Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  IDENTITY

Jamaican AIDS Activist Murdered
by Andrew Davis
2006-01-01

This article shared 5221 times since Sun Jan 1, 2006
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Yet another voice in the global fight against AIDS has been violently silenced.

Gunmen broke into the home of openly gay Jamaican AIDS activist Steve Harvey Nov. 30—the eve of World AIDS Day—and kidnapped him, according to a report from OutRage! News Service.

The abductors then drove him to a remote rural area, where he was shot in the head and back in an execution-style killing. Harvey was 30 years old.

Jamaican police confirmed that three or four assailants took part in the attack. Moreover, there are allegations that the gunmen menaced Harvey and his two roommates with taunts about their sexuality. The attackers tied up the roommates, looted the house and forced Harvey away at gunpoint, according to reports.

Harvey had played a leading role in the HIV charity Jamaica AIDS Support for Life ( JAS ) since 1997. He organized various HIV awareness and prevention programs for gay men and sex workers, according to Peter Tatchell of the United Kingdom-based LGBT organization OutRage!

PlanetOut.com reported that, on Nov. 27, Harvey led the organization's annual candlelight vigil held in honor of people with AIDS who have died. Gay.com ( UK ) reported that JAS, founded in 1991, is Jamaica's oldest and largest AIDS, human-rights, non-government organization. In JAS's mission statement, the group states that it helps in the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing education.

Activists say that Harvey's death speaks to the larger problem of violence toward gay people who live in Jamaica, where gay sex is still illegal and punishable with up to 10 years in jail, PlanetOut.com noted. Human-rights groups say anti-gay violence is rampant in that country, an assertion confirmed by the group Jamaican Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays when it traveled to Chicago in February.

Harvey is not the first openly gay man to be killed in Jamaica. Last year, Brian Williamson, one of the country's most vocal gay-rights activists, was murdered. Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton and two others face assault charges involving an attack on six gay men this year, PlanetOut.com noted. ( Banton was identified by several witnesses and even has a song, 'Boom Boom Bye Bye,' that threatens gay men with a 'gunshot in ah head,' according to the British publication Guardian Unlimited. )

The human-rights community has expressed its sadness over the loss of Harvey. 'Steve Harvey was a person of extraordinary bravery and integrity, who worked tirelessly to ensure that some of Jamaica's most marginalized people had the tools and information to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS,' stated Rebecca Schleifer, a researcher with the HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch and author of a recent report on anti-gay violence and HIV/AIDS in Jamaica. ' [ Harvey's ] death on the eve of World AIDS Day gives us one more reason to pause and reflect on the significance of activists' work in the fight against AIDS.'

Paula Ettelbrick, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, commented to Windy City Times that Harvey's impact will be sorely missed. 'We've worked with him closely over the years. Unfortunately, Jamaica is just one of the countries where homophobia is practically accepted. It's just devastating to see something like this happen,' she said. Ettelbrick also noted that it is up to everyone to make sure that Harvey's murder 'is investigated thoroughly.'

However, activists were also quick to retain hope that the fight for human rights continues despite Harvey's violent death. ' [ I ] t is essential that his murder does not succeed in intimidating other human-rights workers,' Schleifer said.


This article shared 5221 times since Sun Jan 1, 2006
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

State Rep. Greg Harris not seeking re-election
2021-11-29
Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris—the first openly gay and HIV-positive state leader in the General Assembly—announced that he won't seek re-election and will leave the House when his term expires in early 2023, The Chicago Tribune ...


Gay News

Five Worth Finding: World AIDS Day, 'Benedetta,' books, wine in a can
2021-11-26
—World AIDS Day event at Belmont Harbor: —The Chicago Parks Foundation will hold a World AIDS Day event on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m., at the Belmont Harbor Yacht Club. Antonio King, LGBTQ health and outreach liaison ...


Gay News

Virtual reading, Q&A of 'The Normal Heart' with mostly LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC cast on Dec. 4
2021-11-26
ONE Archives Foundation, in collaboration with Invisible Histories Project, announced today that a brand-new Q&A will follow an encore and final presentation of the historic virtual reading of Larry Kramer's Tony-winning play The Normal Heart. The ...


Gay News

World AIDS Day events on tap
2021-11-26
World AIDS Day takes place every year on Dec. 1. During this year—which marks the 40th anniversary since HIV was officially discovered—here are some of the events taking place (locally, regionally and nationally) on, before and ...


Gay News

AFC commemorates passing of the HIV decriminalization law with World AIDS Day event Dec. 1
2021-11-24
--From a press release - The World AIDS Day Community Celebration of the Historic Passage of HB1063, which ended criminal penalties against people living with HIV, will be hosted by AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC). It will also commemorate World AIDS Day ...


Gay News

WORLD HIV case, Ireland items, Kim Petras, actress' illness
2021-11-21
A woman in Argentina has become only the second documented person whose own immune system may have cured her of HIV, NBC News noted. Researchers have dubbed the 30-year-old mother, who was first diagnosed with HIV ...


Gay News

AIDS Foundation Chicago awards grants to Black- and Latinx-led organizations
2021-11-12
AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) has awarded eight grants—totaling $72,000—to BIPOC-led organizations working to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Black and Latinx neighborhoods across Chicago. The grants came from AFC's Learning ...


Gay News

National AIDS Memorial to hold World AIDS Day national events Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
2021-11-10
--From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 9, 2021) — On December 1, the National AIDS Memorial brings three powerful programs to the public for World AIDS Day that offer inspiration, hope, remembrance, and reflection. The programming, free to the ...


Gay News

Secretary Becerra visits Humboldt Park, AIDS Foundation Chicago
2021-11-09
On Nov. 8, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra traveled to sites in Chicago to highlight Biden-Harris administration's plans to build back better through investments in maternal health, the Affordable Ca ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ Latinx healthcare providers discuss impact of COVID-19 pandemic
2021-10-29
As part of its COVID-19 Grand Rounds series, AIDS Foundation Chicago hosted an Oct. 26 panel featuring LGBTQ+ Latinx healthcare providers sharing how the pandemic has impacted their personal and professional lives. Panelists included Howard Brown ...


Gay News

WORLD Indian commission, queer royals, MTV, Putin, attack in Jamaica
2021-10-24
India's National Medical Commission has ordered publishers and medical schools to edit their textbooks and curricula to exclude discriminatory and unscientific portrayals of LGBTI people, according to Human Rights Watch. ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Foster-parent case, stars speak out, Texas youth, 'Queer Eye,' HIV
2021-10-17
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Lambda Legal, together with the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along ...


Gay News

WORLD Plus magazine, The Guardian, Dutch princess, anti-trans ruling
2021-10-17
The largest circulated HIV publication in the country, Plus, unveiled its 25 Amazing People of the Year, per a press release. Just a few of the individuals are actor Billy Porter; Mandisa Nikita Dukashe: South African ...


Gay News

HHS awards $2.21B in FY2021 for HIV care, support services, medication
2021-10-05
--From a press release - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced approximately $2.21 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funding for cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations in fiscal year ...


Gay News

30th Annual AIDS Run & Walk raises more than $400K
2021-10-06
CHICAGO — More than 1,800 advocates, community partners, runners, walkers, volunteers, staff members and more gathered at Soldier Field on Oct. 2 for the 30th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. The event raised approximately $420,000 ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.