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
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
“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)