Aphrodite’s PRIDE Jamaica provides psychosocial support resources, encourages AGENCY & positive intra/inter LBT community relations. We are a female centric group of LGBTQ individuals with our focus being mainly on issues as they relate to the Jamaican Lesbian, Bisexual Female & Transgender (LBT) Communities. APJ operates as a Non-Profit Organization in Jamaica and collectively we have over forty years experience working in advocacy, activism, social justice, youth development, crisis intervention, program administration and LGBTQI support services.
Our mission is to achieve the following goals by utilizing various creative methods of engagement and interventions:
- Encourage personal development (AGENCY)
- Create an environment conducive to positive intra and inter-community relations
- Create a safe space for open and honest dialogue within the Jamaican Lesbian, Transgender and Female Bisexual (LTB) communities
- Improve self-esteem
- Promote healthier lifestyles
- Create behavior change.
Our Core Values
We are guided by our core values of
- Ethics & Integrity
- Team Work
- Mutual Respect
- and Social Responsibility
We aim to find creative realistic solutions to address intra and inter-community relationship issues while promoting the celebration of our diversities. Our priorities include but are not limited to issues within the Lesbian, Female Bisexual &Transgender Communities (LBT) as they relate to:
- Personal Development
- Enterprise Skills Training
- Crisis Intervention
Through targeted programs and interactive community education we want to set important precedents which will help our efforts in creating an environment conducive to positive community relations. We acknowledge the importance of thinking ‘Outside the Box’ in terms of achieving our goals. So in addition to our stated mission, we also encourage involvement in physical & cultural activities as a way to promote healthy lifestyles, balance and perspective and increased social responsibility.
Through interactive workshops, seminars, field trips, and the creation of an online community presence, we want to positively influence the lives of persons particularly our Youth, some from highly vulnerable circumstances within the LGBTQI community, particularly those whom have been isolated and silenced by the restrictions of society’s gender norms and socialization.
Our flagship project was the ‘SEISMIC!’ Program which was our second endeavor since our launch in 2010, the first being a series of mentorship training workshops for LBT persons which later morphed into said ‘SEISMIC!’ Program. ‘SEISMIC!’ is a social engagement program providing Psycho-social and Enterprise Development skills training services for LGBTQ youth. Through SEISMIC! We have started the process of equipping them to better understand what they can do improve their quality of life in a supportive environment. The Program covered areas such as Self Esteem, Gender Identity/Gender Expression, Self management, Effective Communication, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Female sexual health issues, Mental health, Work place skills and Enterprise development.
By creating a Safe Zone we want to positively influence the lives of all in our community; particularly survivors of isolation or silenced by society’s restrictive gender norms and stigmatization.
~*~Positively impacting our Community through Empowerment, Mutual Respect & Camaraderie~*~