SF Jamaican Consul to Meet Gays at City Hall;
Bars Boycott Myers's Rum, Red Stripe Beer
[If you decide to reproduce any of the photos on your news site or blog, all I ask is that you use the following text with the image: "Photo credit: boycottjamaica.org." and that you link to the site. More photos will be available later tonight here at Clinton Fein's site.]
Under the enormous rainbow flag hung on the large pole at Harvey Milk Plaza, today at high noon, a handful of homosexual human rights advocates gathered to launch the Boycott Jamaica campaign over the escalating violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and HIV poz persons in Jamaica.
At the event, Supervisor Bevan Dufty delivered the incredible news: He had arranged a meeting at his City Hall office with the honorary consul of Jamaica for San Francisco, Dr. Newton Gordon, DDS.
At the April 7 meeting, boycott organizers and elected officials will discuss their concerns over the latest State Department report that said Jamaican gays were victims of mob violence and targeted shootings. The group will urge immediate action and demand that Jamaica's government protect its GLBTI citizens.
The crowd was pleased to hear of this diplomatic development between gay leaders and the Jamaican government's official representatives. Activists were equally delighted when Dufty promised to get Myers's rum and Red Stripe beer out of the gay bars in San Francisco within 30 days time.
Our event's diva, Veronika Cauley, gave heart-breaking remarks about the abuses gay people are suffering on the island nation. She reminded us that as an African-American, transgender woman, who is living with AIDS, her moral duty was to speak out for boycotting Jamaican liquor and telling travelers to not visit the country.
In my comments, I read a short list of assorted bars, restaurants, civic leaders, web sites and political organization supporting the Jamaican boycott:
1. Cafe Flore, San Francisco
2. Buck Tavern, San Francisco
3. Gallery Lounge, San Francisco
4. DaDa Bar, San Francisco
5. Sidetracks, Chicago
6. DeLessio Market & Cafe, San Francisco
7. Woodhouse Fish Company, San Francisco
8. Chow, San Francisco
9. Patricia Nell Warren, Author of "The Front Runner"
10. Sean Strub, Founder of POZ Magazine
12. Bevan Dufty, Elected Official
13. Michael Petrelis, Community Organizer
14. Wayne Besen, Truths Wins Out
15. Jim Burroway, Box Turtle Bulletin
16. Clinton Fein, Political Artist
17. Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Housing Advocate
18. Gary Virginia, Leather Community Organizer
19. Veronika Cauley, Black Transgender Organizer
20. Duane Cramer, African-American HIV/AIDS Advocate
21. Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, South Africa
22. Alexander Hamilton GLBT Veteran's Post, San Francisco
23. GayBlackMensNews.com, USA
24. LGBT Hip Hop News, USA
25. Same Gender Loving Universe, USA
26. The Brother Love, USA
27. TransGriot from Monica Roberts, SA
28. Seattle Gay News
Clinton Fein, political artist and activist, creator of the Boycott Jamaica/Red Stripe image, spoke about the Facebook page he's created for the boycott. He has also made fabulous Boycott Jamaica icons and such that would look great on blogs and gay news sites.
All in all, a great start to the Boycott Jamaica campaign.