Gay rights groups lobby to fire UWI professor for statements on HIV prevalence in gay men

JFLAG CVC Gay groups want to fire UWI professor Brendan Bain for statements on hiv in gays gay menA professor’s job is now in jeopardy after he made statements regarding the transmission of sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men.

According to a report from The Observer, a coalition of gay advocacy and civil rights groups is pressuring the University of the West Indies (UWI) to fire Professor Brendan Bain as head of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Initiative, claiming that his expert testimony in a case in Belize represents a conflict of interest and has destroyed their trust in him.

The 33 lobby groups, from a number of Caribbean islands, are also demanding that Professor Bain be removed from all positions of representation of the UWI on HIV and AIDS issues. They are, as well, insisting that the university drafts and implements a “policy which protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex staff and students from discrimination”.

In August 2012, Professor Bain stated that data from several parts of the world indicated that the relative risk of acquiring and spreading other sexually transmitted infections and cancers is unacceptably high among men who have sex with men (MSMs) when compared with other men and women.

  

“As a physician and public health practitioner, one of my responsibilities is to assess behaviours for their impact on health and well-being,” Bain said in his written testimony.

“When something is beneficial, such as exercise, good nutrition, or adequate sleep, it is my duty to recommend it. Likewise, when something is harmful, such as smoking, overeating, alcohol or drug abuse, and unsafe sexual behaviour, it is my duty to discourage it.

Together with promoting individual responsibility, it is clear that environments that enable individuals to make and practice safe and healthy choices must be provided at family, community and governmental levels,” he said.

The professor also stated:

 “The risk to MSM and their intimate sexual partners is not just to their physical health. The adverse physical and physiological consequences of STIs (including HIV) in MSM create significant and avoidable financial costs to individuals, households and governments. These important considerations must be included when considering whether to give public approval to risky behaviours such as are often practised by MSM.” 

It appears that any move to fire the professor will be opposed by the evangelical movement which, in a May 11 letter to Harris, asked the UWI to “demonstrate its unequivocal commitment to the cherished principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression”.

The church group also asked the university to “consider implementing a policy which protects all employees and students from intimidation”, adding that it can highlight cases of intimidation at Mona that have affected both students and employees because of their views on these issues.

A Facebook page entitled : I Support Professor Brendan Bain has also been created to show support for the professor.

  

Do the professor’s statements warrant his dismissal? Let us know your views in the comments.

Source: jamaicaobserver.com

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Casmore Wood
8 years ago

The real victims here are men and woman who are being victimized for expressing there opinions about anything they deem not right… these gay right groups who gave them so much power.. and what makes it right for them to kick this man out of his job.. what happen to freedom of speech

Robert Ellis
8 years ago

These gay ppl want us to bury our head in the sand so they can live a dirty life without objection. What they need to do is put all that energy into finding ways to make their lifestyle less risky

Paula Raymond
8 years ago

Gays need to realize that by going against what is considered to be the accepted norm in they put themselves in a position to be criticized. People cant be expected to walk on eggshells around them or not give an informed opinion just to spare their feelings. They need to stop being so sensitive and learn to take criticism like men.

Victor Smith
8 years ago

What he said is a fact.Gays must stop their mindless intimidation.

Victor Smith
8 years ago

What he said is a fact.Gays must stop their mindless intimidation.

Eunice Blake-Duhaney
8 years ago

Gays .are you the only set of people with RIGRTS ? If you flaunt your bedroom business in public what do you expect, nobody asked you who you are sleeping with, you made it public for everyone to criticize.Problem is your conscience tells you that what you are doing is wrong and you are looking for something to ease it.Go get a life and stop messing with people ,the Professor is doing his job that people like you created for others to clean up. If you father was married to a man you would not be born . How dare… Read more »

Anita Williams
8 years ago

Why do these people wants to push their lifestyle down other peoples throat; smh the bible cant wrong. Just hope they dont dismiss the man”prof”

David Morgan
8 years ago

Gays must not be the only ones with rights we as a people need to form a world arganize group as well to fight these gays that is trying to gain world power

Karim Guerra
8 years ago

The real bullies are now the gays, and under no circumstances should the Professor be sacked for stating the truth!

Evon Bennett
8 years ago

This goes to show that democracy is a sham, if you speak up about corruption your either bashing someone or a terrorist so where is Godliness in all of this if your gay your gay that’s their title just like been a child molester as most gays are. the time soon come when it will be us or them.

Casmore Wood
7 years ago

The real victims here are men and woman who are being victimized for expressing there opinions about anything they deem not right… these gay right groups who gave them so much power.. and what makes it right for them to kick this man out of his job.. what happen to freedom of speech

Paula Raymond
7 years ago

Gays need to realize that by going against what is considered to be the accepted norm in they put themselves in a position to be criticized. People cant be expected to walk on eggshells around them or not give an informed opinion just to spare their feelings. They need to stop being so sensitive and learn to take criticism like men.

Robert Ellis
7 years ago

These gay ppl want us to bury our head in the sand so they can live a dirty life without objection. What they need to do is put all that energy into finding ways to make their lifestyle less risky

Eunice Blake-Duhaney
7 years ago

Gays .are you the only set of people with RIGRTS ? If you flaunt your bedroom business in public what do you expect, nobody asked you who you are sleeping with, you made it public for everyone to criticize.Problem is your conscience tells you that what you are doing is wrong and you are looking for something to ease it.Go get a life and stop messing with people ,the Professor is doing his job that people like you created for others to clean up. If you father was married to a man you would not be born . How dare… Read more »

Karim Guerra
7 years ago

The real bullies are now the gays, and under no circumstances should the Professor be sacked for stating the truth!

Anita Williams
7 years ago

Why do these people wants to push their lifestyle down other peoples throat; smh the bible cant wrong. Just hope they dont dismiss the man”prof”

Victor Smith
7 years ago

What he said is a fact.Gays must stop their mindless intimidation.

Evon Bennett
7 years ago

This goes to show that democracy is a sham, if you speak up about corruption your either bashing someone or a terrorist so where is Godliness in all of this if your gay your gay that’s their title just like been a child molester as most gays are. the time soon come when it will be us or them.

David Morgan
7 years ago

Gays must not be the only ones with rights we as a people need to form a world arganize group as well to fight these gays that is trying to gain world power