Anti-Gay Reggae Music Campaign Wins Black Community Award


Recognition for successful worldwide grassroots activism


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Dennis Carney of the Black Gay Men’s Advisory Group with the award given to the ‘Stop Murder Music’ campaign.
Photo courtesy Outrage", London.

LONDON, April 12, 2007  –  The ‘Stop Murder Music’ campaign won the Advocacy Award at the Black LGBT Community Awards 2007 gala ceremony in London on-board on a luxury Thames river boat.

The Advocacy Award was in recognition that the Stop Murder Music campaign had “brought together activists worldwide in challenging homophobic lyrics which incite people to violence against LGBT people”.

Dennis Carney, vice-chair of the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group (BGMAG) received the award on behalf of the campaign, which involved a partnership between BGMAG, OutRage! and the Jamaican gay rights group, J-Flag.

Mr Carney paid tribute to the dozens of gay and anti-violence groups around the world that participated in making the campaign so effective and successful.

“I thought the BLGBT Community Awards event was fantastic and I was over the moon that the wider Black LGBT community fully recognises and supports the dedication and commitment of the Stop Murder Music Campaign’s work at making homophobic dancehall lyrics a thing of the past, by voting SMMC the winner of the Advocacy Award 2006,” said Mr Carney.

Brett Lock, spokesperson for the gay human rights group, OutRage!, said the group was honoured to be part of the campaign.

“We are delighted it has won this accolade from the black LGBT community,” he said.

“The Stop Murder Music campaign targeted reggae dancehall singers who released CDs advocating the murder of lesbian and gay people.  We got scores of concerts cancelled worldwide, causing these murder music artists to suffer huge financial losses.

“Faced with this pressure, they have cut their output of homophobic songs and  now rarely make homophobic statements.  It has been a huge success,” said Mr Lock.

Ted Brown, the veteran black gay activist, won the Lifetime Achievement Award.  He was active in the London Gay Liberation Front in the early 1970s, led the campaign against Buju Banton and Shabba Ranks in the early 1990s, and is involved in the Stop Murder Music campaign today.

Man of the Year was awarded to black gay pastor, Rev Jide Macaulay.  Previously an activist in BGMAG in London, Rev Macaulay is of Nigerian decent.  Last year he returned to Nigeria to set up the country's first gay church. He has since become a prominent Nigerian campaigner for lesbian and gay human rights.



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Posted:12 April 2007 at 13:30 (UK time)