By Rex Wockner
International News Report
The new Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J- FLAG) is "facing ferocious opposition from all quarters in this deeply Christian-religious country," says spokesman Thomas Glave.
"Several homophobic remarks have appeared about us in the local Jamaican press, and have been aired over the radio -- although we have also witnessed some local positive attitudes and occasional support," Glave said December 29.
J-FLAG is asking foreign activists to fax and e-mail letters supporting the group to the country's three main newspapers. Glave requests that his name not be used in the letters.
The papers are:
The Sunday Herald
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and
The Daily Observer
Send a copy to: TGlave@hotmail.com and JFlag@hotmail.com.
The group's homepage is at:
According to the Web page:
"'All-Sexual' is a term used in the Caribbean Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals & Gays (C-FLAG) network to indicate that it considers all-sexual behaviour to be part of a sexual continuum in which classifications such as 'gay', 'lesbian' and 'bisexual' often cannot be rigidly applied."
"If Jamaica is unwilling or unprepared to welcome gay and lesbian tourists to their shores, then IGLTA is prepared to warn all of our member companies and associations that our tourist dollars are no longer welcome in that country," Merlo said.