22 May 2007

Ruth Doorbar, part of our history

We note the passing of Dr Ruth Doorbar, classical pianist and clinical psychologist. It was in this latter role that she became the first straight ally of the infant Gay Freedom Movement in the mid 1970s. As founder and president of the Jamaica Psychological Association, she invited GFM to make its first public presentation to that body. They were well received and one conjectures that the first seeds of understanding were sown in clinical ranks at least. That first delegation would have included General Secretary, Larry Chang, now in Washington, DC; St. Hope Thomas and Milton Blake, now departed. There is no record or recollection of the names of other members.

17 May 2007


So much has been reported lately that i'm hoping it'll generate some comments and exchange. There have been the gay-bashings at Tropical Plaza, the MoBay carnival, the Mandeville funeral and the Falmouth drag queen. The silver lining to the cloud could be the outcry by Bishop Herro Blair and Jamaicans for Justice calling a for a halt to the anti-gay violence, and the mostly supportive editorials and columns which have followed this rash of incidents. This seems like a slight shift to me. Then Public Defender Witter had to put his mouth in it, basically telling gays to lap them skirt.

The positive news has been all about the Sunshine Cathedral outreach and planting of MCC among a number of congregations. It would be great to hear from some of those involved. Give us the inside story, nuh?