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Gay protesters heckle Portia on exit from UN Assembly
2013-09-26 20:43:56 | (0 Comments)
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
The group of protesters outside the offices of the Ford Foundation in New York. - Contributed
A group of seven gay protesters today heckled Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller as she exited the offices of the Ford Foundation where the 68th United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York is being held.
The group called 'Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand' shouted "Gay rights are human rights!" and "Portia, shame on you!" as Simpson Miller exited the building.
Simpson Miller appeared unperturbed waving at the protesters and blowing kisses, but was later redirected by a security detail.
The group wants Jamaica to legalise homosexuality.
It along with other gay lobby organisations are planning to stage another protest on Saturday morning when Simpson Miller is slated to address the UN General Assembly.
In 2011 Simpson Miller, then the Opposition Leader, promised a conscience vote in Parliament on whether to repeal Jamaica’s anti-gay laws, but that is yet to happen.
Since the July 22 murder of 16-year-old Montego Bay cross-dresser, Dwayne Jones, there has been increased international attention on Jamaica.
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