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Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 1:15 PM


This is an open letter to Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte.

Hi, Marlene

We have not spoken in a few years, and you certainly have come a long way since our days studying together at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Even then, your drive and ambition were evident to all.

I offer my belated congratulations on your Senate appointment and commend you on your passion for public service.

The last occasion that we communicated was when you served as junior foreign affairs minister. You will recall that I took issue with some of your assertions about the level of homophobia in Jamaica as you presented at the 2010 Universal Periodic Review before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

I understand that you are now the Jamaica Labour Party's

candidate for St James West Central in the upcoming general election. I would like to welcome you to this constituency, which has been my home for more than four decades.

I grew up in the community of West Green where both my parents still live. I attended Catherine Hall Primary School, and I later moved to Westgate Hills, also located in the constituency. My mother is also a justice of the peace in the community.

I have significant stake in the constituency and I am, therefore, working to ensure that it is rid of homophobia so that I can safely and comfortably live there.

To that end, I am curious to know if, as a former judge, you support the call for the decriminalisation of private consensual male same-gender intimacy to be put to a public vote.