Jamaican advocates stage country’s first Pride celebration

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Jamaica’s first-ever LGBT Pride celebration took place this week in the country’s capital of Kingston without any reports of violence.

Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke is among those who spoke at an opening ceremony on Saturday that featured the raising of a rainbow flag.

“I’m here this afternoon to support the LGBT and ally community in celebration of their resilience, in celebration of their reaching out over the last decade and more,” she said.

Andrew Colburn of the U.S. Agency for International Development is among those who also spoke during the opening ceremony. Lesbian actress Ellen Page earlier in the day attended a flash mob in Kingston that was among the series of events held to commemorate Pride that J-FLAG, a Jamaican LGBT advocacy group, organized

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