After a fire destroys Jamaica’s LGBT headquarters, 2019 deemed ‘year of rebuilding’


On the night of December 30, 2018, a fire “of yet unknown origin” leveled the Kingston offices of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, which goes by its acronym, J-FLAG. The organisation, which began its work in 2012, defines itself as “the foremost human rights and social justice organisation which works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Jamaica”. In a statement following the incident, J-FLAG was careful not to jump to conclusions regarding possible causes of the fire. Three days later, on January 3, 2019, the group posted a Facebook update which noted that while the authorities are “further along” in their investigations, they still have not been able to determine the cause of the blaze: “The police have assured us that they are treating the issue as a priority and will ensure the investigation is done thoroughly and [in a] timely manner.”

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