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Jamaica: NO PRIDE – MoBay Mayor Shuts Door On Gay Rights Group To Protect ‘Sacredness’ Of Cultural Centre

Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis says the gay-rights group Montego Bay Pride will not be granted permission to use the Montego Bay Cultural Centre for a series of events it is planning to stage in the western city.

Davis, who chairs the St James Municipal Corporation, made the declaration after Councillor Charles Sinclair brought the plans to the attention of yesterday’s monthly meeting of the corporation.

“I saw an advertisement that spoke about a deejay performing at Sam Sharpe Square at the Cultural Centre. I didn’t even see that there was such a forum planned, but I can speak now that I will not give any permission for it,” Davis told the councillors.

“I will be seeking an audience with the committee there at the centre, and I will commence my own consultations with a view to reporting the outcome,” added Davis. “We must not do anything to disturb the sacredness and purpose of why that building is there. People have their rights, and they can do what they want to do, but you must respect other people’s rights, too.”

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