I am one who believes in the protection of human rights. Now, I will not take for granted that we all understand human rights to be the same thing. Many are of the view that rights are denied persons if, for example, those persons are found to be socially/morally deviant (perhaps then, they become less than human). As a noun, human is defined as "A member of the genus Homo and especially of the species H. sapiens."  As an adjective, it the word means "Subject to or indicative of the weaknesses, imperfections, and fragility..." A human being is necessarily a homo sapien who is subject to weaknesses, imperfections and fragility. I assume that such definition would find universal application since it defines all of us who happen to still be mortal (sarcasm is fully intended). It does not matter, therefore, the imperfection or weakness that is displayed by any member of the society, s/he must have his/her fundamental human rights respected and protected.
Prime Minister, gave the world much to laugh about (in more ways than one) in a British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) interview on the International programme, HARDTALK, when he retorted to the interviewer's question that Gays will not be found in his cabinet. This response, the violence meted out against flamboyant as well as suspected "discreet" gays, the incitement of violence in the lyrics of dancehall artistes and the hell, fire and brimestone sermons against homosexuals have left many among the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered/sexual (GLBT) community feeling further alienated and vulnerable and calling for "gay rights". While the cry by the LGBT community for justice (incidentally an often cry in Jamaica), protection and freedom is seen as justified, their cry may be both antithetical to the ethos of their lobbies and may create further impingements upon basic human rights.
While there are lobbies against stigma and discrimination, members of the GLBT community are asking our judicial system to discriminate in their favour and to accord them special privileges. Stigma is further reinforced in their call for "Gay Rights". By virtue of doing so, not only has the community stigmatised itself but has now placed those who hold an opposing view under the label of homophobes, and "discriminators" if they dare voice their discomforts with being around homosexuals or even if they stand against any issue on the homosexual agenda. Certainly, this discredits any point they may have in their quest for anti-stigmatisation/discrimination.
However, who can fault the community for being so ultra aggressive? One would hope that all the policies that protect the basic rights of every human being would also protect memebers of that community. But many times our society treats them as sub-human or just a little worse than animals. "Batty-man fi dead," some say and politicians, academics and even the church are silent on the issue because, though they may not necessarily like each other, they have found commonality in their homophobia and view that as the Batty-men in Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for their abomination, so too must those who live among us. The violence against the person act has not been made to cover the battyman and so now, in his reaction he calls for a plan of action that will protect him. The right to employment is denied the Young "lady" who feels trapped in a man's body and sees herself as a man and there is no one that says this is her HUMAN RIGHT (to be imperfect and weak/different but still be employed)so s/he calls for his/her rights as a transgendered person. But do we really need all those various rights?
When we start making all of those special previleges, what we do is that we encroach on the rights of others. Anti-Discriminatory laws will dictate that I cannot, as a DJ sing against the practice of homosexuality, or a preacher cannot preach about what he believes the bible clearly says about the lifestyle choice/determinism lest they both be fined or jailed for discrimination. What then becomes of their right to freely express themselves or to practice one's religion?
If all stakeholders begin the discourse from the perspective that each person is created equal and for the religously/theologically inclined; that all men are created Imago Die (in the image of God),then we will understand that everyone's life (even those we perceive as different, sinful and wicked)is worth something. What we need is the maintenance of the rights of ALL humans and not any special rights as if to say some are better than some while others are worse than some....
Perhaps some of you learned browsers and academics and members of the GLBT community can help enlighten me further.