Worldfocus Radio takes a comparative look at the progress of LGBT politics and the gay rights movement in different countries and explores the U.S. and Canada as safe havens for gay asylum seekers. Martin Savidge hosts David Rayside and Rachel Tiven.
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Jamaica is often said to hold the world record for the most churches per square mile. There's a public place of worship for almost everyone -- unless you’re gay. Correspondent Lisa Biagiotti, producer Micah Fink and director of photography Gabrielle Weiss report on the secret underground church that is welcoming gay men and women to practice their faith.
In Jamaica, anti-sodomy laws are still punishable for up to 12 years in prison. And society is not ready to tolerate openly gay lifestyles. Correspondent Lisa Biagiotti, producer Micah Fink and director of photography Gabrielle Weiss report on the dark side of Jamaica's anti-gay violence and attitudes and explore the ideological beliefs that perpetuate a culture of homophobia.
Producer Micah Fink writes about the decision to keep our sources anonymous in order to protect them from harm. It is widely believed that being openly gay in Jamaica is essentially a death sentence. That eventually, if you admit you're gay on camera, you or your family could be at risk.
Correspondent Lisa Biagiotti shares why Worldfocus didn't air daggerin' images, addresses the realities of rampant violence and adolescent sex and explores how some Jamaican artists are singing more uplifting gospel Dancehall music.
A public debate erupted earlier this year when graphic Dancehall music lyrics and images were banned from Jamaica's airwaves. The public responses reveal the legacy of two Jamaicas dating back to the country's slave history, as correspondent Lisa Biagiotti reports.
Dancehall artist Spice came under attack because of the sexually-explicit song Rampin' Shop, a duet with Vybz Kartel. But not all of her songs are so graphic. Spice talks about growing up in Jamaica's ghettos and sings a refrain from her new song about her life story.
Daljit Dhaliwal and Julia Greenberg of AIDS-Free World discuss Jamaica's AIDS epidemic within the context of the Caribbean region, address anti-sodomy laws in Jamaica and around the world and identify the successes and shortcomings Jamaica has experienced in containing the epidemic.
Correspondent Lisa Biagiotti, producer Micah Fink and director of photography Gabrielle Weiss report on how Jamaica's national AIDS program is targeting community leaders like Ida Northover to educate people on HIV and change the stigma surrounding the disease.
Jamaica is a land of deep contradictions, writes producer Micah Fink -- a lush tropical country inhabited by hospitable people, but with violence and hatred lurking close to the surface.