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The conservative National Democratic Movement opposes LGBT rights on religious grounds alongside the more leftist economic parties such as the Peoples National Party and the New Nation Coalition.Its primary goal is to improve the lives of lesbian and bisexual women as well as transgender individuals, and part of the organisation's vision is to enhance the healthcare opportunities for LGBT women and youth, specifically regarding mental health and HIV/AIDS awareness.Islands in the Commonwealth Caribbean adopted British buggery laws; however these laws were not as strictly regulated in the Caribbean as in the United Kingdom up until the Victorian era.Prior to this era, recounts were made of the island's British occupants engaging in sodomy, which may correlate with the fact that the first colonists were mostly men. Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the court to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding two years, with or without hard labour.
The European Parliament in 2005 passed a resolution calling on Jamaica to repeal its "antiquated and discriminatory sodomy laws and to actively combat widespread homophobia".
The government of Jamaica said in 2012 that it "is committed to the equal and fair treatment of its citizens, and affirms that any individual whose rights are alleged to have been infringed has a right to seek redress." The government also claimed that "there is no legal discrimination against persons on the grounds of their sexual orientation" and that it "is opposed to discrimination or violence against persons whatever their sexual orientation." An assistant commissioner of police claimed just before he retired in July 2012 that Jamaica's reputation as homophobic was merely "hype" and that life for LGBT persons was improving.
He suggested the real problem was gay-on-gay crime and members of the community cross-dressing in public.
poll, which found 97 percent of citizens think society should not accept homosexuality.
The laws reflect that: Same-sex couples face up to 14 years in prison and even public displays of same-sex affection are illegal.