults and suggested that the Prime Minister show ‘moral leadership’ and act to correct it
October 2011 – CBMP
A 30 minute Documentary on men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV AIDS on Dominica, produced by the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV AIDS (CBMP).
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