Montego Bay Pride — here’s why

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Banner promoting Montego Bay Pride 2015. Banner promoting Montego Bay Pride 2015.

The historic Jamaica Pride that took place in Kingston from August 1 to 5 was an unqualified success. With public endorsements from the mayor of Kingston and the Minister of Justice, it is clear that the forward march for the full liberation of Jamaican LGBTI people is unstoppable.

Schedule of events during Montego Bay Pride, Oct. 25, 2015. Schedule of events during Montego Bay Pride, Oct. 25, 2015.

However, some persons from Montego Bay and western Jamaica were not able to participate in Pride Jamaica because of financial and other constraints. Many members of our LGBTI community are still only able to get entry-level positions because of SOGI stigma and discrimination. Therefore, they had limited time off and resources to travel to and stay in Kingston.

So I am working with a dedicated and motivated team of local and diaspora individuals to organize the first-ever Montego Bay Pride on Oct. 25!

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