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Cultural Ambassador not pleased with J-FLAG, party promoters Emancipendence plans

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 7:56 AM
Cultural Ambassador Amina Blackwood Meeks says Blackwood Meeks says Jamaicans should reflect on what Emancipation and Independence mean for all Jamaicans instead of using differences to fragment the society during these National holidays.

Sherine Williams, Gleaner Writer

Cultural Ambassador Amina Blackwood Meeks has taken issue with the decision of the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) to host several gay pride events during the Emancipation and Independence holidays in August.

J-FLAG has announced a host of Pride Week activities to be held from August 1-7.

JFLAG will hoist the rainbow-coloured Pride Flag on August 1, which is Emanicpation Day and on Independence Day, August 6, the organisation will host a black-tie gala event.

Blackwood Meeks says she thinks it is inappropriate for JFLAG to host activities promoting their interests around the time of Emancipation and Independence holidays.

She argues that the country should be focused on the sacred events that have benefitted everyone.

 

Cultural Ambassador, Amina Balckwood Meeks

Blackwood Meeks states that JFLAG isn't the only interest group that detracts from the national holidays adding that she also has an issue with party promoters who host large events during the so-called Emancipendence period.

 

Cultural Ambassador, Amina Balckwood Meeks

Blackwood Meeks says Jamaicans should reflect on what Emancipation and Independence mean for all Jamaicans instead of using differences to fragment the society during these National holidays.