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J-FLAG says it has not offered to provide counselling for students about sexuality

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2016 | 1:19 PM

Gay rights lobby group Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) is seeking to make it clear this evening that it has not offered to provide counselling for students about sexuality and related issues.

The assurance comes as the lobby group faced criticism over a statement it issued this week following reports that the over 800 guidance councillors in the public school system are refusing to help students identified as lesbians and gays.

In the statement, J-FLAG said it was willing to help the education ministry and guidance counsellors improve their assistance to students who have problems with their sexuality.

However, the offer was met with strong resistance from the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica, which described it as another attempt by the lobby group to introduce elements of a controversial health and family life course.

But in a statement issued today, J-FLAG says it has no interest in providing counselling to students and urged persons to resist the temptation to misrepresent its position and interest in what it calls a delicate issue.