Dear GlenDivo, You have taught me so much by being yourself, loving yourself and accepting yourself. Ever since I've met you, you've been nothing less than Glenroy Murray; never dulling your sparkle for anyone, and I wouldn't want it any other way. Thank you for being just the way you are - the fabulous, energetic, sashaying and amazing friend you are. I wouldn't want you to be anything less. I'm so proud of your growth, all your accomplishments, for never staying down no matter how often you're knocked and your unwavering commitment to what you believe in and helping others to find their own strength. Love you just the way you are and thanks for being the one and only Glenroy Murray. Lots of love, Kris
Dear Glenroy, Growing up I was taught by society that "batty-man fi dead" and as a child it has never sat well with me that a human being should lose his/her life for choosing who to love but I did what most Jamaicans has always done, avoid the topic and mind my business. Over the years I have interacted with you and has love and accepted you as a friend. Our friendship is so dear to be that I become defensive when any utterances of the phrase from my childhood days arise. The day you came out was no surprise as I noticed and looked beyond the umph of your waist and that memorable strut in the way you walk. The day you came out a weight was lifted off my shoulders I was happy that you could finally be you in our presence and we no longer had to think "is that ok to say?". When I see you I don't see Glenroy the gay guy I know, I see Glenroy Murray aka Murray Goodas; an intelligent individual I call my friend. I loved you then, I love you now and as long as you be yourself i will love you forever. Love Cecile aka Kitty
Glenraaaaai Murraaaaaay, I couldn't ask you to be anyone but yourself. I have never felt like gayness was a single defining characteristic of a person. It is just part of who you are and who you are is beyond words and in your words... Sooo niice. You have been such an inspiration in how you live your life for no one but yourself. You are just so carefree ( & cayliss) I just have to love you. You rolled into our lives with all the fanfare and excitement in a way NO one has ever done & I never want you to roll out. Nowadays when it's so easy to be someone else and to hide who you really are. I'm just so glad you are so genuine and stand firmly in everything you believe in and helping others to be the absolute best they can be. Keep strutting, keep shining, keep voguing, keep sashaying. I will love you always, Regina
April 16, 2017
I never really came out. I rolled out and rolled all over you in a big puff ball of gayness and excitement. LOL. It is to be expected. I think by now I have told all of you the story of how I never really had an attraction to women but never thought about what it meant until I started to like a guy. And then, as time went on I had a boyfriend which didn’t go down well with my family. I have talked about how I became a recluse in my own home until I finally got to a point where I cared little about how I was perceived by the world, and I just did me. Thank Ashe’s Attractor Factor Project for pushing me in the right direction. All of those things at the start got the ball rolling.
What kept it rolling was not just a continuous resistance against a society that deemed me “battyboy” and “sissy”. I mean, its not my fault I strut instead of stepping. It isn’t my fault I have extra umph in the way my waist moves. I guess I can be blamed a little for the way I talk, but you all like it, right? I digress. What kept the ball rolling was the undying support I got from all of you. None of you never once asked me to be anything but myself. I went into so many spaces being heavily critiqued and analyzed for my difference and you all enjoyed and celebrated it. It was so refreshing to not be in friendships where there were constant personality clashes and insults flying around (yea, high school was rough). Thanks for the support. I can walk, swish, sashay, chantey, advocate, demonstrate and educate in sometimes the most emotional draining spaces because you provide the spaces for me to just listen two Spice and be free. I can’t ever truly explain how important it is for members of the community to have this kind of support system. It truly gives us the strength to go on.
Kristina, you have seen me through break-ups and heartache and you cried with me. Regina, You reaffirm me in my doubts and stand by me in my caylissniss. Cecile, you are always there to put a smile on my face and extend a helping hand. I love you all. Everyone LGBT person deserves allies like you.